The Seventh Circuit recently examined whether an employee could assert disability discrimination based on a failure to accommodate where a non-disabled employee requested an accommodation to care for her disabled child. Magnus v. St. Mark United Methodist Church, No. 11-3767 (7th Cir. August 8, 2012). In the case, the employee sought an accommodation to take… Continue Reading
Last week, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant and potentially game-changing decision in the ongoing fight over whether current and former professional athletes, who have little historical contact with California, may nevertheless file for and receive workers’ compensation benefits in California. For years, California’s liberal workers’ compensation system has attracted claims by current and retired professional athletes from around the country – many of whom never played on a California-based team and, as a visitor, may have played only a handful of games in California over the course of their careers.
Health Care Coverage Reporting Requirements Now that the Supreme Court has ruled and upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the New Health Care Law), employers will need to start focusing in earnest on the Act’s requirements. Some parts of the Act have gone into effect already, but most of the… Continue Reading
We’ve been following the NLRB’s attempts to change decades-old election rules to make it easier for unions to organize. As we reported, on May 14, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the election rules because the Board lacked a quorum under the Supreme Court’s decision in New Process… Continue Reading
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment that a former employee had misappropriated trade secrets when he left to work for a competitor, and granted the defendant’s crossmotion for summary judgment. The case provides a useful overview of the evidence needed to support a violation of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (CUTSA).