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Traps for Employers in Routine Unemployment and Workers Comp Proceedings

Posted in Labor Law

By:  Brendan J. Begley A number of recent California appellate decisions reveal hidden traps that may ensnare employers in administrative proceedings involving employee claims for unemployment or workers-compensation benefits. Such proceedings typically appear routine and uncomplicated. Nonetheless, missteps in handling those routine and relatively low-risk claims can greatly increase an employer’s exposure to liability in a… 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

Is Leave Required As An Accommodation If It Is Unclear If The Employee Will Be Able To Perform The Job In The Near Future?

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

By:       Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Robert v. Board of County Commissioners of Brown County, Kansas, et. al. (10th Cir. Aug. 29, 2012) No. 11-3902 The job description for Robert’s job as a supervisor of felony offenders included 18 “essential functions.”   Some of those included functions like performing drug screenings, ensuring compliance with court orders, testifying… Continue Reading