Tag Archives: labor law

Dobbs on Demand Podcast Series

In response to the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision in which the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, BakerHostetler partners have developed a podcast series aimed at providing guidance and addressing questions pertaining to the new legal and business considerations that should be made in this new landscape.… Continue Reading

Washington Employers: Take Caution Before Asking Your Employees To Sign Confidentiality and Nondisparagement Agreements

For years, employers have insisted that confidentiality and nondisparagement agreements be included in settlement agreements in a variety of employment disputes, such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and others. The reasoning is straightforward enough: Companies want to protect their reputations, and confidentiality/nondisparagement provisions in settlement agreements have been a way to ensure that unhappy … Continue Reading

FTC and DOJ MOUs with NLRB Reflect the Administration’s Ongoing Focus on Restrictive Labor Relationships and the Gig Economy

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that the agencies had entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The FTC press release touted the MOU as a big deal, stating that it would “bolster the FTC’s efforts to protect workers by promoting competitive U.S. labor markets … Continue Reading

New DC Law Protects Marijuana Users from Adverse Employment Actions

Washington, D.C., employers will soon be prohibited from disciplining, terminating or refusing to hire individuals based on marijuana use or a positive marijuana test. The Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022 will take effect on July 13, 2023, or shortly thereafter. The law, however, contains a few exceptions. Employers will not be in violation … Continue Reading

Colorado Approves Changes to Unemployment Insurance Notices

This past spring, Colorado legislators enacted several new employment-related laws, including Senate Bill 22-234. The bill provides $600 million in federal pandemic relief funds to replenish Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and updates the notice requirements employers must follow when providing employees with information about unemployment insurance. … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Allows Employees to Seek Derivative Penalties for Meal and Rest Break Violations

On May 23, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion that will drastically increase the potential exposure for employers facing meal and rest break class actions. The court, in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., ruled that employees who are entitled to meal or rest period premiums for denial of compliant meal or rest breaks … Continue Reading

So Many NY Changes in 2022 – Employers Beware!

New York employers must be aware of several important changes to employment laws that have already come into effect during 2022, those that have imminent effect (with deadlines just around the corner!), and those that are currently being considered by the Legislature. In this post, we highlight some of the latest developments in employment law … Continue Reading

You Think #MeToo Is Over? Think Again.

On Feb. 10, 2022, the Senate passed HR 4445, which, upon President Joe Biden’s expected signature, will amend the Federal Arbitration Act to allow an individual who is alleging sexual harassment or a sexual assault to elect to bring their claims to court, notwithstanding an arbitration agreement to the contrary. The amendment will be effective … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Significantly Relaxes Employee Burden to Prevail on Section 1102.5 Claims

The Decision On Jan. 27, 2022, the Supreme Court of California issued Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc., No. S266001, ___ Cal. 5th ____, a decision that decisively changed the burden for employers in defending against claims under California’s general whistleblower statute — California Labor Code Section 1102.5. Since approximately 2000, California courts required that … Continue Reading

NLRB Makes Up More New Rules on Joint Employment

Remember that kid in elementary school who, whenever you were winning at some made-up playground game, would change the rules in the middle? “Kids can be so unfair,” your parent might have said, trying to console you. “But when you get older, there are laws and rules, and they’re written down. Everyone knows what the rules … Continue Reading
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