Walmart has agreed to pay $65 million for refusing to provide cashiers with the option of sitting while they worked. Nearly 100,000 current and former Walmart cashiers in California were part of the class action, which had been ongoing for nearly a decade.
The end of the California legislative year was marked by a flurry of last-minute bill signings by the governor that address major employment law issues. But included in the plethora of signed bills are several with a narrower focus or that are targeted at specific industries that might have been overlooked.
Maryland's ban on sexual harassment waivers in employment contracts and a Massachusetts law governing noncompetition agreements top the list of new October 1 compliance requirements affecting employers.
Funding would go out under a federal program intended to temporarily expand the service capacity of dislocated worker training and employment programs in response to large, unexpected economic events that cause significant job losses.
The California legislature passed a new bill restricting the use of nondisclosure and mandatory arbitration agreements in sexual harassment claims. Other states have enacted or are pursuing similar legislation.
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