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Big Change in California Independent Contractor – Employee Law

Thanks to a new court ruling, companies, large and small, that do business in California may need to review their treatment of employees and independent contractors. The Dynamex case created a new ABC test that will make it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors.

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Employment Law: NLRB Rules that Workers can Organize via Email

My regular readers know that I often check in with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and their rulings concerning employees’ use of social media and other electronic communication tools (here’s one previous blog post on the subject.) December 2014 brought some big news in the world of employment law: the NLRB overturned a previous ruling that restricted employees’ use of company email for union organizing communications. What’s the ruling all about, and does it affect non-unionized workplaces?

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Social Media Law: Can an Employee be Fired for a Facebook Like?

Time for another social media law update. Last year a federal appeals court ruled that Facebook “Likes” are speech protected by the First Amendment. Now the National Labor Relations Board has issued a ruling concerning an employee who was fired for liking another employee’s Facebook status update – which, as you might expect, was critical of the company.

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