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Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain individuals they see as particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and assault, including hotel workers.… Continue Reading

California Makes Anti-Bullying Training A Component Of Mandatory Harassment Training

California employers with more than 50 employees must include “abusive conduct” prevention training in their mandatory harassment prevention training.  Assembly Bill No. 2053 expanded the scope of training required by Government Code Section 12950.1, which requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide at least two hours of harassment prevention training to supervisory employees … Continue Reading

Is Your Criminal Screening Process Compliant?

An employer’s reluctance in hiring an applicant with a criminal history is understandable and sensible. Employers have an obligation to ensure a safe workplace, can be fined for failing to enact safeguards against workplace violence, and face liability for negligent hiring and retention of employees who commit violence in the workplace. Furthermore, a job applicant’s … Continue Reading

California Court of Appeal Holds that Courts Must Consider “All Relevant Evidence,” Including Hearsay, in Deciding Whether to Issue Injunctions to Prevent Workplace Violence

By Travis Anderson and Gregg A. Fisch On December 5, 2011, in Kaiser Foundation Hospitals v. Wilson 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 1511 (Dec. 5, 2011), the Court of Appeal for the Fourth District, Division One, ruled that the trial court properly considered “all relevant evidence,” including generally inadmissible hearsay evidence, in deciding to issue a … Continue Reading

EMPLOYERS BEWARE – VIOLENCE AT WORK IS EVERYONE’S PROBLEM

In Franklin v. The Monadnock Company, the Plaintiff sued for wrongful termination in violation of public policy.  Plaintiff’s lawsuit was based on complaints to the Company’s Human Resources Department that a fellow co-worker was threatening to have him and three others co?workers killed.  The Company failed to take action.  A week after Plaintiff’s complaints, Plaintiff’s … Continue Reading
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