employment law News

The Lowdown: Employer Risk in California and Beyond

Newly released this week on Research & Trends, “Risky Business – Employment Practice Litigation on the Rise” offers insights into the many predicaments your business prospects and clients could find themselves in as employers in an increasingly litigious environment. As …

Small Businesses Under Scrutiny Over Classifying Independent Contractors

Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren’t employees. Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare …

Railroads, Airlines Seek to Bypass States’ Paid Sick Leave Laws

Fed up with state and local laws that require private employers to offer paid sick days, the airlines and railroads have filed suit, claiming that the interstate nature of their businesses should make them exempt. Airlines for America, a trade …

Alliant Handed Victory over Aon in 1 of 3 ‘Poaching’ Suits

A jury in Fresno, Calif. has ruled against Aon Corp. in yet another poaching lawsuit that involves the U.K. brokerage and rival Alliant Insurance Services. The jury rejected every claim by Aon levied against Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant and 10 …

Your Boss Can Snoop on Your Personal E-Mails, European Court Rules

Bosses can snoop on workers’ e-mails including personal messages with loved ones during working hours, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in a case brought by a Romanian man who claimed he was unfairly fired after his employer spied …

Fired Obese Employees Can Sue for Discrimination: EU Court of Justice

The European Union’s highest court extended discrimination laws to obesity, saying employees in limited situations may be able to sue over firings if their weight hinders or limits them at work. Workers who are so overweight that they can’t do …