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Upcoming Seminar (Orange County): Think You’re Up On The Current Laws? April Fools!

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, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour

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 employers in 2014. Program Highlights New Federal and State Legislation and Regulatory Requirements Updates in the World of Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Law… Continue Reading

Lizbeth West Co-authors “California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers”

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence

Co-authored by Lizbeth West, Published by LexisNexis Book Highlights: How to navigate the complex issues surrounding family leave, military leave, worker’s compensation and personal time. Insightful analysis of the key employment features to keep in mind when dealing with leave law in California. Determinative considerations in accounting for the many different California and federal rules… 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

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

Space Still Available for Upcoming Seminar: Pregnancy Leave, Accommodation and Disrcimination – Don’t Wait for the Stork to Teach You What It All Means

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence

Summary of Program Join the Employment Law Group of Weintraub Tobin for an informative and up-to-date discussion about the rights and obligations of pregnant employees. Program Highlights Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) PDL versus FMLA/CFRA Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Employees Pregnancy Discrimination What are the Courts saying? Date:   September 12, 2013 Time:    9:30 -11:30 am. Location: Weintraub… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Pregnancy Leave, Accommodation and Discrimination – Don’t Wait for the Stork to Teach You What It All Means

Posted in Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence

Summary of Program Join the Employment Law Group of Weintraub Tobin for an informative and up-to-date discussion about the rights and obligations of pregnant employees. Program Highlights Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) PDL versus FMLA/CFRA Reasonably Accommodating Pregnant Employees Pregnancy Discrimination What are the Courts saying? Date:   September 12, 2013 Time:   9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location:  Weintraub… 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

Second Appellate District Holds that Employers do not Fulfill FEHA Obligations by Providing the Statutory Four-Month PDL Leave to Employees with Pregnancy-Related Disabilities

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By:  James L. Brannen In Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc. (2013) 2013 Cal. App. Lexis 131, the Second Appellate District of California, for the first time, has addressed whether an employer who provides the full amount of leave allotted by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) to a pregnant employee with… Continue Reading

Are You Ready For Your New Compliance Obligations Under The FMLA?

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Effective March 8, 2013, those employers covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will be required to comply with the recently issued regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The majority of the new regulations relate to the FMLA’s military leave provisions and the Airline Flight… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Grants Review of CFRA/FMLA Case Richey v. Autonation, Inc.

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By:   Chelcey E. Lieber The California Supreme Court recently granted review of Richey v. Autonation, Inc., a Court of Appeal case that vacated an arbitration award in favor of the employer. The Court rejected the employer’s argument that it had an “honest belief” that an employee was misusing his CFRA/FMLA leave, and this honest belief justified… Continue Reading

The Fourth Circuit Court Says Pregnant Employee Not Entitled to Accommodation

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By:    Duyen T. Nguyen In Young v. UPS, 2013 U.S. App. Lexis 530, a UPS worker sued her employer for sex and race discrimination under Title VII and for disability discrimination under the ADA on the basis of her pregnancy. On January 9, 2013, the Fourth Circuit Appellate Court issued a decision affirming the district court’s… 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

The Continuing Danger of Terminating Employees on Leave: An Honest Belief That Leave is Being Misused is Not Always Enough (Richey v. Autonation, Inc.)

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Chelcey E. Lieber Avery Richey, a sales manager at Power Toyota of Cerritos (“Toyota”), went on medical leave under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) due to a back injury. While on leave, Toyota learned Richey was working at a restaurant he owned. Toyota dispatched an employee and a supervisor to Richey’s business, where… 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

FAQ: What Should An Employer Do When an Employee on FMLA Leave Says They Will Not be Returning to Work?

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By:       Chelcey E. Lieber Question:  An employee is out on FMLA leave to care for her newborn baby.  Before her leave ends, she notifies her employer that she actually does not intend to return to work.  Does the employee still have any restoration rights?  Can the employer recover any health care premiums they paid during… Continue Reading

Is Compliance with an Attendance Policy an Essential Function of the Job? The Ninth Circuit says “Yes!”

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law

By: Chelcey E. Lieber Attendance at work seems like an obvious requirement to keep a job, right? The unfortunate answer often given by lawyers to that question is, “it depends.” In the employee-friendly state of California, permitting telecommuting or exemptions to an attendance policy may be a reasonable accommodation if a person has a disability…. Continue Reading

2012 Brings A Whole New Set Of Obligations And Challenges For California Employers – Failure To Comply Could Be Devastating

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By:       Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Esq. Governor Brown signed a significant number of bills into law during the 2011/12 legislative term, many of which will have a direct impact on almost every California employer, regardless of size. Many laws impose new obligations on employers and prevent employers from engaging in what they may otherwise thought was previously… Continue Reading

Refusing to Return Calls from Employees on Leave is a Risky Practice for Employers

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By: Brendan J. Begley A supervisor’s failure to return calls from an employee on family or medical leave may support a retaliation claim against an employer under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  Liability under such circumstances can exist, a federal court in Pennsylvania recently ruled, even if the employer has provided the… Continue Reading

Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is in the Top 25

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

By: Chuck Post Over the last year, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin has tripled the size of its employment law department. In addition to enhancing the services we can provide to our clients, this growth has allowed us to continue presenting our quality seminars and maintaining our Labor and Employment Law Blog. Our results… Continue Reading

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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

Big news! Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is one of the nominated candidates for the LexisNexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs of 2011. We need your help! Click here, log onto the Labor and Employment Law Community and then leave a comment at the bottom of the page saying “I vote for The Labor &… Continue Reading

Governor Brown Signed Bill To Amend Organ and Bone Marrow Donation Leave Law

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, New Legislation and Regulations

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Last September, California’s previous governor (the “Governator;” oops I mean Governor Schwarzenegger) signed into law a new statutory leave entitlement for certain employees who are going to donate their bone marrow or an organ to another. The law was codified in Labor Code section 1510 and provided that an employer… Continue Reading

Employers Beware! Vacation v. Sabbatical Leaves

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Almost every employer offers some form of vacation leave to its employees. Some employers, following the lead of academia, also offer long-term employees sabbatical leaves so that they can “recharge their batteries” and hopefully return to work more productive and creative. Employers must ensure that they have proper policies in place in characterizing sabbatical leave to… Continue Reading

LAW ALERT – Employers Beware: Your FMLA Paperwork May Grant an Employee Protected Leave When They May Not Be Entitled to It

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Can an employee take FMLA leave for substance abuse? The FMLA regulations clearly state that: “FMLA leave may only be taken for treatment for substance abuse by a health care provider or by a provider of health care services on referral by a health care provider. On the other hand, absence because of the employee’s use… Continue Reading