In Skidmore v. Virtua Health Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86181 (D.N.J. June 21, 2012), a nurse with attendance issues related to her alcoholism and anxiety was terminated by her employer after she failed to report to work on a day when the center was short-staffed, following a trend of poor attendance. At the termination meeting, her employer cited her attendance, but repeatedly mentioned her alcohol problems and told her that she would not be terminated if she enrolled in an alcohol rehabilitation program. For those reasons, the court held that a jury could have concluded that she was terminated for her alcoholism, rather than her attendance. Further, the court held that although the law permits an employer to terminate an alcoholic if the alcoholism reasonably precludes the performance of her job that too was a question for the jury to decide.
The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws.
With only 404 total positive test results, 44 hospitalizations, and 10 deaths statewide during the pandemic as of May 22, 2020, Alaska took a big step forward in reopening its economy and lifting restrictions on social interaction. Accordingly, during a recent press conference, Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that phase III of the Reopen Alaska Responsibly plan would begin on May 22.
On May 19, 2015, the Los Angeles City Council voted, 14-to-1, to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour in increments over the next five years. As a result, the city council will draft a proposal to raise the wage rate from $9.00 per hour to $15.00 per hour by 2020.