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California Legislation 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522) - On September 10, 2014,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation, Health, Government Contracting

Don’t Let Your Office Halloween Party “Unmask” Racial Insensitivity

Employers may view Halloween celebrations at work as a no-brainer: Annual October office parties are often great boosts to employee morale, encouraging community, healthy competition, and team-building as participants eat,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

California’s Voting Leave Law: Employers’ Obligations as Election Day Approaches

As Election Day quickly approaches, California employers are reminded that the state voting leave law allows employees to take time off to vote in a statewide election…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

New IRS Guidance May Require Amendments to Section 125 (“Cafeteria”) Plans

Many employers permit employees to pay for employer-sponsored health coverage, on a pre-tax basis, under Internal Revenue Code section 125 (“cafeteria”) plans. These plans generally require employees to make an irrevocable…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation

NLRB Finally Finds Facebook Activity That It Doesn’t “Like”

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally found a Facebook conversation it couldn’t bring itself to “Like.” In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, Case 20-CA-091748 (October 28, 2014), the NLRB held that a Facebook…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

Arizona Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

On October 16, 2014, the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) announced an increase to Arizona’s minimum wage. Effective January 1, 2015, Arizona’s minimum wage will increase to $8.05 per hour. This 15 cent increase over the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California Court Finds Lack of Evidence Undermines False Claims Act and Retaliation Claims

The Southern District of California recently issued a favorable ruling for employers under both the False Claims Act and California’s retaliatory discharge provision codified at California Labor Code section 1102.5. The court…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

Disability Access Litigation on the Rise

In an article published recently in The Wall Street Journal (“Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar,” October 15, 2014), staff writer Angus Loten reported that accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans with…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

Impact of Supreme Court’s Recent Actions on Employee Benefits

Did the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage? On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of seven petitions challenging federal court of appeal rulings in the Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

A Primer on Voting Leave Requirements: Are You Ready for the Mid-Term Elections?

General elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014. This mid-term election will see all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate up for grabs. In addition, numerous…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

IRS Announces 2015 COLA Increases for Dollar Limitations on Benefits and Contributions

On October 23, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the cost-of-living adjustments impacting tax-qualified pension plans for 2015. The increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Tips for Taking Advantage of California’s Extended Unemployment Appeal Deadline

Busy human resources (HR) managers will be relieved to know that California has done something to make their job just a little easier. The State of California recently enacted legislation extending the time period to appeal an…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

The Diversity and Inclusion Punchline: How One Stand-up Comic Opened My Eyes to a Bigger Picture

The most mundane experiences can often leave a remarkable impact. My husband and I recently went out to see one of his new favorite comedians. We arrived at the outdoor music theater where thousands of people from various races,…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2015

On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law…more
| Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Laying a Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion: A Case Study

In a previous interview, Michelle P. Wimes, Esq., the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins, identified challenges that diversity initiatives face and how to overcome them. Here, she describes how…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law
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