Keith Watts

Keith Watts

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Should Your Employees Get More Sun, Surf, and Sand? A Quick Look at Unlimited Vacation Policies

The news reports that more and more companies are moving to offer unlimited vacation time. On its face, this policy change appears to be a generous offer by employers to boost employee morale and attract top talent, but there...more

2/8/2016 - Exempt-Employees Paid Leave Vacation Leave Vacation Pay Wage and Hour

For California Employers, New Year Brings New Restrictions—Along With a Few Silver Linings

In 2015, the California legislature undoubtedly took aim at employers with piecemeal legislation covering everything from cheerleaders (who are now employees by statute) to gender-based pay differentials—the latter with what...more

12/15/2015 - California Family Rights Act (CFRA) DLSE E-Verify Fair Pay Act FEHA FLSA Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014 Minimum Wage On-Duty Meal Period Waivers PAGA Piece-Rate Pay

3 Legal Mistakes Hiring Managers Make In the Employment Process

In your experience, what's the one legal mistake hiring managers always (inadvertently) make? That's the question we asked labor and employment attorneys writing on JD Supra - and here is what we heard back...more

11/8/2013 - Background Checks Hiring & Firing Legal Perspectives

California Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Standard for Defending FEHA Claims

Employers can finally exhale a small sigh of relief. On February 7, the California Supreme Court decided the issue of whether the “mixed-motive” defense applies to employment discrimination claims under the California...more

2/10/2013 - Discrimination FEHA Mixed Motive Cases

California Supreme Court Rejects Damages, Back Pay, And Reinstatement Where Employer Proves Legitimate Mixed-Motive

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision on whether the “mixed-motive” defense applies to employment discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)....more

2/8/2013 - Back Pay Damages Discrimination FEHA Mixed Motive Cases Reinstatement

Changes to FEHA Pregnancy Regulations

New pregnancy regulations proposed by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) were approved on November 30, 2012. The changes to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which applies to employers with...more

1/10/2013 - Disability Discrimination FEHA FEHC Harassment Medical Certification Requests Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

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