Can You Fire an Employee Who Threatens a Coworker?

The short answer to this question is a resounding yes, as illustrated by a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims for disability discrimination brought by an employee who made threats of violence in the workplace. Specifically, the employee […]

The New California Equal Pay Law: Toughest in The Nation

The New California Equal Pay Law: Toughest in The Nation The California State Senate recently approved S.B. 358, which amends California’s Fair Pay Act to significantly expand protections against gender wage inequality.  Governor Jerry Brown has stated that he plans to sign the bill into law, which would take effect on January 1, 2016. Current California […]

Department of Labor Directs Even More Scrutiny on the Independent Contractor Relationship

Countless businesses use independent contractors to avoid the tangled web of issues associated with the employer/employee relationship under US law.  Unlike employees, independent contractors are not covered by minimum wage and overtime laws, and companies are not required to provide unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.  Contractors also benefit from the relationship, as their wages are paid absent […]

Do Employees Have the Right to Work From Home?

There’s nothing wrong with requiring employees to show up at the office to work, right?  That question used to be a no-brainer, but a recent decision by a federal Appellate Court for the Sixth Circuit may change the answer.    The case concerned an employee who suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, which at times prevented her from driving […]