Daniel J. McCoy

Daniel J. McCoy

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EEOC Conciliation Efforts Subject To Limited Judicial Review

In Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, the United States Supreme Court held that the conciliation efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are subject to judicial review, although such review is limited to ensure...more

5/25/2015 - Coal Industry Conciliation Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Mach Mining v EEOC Sex Discrimination

LinkedIn Reference Search Not Subject To Fair Credit Reporting Act

Finding that LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” function was not subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a Northern California federal district court dismissed a putative class action filed on behalf of job applicants who...more

5/21/2015 - Background Checks Credit Reports Dismissals Employee Credit Checks Employee References FCRA Hiring & Firing LinkedIn Putative Class Actions

Ninth Circuit Reviews Enforceability of Waiver of Right to Reemployment

Does California Business and Professions Code § 16600 prohibit employees from waiving their right to reemployment with prior employers? The answer is maybe, according to the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Golden v. Calif....more

5/4/2015 - Business & Professions Code Health Care Providers Hiring & Firing Hospitals Non-Compete Agreements Physicians Reemployment Waivers

Fenwick Employment Brief - April 2015

Ninth Circuit Reviews Enforceability of Waiver of Right to Reemployment - Does California Business and Professions Code § 16600 prohibit employees from waiving their right to reemployment with prior employers? The...more

4/29/2015 - Business & Professions Code CFRA H-1B Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage NLRA NLRB Non-Compete Agreements Offensive Language Protected Activity Termination Visa Caps Wage and Hour

Recent Cases Provide Helpful Reminders Regarding Best Practices (and Pitfalls) with Employment Arbitration Clauses

Scrutiny of mandatory, pre-employment arbitration agreements continues before California state and federal courts. Several recent decisions provide helpful reminders for employers drafting, reviewing or enforcing arbitration...more

3/30/2015 - Arbitration Class Action Arbitration Waivers Contract Drafting Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

“Egregious” Insubordinate Facebook Post not Protected by NLRA

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) upheld a San Francisco nonprofit’s decision not to rehire two employees due to their Facebook conversation. In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, the nonprofit ran an...more

12/2/2014 - Facebook Hiring & Firing NLRA NLRB Popular Social Media

Employee Lawfully Terminated for Failure to Undergo Psychological Exam

In Kao v. University of San Francisco, a California appellate court upheld a jury’s verdict that the University of San Francisco (“USF”) lawfully terminated a professor who refused to undergo a fitness-for-duty examination....more

9/22/2014 - Fitness for Duty Exams Hiring & Firing Medical Examinations Termination

Employee Terminated for Stealing Caused by Disability Entitled to Discrimination Trial

Is an employer allowed to enforce a uniformly-applied workplace conduct policy against an employee whose misconduct was caused by her disability? A federal district court in California said “maybe, maybe not,” and determined...more

4/24/2014 - Corporate Counsel Disability Discrimination EEOC Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Termination Walgreens

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

Age Discrimination Claim Survives Dismissal Where Questions Existed Regarding Adequacy Of Job Performance And Employee Presented...

Reversing a trial court’s decision in favor of the employer, a California Court of Appeals in Cheal v. El Camino Hospital held that a former employee may present her age discrimination claim to a jury because there were...more

2/21/2014 - Age Discrimination Appeals Hiring & Firing Poor Job Performance Termination

No Duty to Explore Cause of Poor Performance Absent Notice of Correlation to Disability

A federal district court in Washington refused to require an employer, absent some notice from an employee of the need to do so, to investigate the cause of the employee’s poor performance to explore whether it might be...more

12/19/2013 - Disability Essential Functions Hiring & Firing Interactive Process Notice Requirements Performance Reviews Reasonable Accommodation

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Decides Several Employment and Employment-Related Cases

Employer strictly liable for supervisor’s harassment of employee only if supervisor has hire and fire authority over subordinates - In a favorable decision for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State...more

7/23/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Discrimination FEHA Harassment Hiring & Firing Racial Discrimination Retaliation Supervisors Vance v. Ball State University

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2013

In This Issue: *FEATURE ARTICLES - Cal Supreme Court Refuses To Immunize Employers In Mixed-Motive Discrimination Cases, But Significantly Limits Remedies - Manager's Bias, Public Policy, And Defamation...more

2/21/2013 - Arbitration Agreements Canning v NLRB Claims Limitations Period Defamation Discrimination Employment Policies Facebook FMLA Fraud Exception Hiring & Firing Kmart Manager Bias Mixed Motive Cases NLRB Parol Evidence Public Policy Recess Appointments Suitable Seats Lawsuits Termination Unconscionable Contracts

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