Posts from August 2011.

In an announcement dated August 25, 2011 the National Labor Relations Board confirmed the approval of a final rule which requires all employers under NLRB jurisdiction to post a Notice which will inform employees of their rights. Those rights include to form and join unions and to engage in concerted activities for mutual aid and protection, which may include group protests over working conditions or demands for workplace change through social media. A fact sheet with additional information about the rule can be downloaded by clicking here.

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Court of Appeal held that evidence of employee or job applicant wrongdoing discovered after an allegedly discriminatory termination or refusal to hire that would have caused the employer to terminate the employee or to refuse to hire the employee can be a complete defense to claims for alleged wrongful termination, to claims for alleged discriminatory refusal to hire, and to claims for alleged failure to reasonably accommodate an alleged disability. 

Over ten years ago, in Earley v. Superior Court (2000) 79 Cal.App.4th 1420, the California Court of Appeal held that employers who defeat claims for allegedly unpaid overtime wages or minimum wages are not entitled to recover their attorneys fees. The court reasoned that Labor Code section 1194 is a one-way attorney's fees statute that permits prevailing employees but not prevailing employers to recover their attorney's fees. In that case, the court further held that permitting prevailing employers to recover their attorney's fees would be contrary to public policy in that it would have a chilling effect on the right of employees to sue for allegedly unpaid overtime wages or minimum wages. 

Last year the California Legislature passed SB 1304, providing employees an opportunity to take paid leaves of absence from work for bone marrow and organ donation, as previously reported here. The law took effect January 1, 2011 and applies to employers with 15 or more employees. The law allows for leaves for organ donation of up to 30 days and bone marrow donation of up to five days in a one-year period. The law ...

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