Rhode Island Amends Equal Pay, Whistle blower, and Temporary Caregiver Laws (July 2021)

Francesco (Fran) A. DeLuca
Francesco (Fran) A. DeLuca | Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Resolving labor and employment disputes is at the heart of Fran DeLuca’s practice. Employers in the financial services, technology, health care, life sciences, and manufacturing industries rely on Fran to represent them in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in a wide array of disputes, including cases involving sensitive allegations of discrimination and harassment, high-stakes wage and hour class actions, and unfair competition matters.

On-Demand: September 20, 2021

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Program Summary

In July 2021, the Rhode Island General Assembly amended three employment laws—the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, the Wage Discrimination Based on Sex law, and the temporary caregiver provisions of the Temporary Disability Insurance Act—imposing new obligations on employers and increasing exposure on existing claims. During this webinar, we will discuss these amendments, what they mean for Rhode Island employers, and practical compliance and risk-avoidance strategies.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Expanded protections and heightened damages on whistleblower claims
  • Pay transparency and pay history obligations
  • Conducting pay audits and establishing a defense to a disparate pay claim
  • Conducting pay audits and establishing a defense to a disparate pay claim
  • Increased benefits available for temporary caregiver leave

Date / Time: September 20, 2021

  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am Mountain
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific

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Speakers

Francesco (Fran) A. DeLuca_Epstein Becker & Green, P.C._myLawCLEFrancesco (Fran) A. DeLuca | Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Resolving labor and employment disputes is at the heart of Fran DeLuca’s practice. Employers in the financial services, technology, health care, life sciences, and manufacturing industries rely on Fran to represent them in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in a wide array of disputes, including cases involving sensitive allegations of discrimination and harassment, high-stakes wage and hour class actions, and unfair competition matters.

Regardless of the type of case, Fran develops creative and practical litigation strategies to reduce or eliminate potential exposure and achieve clients’ goals. His strategies have led to favorable results, including dismissals and summary judgment, in a variety of matters.
Recognizing that, as Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Fran regularly counsels national, regional, and local employers of all sizes on litigation-avoidance strategies, such as developing and maintaining compliant employment policies, protecting trade secrets and confidential information, and handling terminations so as to minimize the risk of claims that can be costly and damaging to an employer’s reputation. Fran also conducts internal investigations to assist employers in determining the cause of potential problems before they undermine employee morale and lead to time-consuming disputes.

Earlier in his career, Fran served as a temporary law clerk to Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Agenda

I. The Wage Discrimination Based on Sex Law | 12:00pm – 12:35pm

a. Expanded protections beyond sex
b. Exceptions to prohibition on pay disparities
c. Prohibitions on requesting or relying on pay history
d. Pay transparency obligations
e. Increased damages
f. Anti-retaliation provisions
g. Posting requirements

II. The Rhode Island Whistleblowers’ Protection Act | 12:35pm – 12:55pm

a. Additions to definition of “adverse action”
b. New categories of protected employees
c. Heightened exposure
d. Updated posting requirements
e. Compliance strategies, including how to avoid whistleblower claims

III. Temporary Caregiver Leave | 12:55pm – 1:00pm

a. Increased leave benefits effective in 2022 and 2023