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New York Governor Continues To Strengthen Equal Pay Protections

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By Vida L. Thomas On January 9, 2017, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his new “New York Promise” agenda, a sweeping package of reforms that the Governor promises will “advance principles of social justice, affirm New York’s progressive values, and a set a national standard for protections against all forms of discrimination.” As part… Continue Reading

“From Hiring to Firing” – The Life Span of the Employment Relationship

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Date:  February 23, 2017 Time:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this informative seminar that will discuss applicable laws and best practices to help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers avoid liability when they hire, discipline, and terminate employees. Program… Continue Reading

Does Your Service Animal Need a Stand Up Desk? Discrimination and Accommodation of Employees, Customers and Third-Parties

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very informative training session that will help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers to both comply with legal record keeping requirements and also prepare and maintain effective defensive documentation. Most business owners know that customers and employees may… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Weighs In On Class Action Waivers

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

A new decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit continues to leave employers uncertain as to the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements.  The Seventh and Ninth Circuits are on one side of the issue, and the Second, Fifth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits on the other.  The Seventh and… Continue Reading

Illinois’ “Child Bereavement Leave Act”

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

On July 29, 2016, the Illinois General Assembly adopted SB 2613 – the Child Bereavement Leave Act (“Act”) which provides eligible employees with the right to take bereavement leave for the death of a child.  The law went into effect immediately. Covered Employers.  The Act defines covered employers the same way the federal Family and Medical… Continue Reading

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Severely Limits Employers’ Criminal History Checks and “Bans The Box”

Posted in Labor Law

The San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has now prohibited the widely used criminal history check box for employment applications. Unless the Mayor vetoes it, the “ban the box” ordinance will become law no later than Thursday, February 13, 2014. In addition to banning the box, the new San Francisco legislation imposes a host of additional… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Untrained Managers and Supervisors – What They Need To Know

Posted in Labor Law

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace. Untrained supervisors can… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update

Posted in Labor Law

2013  – A Year in Review 2014 – An Interesting Year Ahead Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2013 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employersin 2014.  Sacramento Date:    January 16, 2014 Time:   9:00 a.m. –… Continue Reading

Attorney Fees Continue to be the 800-Pound Gorilla in Employment Cases

Posted in Labor Law

By:       Brendan J. Begley A federal appellate court this week upheld an attorney-fee award of nearly $700,000 to a California employee who won less than $28,000 in damages in a lawsuit alleging wrongful demotion.  According to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Case No. 11-17282, the trial… Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor & Employment Seminars and Training Schedule

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

Hot off the print press –  Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor and Employment Training and Seminar Schedule is now available.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. Our Employment Law Update is scheduled for January 16, 2014 (Sacramento) and January 23, 2014 (San Francisco).   Seating is limited so register early to reserve your spot.  Please contact… Continue Reading

Settling Employment Law Claims: You, the Employee,…….and the IRS?

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Shauna N. Correia Many of our employer clients and their in-house counsel recognize that most of the claims paid in an employment settlement are taxable income for the employee. Employers therefore, wisely require that at least some of the settlement payment to the employee be made in the form of a payroll check, with applicable… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: The Complex Web of Federal, State and Local Leaves of Absence Laws

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

Employers continue to grapple with this very difficult area of employment law. It is not enough to focus on just one law when an employee is unable to work or is absent from the workplace due to some medical condition or injury suffered by the employee or his or her family member. Instead, employers need… Continue Reading

Arrest and Conviction History: As to Banks and Financial Institutions, Is the EEOC’s Guidance Built on An Erroneous Foundation?

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Labor Law

By: Chuck Post and Lizbeth West The EEOC issued its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.” on April 25, 2012. (“EEOC Enforcement Guidance No. 915.002”.)

Employment Due Diligence in Mergers and Acquisitions

Posted in Labor Law

By:  Lizbeth V. West In Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions LLC, the Seventh Circuit held that a company that acquired another business’s assets at a receiver’s auction was responsible for paying a $500,000 settlement reached in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit between the predecessor business and its employees. The acquiring company knew… Continue Reading

Facebook Pictures Enough for the Sixth Circuit to Uphold the Employer’s “Honest Belief” Defense (Sara Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network)

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By:  Chelcey E. Lieber Let’s say an employee was “completely incapacitated” and needs to take leave due to a back injury. The employee is granted leave, but then terminated while on leave. This sets the perfect stage for a successful interference and retaliation claim, right? The Court in Jaszczyszyn v. Advantage Health Physician Network disagreed… Continue Reading

First “Commission” Agreements Must Be in Writing. Now the Definition of “Commissions” is Limited Under Labor Code § 2751

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Last year, California revised Labor Code section 2751 such that any employment agreement involving “commission” payments would have to be put into writing with a signed copy of the agreement be given to the employee. Those revisions go into effect on January 1, 2013.

Don’t Ask for Passwords – Restrictions on Employer Use of Employee Social Media Accounts and Information is Now Law

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By: Charles L. Post AB 1844 is now law. Among other things, it: (1)      prohibits an employer from requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for employment to disclose a user name or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media or to require the employee or applicant to access personal social media in… Continue Reading

New Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for Employees

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:  Brendan J. Begley California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law earlier this month the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, AB 1964, a bill that expands the prohibition against religious discrimination by employers. This new law mandates that workers receive equal protection despite their religious beliefs or appearance while protecting those who wear religious attire. The… Continue Reading

DO YOUR EMPLOYMENT POLICIES VIOLATE THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT? You’d Be Surprised – But They Very Likely Do!

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 7, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an opinion in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. NLRB. The case is an important one for all employers (regardless of whether their employees are union or non-union). It deals with the NLRB’s continuing focus on what it believes to be over-reaching… Continue Reading

Another Door Closes on Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Trade Secrets and Competition

By:       James Kachmar Readers of this blog will note that we frequently remind them that California law generally prohibits non-compete agreements. There are very limited exceptions to this general rule, one being that the seller of goodwill in a business can be bound by a valid non-compete agreement to protect the goodwill that is being purchased. Sometimes,… Continue Reading