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May 23 2018
HiringLabor Relations  

ALERT: Supreme Court says new hires can waive class actions in arbitration agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers may require new hires to agree that any employment disputes must be resolved by taking their claims to an arbitrator on an individual basis. The Court’s ruling allows employers to proactively prevent workers from later joining together to file class-wide lawsuits or arbitration…

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Mar 09 2018
Harassment & DiscriminationLabor Relations  

NLRB attorney recommends dismissing Google engineer’s complaint

The National Labor Relations Board should dismiss a Google software engineer’s complaint that he was illegally fired for circulating an anti-diversity memo, according to an official opinion from a staff attorney in the Division of Advice for the Board’s Office of the General Counsel. You may recall that in August 2017, the media was…

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Jul 13 2017
Q&ALabor Relations  

Employees wearing protest attire and using work email to stir the pot

Q: We have employees showing up to work with buttons that promote a minimum wage increase and using their company email accounts to organize protests of our company policies. Can we stop them from doing this?

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Apr 12 2017
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationLabor Relations  

Blacklisting rule is gone for good

As expected, President Trump signed a resolution from Congress (H.J. Res. 37) that overturns the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s rules implementing Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” also known as the federal contractor “blacklisting” order. As a result, the rule cannot be enforced. Also, federal agencies are prohibited from ever issuing a substantially…

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Nov 14 2016
Q&ALabor RelationsSafety and HealthWage and Hour  

Q&A: Are employees’ social media posts on wages and safety protected?

Question: All our employees make more than minimum wage, but we had an employee go on social media and say, “Minimum wage for this work?! How are we supposed to live off that?!” A number of other employees commented on the post and a few complained about a recent safety incident. Can we discipline the employee who lied about his pay? What can we do to address this?  

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Nov 10 2016
Drug and AlcoholEmployee BenefitsLabor RelationsLeave LawsSafety and HealthWage and Hour  

Alert: 2016 ballot measures and election results will impact the workplace

With the November 8, 2016, election in our rear-view mirror, we’re reporting on three significant developments that will affect the workplace: California’s ballot measure on recreational marijuana, Washington’s ballot measure on paid sick leave and minimum wage, and the presidential election’s impact on recent federal employment law developments.

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Mar 24 2016
Labor Relations  

ALERT: DOL persuader rule expands requirements to report help from labor consultants

A revised regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will require employers to file electronic reports detailing all activities in which they use a consultant to persuade employees regarding their rights to organize and bargain collectively.

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Dec 08 2015
Labor Relations  

NLRB says staffing agency employees can bargain with client employer

In a ground-breaking decision, the National Labor Relations Board expanded its definition of a “joint employer” and ruled that temporary staffing agency workers had the right to form a union and bargain not only with their agency employer but also with their on-site client employer.

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Nov 24 2015
Labor Relations  

Employee posting of disciplinary warning protected

An employer acted illegally when it ordered a worker to remove from his cubicle a copy of a disciplinary warning that he had received, ruled the National Labor Relations Board.

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Oct 15 2015
Harassment & DiscriminationLabor RelationsLeave LawsSafety and HealthWage and Hour  

California Employers: More 2015 bills signed

Governor Jerry Brown has signed more bills from the 2015 California legislative session that affect employers, some of which are extremely significant.

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