Ashley Kaplan

Ashley Kaplan is an employment law attorney assisting employers, human resource professionals, and managers on topics such as harassment training on behalf of G.Neil. As a litigator and HR consultant, Ashley has over 15 years of experience in all areas of labor and employment law. Follow her on Twitter or add her to your circles on Google+. You can also reach her at akaplan@gneil.com.

Articles by Ashley Kaplan

Legal Issues, News

More States Bump Up Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

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By Ashley Kaplan

When Jennifer Latowski, a certified nursing assistant at Northwoods Nursing Center, shared with her supervisor that she was pregnant, she was asked to obtain a doctor’s note stating that she had no work restrictions.

Instead, Latowski’s physician issued a 50-pound lifting restriction.

As a result, Northwoods told Latowski she could no longer work for them because they only accommodated restrictions caused from work-related incidents. Latowski filed a wrongful termination suit claiming disability and pregnancy discrimination in Latowski v. Northwoods Nursing Center. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

3 Months and Counting: Top State Law Changes for Employers in 2014

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By Ashley Kaplan

The legal environment for employers is always changing. And nowhere is this felt more strongly than at the state (and even local) level.

While every year tends to bring a handful of federal labor law developments, a lot of the legislative momentum happens in the state legislatures.

We’re only three months into the new year and we’ve already tallied the following state changes: Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

2014 Federal Labor Law Changes: What Happened and What’s Next

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By Ashley Kaplan

We’re only a few months into 2014 and we’re already seeing a swell of labor law activity. What are the most significant developments this quarter – and what should you be watching for the rest of year?

Let’s start with the biggest federal-level legal changes to hit the workplace thus far:

Increase in federal contractor minimum wage

Shortly after delivering his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

The 2 Critical Questions From San Diego’s Sexual Harassment Scandal

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By Ashley Kaplan

As the number of women accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment reaches the double digits, public interest surrounding the case is at an all-time high, as well.

In the wake of the accusations – and despite intense pressure to resign – Filner refuses to step down. Instead, Filner is undergoing two weeks of intensive behavioral therapy (that was completed early) for what he admits was “disrespectful conduct.”

Because of his time in therapy, a judge has postponed the embattled San Diego mayor’s deposition. A new date has not been set, but the judge ordered both legal sides (Filner and the former communications director who filed the suit) to appear at a hearing on September 16. Read more…