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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation increasing the wage replacement rate under California’s paid family leave program.
The U.S. Supreme Court on May 16 struck a minor blow against class-action lawsuits and took a pass on a case that could have dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act. Both cases could have had a substantial effect on some HR operations.
Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists, one from Pennsylvania, are among five people charged with stealing trade secrets related to an anti-cancer drug the pharmaceutical giant is developing.
The last word may not yet have been written in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
The Occu­pational Safety and Health Administration has  issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements.
Employees who simultaneously file an EEOC charge and an internal complaint usually can’t win a retaliation claim just because their internal complaint was put on hold pending the outcome of the EEOC claim.
Increasingly, courts have been tossing out cases early on when it’s clear the former employee isn’t sure exactly what she thinks the employer did, but just assumes it was some sort of discrimination.
Unlike employees in the private sector, government workers have the right to speak out on matters of public importance without being punished for doing so.
In a notorious case involving a Philadelphia TV station, a reporter who used a racial slur during an editorial meeting has lost his bid to overturn a jury’s decision that his firing was not racially based.
Be sure to track employee accommodation offer responses to show lack of cooperation.
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