CA Employers: Good News from the US Supreme Court PAGA Actions May Be Subject to Arbitration After All

by Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

The long-awaited decision by the US Supreme Court in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana was issued on June 15, 2022, and brings some good news for California employers. The issue before the court was whether the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a rule of California law that invalidates contractual waivers (e.g. arbitration agreements) of the right to assert representative claims under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).

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Webinar: An In-Depth Look at Attorney-Client Privilege

On Tuesday, June 14, The Litigation Section of the Barristers will present a webinar that aims to provide an in-depth look at attorney-client privilege in employment, white collar, and commercial litigation.

Weintraub shareholder Lizbeth (Beth) V. West will speak at the event, alongside Aviva Gilbert of Farella Braun + Martel and Anna McLean of Sheppard Mullin.

Weintraub attorney Jacqueline Simonovich will moderate the discussion, which will cover:

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Department Of Homeland Security Ends the COVID-19 Temporary Policy For Expired List B Identity Documents

by Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) adopted a temporary policy in response to the difficulties many individuals experienced with renewing documents.  As part of that temporary policy, employers were permitted to consider expired List B identity documents when completing the Form I-9 (“Employment Eligibility Verification”) which is required for employment in the United States.

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The EEOC’s New Guidance Says Discrimination Against “Caregivers” May Violate Federal Law

by Lizbeth (Beth) V. West
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

On March 14, 2022, the EEOC released a new technical assistance guidance document entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Caregiver Discrimination Under Federal Employment Discrimination Law.

Essentially, the guidance reiterates that an employer may not discriminate against an applicant or employee under federal law on the basis of protected classes such sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), race, color, religion, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. 

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Lizbeth West Named President of Hope Cooperative Board of Directors

Weintraub Tobin is pleased to announce that attorney Lizbeth “Beth” West has been elected President of the Board of Directors for TLCS, Inc. dba Hope Cooperative.

Hope Cooperative is a 40-year-old Sacramento-based non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to transform the lives of those living with behavioral health challenges, substance use disorders, and homelessness, by supporting their independence, promoting their housing stability, and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.

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US Supreme Court Will Hear OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate Challenge on Expedited Basis

by James Kachmar
The Labor & Employment Law Blog

Earlier this week, Beth West wrote a blog update about the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals vacating the stay of OSHA’s vaccine or test mandate that applies to employers with more than 100 employees (Click here to read). Ms. West noted that the challengers to the mandate would seek immediate review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Appellants in those cases filed their appeals of the 6th Circuit’s ruling and filed applications to again stay the OSHA vaccine or test mandate.

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