Daniel J. McCoy

Daniel J. McCoy

Fenwick & West LLP

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Fenwick Employment Brief - November 2014

Jury to Decide Adequacy of FMLA Recertification Notice Delivered by Email - A recent case allowing an employee to take claims under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to trial underscores the importance...more

12/1/2014 - Class Action Arbitration Waivers D.R. Horton v NLRB EEOC Employer Liability Issues Facebook FMLA NLRA Notice Requirements Unpaid Interns

New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a...more

10/27/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Compliance Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Harassment Internships Sexual Harassment Training Unpaid Interns Workplace Bullying

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2014

New Laws Affecting California Employers - The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide...more

10/23/2014 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Arbitrators Bank Holding Company Customer Lists Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Harassment JAMS join Joint Employers LinkedIn New Legislation Reporting Requirements Retaliation Sexual Harassment Subsidiaries Trade Secrets Training Unpaid Interns Whistleblowers Workplace Bullying

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers, large or small, to provide employees paid sick leave (with limited...more

9/19/2014 - Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2014

California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave - On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1522 (Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014), which requires all California employers,...more

9/18/2014 - Cell Phones Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Medical Examinations Mental Health New Legislation NLRB Paid Leave Reimbursements Sick Leave

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees

A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than four hours. In Rhea v. General Atomics, plaintiff Lori Rhea, on...more

8/19/2014 - Accrued Benefits Appeals Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees Paid Leave

Activity Before NLRB and WA Supreme Court Highlights Joint Employer Risk

A recent announcement by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel and a Washington Supreme Court decision underscore the risks of potential joint employer liability...more

8/18/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRA NLRB Unfair Labor Practices

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than...more

8/15/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers DOL EEOC Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees NLRA NLRB PAGA Paid Leave Retaliation

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

6/18/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Class Action Class Certification Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Exempt-Employees Kaiser Permanente Minimum Wage Non-Exempt Employees Over-Time Pregnancy Reasonable Accommodation Wage and Hour

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employee Handbook Provisions

In Hills and Dales General Hospital, the NLRB recently determined that an employer’s standards of behavior policy that prohibited “negative comments” and “negativity or gossip,” and directed employees to represent the...more

4/28/2014 - Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Hills and Dales NLRB

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2014

Supreme Court Confirms FICA Taxes Must be Withheld from Severance Payments - Finding severance payments to be a form of “remuneration for employment,” the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Quality Stores,...more

4/22/2014 - ADA Disability Discrimination EEOC Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies FEHA FICA Taxes Harassment Hills and Dales Hiring & Firing NLRB Posting Requirements Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS SEC Severance Pay Statute of Limitations Title VII Wages Whistleblowers

No Showing That “Primarily Engaged In” Requirement Met Where Executive Employee Spent More Than 50% Of Time Performing Non-Exempt...

In Guilfoyle v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc., a federal district court in California held that an employer was unable to meet the “primarily engaged in” requirement of the executive exemption test where the employee spent more...more

2/25/2014 - Classification Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees Non-Exempt Employees

Walmart Potentially Liable For Wage Violations As Joint Employer Of Subcontractors’ Employees

Finding that ample evidence existed that Walmart exercised control over the working conditions of the workers employed by Walmart’s warehouse subcontractors, a California federal district court in Carrillo v. Schneider...more

2/24/2014 - Contractors Employer Liability Issues Subcontractors Wage and Hour Wages Wal-Mart

Discrimination Claim—Based on Association to Disabled Relative—Survives Dismissal Request

In Rope v. Auto-Chlor System of Washington, Inc., plaintiff Scott Rope, a former branch manager for Auto-Chlor, sued his employer for violation of the newly-enacted Michelle Maykin Memorial Donation Protection Act,...more

12/18/2013 - Associational Retaliation Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Motion to Dismiss Termination

Employer Liable for Disregarding Complaints About Soiled Toilet, Porn, and Retaliation — Possible Punitive Damages

In Davis v. Kiewit Pacific Company, Lisa Davis, a heavy machine operator and one of two female employees at a 100-employee excavation project, prevailed in her claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and...more

10/18/2013 - EEO EEOC Employer Liability Issues Gender Discrimination Hostile Environment Punitive Damages Retaliation

Fenwick Employment Brief - October 2013

In Davis v. Kiewit Pacific Company, Lisa Davis, a heavy machine operator and one of two female employees at a 100-employee excavation project, prevailed in her claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and...more

10/17/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employer Liability Issues Gender Discrimination Hostile Environment Minimum Wage Pregnancy Retaliation Termination

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2013: Employee Claiming Retaliation Must Meet Higher Standard of Proof

In another favorable ruling for employers, the Supreme Court in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar clarified that employees must satisfy a higher “but for” standard of proof to prevail in a Title VII...more

7/24/2013 - Adverse Employment Action But For Causation Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Harassment Retaliation SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar

Fenwick Employment Brief: Employee Asked To Wear French Maid's Costume Not Sexual Harassment

In Westendorf v. West Coast Contractors of Nevada, Inc., the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a sexual harassment complaint, despite offensive comments made by plaintiff's supervisor and coworkers, including a request...more

4/19/2013 - Construction Workers Employer Liability Issues Protected Activity Retaliation Sexual Harassment

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