Monthly Archives: October 2011

Southern California Carwash Workers Obtain First Union Contract

Los Angeles carwash workers signed on October 25, 2011 the first union contract of the industry. The agreement was reached after years of effort led by the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, a coalition of the United Steelworkers and the non-profit CLEAN (Community-Labor-Environmental Action Network).   The campaign was initiated in 2008 in the Greater Los Angeles […]

Job Aid for American Workers?

In the most recent attempt to address the jobs crisis in America, President Obama has been furiously campaigning for Congress to pass his American Jobs Act. The Act targets attempts to reduce unemployment by: putting construction workers back on the job, rebuilding roads and bridges; providing tax cuts for small businesses that hire veterans; making sure that […]

California Court of Appeals holds that Employer’s are not Required to Pay Attorney’s Fees in Suits Initiated Against Employees

On October 12, 2011, the California Court of Appeals held in Nicholas Laboratories v. Chen that  employers who lose suits they initiated against an employee related to the employee’s official duties, are not required to pay the employee’s attorney fees pursuant to California Labor Code §2802(a).  The Court also held that California Corporations Code §317(d) […]

The Washington/Wall St. Revolving Door

Outside my office this week, Occupy protesters with banners and drums relayed an important and palpable message: “Listen to Me.” While I may not agree with or understand the specifics demands of the Occupy movement, I empathize with the sentiment of wanting to be heard.  Yet as protesters shout, who in the government is listening […]

Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media Background Checks

The prevalence of social media sites has introduced an era in which businesses use Internet research in their employee background checks. In fact, 54% of businesses have reported using Internet research before hiring new employees. Businesses who use the internet to research their prospective employees must be careful they do not violate state and federal […]

NBA Turns to Federal Mediator

The NBA Owners and Players met until 2AM Wednesday morning in their latest effort to end the 100+ day lockout. After what is being called a “marathon bargaining session”, owners and player reps are at again Wednesday morning for additional talks. With the first two weeks of the regular season already cancelled, and Christmas Day […]

NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season

The 2011-2012 NBA season is in serious jeopardy after Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season last week. There has been no movement in the negotiations as the two sides have been unable to agree on the major sticking points, most notably how to split the league-wide $4 billion revenue […]

DOJ Appeals Alabama Immigration Law Ruling

The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (popularly referred to as the “Alabama immigration law”) was signed by Governor Robert Bentley on June 9th, 2011 and went into effect on September 29th, 2011. The law includes some of the strictest immigration-related provisions passed by any U.S. state, which include: allowing local and state law […]

Tennis Stars Make Push for Players’ Union

Professional tennis players have expressed their discontent with the current state of tennis and a number of highly ranked players are considering unionizing. In 1972 leading tennis professionals joined together to establish the Association of Tennis Professionals, known as the ATP. The ATP has administered the worldwide circuit of men’s professional tennis for over twenty […]

Immigration Case on SCOTUS 2011-2012 Docket

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to an immigration case which will affect whether admitted resident aliens and their out-of-status children may accrue the right to seek leniency against government threats of deportation in the same amount of time. Under federal law, individuals who have been lawful permanent residents for at least five continuous years […]