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  • Research shows that there can be a decline in job performance after an election, due to employees who experience strain and distraction. Employers can take several proactive steps to maintain productivity and a supportive work environment.
  • Proactive measures include adjusting schedules, pointing employees to support resources, and promoting inclusion efforts.
  • Employers can also

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  • Before an election, employers may want to take several measures to navigate potential workplace tensions, such as establishing clear guidelines that outline when and where political paraphernalia can be worn, the ground rules for appropriate workplace political discussions, the limitations on political speech in the workplace including bumper stickers, and political postings that

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  • Federal district courts in Kansas and Texas issued preliminary injunctions blocking enforcement of the U.S. Department of Education’s new Title IX regulations against the states of Alaska, Kansas, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • The courts held that the Department of Education did not have the authority to interpret Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination on

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  • EU published the final AI Act, setting it into force on August 1, 2024.
  • The legislation treats employers’ use of AI in the workplace as potentially high-risk and imposes obligations for their use and potential penalties for violations.
  • The legislation will be incrementally implemented over the next three years.

The AI Act will

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  • The Eighth Circuit held that an employer may not use the “honest belief” defense where the reasons for discharging an employee are not “sufficiently independent” from the disability.
  • The court held that if an employer’s reason for an adverse employment action is “so inextricably related” to the former employee’s disability, they must be

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  • The FTC’s ban on noncompetition covenants has potential implications for several aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation plans and arrangements, such as Code Section 457(f) plans, restricted stock, severance arrangements, golden parachute payments, and garden leave.
  • The rule takes effect on September 4, 2024, but a federal district court in Texas recently