Management Update
Volume 3, Issue 6
June 2014
Maryland Prohibits Workplace Transgender Bias

On May 15, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law a measure that prohibits workplace discrimination based on gender identity, making Maryland the 18th state plus the District of Columbia to extend discrimination protection to transgender individuals. The legislation will take effect on October 1 prohibiting employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against a worker on the basis of the individual's gender identity.

Social Media Access Protected by LA Legislators

Louisiana legislators approved a bill that bans employers from requiring access to employees' personal social media accounts. The Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act prohibits employers from demanding access to an employee or applicant's social media accounts. The bill also keeps employers from retaliating if employees refuse to disclose this information. However, the bill allows employers to fire or discipline an employee that discloses confidential company information through social media without consent.
Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement Report

For the first time since the recession (2006-2007), employees are ranking compensation as the most important factor to job satisfaction. This is according to a report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released on May 8 entitled "Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement: The Road to Economic Recovery." The SHRM report was based on responses from 600 US employees. The full report can be found here.

Breaking News Regarding the Effective Date of the Workers' CompensationMedical Treatment Guidelines from the Louisiana Supreme Court

On May 7, 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court released two (2) rulings regarding the effective date of the Medical Treatment Guidelines ("MTGs") applicable to workers' compensation claims, and affirmatively ruled that the MTGs apply to any and all "requests for medical treatment and/or disputes arising out of requests for medical treatment arising after the effective date of La. R.S. 23:1203.1 and the medical treatment schedule, regardless of the date of the accident." Therefore, the Louisiana Supreme Court has clarified that any dispute regarding workers' compensation medical treatment that arises subsequent to the effective date of the medical treatment schedule, June of 2011, must comply with the MTGs.  


To read the full client alert written by BSW workers' compensation partner, Trent Oubre visit here.  

Three BSW Labor & Employment Attorneys Honored by Chambers

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for our Labor & Employment section and had four Labor & Employment attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.
Management Update Briefings

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. presents Management Update Briefings, a labor and employment law seminar at convenient locations across the state of Louisiana.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. Labor & Employment Attorneys 


Murphy J. Foster, III


Leo C. Hamilton


Joseph R. Hugg





Yvonne R. Olinde


E. Fredrick Preis, Jr.




Jennifer D. Sims




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