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Aug

24

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
  • News

California Protects Sex Harassment Victims and Employers from Slander Lawsuits:

Hoping to encourage victims and employers to report and share information regarding about sex harassment without fear of being sued for slander, the new law, effective January 1, 2019, protects as privileged some employee and employer reports about sex harassment.   

Sex harassment accusations can destroy a person’s reputation and slander and/or defamation lawsuits are often the only way an accused can defend against such allegations.  The threat of such lawsuits have deterred victims, witnesses, and former employers from sharing information about harassment and harassers.  

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Aug

16

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
  • News

Hawaii Bans Salary Inquiries: Governor Ige signs bill into law prohibiting employers

Hawaii Bans Salary Inquiries:  Governor Ige signs bill into law prohibiting employers from asking applicants about their prior compensation history.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, employers with any  workers in the state may not ask anyone about about an applicant’s “current or prior wage, benefits, or other compensation.” 

The bill also prohibits: 1) searching publicly available records or reports to attempt figuring out an applicant's salary history, and 2) relying upon an applicant's salary history to determine compensation, unless the applicant voluntarily discloses it without prompting. 

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Aug

08

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
  • News

The NLRB Really Wants You to Settle: the NLRB created its alternative dispute resolution program in 2005.

The Program is really a free mediation service that assigns experience law judges to help parties resolve unfair labor practice charges and other disputes.  

Now the NLRB is actively working to get parties to utilize the program.  In addition to incorporating it's ADR program into the Board's updated rules and regulations in early 2017, the NLRB is now launching a pilot program to encourage and welcome requests for ADR services.  

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Aug

04

2018
  • Posted by: Kalani Morse
  • News

Expect Increases in Union Activity after U.S. Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Payment of Union Dues for Public Employees:

The 5-4 decision overturns a 1977 ruling allowing unions to charge fees for contract negotiation services to all employees working under that contract, often called “fair share” or “agency” fees.

While details about how the ruling applies to current contracts are still unclear, the dissent warned that the majority's ruling will disrupt “thousands of ongoing contracts involving millions of employees.”

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