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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.

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.

Court loses patience with pro-se litigants’ appeal

When workers try to sue their employers and can’t find an attorney, courts will look at their financial status and sometimes conclude that they shouldn’t have to pay filing fees and other court costs. This can mean that a seemingly frivolous case goes on for a long time.

California courts can modify arbitration agreements

In certain arbitration agreements, employees cannot waive the right to collect attorneys’ fees if they prevail. But including such a waiver in the agreement doesn’t necessarily doom it.

ADA: Document every step of the interactive accommodations process

If you ultimately turn down a request to accommodate, the worker may sue. And that’s when you will need good records to prove you really did act in good faith by engaging in the interactive process.

California courts take a hard line on independent contractor classification

Two recent California court decisions have made it much harder for California businesses to establish that workers are independent contractors rather than employees.

Target missed connection with deaf applicant

The EEOC has sued the Target retail chain for failing to accommodate a qualified deaf applicant.

Arbitration pacts: Beware language barriers

Employers who have their employees sign arbitration agreements need to consider what might happen if an employee challenges the agreement on the grounds that it might be unconscionable.

Bosses aren’t docs: Don’t diagnose employees

Generally, disabled workers have to request accommodations for their disabilities and aren’t entitled to any unless they do. But what if a supervisor suspects the employee may be disabled?

You must prove OSHA compliance is impossible

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the power to fine employers that don’t follow workplace safety rules. However, if an employer can show that providing safety measures would be impossible, compliance would not be required.

State amends pay equity law, clarifies salary history issues

California’s pay equity law has been amended to clarify certain ambiguities regarding proper interview questions, disclosure of pay scales and the application of the law to existing employees.