Do Employers Need to Accommodate an Employee’s Perfume Sensitivity?

Do Employers Need to Accommodate an Employee’s Perfume Sensitivity?

You might expect that courts do not like to penalize government agencies too much. That expectation became a reality in a recent case in the Ninth Circuit appeals court. In that case, the Ninth Court found that the Social Security Administration (the “SSA”) did not discriminate against an employee—named Ms. Toms—on the basis of her alleged perfume sensitivity disability.

Navigating California’s Wage Statement Law: Implications of the Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. Ruling

Navigating California’s Wage Statement Law: Implications of the Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. Ruling

The California Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc. has significant implications for employers in the state. The ruling establishes that if an employer can demonstrate it reasonably and in good faith believed it was providing complete and accurate wage statements to its employees, then it has not “knowingly and intentionally” violated California’s wage statement law, even if that belief was mistaken. This “good faith” defense is crucial as it can shield employers from substantial penalties for inaccuracies in wage statements. However, the defense requires employers to show they had a reasonable basis for believing their wage statements complied with the law.

Drawing Insights: Employment Law Lessons from Notable Lawsuits

Drawing Insights: Employment Law Lessons from Notable Lawsuits

Employment law is a dynamic field, shaped by landmark cases that offer valuable insights for both employers and employees. These cases not only illuminate legal principles but also underscore the importance of proactive measures to foster fair and inclusive workplaces. Here, we delve into five notable cases and extract key lessons that resonate in today’s employment landscape.

Department of Labor’s Final Rule Raises the Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees

Department of Labor’s Final Rule Raises the Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees

On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule that raises the salary thresholds for specific overtime exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The new rule affects employees who qualify under the federal rule’s executive, administrative, and professional exemptions (there is some nuance here, but we can skip that for now).

FTC’s Final Rule Bans Non-Competition Agreements

FTC’s Final Rule Bans Non-Competition Agreements

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) finalized a rule that bans virtually all non-competition agreements between a business and their “workers” (more about what a “worker” is below). The new rule would prohibit businesses from restricting a worker’s ability to work for competitor following the worker’s separation from the business.  

Navigating Pregnancy in the Workplace: Understanding the Impact of the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act and EEOC’s Final Regulations

Navigating Pregnancy in the Workplace: Understanding the Impact of the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act and EEOC’s Final Regulations

The Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”) became effective on June 27, 2023, which mandates that employers with 15 or more employees must provide reasonable accommodations for known limitations associated with pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Lessons Learned from Employment Law Litigation

Lessons Learned from Employment Law Litigation

Employment law litigation serves as both a safeguard and a teacher in the realm of workplace dynamics. It not only addresses grievances but also offers invaluable lessons for employers and employees alike. From discrimination and harassment claims to wrongful termination claims, each case brings forth insights that can shape organizational policies and practices. Here, we delve into some key lessons gleaned from employment law litigation, highlighting their significance and implications.

California Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of ‘Hours Worked’ Under California Law

California Supreme Court Clarifies the Definition of ‘Hours Worked’ Under California Law

On March 25, 2024, the California Supreme Court ruled that an employee’s time spent waiting in the employee’s personal vehicle on their employer’s premises while undergoing an employer-mandated exit procedure by a security guard, is considered compensable “hours worked” under Wage Order No. 16, section 2(J).

Handling Employee Performance Reviews Effectively

Handling Employee Performance Reviews Effectively

Performance reviews are an indispensable tool in the arsenal of every responsible employer. They serve as a mechanism to provide feedback, set goals, and evaluate employee progress. However, navigating the legal complexities surrounding performance reviews requires a thorough understanding of employment laws and best practices. In this article, we summarize the keys to conducting employee performance reviews effectively from a legal standpoint.