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Employment Law

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.

Court sends Browning-Ferris back to NLRB

Employers have been seeking to overturn Browning-Ferris since the day it was issued, and had pinned their hopes on a legal challenge filed in March 2017. The Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on that lawsuit Dec. 28, and employers are … confused.

New Congress, old committee

One of their first orders of business after House Democrats were sworn in on Jan. 3: renaming the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Fed contractor settles, was accused of hiring bias

To settle allegations of systemic hiring discrimination, Coastal International Security, Inc. agreed to pay $409,947 in back wages, plus interest.

Alleged tip skimming prompts DOL lawsuit in Lansdowne, Pa.

The U.S. Department of Labor has sued the owner of the Empire Diner & Restaurant in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, after an investigation found willful violations of the federal minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.