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HTMLSCOTUS Preview: Is the End in Sight for Public Employee Unionism (and Fair Share Fees)?
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2014
Does a collective bargaining agreement that requires nonunion home-care workers to pay a fee to a union representative violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? In the next few days the Supreme Court of the United States will decide this question in a case challenging a state law...

 

HTMLTwo California Appellate Decisions “Delegate” Authority From Courts to Arbitrators
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Two divisions of the California Court of Appeal recently issued two significant decisions on arbitration agreements. Both courts held that a trial court lacks authority to determine the enforceability of an arbitration agreement if the agreement has a provision delegating that authority to an...

 

HTMLCalifornia Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status
Ameneh K. Ernst, Spencer C. Skeen; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., S196568 (June 26, 2014): On June 26, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that federal immigration law does not preempt a California law that extends state law protections to all workers regardless of their immigration status. However, the court held...

 

HTMLYour Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
Dara L. DeHaven, Leigh M. Nason, Christopher J. Near, Alfred B. Robinson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
On February 12, 2014, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13658 (“Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors”), with instructions to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to issue regulations by October 1, 2014 implementing the requirements of the order. On June 17, 2014, a...

 

HTMLDon’t Wait Until Trial Is Over to Raise Objection As to Court’s Jurisdiction, Says California Court
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 27, 2014
Kim v. Konad USA Distribution, No. G048443 (June 12, 2014): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that an employer that waited until a trial ended to raise an objection about exhausting administrative remedies had waived its right to make the objection. The court held that the...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Clarifies ESOP Fiduciaries’ Obligations
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 2, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a fiduciary of an “employee stock ownership plan” (ESOP) is subject to the same duty of prudence that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires of fiduciaries in general. Justice Breyer, delivering...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Rules Public Employee’s Sworn Testimony Is Protected
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014
Declaring that “public employees do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment,” the Supreme Court of the United States held today that the First Amendment protects a public employee’s truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena. According to Justice Sotomayor,...

 

HTMLMSHA Initiates Enforcement Review of Elevator Safety at Cement Operations
William K. Doran; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
In the aftermath of a fatal elevator accident in February 2014 at a cement plant in Kentucky, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has initiated an unannounced elevator enforcement review at cement operations around the country. According to MSHA management, the specific focus of these...

 

HTMLFederal Court Clarifies CAFA’s Jurisdictional Amount in State PAGA Cases
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently issued a pro-employer ruling with regard to the jurisdictional minimum amount in controversy required by the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005-an issue that has not been resolved by the Ninth Circuit Court of...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Holds NLRB Member Recess Appointments Unconstitutional
Douglas M. Topolski; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
This morning, in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, the Supreme Court of the United States concluded that the recess appointments of former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members Sharon Block, Terence F. Flynn, and Richard F. Griffin, Jr. made on January 4, 2012, were...

 


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