#WorkforceWednesday: Kickstarter Unionization, Coronavirus Guidance, Class Action WaiversEmployment Law This Week® - Episode 152 February 26, 2020
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:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released general guidance as well as separate guidance for health care employers.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released general guidance and additional industry-specific guidance for health care, death care, laboratories, airline operations, border protection, and waste management.
- California’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health provided guidance under the state’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard.
Second Final Joint-Employer Rule
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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