Use of employee biometric data – including fingerprints, eye scans, voiceprints, and facial scans – continues to be a popular, yet legally risky, proposition for employers. Several states and municipalities have laws that specifically govern the use of biometric data, the highest profile of which is the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Continue Reading Amidst Uncertainty Surrounding the Scope of BIPA Liability, Hyatt Settles Employee Biometric Data Class Claims for $1.5 Million

California employers will need to reconsider the way they calculate premium payments for meal and rest break violations following a recent decision of the California Supreme Court.

Continue Reading California Supreme Court Adopts New Premium Pay Calculation for Meal and Rest Break Violations

The New York State Department of Labor released its anticipated airborne infectious disease standard and sample plan on July 6.  Employers have until August 5, 2021 to adopt or create a plan to comply with the standard.

Continue Reading New York Releases HERO Act Standard, Sample Plan: What Employers Need to Know

HuntonAK labor and employment partner Roland Juarez was listed among the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 Top Leaders of Influence: Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers. This is Roland’s third consecutive year to be included, he was selected from over 300 nominations.

Continue Reading LABJ Selects Roland Juarez as a 2021 Top Litigator & Trial Lawyer

On June 30, 2021, President Biden signed a joint resolution narrowly passed by Congress to repeal a Trump-era rule that would have increased the EEOC’s information-sharing requirements during the statutorily mandated conciliation process.

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Over the past six months, the California Supreme Court as well as the State’s appellate courts have published a number of important decisions in the area of California labor and employment law. The California Supreme Court’s decisions published earlier this year in Donohue v. AMN Services, LLC (2021) 11 Cal.5th 58 and Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. (2021) 10 Cal.5th 944 were previously covered in Hunton Labor & Employment perspectives. (See Link 1 & Link 2 [discussing the Ninth Circuit’s earlier 2019 decision].)

Continue Reading Mid-Year California Case Law Update

President Joe Biden signed a new executive order on July 9, called the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, aimed at cracking down on monopolies in Big Tech, labor and other sectors.  According to a Fact Sheet released by the White House, the Executive Order includes 72 initiatives the President wants over a dozen federal agencies to undertake for the stated purpose of promoting competition throughout the U.S. economy.

Continue Reading President Biden Signs an Executive Order with Potentially Major Implications for Labor Markets

HuntonAK Labor and Employment partner M. Brett Burns was honored as a Daily Journal Top Labor & Employment Lawyer 2021. This annual list recognizes California’s top attorneys who have made significant contributions to their field of practice.

Continue Reading M. Brett Burns Recognized as Top Labor & Employment Lawyer

The US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Cedar Point Nursery et al. v. Hassid et al., No. 20-107 (June 23, 2021), a case pitting agricultural employee rights to freedom of association and self-organization under California law, against employer private property rights of California agricultural employers, marks a clear victory for property rights.   Continue Reading The Cedar Point Decision: A Victory for Employer Property Rights