New U.S. Senate Bill Would End Section 230 Immunity Protections for Generative AI

New U.S. Senate Bill Would End Section 230 Immunity Protections for Generative AI

A new bill in the U.S. Senate would end Section 230 protections for legal claims based on generative artificial intelligence (AI). The bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and titled “No Section 230 Immunity for AI Act,” would allow individuals targeted by “deepfakes” and other generative AI content to sue the creators, publishers and web sites hosting the content. Under Section 230, web site owners and internet companies are

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New NLRB Decision Makes it Harder for Employers to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

New NLRB Decision Makes it Harder for Employers to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

In a recent decision, in Atlanta Opera Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) returned to the 2014 FedEx Home Delivery (FedEx II) standard for determining independent contractor status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  This decision overturns the SuperShuttle ruling from 2019 and establishes that makeup artists, wig artists, and hairstylists working at the Atlanta Opera are considered covered employees, rather than independent contractors.  The Board’s decision reinforces the use of common law factors in determining employment status

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EEOC Unveils “Level the Paying Field” Campaign to Promote Equal Pay

EEOC Unveils “Level the Paying Field” Campaign to Promote Equal Pay

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a social media video campaign called “Level the Paying Field,” in commemoration of the anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 on June 10. The campaign, which will run from June 9 to August 20, coincides with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, set to begin on July 20 in Australia and New Zealand. The objective of the campaign is to draw attention to the

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New York Senate Passes Non-Compete Agreement Prohibitions

New York Senate Passes Non-Compete Agreement Prohibitions

The New York State Senate has successfully passed a bill that aims to prohibit the use of non-compete agreements within the state to safeguard every employee’s future employment opportunities. The bill, S.3100A, if signed into law, will effectively curb employers from imposing restrictions that hinder their employees’ mobility, without unduly impeding businesses from protecting proprietary information through alternative means such as confidentiality agreements and non-solicitation agreements. According to State Senator Sean Ryan, who has championed

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Job Seekers who Embrace AI to Gain an Edge in Seeking Employment Should Tread Carefully

Job Seekers who Embrace AI to Gain an Edge in Seeking Employment Should Tread Carefully

In an era of technological advancements, job seekers are constantly seeking new ways to stand out in the competitive job market. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a game-changer, empowering job seekers to gain a significant edge in securing their dream job. From resume optimization to interview preparation and personalized job recommendations, AI is quickly impacting every aspect of the job search process.  With the advanced AI tools available today, employees searching for their next

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Natalie Koss Wins Re-Election to D.C. Bar Board of Governors

Natalie Koss, Managing Partner of Potomac Legal Group PLLC, has won re-election to a second three year term on the D.C. Bar Board of Governors. “Since 1972 the District of Columbia Bar has been enhancing access to justice, improving the legal system, and empowering lawyers to achieve excellence. It is the largest unified bar in the United States, with more than 115,000 members in all 50 states and over 80 countries and territories,” according to

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EEOC Releases New Resource for Incorporating AI & Automated Systems into Employment Decisions

EEOC Releases New Resource for Incorporating AI & Automated Systems into Employment Decisions

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a comprehensive technical assistance document to address the growing concern of discrimination against job seekers and workers in relation to the use of automated systems, including those incorporating artificial intelligence, by employers. The EEOC, as the primary federal agency responsible for enforcing Title VII, seeks to ensure that these technologies align with civil rights laws and promote fairness, justice, and equality. The new publication, Assessing Adverse Impact

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Two New California Initiatives Seek to Regulate AI in Employment Decisions

Two New California Initiatives Seek to Regulate AI in Employment Decisions

The California State Assembly has introduced a new bill to regulate artificial intelligence systems. The proposal, A.B. 331, requires developers of AI systems to mitigate inherent bias within automated decision-making tools (ADTs). The bill seeks to regulate ADTs, which are used to make decisions on any type of eligibility for a benefit or penalty. While these systems have been traditionally used for credit decisions, their usage has expanded to employment screening, insurance eligibility, and health

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Senate Introduces Bill Setting Age-Restrictions on Social Media Use

Senate Introduces Bill Setting Age-Restrictions on Social Media Use

Four U.S. senators have introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at protecting children from the negative impacts of social media.  The Protecting Kids on Social Media Act, introduced by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Katie Britt (R-Ala.), proposes setting a minimum age of 13 for the use of social media apps and requiring parental consent for 13 to 17-year-olds. The bill also aims to prevent social media companies

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Maryland Employment Law Updates: Minimum Wage, Time to Care Act & Non-Compete Agreement Limitations

Maryland Employment Law Updates: Minimum Wage, Time to Care Act & Non-Compete Agreement Limitations

At the end of its recent session, the Maryland legislature passed two new pieces of employment legislation for Governor Wes Moore’s signature. In its long-running efforts to implement family leave, the legislature passed Senate Bill 828, which is a modification to the Time to Care Act that governs Maryland’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program. The bill would delay the start date and make administrative changes to the program. The legislature also sought to

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