#WorkforceWednesday: Kickstarter Unionization, Coronavirus Guidance, Class Action Waivers

Employment Law This Week® - Episode 152


Happy #WorkforceWednesday to all employers. Here’s the week’s top workforce management and employment law news:

One Giant Leap for Tech? (Video)

Kickstarter employees voted to unionize last week. This is the first big unionization in the technology industry, and it could signal more union activity to come. Michael Ferrell discusses further.

Users of Class Action Waivers Take Note

Last week, in a proposed class action lawsuit, Judge William Alsup ordered DoorDash to conduct and pay for over 5,000 individual arbitrations. DoorDash is likely to appeal the order or try to resolve the claims on a class-wide basis. Whatever the ultimate outcome, employers utilizing class action waivers in their arbitration programs should take note. Read more about the order.

Coronavirus Guidance Is Released for Employers (Video)

Last week, government agencies released several different coronavirus guidance documents for employers:

Here’s more on preparing your infectious disease plans now.

Other Highlights

Second Final Joint-Employer Rule

The National Labor Relations Board announced its final rule governing joint-employer status. This follows the Department of Labor’s issuance of its final joint-employer rule last month.

Salary History Ban Reinstated

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance. Philadelphia was the first U.S. city to ban salary history inquiries as a way of addressing the wage gap.

What We’re Reading

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision that time spent waiting by Apple retail employees for exit searches is compensable deepens a split among states on this issue.

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