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OCR Issues New Title IX Guidance

Nearly a year after the implementation of the 2020 Title IX amended regulations, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released “Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021).”

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Federal Court Upholds University’s Vaccine Mandate

In a case of first impression, an Indiana federal district court recently rejected a constitutional challenge brought by several students to a public university’s requirement that students receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of returning to campus. Rejecting the plaintiffs’ bid for a preliminary injunction precluding Indiana University from enforcing its vaccine requirement, the court concluded that the students’ constitutional claims were not likely to succeed on the merits because “Indiana University is reasonably pursuing a legitimate aim of public health for its students, faculty, and staff.” More specifically, the district court explained: Under guiding principles of federalism, our

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New Salary Range Disclosure Law May Create Headaches for Connecticut Employers

Connecticut has enacted a law that will, starting October 1, 2021, require employers of all sizes to disclose to employees and applicants “wage range” information. In the case of a job applicant, employers will be required to inform that person, when requested, but no later than when a job offer is made, of the anticipated range of wages for the position. The range of wages for a position must similarly be provided to existing employees at their request, when they are hired, or whenever they change positions. When determining the “wage range,” the law states that employers may refer to any applicable pay scale, any previously determined range of wages, the actual range of employees holding comparable positions, or the budgeted amount for the position.

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Creating an Effective (and Legally Defensible) Metrics-Driven Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Program

There is a strong and well-documented business case for workplace diversity, which has grown even more compelling over the last several months. Indeed, given a renewed national focus on social justice issues and a growing expectation that organizations will work harder to prevent discrimination and remove artificial barriers to opportunities for all, now is an especially good time for organizations to build greater structure, discipline, and intentionality around their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

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California’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification Law May Spread to Other States

Since January 1, California businesses have been subject to ramped-up COVID-19 notification and reporting requirements under amendments to California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act, which are designed principally to combat the spread of COVID-19 at work and to reduce the overall rate of infection in the state, as well as to hold employers responsible for monitoring the health and safety of their employees. The new law is temporary and is set to expire in two years, on January 1, 2023. Although California is now the epicenter of new COVID-19 infections in the United States, numerous other states have experienced alarming

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