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Termination of Police Officer Whose ADHD Limits Ability to Get Along With Others Does Not Violate ADA, Ninth Circuit Says

In Weaving v. City of Hillsboro (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Or.), August 15, 2014), the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to decide whether, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the city...more

8/19/2014 - ADA Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Hostile Environment Termination

Labor Code Requires Reimbursement of Employees’ Work-Related Use of Personal Cell Phone

Recently, in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., (August 12, 2014, B247160) --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, Cal.App. 2 Dist.), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that an employee is incurring an...more

8/18/2014 - Cell Phones Employee Rights Reimbursements

Employer Cannot Compel Former Employee to Arbitrate Claims After Failing to Follow Preliminary Steps of the Contractual...

The issue before the Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District was whether KTLA, LLC, a Los Angeles based broadcaster, could compel a former employee, Kurt Knutsson, to arbitrate his claims against KTLA. (Knutsson v....more

8/18/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Clothing Retailer Cannot Force Arbitration of Wage and Hour Claims Where Agreement Specifically Excluded Matters Within Labor...

In deciding Tilly’s Inc.’s appeal to send a former warehouse employee’s proposed class action to arbitration, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District of California held that arbitration provisions contained in the...more

8/11/2014 - Arbitration Employee Rights Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Wage and Hour Wages

Arbitrator To Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Provides For Class Arbitration

A majority of the United States Supreme Court has never reached agreement on whether the court or an arbitrator should decide the issue of whether an agreement allows or precludes class arbitration. In Sandquist v. Lebo...more

7/28/2014 - Arbitration Agreements Arbitrators Class Action Class Arbitration Employer Liability Issues SCOTUS

California Law Does Not Prohibit Employers From Deducting From Exempt Employees' Vacation Leave Credits Even For Absences Of Less...

On July 21, 2014, the California Court of Appeal's Fourth Appellate District, Division One, affirmed the trial court's decision in Rhea v. General Atomics (July 21, 2014, D064517 ) ---- Cal.App.4th ---). In reaching its...more

7/25/2014 - Accrued Benefits Exempt-Employees Vacation Leave Vacation Pay

Update: Employee’s Refusal to Sign Written Disciplinary Notice Not “Misconduct” Under California Unemployment Insurance Code

Approximately two years ago, a California court of appeal held that an employee’s refusal to sign a disciplinary memorandum amounted to misconduct under the California Unemployment Insurance Code, disqualifying him from...more

7/10/2014 - Discipline Termination Unemployment Unemployment Insurance

California Supreme Court Rules that Employers May Require Employees to Arbitrate Employment Disputes Rather Than Go to Court, Even...

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Logistics Inc. In a 4-3 opinion, the Court finally agreed that the Federal Arbitration...more

6/25/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian

Pharmacy Manager Fails To Prove Kaiser Had Actual Or Constructive Notice That He Was Working Off-The-Clock

In an appeal from summary judgment, a non-exempt Outpatient Pharmacy Manager (“OPM”) for Kaiser contended that the trial court erroneously held his proffered evidence insufficient to create a triable issue as to whether...more

5/29/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Healthcare Kaiser Permanente Pharmacies Wage and Hour Wages

Donning and Doffing Protective Gear Constitutes ‘Changing Clothes’ for Purposes of the FLSA

In a unanimous opinion, the United States Supreme Court held in Sandifer et al., v. United States Steel Corp., 571 U.S. __ (January 27, 2014) that the time employees spent “donning and doffing” protective gear was not...more

2/5/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Attire

Police Officers’ Rights Were Not Violated During Investigation Into Discharge of Weapon

Three police officers alleged their rights were violated during an investigation into the off-duty discharge of a weapon. The court of appeal held that the police officers’ rights were not violated because the investigation...more

1/20/2014 - Investigations Police

California Highway Patrol Officer Who Cannot Perform Activities Required Of All Officers Is Entitled To Disability Benefits Even...

A California Court of Appeal has found that the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees' Retirement System ("CalPERS") erred when it denied a California Highway Patrol ("CHP") officer disability benefits...more

1/13/2014 - CalPERS Disability Disability Benefits Police

Attorney General Determines Business Location Where Employees Work For Someone Other than the Business Owner is a "Place of...

