California’s AB 51, which attempts to ban certain mandatory arbitration agreements, was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. However, a federal court issued a last-minute temporary restraining order blocking the law.

​A county employee who developed medical symptoms that seemed to be caused by her office environment was qualified for disability retirement after her employer denied her request to work at a different location, a California appellate court ruled.

California HR professionals will likely have a busy year dealing with the state’s new independent-contractor test, historically low unemployment rate and multigenerational workforce.

California’s controversial new independent-contractor test took effect Jan. 1, but several professional associations, on-demand businesses and workers are trying to halt its application to their respective industries.

This year, the US Supreme Court will get a chance to say whether federal civil rights law protects gay and transgender employees from discrimination, and California courts will grapple with recent changes making it harder for Golden State businesses to label workers as independent contractors. McDermott’s Michael Sheehan looked at these and other cases to watch in 2020 in a recent article for Law360.

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Originally published by Law360, January 2020

A decision in Texas v. United States was issued by a divided three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on December 18, 2019. This case presented once again the question whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is constitutional and sustainable, and questions of severability remain for the near future.

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California HR professionals wanted to know more about the state’s new independent-contractor test, PAGA claims, sexual-harassment-prevention training requirements and how to comply with other new laws.

Vox Media recently announced that it will stop using hundreds of freelance journalists so that it doesn’t run afoul of California’s stringent new independent-contractor law.

The California Court of Appeal upheld a jury award of almost $400,000 in damages to a university professor of Indian national origin and ancestry who was denied tenure and fired from her job.

A bank teller who alleged that her employment was terminated because she was of Mexican heritage can proceed with her race and national origin discrimination claims, a California appellate court ruled.