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Quick Quiz Answer: Pay For Being In On-Call Status

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 01, 2014
The answer to our September 22, 2014 Quick Quiz is, "Yes, even though the payments are not tied to the on-call hours he works." In declining percentage order, the responses were:


Shaw Valenza LLP • October 01, 2014
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 settlement of disputes without litigation.

Unemployment Claims: Do You Really Want To Fight It?

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 01, 2014
There are a lot of misconceptions regarding unemployment claims filed by recently-departed employees. This article will try to shed some light on them and help answer the common question: “Should we fight an unemployment claim?”

When Employees Solve Problems With Their Fists

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 01, 2014
Generally speaking, human resources professionals and business executives have become quite adept at dealing with employee claims for illegal harassment. For example, just about any HR manager can provide a definition of a “hostile work environment.” Likewise, HR managers are keenly aware of what to do when handling workplace romantic relationships or inappropriate conduct that have the potential to generate a lawsuit.

The Chicken Or The Egg?

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 01, 2014
You finally decided to take the long overdue disciplinary action. Jack has got to be disciplined. But just before you do, Jack, possibly sensing what’s about to happen, makes a complaint of harassment. This is the first you’ve heard of this problem. Is the complaint legitimate? What do you do? Continue with the planned disciplinary action? Put your decision on hold while you investigate? Will it look like retaliation if you proceed with the discipline?

VETS Publishes Final Rule on VEVRAA Reporting Requirements

FordHarrison LLP • October 01, 2014
Executive Summary: The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has issued its final rule implementing the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). As discussed in our prior Alert, VETS issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in February 2014, setting out its proposed revisions to the rule.

Did the California Legislature Kill Arbitration?

Shaw Valenza LLP • October 01, 2014
Could be. Certainly, arbitration services should be concerned that their services may not command the interest they once did.

California Governor Brown Signing More New Employment Laws at End of 2014 Session (Part I)

Shaw Valenza LLP • October 01, 2014
The 2014 legislative session is over. But employers will be remembering this one for a long time. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a host of new laws at the end of the session. Many deal with narrow-cast and public sector-related funding issues, which I won't cover here. (You're welcome).
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