What were the five biggest employment law developments in 2019?
A California federal court decertified a class of millions of Walmart employees after concluding that the named plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to bring their challenge to the employer’s use of background checks.
The diminution of an employee’s duties can constitute an adverse employment action in violation of Title VII, a New York federal court recently held in a case involving an African-American medical doctor.
Agreeing with a trial court that the arbitration agreements at issue were both procedurally and substantively unconscionable, a California appellate panel denied the employer’s motion to compel arbitration.
In a potentially beneficial decision for employers, a California appellate panel ruled that the term “wage and hour … law” in an insurance policy’s exclusion was limited to laws “concerning duration worked and/or remuneration received in exchange for work.”
The 2019-2020 U.S. Supreme Court term could have a significant impact on the employment law area, with three major issues already on the docket for the justices to consider.
After several years—and significant changes to the plans—the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized the new minimum annual salary requirement for exempt executive, administrative and professional employees.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that McDonald’s is not a joint employer with a franchisee under the definitions found in California Wage Order 5-2001, as it did not have direct control over the store employees or “suffer or permit” them to work.
Employers cannot shorten the time period in which employees can file a Title VII claim by contract, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled.
On October 10 2019 Gov Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 51 While styled as a bill pertaining to enforcement of employment discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) the bill sweeps far more broadly