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GOOGLE GOT SLAPPED – EMPLOYEE CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS ARE TOO BROAD AND EQUATE TO AN ILLEGAL NON-COMPETE

GOOGLE GOT SLAPPED – EMPLOYEE CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS ARE TOO BROAD AND EQUATE TO AN ILLEGAL NON-COMPETE High tech and entertainment companies in California are known for requiring that employees sign broad non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality agreements (“NDAs”).  A California judge ruled last week that the Google’s NDAs are too broad...

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NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2022

NEW EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR 2022 It is a new year, with new employment laws.  Here’s a synopsis: No More Confidentiality Provisions In Settlement Agreements California law previously prohibited the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements involving claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sex discrimination.  Now, the legislature broadened...

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Employers Must Pay Employees for Deminimus Startup Time

Employers Must Pay Employees for Deminimus Startup Time Booting up work computers takes time.  The call center representative employees (CCRs) at Nelnet Diversified Solutions LLC (“Nelnet”) had to clock in after their computers were up and running and software was launched, but they were not being paid for that time....

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OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect

OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccine-Testing Mandate Back in Effect On December 17, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the nationwide stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that had been imposed by the Fifth Circuit, requiring the ETS’s employer vaccination and testing requirements for COVID-19...

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WHEN IS IT AN UNDUE HARDSHIP FOR AN EMPLOYER TRYING TO WORK THROUGH A COVID-19 VACCINE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST?

WHEN IS IT AN UNDUE HARDSHIP FOR AN EMPLOYER TRYING TO WORK THROUGH A COVID-19 VACCINE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST? Employers face medical and sincerely held religious belief objections to COVID-19 vaccinations and anti-discrimination laws (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title...

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WHAT TO INCLUDE IN AN EMPLOYEE FILE

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN AN EMPLOYEE FILE Accurate recordkeeping and maintenance of personnel records is essential for an employer. Employers collect important documents relating to each employee throughout the employee life cycle and those records should contain the history of the employment relationship from employment application through exit interview. For...

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CAL/OSHA ISSUES ANOTHER UPDATE TO THE JUNE 17, 2021 – COVID-19 PREVENTION PLAN (CPP)

This is an update to our prior OSHA/COVID-19 employer alerts.  Cal/Osha has developed a model program to assist employers in creating their own workplace “written” Covid-19 Prevention Plan (CPP).  This updated model, published June 29, 2021, reflects the changes made from the June 17, 2021, Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Cal/Osha...

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