Certain hourly computer software employees and salaried nurses are now exempt from California’s overtime rules under a measure Gov. Davis signed into law Sept. 20. The new law takes effect immediately.
Tyson Foods has agreed to change its religious accommodation policies to settle Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges that the Arkansas poultry processor discriminated against a worker who watched Sunday church services on television. Tyson fired Afton Bolen from his job as a fryer operator for refusing to come in on Sundays, despite its policy of […]
The EEOC recently released a guidance explaining when it is and is not permissible to ask employees disability-related questions or to require them to take medical exams. In this final segment, we look at how the EEOC says you should handle a number of common but frequently thorny situations involving employee medical information. Documentation When […]
Five years ago, the EEOC issued rules explaining which medical exams you could require and what health questions you could ask job applicants without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, newly released guidance from the EEOC helps clear up some of the uncertainty employers face when these types of issues come up […]
A new California Supreme Court ruling makes it much easier for employees to sue you for unpaid wages—not just for themselves, but also on behalf of their co-workers. We’ll explain the facts that led to this decision and suggest ways to minimize the possibility you’ll be hit with one of these wage claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a unanimous ruling that permits employees to prove job bias by showing that the employer’s stated reason for termination or other adverse action was false. This is an important decision, although how it will impact California employers isn’t yet clear.
Most employers wouldn’t think that replacing a terminated worker over age 40 with someone who is much older would run afoul of the age discrimination laws. But a new case shows that even a seemingly uncomplicated termination like this can be seen as part of a pattern of age bias when examined under a magnifying […]
Francis Iwekaogwu complained for years that he was being discriminated against because of his race, threatening on more than one occasion to file a formal charge against his employer. When he finally sued and went to trial, he didn¹t win any damages for race bias. But it turned out that the jury was much more […]
The new EEOC guidelines on liability for harassment by supervisors emphasize the importance of thoroughly and impartially investigating harassment complaints. Your inquiry should include interviews of the victim, the alleged harasser and other witnesses who might have relevant information. The goal is to find out who was involved, what happened, and when, where and how […]
At first glance, this case might seem hard to believe. An employer is ordered to pay big damages to a worker who was fired for testing positive for drug use following a workplace accident. Why? Because of poor documentation and alleged race discrimination, both of which could have been avoided. With this case and the […]