- Written by Gregory Blueford
Sound the Alarm: California Company Ordered to Pay $211,405 in Back Wages for Violating Cal-WARN
Earlier this month, employees at a San Diego shipyard were awarded $211,405 in back pay and lost pension benefits after a California Appellate Court affirmed a lower court decision which ruled that the employer violated the California WARN Act by not providing employees with a 60-day notice of an impending temporary layoff of 90 employees.
NASSCO Holdings Incorporated and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (collectively “NASSCO”) employs thousands of workers in its shipbuilding and repairing business. NASSCO employees are represented by The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths Forgers and Helpers, Local 1998 (the “union”). NASSCO’s staffing requirements change frequently and its collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) with the union contains detailed rules regarding the handling of terminations and short-term unpaid work stoppages, which the CBA refers to as a “layoff.”
Christmas Comes Early This Year — The New NLRB Rolls Out Common-Sense Rule For Evaluating Handbook Policies
- Written by Michael C. Saqui and Rebecca A. Hause-Schultz
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) continued rolling back anti-employer decisions by overturning its standard for reviewing the legality of employee handbook policies. The new standard moves towards a balancing test that will take into account the handbook policies’ impact on employee rights and the employer’s reasons for maintaining the policy.