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WorkforceWednesday: Kickstarter Unionization, Coronavirus Guidance, Class Action Waivers [VIDEO]

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.

Video: YouTubeVimeoMP4Instagram.

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.

Video: YouTubeVimeoMP4.


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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Mike Ferrell Employment Lawyer Epstein Becker Green
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MICHAEL (“MIKE”) S. FERRELL is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Chicago office of Epstein Becker Green. Mr. Ferrell provides clients with skilled, practical counseling on labor and employment matters to achieve their business and litigation objectives. And he helps clients identify risks in the context of business decisions in order to minimize unnecessary exposure and be in the best position for a successful outcome in the event of litigation or a labor dispute. His practice extends nationwide and includes employers...

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George Carroll Whipple III, Epstein Becker Green, Workforce Management Lawyer, Hiring Matters Attorney
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GEORGE CARROLL WHIPPLE, III, is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor, and Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. He hosts the firm's innovative weekly video program, Employment Law This Week.

Mr. Whipple:

  • Counsels employers on workplace issues, including hiring and promotion, firing and discipline, wage and hour, and the implementation of employment policies, to ensure compliance with federal and state laws

  • Conducts internal investigations on human resource compliance and regulatory issues

  • Advises clients on non-competition and raiding issues

  • Negotiates with incoming and outgoing employees, and prepares contracts

  • Represents clients in trials, arbitrations, and mediations in the areas of compensation disputes and discrimination

  • Represents employers in wage and hour and independent contractor collective actions and reviews

  • Counsels clients on compensation plans and programs

  • Handles legal fee reduction reviews

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