THE EEOC STEPS UP CHALLENGES TO EMPLOYERS’ RELEASE AGREEMENTS

A. Introduction Employers’ motivation to obtain a release of claims may range from reducing the risk of litigation after a group layoff, to resolving a live dispute with a single employee. These goals generally are consistent with the strong public policy favoring...

CALIFORNIA MANDATES SICK LEAVE

Recently, California became the second state to require private employers to provide paid sick leave. The new law, called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (“A.B. 1522”), goes into effect on July 1, 2015, and will affect private employers of every size...

NO-SWITCHING AGREEMENTS AND ANTI-TRUST LITIGATION

It is said that employees are an employer’s most valuable asset. Unlike most assets, however, employees can pick up and leave when “opportunity knocks.” Employee turnover not only causes higher payroll and recruiting costs, but also risk disclosure of trade secrets...

WHEN COURTS DISAGREE WITH THE CALIFORNIA LABOR COMMISSIONER

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, or DLSE, is the state agency responsible for enforcing state wage-and-hour laws. In conjunction with its enforcement duties, the DLSE issues “opinion letters” at the request of the public, opining as to the...
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