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A court is about to tackle a tricky issue: Does a state law authorizing employees who park in company lots to keep guns locked in their trunks also create a right to sue if the employee is fired for gun possession?
Anderson Lumber Co. in Sacramento has lost its bid to decertify Local 150 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as its employees’ bargaining unit. The controversy arose in 2012 when the two sides were negotiating a successor agreement. The Teamsters have represented Anderson Lumber employees for 50 years.
Precise language in a settlement agreement helped an employer survive a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a former employee.
While there are no federal rules that require employers to tell employees well in advance what their schedules will be, some states are beginning to change that.
Controversial actions by three major federal agencies have businesses worried.
Prepare to add another problem that has flown under most employers’ radar: The risk is that they will be slapped with a huge bill from their workers’ compensation insurers, demanding payment for workers’ comp coverage for all those independent contractors.
Have you ever considered settling an employment dispute by having an employee promise to quit or retire, without any monetary payment? Don’t worry that such an agreement will later fall apart.
Working overtime can be an essential job function. If disabled employees can’t work overtime, you may not have to accommodate them.
One of the first cases the U.S. Supreme Court heard in its 2015-2016 term could have important implications for employers that require arbitration to settle workplace disputes.
Q: “We are a small company with 12-15 employees at any one time. I get very confused on all the agencies that put out employment requirements. Can you tell me if the ADA, EEOC, etc. apply to us?” – Judy, Alaska
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