Employment Law & Compliance
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “retaliatory intent” doesn’t have to be proven in whistleblowers’ Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) retaliation claims, only that the protected activity was a “contributing factor” in an unfavorable employment action. In this case, the distinction involves a whistleblower seeking reinstatement of a damages award of nearly $1 million along with $1.77 million in attorney fees and costs.
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) proposed ban on noncompete agreements is expected to be finalized this year, perhaps as soon as April. SHRM has opposed the proposal, calling for it to be scaled back. Will the final rule be more limited and, if so, what might it look like?
Employees of color with disabilities are less likely than their white counterparts to receive workplace accommodations, according to a new report. Here’s how this racial bias can be problematic for both employees and employers.
Trial courts in California can no longer discard lawsuits brought under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) over concerns that they would be unmanageable to try in court. On Jan. 18, the California Supreme Court ruled in Estrada v. Royal Carpet Mills that trial courts cannot dismiss a PAGA claim on the grounds of manageability.
The Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act provides 40 hours of paid leave per year, frontloaded or accrued, for any purpose. That has some employers worried that the law is ripe for leave abuse. Written policies can help address these concerns.