As in past years, 2012 produced many significant state and federal legal developments that affect the workplace. Employers will both endure, and benefit from, these new laws. The Fenwick & West Employment Practices Group invites you to attend a complimentary briefing, where we will summarize the most important developments from 2012, and offer recommendations to effectively comply with significant changes in the law.
- Wage/Hour: Relaxation and clarification of rules regarding meal and rest breaks, exempt status and "rounding" of work time; new wave of class action "suitable seating" cases; new rules regarding commission agreements; and other developments regarding sales commissions.
- Equal Employment Opportunity: EEOC guidance regarding use of criminal history information; new California law heightening employer religious accommodation obligations; and other developments regarding gender, age, disability and race discrimination and harassment.
- Leaves of Absence: New FMLA regulation expands scope of military "exigency" leave; other developments regarding when employers are (and are not) required to afford FMLA leave.
- Privacy: New federal limits on employer attempts to restrict employee use of social media on and off work; new California law expands employee rights to inspect and obtain copy of personnel file; new California law prohibits forced disclosure of social media passwords; federal agency warns that use of background check "apps" on mobile devices is covered by fair credit reporting law.
- Arbitration: New but conflicting court decisions regarding enforceability, particularly with respect to "class action waivers."
- Unfair Competition: Important clarification of rules regarding noncompetition agreements entered into as part of the sale of a business.
Join us on January 10, 2013 for this complimentary program as we explain how these and many other developments will impact your workplace during 2013 and beyond.