A state legislator requested an opinion from the Attorney General about whether a business site, at which the people working are employed by someone other than the business owner, is a "place of employment" as defined by the...more

12/31/2013 - Employment Policies Health Safety Smoking Bans Workplace Hazards

New Financial Liabilities for Employers Under the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act Now in Effect

Originally passed in 2011 as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 ("TAAEA"), the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act ("Act") went into effect across the nation on October 21, 2013. The Act mandates...more

12/30/2013 - Hiring & Firing TAAEA Termination Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act

Employee Stated a Claim for Associational Discrimination when Fired After Seeking Time Off to Donate a Kidney to his Sister

A trial court dismissed a lawsuit by a former employee against an employer who fired him after he requested leave to donate a kidney to his physically disabled sister. A court of appeal held that the trial court erred in...more

12/3/2013 - Associational Retaliation Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FEHA Termination Unpaid Leave

Employee Not Required to Arbitrate FEHA Claims Where Language of Arbitration Agreement Is Permissive

While contractual claims arising from a collective bargaining agreement including an agreement to arbitrate are generally presumed arbitrable, the same presumption does not apply to statutory claims. Where an employee...more

11/20/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Collective Bargaining FEHA Waivers

Fire Captain’s Comments in Daily Logs Held Subject to Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights

Since 2008, California firefighters have enjoyed increased procedural protections under the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights (FFBOR) (Govt. Code § 3250 et. seq.). Section 3255 of FFBOR provides that “[a] firefighter...more

11/7/2013 - FFBOR Firemen Performance Reviews

New Law Provides that Public Agencies may not Take Punitive Action Based Solely on the Fact that a Public Safety Officer’s Name is...

The Governor recently approved Senate Bill 313 (“SB 313”), which adds section 3305.5 to the Government Code. Currently, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act provides that no punitive action may be taken...more

10/21/2013 - Brady Violation Public Safety

Corporations Must Describe Employee Duties in Detail to Show Employee is not a “Managing Agent” in Order to Sustain Evidentiary...

A female employee experienced difficulty with the availability and unsanitary conditions of portable toilets at a job site. After she was fired, the woman sued alleging violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

10/18/2013 - EEO Employer Liability Issues Evidence FEHA Gender Discrimination Hostile Environment Managers Punitive Damages

Volunteer Firefighters Qualify as Employees Under Fair Labor Standards Act and Family Medical Leave Act

A volunteer firefighter alleged his termination violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s...more

10/17/2013 - Firemen FLSA FMLA Hiring & Firing Termination Volunteers

Arbitration Decision Precludes Subsequent Non-Statutory Wrongful Termination Claim

A court of appeal recently addressed whether an arbitration decision on a claim of wrongful termination in violation of a collective bargaining agreement, as a result of racially discriminatory practices, bars a subsequent...more

9/20/2013 - Arbitration FEHA Public Policy Res Judicata Termination

Lawsuit for a Retaliatory or Discriminatory Firing under the Labor Code May Not Be Filed Until After Fired Employee Completes...

After complaining about a supervisor smoking in the office, an employee of the State Assembly was fired. Believing the firing was motivated by his complaint, the employee filed a lawsuit against the Assembly, claiming...more

9/4/2013 - Administrative Remedies Complaint Procedures Discrimination DOL Hiring & Firing Retaliation Termination

Substantial Evidence Test Applies In Administrative Appeal From University Of California’s Decision To Terminate Employee

A University of California employee sought review of the University’s decision to terminate his employment because he violated the policy against workplace violence or threats. The employee asserted that an independent...more

7/16/2013 - Administrative Appeals Hiring & Firing Substantial Evidence Standard Termination University of California

Department of Labor Sets October 1, 2013, Deadline For Employers To Give Employees Notice Of Exchange Available Under the...

On May 8, 2013, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued guidance to employers for giving notice to employees as required by Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) § 18b. Section 1512 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...more

7/16/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays DOL Employer Mandates FLSA Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Marketplace Notice Open Enrollment Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Obama Administration Postpones Affordable Care Act’s Requirement For Businesses To Cover Employees Until 2015

The Obama administration plans to delay for a year the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees provide health care coverage. Before the announcement, the requirement was scheduled to take...more

7/5/2013 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties U.S. Treasury

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