ALRB Affirms Major Labor Victory

Ottone Leach Olsen & Ray LLP’s client received a favorable ruling on June 10, 2013, when the three-member panel (“Board”) of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (“ALRB”) affirmed the Administrative Law Judge’s March 1st recommendation to certify the results of the September 19, 2012 election at Corralitos Farms where the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) failed to win a majority of the votes.  In addition, the Board affirmed Judge Douglas Gallop’s recommended decision to dismiss all of the UFW’s election objections and the ALRB General Counsel’s Amended Complaint against the grower.

More


Strawberry Grower Wins Major Victory

Ottone Leach Olsen & Ray LLP's client, Corralitos Farms, recently won a major victory at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). On March 1, Administrative Law Judge Douglas Gallop of the ALRB issued his recommended decision dismissing all of the United Farm Workers of America's election objections and the ALRB General Counsel's Amended Complaint against Corralitos Farms, LLC. In addition, he recommended that the ALRB certify the results of the September 19, 2012 election at Corralitos Farms where the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) failed to win a majority of the votes.

More

 

New Employment laws for 2012: Part II

This is the second of a three-part series on new 2012 laws that may impact you as an employer.

More

 

New Employment laws for 2012: Part I

This is the first of a three-part series on new 2012 laws that may impact you as an employer.

More

 

Employers' End-Of-Year Resolutions

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Dec 23, 2008

This is a good time of year for employers to review all aspects of their business to ensure that all laws are being complied with and all policies are being applied appropriately. Below, we sugges...

More

 

Revised FMLA Regulations Issued by DOL

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Nov 25, 2008

Employers with more than 50 employees must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For the first time since the FMLA’s enactment, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued signifi...

More

 

The Efficiency of Arbitration in the Workplace

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Sep 09, 2008

Employers and employees can agree to resolve issues that arise in the workplace by way of arbitration. This process is normally quicker and less expensive than going through the judicial process. ...

More

 

Prospective Employees and the "Felony" Question

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Aug 26, 2008

When applying for a job, many employees may fear that question on the application form that asks: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” That fear may be well-founded as some emp...

More

 

Access to Employee Information

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 29, 2008

While employers are the ultimate owners of most things relating to their business, some information must be shared with their employees, for example, the employee’s personnel file. Emplo...

More

 

Do You Have the Right to Discipline Your Employees for Their Off-Duty Conduct?

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 29, 2008

California Labor Code §96(k) authorizes the Labor Commissioner to act on an employee’s claims for loss of wages because of demotion, suspension or discharge for lawful conduct occurring ...

More

 

Hands-Free Cell Phone Use Affects Some Employers

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 29, 2008

As most of us are now aware, last year, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the California Wireless Telephone Automobile Safety Act of 2006. This legislation was enacted because of the growing...

More

 

New Legislation to Benefit Spouses of Deployed Military Members

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 29, 2008

In order to serve the families of troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to assure that these families are able to spend time together during leaves from deployment, legislation has ...

More

 

Employers Are Required by Law to Reasonably Accommodate Illiteracy

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 29, 2008

At the end of last year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published a study entitled, +To Read or Not to Read+. The study was based on a variety of data sources and ultimately concluded t...

More

 

Denial of Insurance Claim Because of Employer's Failure to Comply With Policy Requirements

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 22, 2008

Employers can purchase Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) to protect themselves in the event an employee files a civil lawsuit against them. A recent case, Westrec Marina Management v...

More

 

Do Not Rely on the Terms of a Collective Bargaining Agreement As a Defense to Employee Claims for Overtime, Meal and Rest Periods

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jul 08, 2008

Many employers and employees think that once an agreement has been collectively bargained with a union, that is the final word in determining the wages, hours and working conditions in the workplac...

More

 

Federal Contractors Are Now Required to Use an Electronic Employment Eligibility System

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jun 24, 2008

On June 9, 2008, President Bush signed an Executive Order requiring that all federal contractors use E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly...

More

 

New Employee Processing

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Jun 10, 2008

Going through the selection process for a new hire is often a daunting task for any employer. Careful screening and interviewing techniques to come to the final decision is critical to the success...

More

 

English-Only Policies

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – May 27, 2008

Employers these days are fortunate to have employees hailing from all over the world. In order to correlate a cosmopolitan staff with the business needs of the workplace, employers sometimes find ...

More

 

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Private Employment Arena

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – May 12, 2008

In past articles, we have discussed California’s Drug-Free Workplace Act, which applies to employers who have contracts with, or receive grants from, the State of California, as well as the t...

More

 

No Individual Liability for Retaliation

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Mar 11, 2008

Last week, the California Supreme Court decided in _Jones v. The Lodge at Torrey Pines Partnership_ that non-employer individuals, such as corporate officers and directors, supervisors and managers...

More

 

National Defense Authorization Act

Anne Frassetto Olsen, ESQ. – Feb 12, 2008

On January 28, 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act became law, amending the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Among other things, this law permits eligible employees who are family members...

More