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Evidence of a prior narcotics conviction could be used to show that the employee was not qualified for a union organizer position, even though the employer did not learn of the conviction until after it made the decision not to hire the plaintiff, the California Court of Appeal ruled.
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From: Calif.: After-Acquired Evidence of Prior Conviction Disqualified Applicant from Position

    

Announcing that “class-wide relief remains the preferred method of resolving wage and hour claims, even those in which the facts appear to present difficult issues of proof,” the California Court of Appeal reversed an order denying certification of a class of restaurant managers who claimed they were misclassified as exempt employees and denied overtime pay in violation of California law.
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From: Calif.: Managers’ Class Action for Unpaid Overtime May Proceed

    

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From: New Year’s Reminder: The Value of Tax-Advantaged Benefits

    

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From: Supreme Court Increases Burden on Parties Seeking to Evade Forum-Selection Clauses

    

By tgelbman@littler.com

As always, the new year brings a host of new laws that are the product of our state and federal legislatures. Although many important changes were made to state and federal laws, 2013 saw a reduction of more than 30% in the number of labor and employment bills enacted as compared to 2012. While the total number is lower this year, these new compliance obligations are just as important for employers. This summary provides an overview and chart of new laws that become effective in 2014. As expected, California was again the busiest legislature, but no …read more

From: New Compliance Obligations for 2014: Fewer New Laws, But Important Changes for Employers

    

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From: OSHA Considers PEL Revision Only for Beryllium Rule in Construction