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Joseph L. Beachboard (Editor)

California Employment Law

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Joseph L. Beachboard is a nationally recognized expert on employment law issues who speaks regularly at SHRM and other HR events. He also is a regular contributor to several national and California publications. In 2000, Mr. Beachboard sold The Labor Letters, Inc., a publisher of monthly employment law journals that he founded to advise human resource professionals. He is a founding member and executive director of the Management Employment Law Roundtable, a national, invitation only, organization of management labor and employment lawyers.

Fair treatment is your best defense against bias claims

Your best defense to any employment lawsuit is to be able to show that you always treat everyone fairly. You will be able to sleep well at night knowing it will be hard to prove you were liable for discrimination or retaliation.

One incident won’t create a hostile environment

Employees claiming a hostile work environment must show that a reasonable employee would have found the environment intolerable. One incident isn’t enough.

Court: Class-action waiver of future claims OK despite current litigation

A California state appeals court has upheld the right of an employer to require an employee to sign off on an arbitration agreement even though there may be a pending class-action lawsuit in which she is a party member—as long as the class-action subject matter can still be heard in arbitration.

Joint employer along with other entities? You could be on the hook for discrimination

Sometimes, an employee has several employers at the same time. Each of those entities may be held liable if the employee suffers unlawful discrimination.

Nuances of the ADA: 9th Circuit rules on definition of ‘regarded as disabled’

The federal appeals court with jurisdiction over California employers has ruled that a worker doesn’t have to prove his employer believed he was substantially impaired in order to sue under the ADA if the employer discriminated against him by regarding him as disabled.

Tell bosses: No badmouthing ex-employees

Remind supervisors and managers after they have terminated someone: Be careful about how you handle inquiries from prospective employers of your former employee.

New law requires more sexual harassment training

California was one of the first states to mandate sexual harassment training in the workplace. But the law only mandated regular training for supervisors at large companies. All that changed on Jan. 1, when Senate Bill 1343 went into effect.

Take care when disciplining whistleblowers

An employer must show it would have taken the same action against an employee even if he had not blown the whistle.

What is our obligation to warn about medical providers who are on probation?

Q. We are a small medical practice. I heard that if one of our providers is subject to probation by their licensing boards, we must warn patients. Is this true?

LGBT employee rights in transition as courts weigh in on bias

Ensuring anti-discrimination protection under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender employees remains a strategic priority for the EEOC.