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California Supreme Court to Review Rest and Meal Break Case

Back in August, we reported a California Court of Appeals decision that employers must provide rest and meal breaks, but are not required to control that the breaks were taken.  Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review of that case – it might uphold the decision, but it might also overturn it.  The grant of … Continue Reading

Washington: Public Policy Against Domestic Violence Supports Claim of Wrongful Discharge

Is a Washington employer prohibited from terminating an at-will employee because she took leave from work to protect herself from domestic violence?  Yes, according to last week’s opinion from the Washington Supreme Court in Danny v. Laidlaw Services.  In Danny, the plaintiff sued her former employer in federal court, alleging she was terminated for taking leave … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Six L&E Cases This Term

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2008-2009 term on October 6 with six labor and employment law cases on its docket.  (For docket information and questions presented, click on the name of the case).  Locke v. Karass:  may a public employee union may charge nonmembers for representational costs for litigation expenses incurred by the international union on … Continue Reading

Oregon: Arbitration Agreements Need Not Contain Express Waiver of Jury Trial

Late last month, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that an arbitration agreement between an employer and an employee need not contain an express waiver of the employee’s right to a jury trial to be enforceable.  The opinion can be read here:  Hays Group, Inc. v. Biege.  In Hays Group, a trial court denied an employer’s motion to compel … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Accepts Review of AT&T Retirement Benefits Case

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether employers may be liable under Title VII for not giving female employees full credit for pregnancy leaves in calculating retirement benefits.  AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, U.S., No. 07-543. The Ninth Circuit ruled last August that AT&T violated Title VII by calculating the female plaintiffs’ retirement … Continue Reading
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