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Graduate Students Are Employees and Can Form Unions, NLRB Rules

Graduate Students Are Employees, NLRB Rules
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The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that graduate students who work at private universities as either teacher or research assistants are considered employees. The NLRB ruling gives these graduate students the opportunity to form and join unions that private university administrators must now recognize.

This long-awaited NLRB decision in Columbia University could have a substantial impact on private universities throughout the United States as the ruling offers a broad definition of which graduate students can be classified as school employees.

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The Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes: An Analysis

Sexual Harassment Complaint Filed Against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes
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Roger Ailes, former chairman and CEO of Fox News Corporation, has been in the news lately over an allegation of sexual harassment against him by his former employee and news celebrity, Gretchen Carlson. Roger Ailes has stepped down from his job at Fox, but he still needs to defend against Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit in a New Jersey court. And, as The Los Angeles Times reports, this could be the beginning of more lawsuits against Fox alleging sexual harassment during Ailes’ tenure.

To better understand this notable lawsuit, we’ll take a look at the sexual harassment complaint and break down what it means.

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EEOC Releases Final Rules on Wellness Programs Under ADA, GINA

EEOC Releases Final Rules on Wellness Programs Under ADA and GINAOn May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its final rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) on employer-sponsored wellness programs. The final guidelines now give employers clearer direction on the compliance of employee wellness programs under the ADA and GINA. Read More…

Caregiver Discrimination in the Workplace: A Growing Problem?

Caregiver Discrimination in the Workplace
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Given the nature of modern American life, where many families are led by two working parents or a single working parent, issues of having enough maternity leave, or time to take care of young children or sick relatives arise fairly often in the workplace.

While discrimination against caregivers is illegal under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), many employers haven’t adopted internal policies to address workers’ caregiving concerns.

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California Fair Pay Law May Soon Protect Employees from Racial Discrimination

Last October, the California Senate unanimously passed the California Fair Pay Bill — one of the most protective equal pay laws in the country. While this was a giant leap in protecting women facing wage discrimination in California, a recent proposal from a state lawmaker wants to expand the law even further to protect employees from racial discrimination.

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Employment Law News Roundup: January 2016

Employment Law News Roundup January 2016
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January was a big month for employment and labor law litigation, settlements, and proposed legislation. Most notably, workplace sexual harassment lawsuits took over news headlines throughout the nation, including an announcement of a proposed bill that would address the prevalent sexual harassment problem in astronomy.

Because many employment law news stories are published daily, we’ve decided to keep our readers informed by offering an employment law news roundup each month with summaries and links to top employment law content from around the web.

The following stories are an overview of just some of the latest developments in employment and labor law news, cases and legislation for January 2016.

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Wrongful Termination in California: Former Bikram Yoga Lawyer Fired for Complaining About Sexual Harassment

Things are beginning to heat up in a California wrongful termination lawsuit against Bikram Yoga and its founder, Bikram Choudhury.

Recently, a California jury heard opening statements where Minakshi Jafa-Bodden, a former legal advisor to the hot yoga guru, claimed Choudhury fired her and threatened to have her killed after she made complaints about sexual harassment — behaviors that Choudhury and his attorneys deny.

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Employment Law News Roundup: December 2015

Employment Law News December 2015
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In December, we saw many important employment and labor law stories, cases, and settlements in the headlines; including California’s soon-to-be proposed 1099 Self-Organizing Act, minimum wage increases, and Uber’s newly blocked arbitration agreement.

Because many employment law news stories are published on a daily basis, we’ve decided to keep our readers informed by offering an employment law news roundup each month with summaries and links to top employment law content from around the web.

The following stories are an overview of just some of the latest developments in employment law news, cases and legislation for December 2015.

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10 New California Employment Laws in 2016 That Will Benefit Employees

New 2016 California Employment Laws for EmployeesIn 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of employment law-related bills that could have a significant impact on both California workers and employers in 2016. Many of the bills included employment laws that will offer employees even more protections under California law, including: SB 358, a law that will aggressively close the gender wage gap, AB 1509 that offers greater whistleblower and anti-retaliation protections, and California’s notable minimum wage increase.

The following summary will fill you in on the laws that will further protect California employees from workplace discrimination, retaliation, and more in 2016.

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Employment Law News Roundup: November 2015

Employment Law News Roundup - November 2015
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November was an important month for employment law issues in both California and nationwide due to some shocking reports on gender pay equality, plus notable workplace discrimination and employer retaliation cases that hit the headlines.

Because a number of stories regarding employment law are published daily, we’ve decided to keep our readers informed by offering an employment law news roundup each month with summaries and links to top employment law-related content from around the web.

The following stories are an overview of just some of the latest developments in employment law, cases and legislation for November 2015. Read More…

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