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New executive order addresses labor law records of contractors

California employees of federal contractors may find a recent executive order signed by President Obama to provide relief in cases where labor practices may seem questionable. The order was signed on July 31, implementing principles that may motivate contractors to more carefully adhere to employment law. The requirements will not be implemented until 2016. However, the effects of current practices may play a role in a contractor's ability to secure a federal contract.

Rights for workers at Native American casinos

California workers employed by tribal casinos may wonder what kinds of employment protections are available to them given that reservations are located on sovereign soil; in other words, reservations are not required to adhere to U.S. employment law. They are treated in the same way that a foreign country would be.

How social media can be trouble for employees

Most people are familiar with the Miranda warning “what you say can be used against you in a court of law” because of crime drama shows like “Law & Order.” However, they may not realize that the same concept applies when it comes to wrongful termination or employment discrimination. This means that email transmissions and more importantly, social media posts can become discoverable evidence in litigation.

NLRB decision could change the landscape of college sports

The regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Northwestern University’s football players are considered employees, instead of the traditional distinction “student athletes.” The ruling essentially paves the way, at least for now, for the football team to determine if it wants to unionize.

Walmart protests seek protection of employee rights

Retail workers in California may have heard about a number of National Labor Relations Board findings against one of the country's largest retail employers. According to the NLRB, Walmart has engaged in behavior that violates employee rights to join legal protests and strikes. The corporation has done so by punishing workers who attempt to organize for better pay and conditions. The nationwide Black Friday protests against the retailer targeted low wages and what many see as illegal actions against labor organizations.

Psychiatrist claims he's being punished for workplace testimony

A psychiatrist who cared for severely mentally ill inmates at a California prison claimed that he was blacklisted for testifying about staffing issues at the prison's mental hospital. The psychiatrist spent 18 months working for the California Department of State Hospitals through the Salinas Valley Psychiatrist Program on the grounds of the Salinas State Prison. The doctor co-signed a letter to the head of the program stating that psychiatrists were caring for up to 60 patients at a time, a workload that he claimed was too heavy.

Can Los Angeles employers snoop on their employees?

Although new laws in California prohibit employers from requiring employees and prospective employees to give employers access to their private social media sites, there are still many other laws in California that allow employers to snoop on their employees without violating employees' privacy rights in the workplace.

Los Angeles officer wins racial harassment lawsuit, awarded $1.2M

Los Angeles is a diverse city, but even though residents of all races and religions live here, folks continue to face harassment and discrimination on the basis of their race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation and gender. Unfortunately, discrimination and harassment is not something that only occurs on the streets; it also occurs in the workplace. The workplace should be a place where all hard-working employees are respected, but not all employers respect the rights of their employees.

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