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NLRB: Freight company had duty to notify, bargain with union over installation of video cameras

June 24th, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
The employer had unilaterally installed cameras in work areas but the union argued that the employer crossed the line when it installed cameras where employees changed clothes.
Reversing an ALJ’s decision in favor of a freight company, the NLRB found the employer violated the NLRA when [Read more...]

School district may be strictly liable under WLAD for bus driver’s sexual abuse of students

June 24th, 2020

By Robert Margolis, J.D.
The statute provides for strict liability, and “discrimination” includes intentional sexual abuse.
A school district may be subject to strict liability for discrimination carried out by its employees in places of public accommodation, and such discrimination can include “intentional sexual misconduct[,] including physical abuse and assault,” the Washington Supreme [Read more...]

IKEA agrees to pay $7.5M to resolve break policy lawsuit

June 24th, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney has granted preliminary approval of the settlement for over 6,000 California-based IKEA employees.
On June 17, a federal district court in California granted preliminary approval of a settlement to resolve class claims brought by 6,400 hourly IKEA employees alleging that the [Read more...]

CBA provision requiring destruction of police disciplinary and internal investigatory files violates Illinois public policy

June 24th, 2020

By Robert Margolis, J.D.
The court found the CBA to be in direct conflict with Illinois Local Records Act prohibiting records destruction except as provided by that Act.
A provision in the City of Chicago’s collective bargaining agreement with the city’s police union requiring the destruction of disciplinary files after five years, [Read more...]

OSHA guidance outlines COVID-19 return-to-work recommendations

June 22nd, 2020

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The guidance makes clear that it does not contain any new standards; nor does it create any new legal obligations.
On June 18, OSHA released new guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidance supplements the Departments of Labor and [Read more...]