Cal/OSHA COVID-19–Related Citations May Provide Leverage to Labor Unions and Their Members

A February 2021 California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) press release trumpeted the agency’s enforcement efforts and its recently issued citations for COVID-19–related violations. Cal/OSHA continues to aggressively issue “serious” classification citations to California employers. For example, Cal/OSHA issued “serious” and “willful-serious” citations with hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties against a sister agency, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation dba San Quentin State Prison, for COVID-19–related violations.

California Supreme Court Rules Unions May Picket on Private Property

Ralphs Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 8, S185544 (December 27, 2012): The California Supreme Court recently held that although a supermarket’s privately owned entrance area is not a public forum where a union could assert free speech rights under the state Constitution, there is statutory protection for picketing activities under

"You've Got Mail" – Court Reverses NLRB Decision

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer violated federal labor law by disciplining an employee for sending union-related emails to her co-workers. The court disagreed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), finding that “substantial evidence does not support the Board’s determination that [the employee] was disciplined for a reason other than that she sent a union-related email.”

Michelle's Law Provides Extended Medical Coverage For Students

Michelle’s Law provides that a group health plan that offers dependent coverage and conditions that coverage upon status as a full-time student may not terminate the dependent’s coverage when the dependent ceases to meet the “full-time” criteria due to a “medically necessary leave of absence.” This law is intended to protect parents of college students who lose “student status” due to illness from the financial burdens of COBRA.