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The California Labor Commission recently determined that an Uber driver was an employee rather than an independent contractor, generating national headlines today. In essence, the California decision states that Uber is a taxi service, and that the drivers of a taxi service are employees under California law, because they are integral to the service the taxi service performs.

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In Speed v. Wes Health System, a Pennsylvania Plaintiff survived dismissal of her suit for retaliatory discharge after she defended herself against a coworker who allegedly sexually harassed her for thirteen months. The employer Wes Health System (“WES”) fired both the harasser and Speed after she struck the harasser on the side of his face when he touched her leg ...

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Lumber One hired three employees and titled them as managers of the company’s lumberyard. The company classified these employees as executives, and accordingly paid them on a salary basis without overtime compensation. During their employment with the company, the employees performed various duties including assembling shelves and stocking merchandise, and helping load trucks.

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On December 11, 2014 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling allowing employees use of their employer’s email system during nonworking time for statutorily protected communications under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a result, many employees are now eligible to complain about their work conditions to each other via e-mail with legal protection.

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In 2011, Jane Harris, a resale buyer working with Ford Motor Company (“Ford”), filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleging that the companies’ denial of her request to work from home (telework)...

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