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Court Strikes Down Class Action Arbitration Waivers

June 1, 2016 by

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26 issued a watershed decision banning mandatory employment arbitration agreements that bar employees from bringing class-action claims.  (Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp.)  The court’s decision aligns it… Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Employer Attack on California’s Workplace Seating Requirement

April 20, 2016 by

The California Supreme Court has issued an important decision confirming the right of California workers to take a seat on the job when the nature of the work allows.  In issuing this decision, the Court… Read More

Court Rules Stress and Anxiety Caused by Manager Does Not Constitute Legally Protected Disability

June 8, 2015 by

Both California and Federal law protects disabled employees from discrimination, and requires employers to reasonably accommodate disabled workers. One threshold question in all disability accommodation claims is whether the alleged disability is one that is… Read More

Shop Stewards Have Weingarten Rights, Too.

May 4, 2015 by

Union members have the right to the presence of a union representative at an investigatory interview that the employee reasonably believes may result in discipline: this is the Weingarten right, named after the U.S. Supreme… Read More

Employment Law Ruling – ‘On-Call’ Rest Breaks Permissible in California

February 16, 2015 by

A California Court of Appeal recently held that employers are not required to relieve their employees of all duties during paid rest breaks.  (Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., 14 C.D.O.S. 1123 (January 30, 2015).) … Read More

Legal Requirement for Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program Goes Into Effect

July 28, 2014 by

Employers and employees as well as the San Francisco Bay air quality are likely to benefit from the upcoming implementation of this new employment benefit. In an effort to improve air quality, reduce emissions of… Read More

Weingarten Representatives Have Rights Too

April 17, 2014 by

It has been long established law under the National Labor Relations Act that an employee has a statutory right to union representation at any employer investigatory interview that the employee reasonably fears may result in… Read More

‘Neutrality Agreements’ Dodge a Bullet

January 13, 2014 by

Unions dodged a potentially lethal bullet when the U.S. Supreme Court recently decided, after hearing oral argument, not to issue a ruling in a case calling into question the legality of union-employer neutrality agreements.  This… Read More

Federal Court: Route Salesman Exempt from Overtime Laws

July 24, 2013 by

In a recent decision, a Federal Court ruled that a route salesman is an “Outside Salesperson” and thus exempt from overtime laws, which demonstrates a distinction between Federal and State Law.  Although both federal and… Read More