Supreme Court Rules Against Workers in Amazon Screening Case

In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court rejected a case involving Amazon warehouse employees who had argued they should be compensated for the time they spend waiting in a line for security screenings. The workers had argued that the wait should be considered part of their work in the warehouse. According to the New York […]

Supreme Court Hears Employment Case Concerning Security Screening After Work

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning a case involving Amazon and its workers. The issue at hand involves whether Amazon should pay the workers for the time they spend standing in line waiting to be screened by security as they depart from work. According to the New York Times, “The case on […]

Governor Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Help California Victims of Sex Abuse

In vetoing a bill that would give childhood victims of sexual abuse an extended period of time to hold institutions accountable for the actions of child predators, Governor Jerry Brown wrote, “There needs to be a compelling reason to lengthen the statute of limitations for civil claims against third parties. I do not see evidence […]

Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Act

President Obama recently signed an executive order, The Fair Pay and Safe Workplace order, that provides employees of federal contractors more rights in labor disputes including prohibiting forced arbitration for employees who allege sexual harassment or sexual assault. Additionally, the executive order requires federal contractors and their subcontractors to disclose law violations for the preceding […]

SCOTUS Canning Decision May Affect Employment Cases

The recent U.S. Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning was an ostensible blow to President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments. It ruled that the Senate was not in recess for a sufficient length of time for the President to invoke the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. However, the high court’s […]

SCOTUS Canning Decision May Affect Employment Cases

The recent U.S. Supreme Court case National Labor Relations Board vs. Canning was an ostensible blow to President Obama’s ability to make recess appointments. It ruled that the Senate was not in recess for a sufficient length of time for the President to invoke the Recess Appointments Clause of the Constitution. However, the high court’s […]

SCOTUS in Harris v. Quinn: A Small Blow to Unions

While Harris, et al. v. Quinn, et al., the second U.S. Supreme Court decision issued last Monday, may not have received as much press as the Hobby Lobby decision, its consequences may be just as far-reaching and significant for employees and their right to make individual choices about their employment conditions. In Harris, the Supreme […]

What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part II

Yesterday, I covered the majority opinion in the highly political and polarizing Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case that came down on Monday. When a decision is split 5-4, you know that it will likely ruffle some feathers. In Hobby Lobby, four justices dissented, including all of the female justices. Justice Ginsburg wrote the primary dissenting […]

What’s the Big Deal with the Hobby Lobby Case? Part I

If you’ve been following the news, or your Facebook or Twitter feed at all in the last 24 hours, you’ve likely been bombarded by stories and posts (and rants) praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case or declaring it to be the end of the world. Needless to say, you probably […]

Are Your Workers Employees or Independent Contractors? The Answer May Surprise You!

Owning a business is the American dream. It allows for independence, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. However, a lot of responsibility comes with that dream, including being current with the laws and regulations — both state and federal — that govern your relationships with your workers. One of the most common issues employers face is the […]

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