Emloyment LawConsultant’s Blog (02-13-18)

Good Afternoon,

I will try to provide a new Blog Post every Tuesday and Thursday. Comments are always welcome.

Thank you,

Fred

 ✔ California’s Shield for Employees from Immigration Enforcement: “Under AB 450, California’s public and private employers will be prohibited from voluntarily consenting to a federal immigration enforcement agent’s request to enter nonpublic areas in the workplace or voluntarily allowing the agent access to employee records unless the agent provides a judicial warrant.”  Shield

 ✔The Supreme Court Revies “Agency Fee”: “On February 26, the Supreme Court hears arguments in the most important labor case of the 21st century to date, Janus v. AFSCME. At issue are rules in 22 states requiring public employees to pay “agency fees” to cover the collective-bargaining costs of unions that represent them, even if the employees are not members of the union. If the court voids those laws, public-sector unions and the (usually Democratic) politicians they support could suffer a big financial hit.”Agency Fees

 ✔ Cannabis Enforcement Plans: “US Attorneys, state officials and cannabis industry representatives met in Portland, Oregon on February 2 to discuss how to enforcement will change after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced changes to Department of Justice (DOJ) policies on the prosecution of marijuana cases.” Cannabis Enforcement

 ✔Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Complaints?:  “56 Attorneys General  Urge Congress to End Foreced Arbitration in Worplace Sexual Harassment.”  This is the first time in about 10 years that all U.S. attorneys general formed a bipartisan coalition to write Congress. Sexual Harassment

 ✔America’s Answer to the Gender Pay Gap: “As countries around the world grapple with the gender pay gap, some places in America have come up with a new way to tackle the problem….Their solution? Bar employers from asking job applicants what they currently earn, so new salary offers are not based on the previous figure.” See more from the BBC at Gender Pay Gap

 ✔An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory:”When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – may be exactly what you need. Just dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy 10-15 minutes of quiet contemplation, and you’ll find that your memory of the facts you have just learnt is far better than if you had attempted to use that moment more productively.” See more from the BBC at Memory

 ✔American Grown Saffron? : “Saffron is a legendary spice that can be traced back to at least ancient Minoan-era Crete (2600BCE to 1100BCE). Some research predicts the global saffron industry will be worth $2 billion by 2025. About 90 percent of the world’s saffron—including most of the 20 tons imported to the U.S. each year—comes from Iran; Spain and Italy are other significant producers.” Saffron

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