One of the most controversial issues in employment law these days involves the position of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) that an employer violates the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) when it requires employees to pursue any dispute they have with their employer on an individual, rather than on a class or collective action, basis with other employees. It is a position that has been adopted by two circuit courts and rejected by three—a conflict that suggests that the issue is ripe for U.S. Supreme Court review.
The NLRB has contended that ...
The top story on Employment Law This Week is the EEOC's release of fiscal year 2015 enforcement data.
Retaliation claims were once again the number one type of charge filed, up 5% from last year for a total of 44.5% of all charges. Race claims were second, making up 34.7% of claims. 30.2% of charges alleged disability discrimination, up 6% from last year. Ronald M. Green from Epstein Becker Green (EBG) gives more detail on what’s behind the numbers.
View the episode below or read recent comments about the EEOC's release, from David W. Garland of EBG.
In a split decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to adopt a bright-line rule to assess whether a managerial employee has filed a complaint for the purposes of § 215(a)(3) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the statute’s anti-retaliation provision. The decision, Rosenfield v. GlobalTranz Enterprises, appears to highlight a disagreement among the Circuits.
At least four Circuit Courts – the First, Fifth, Sixth and Tenth – have adopted a manager-specific legal standard: in order to engage in protected activity under § 215(a)(3), the employee ...
We would like to call your attention to a significant change to the whistleblower statute in California that went into effect on January 1. The statute, Cal. Lab. Code section 1102.5, has been substantially expanded beyond its prior form to now protect employees from retaliation for making internal complaints or even potential complaints about suspected violations of federal, state or local law.
California previously protected employees from retaliation for reporting reasonably suspected violations of state or federal laws to a ...
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