Arbitration Agreements In Employment Contracts: Cross Your T’s And Dot Your I’s In All Languages

In Juarez v. Wash Depot Holdings, Inc., California’s Second Appellate District Court of Appeal upheld the denial of an employer’s motion to compel arbitration when the arbitration agreement contained in the employee handbook was not the same in the English version as the Spanish version. Plaintiff Carlos Juarez filed a lawsuit alleging thirteen wage-and-hour claims, Read More…

New Regulations Further Limit Employers’ Use Of Criminal History

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council has finalized and adopted new regulations set to go into effect July 1, 2017. These new regulations (found here), which largely follow guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), limit the extent employers can use criminal history when making employment decisions. The new regulations clarify two Read More…

Appellate Decision Highlights Potential Employer Pitfalls When Performing Background Checks On Applicants

On January 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression, held that a prospective employer violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) disclosure requirements when it obtains a job applicant’s consumer report after including a liability waiver in the same document as the statutorily mandated Read More…