Supremes start work: 3 employment law cases on High Court docket this year

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The Supreme Court term that began yesterday will decide three important employment law cases, starting with oral arguments today in an appeal that asks whether the government can compel employees of a federal contractor to submit to background checks into their personal business.

Other cases, to be argued later this year, will address whether an employer is liable for a supervisor’s discriminatory act and the extent to which state laws can require employers to use the federal government’s voluntary E-Verify employment eligibility system.

NASA v. Nelson (09-530)

Today’s case involves 28 scientists at the Jet Propulsion Lab, which is run by the California Institute of Technology and conducts space research for NASA.

In 2007, the scientists sued to stop Cal Tech from using federal government background check forms to clear them for work on sensitive NASA projects. The forms, originally developed to run checks on federal employe...(register to read more)

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