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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.

Los Angeles Times unionizes, after management’s bad press


On Jan. 4 this year, employees voted 248-44 in favor of joining NewsGuild, a union that represents more than 25,000 news workers across the country. Missteps by the Times’ parent company, Tronc Inc., may have tipped the vote toward unionization. 

California Supreme Court must rule on meal break pay


The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the California Supreme Court to answer several questions about meal breaks and whether certain employees are entitled to additional payments for missed meals.

FEHA has lower disability threshold than ADA


California employers must be mindful that it is easier to qualify as disabled under California law than under the federal ADA.

Beware retaliation if worker has been involved in government inquiry


In order for an employee to claim he or she suffered retaliation, some form of protected activity has to have occurred to precipitate the unlawful punishment. What constitutes protected activity depends on the specific law under which the employee claims protection. It’s not enough to merely complain about working conditions.

Regardless of prior leave, prepare to offer more time off as a reasonable accommodation


Under the disability discrimination provisions of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, employers are required to offer extended leave as a reasonable accommodation for disabled employees—as long as the employee provides an estimated return date.

Appeals court rules: Discrimination based on employee’s obesity may violate FEHA


Workers whose obesity has physiological causes are protected from discrimination and harassment under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. Super­­visors who discriminate against those workers may face liability.

CFRA: Light duty OK following injury


A California employer didn’t violate the California Family Rights Act when it allowed a worker to return to light-duty work following an on-the-job light injury.

Courts will toss unfair arbitration agreements


Courts are particularly unlikely to consider an arbitration agreement binding if it appears the employee did not understand what he was signing.

Administration’s immigration wish list could affect employers


The Trump administration has released a new report on the rulemaking efforts U.S. administrative agencies intend to pursue in the near- and long-term. The Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions contains items that, if enacted, could affect employers’ immigration programs.

Settlement in case alleging disability-related questions


Strataforce, a staffing company that operates in four states including California, has settled charges its hiring procedures violated the ADA.