Starbucks Has Million Dollar Liability Over Unpaid Minutes

Employers have relied on the de minimis doctrine to defend against wage claims for insignificant amounts of time employees spend on job-related tasks while off the clock. In a lawsuit, a court applies the de minimis doctrine to avoid litigation…

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Workplace Retaliation tops the list of EEOC Charges

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released detailed breakdowns of the 84,524 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2017. Of those charges, retaliation claims top the list. Retaliation charges account for nearly 50% of…

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Can You Fire Someone for Attending a Rally of Racists?

Employee Rights Can You Fire Someone for Attending a Rally of Racists? Snapshot • Employers generally are free to fire someone for any reason or no reason at all • Some states prohibit firing workers over lawful activities outside of work By…

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Amazon Accused of Harassing Transgender Worker, Husband

LGBT Discrimination Amazon Accused of Harassing Transgender Worker, Husband • Couple bring sex discrimination, harassment claims under Title VII, Kentucky law • Complaint also includes fairly novel association bias, ADA claims By Jay-Anne B. Casuga Amazon permitted the harassment of a transgender…

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Hiring Practices: Show me the Money. Candidates say ‘No’.

COMPENSATION Show Me the Money? Job Candidates Say ‘No’ Snapshot:  HR should focus on factors beyond salary history to determine pay in wake of bans  Transparency about compensation means better negotiations, happier workers By Genevieve Douglas HR professionals face challenges…

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Safety incentive programs, alcohol and drug testing programs, and other workplace policies and procedures all may be targeted!

OSHA has enacted a new rule, which on its face doesn’t appear to be a significant change, however could prove to be a substantial challenge to employers. OSHA’s 29 CFR 1904.36 rule does not look like a significant change since…

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US Department of Labor targeting Tow Companies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In December of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor published their monthly newsletter DOL in Action. This newsletter included an article entitled A leg up for tow-truck drivers. The DOL announced plans for targeting Tow Operators in…

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California Overtime Laws and Class Action Cases

California Overtime Laws and Class Action Cases California’s basic overtime classification rule seems clear-cut: to be legally exempt from overtime requirements, workers must spend more than 51% of their time engaged in work that is primarily intellectual, managerial, or creative…

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Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act 2015

Pitfalls of using PTO for the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act By John Shea, Employer’s Guardian If you’re an employer in the State of California, you’re no stranger to our government’s ability to create new laws. Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families…

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I Falsified My Time Records … But I’m Still Suing You for Overtime