Employment Law

Religious Liberty 2010 – A Year in Review

By Jason Hines – 2010 has been an interesting year in the area of church-state relations, both at home and abroad. While we cannot cover every event of magnitude that took place this year in this forum, we will touch on some of the more important events have taken place over the last 365 days. American Events In March, the […]

 
 

CalChamber Sounds Alarm on Employer Impact of Proposition 19

"This initiative would change the way employers are required to do business in our state," said Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. "Essentially any employer would be required to offer marijuana users extra protections above those provided to other employees. If Proposition 19 becomes law, our state's workers will face increased exposure to injuries and our employers will face increased exposure to liability. Proposition 19 is bad for employers and their employees."

 
 

9th Circuit: World Vision Can Continue Faith-Based Hiring

On August 23, 2010, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that World Vision is a religious organization and is therefore exempt from Title VII prohibitions on religious discrimination. Three  former employees Silvia Spencer, Ted Youngberg, and Vicki Hulse had had filed suit against the well-known humanitarian organization in 2007, claiming they had been victims of religious discrimination when they […]

 
 

Workplace Religious Freedom Bill Finds Revived Interest (Religion News Service)

EXCERPT: May 5, 2010 – WASHINGTON (RNS) — More than a decade after it was first introduced, an on-again off-again bill to protect employees' religious expression in the workplace is attracting renewed attention that could lead to action on Capitol Hill in coming weeks. . . . "The bill will be introduced to Congress soon in a fashion that will […]

 
 

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Discrimination Case Involving Labor Union

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Discrimination Case Involving Labor Union

By Michael D. Peabody, Esq. – For over 25 years, the legal system has grappled with the question of what constitutes prima facie discriminatory conduct under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Courts across the nation have established different standards for prima facie discrimatory conduct and there have been no clear-cut answers. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said that a […]

 
 

Maryland State Legislature considers a Workplace Religious Freedom Act (HB 381)

ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland State Legislature is presently considering a state-level Workplace Religious Freedom Act" (HB 381).  The bill, currently working its way through the House where it was heard on February 10, 2010, addresses employee requests for observance of holy days. Modeled on the Maryland Flexible Leave Act, the Maryland Workplace Religious Freedom Act would require employers with 15 or more […]

 
 

NJ county's Sunday buying ban may be checking out (AP)

Thanks to RLTV reader Doug Beasley for finding this story. EXCERPT: The Sunday shopping ban in New Jersey's largest county – among the nation's last remaining blue laws – may be lifted to satisfy the state's hunger for more sales tax revenue. The budget proposed last week by new Republican Gov. Chris Christie assumes $65 million in new sales tax revenue by jettisoning […]

 
 

9th Circuit Holds 'Ministerial Exception' Bars Seminarian Employment Case

EXCERPT: This "ministerial exception" helps to preserve the wall between church and state from even the mundane government intrusion presented here. In this case, plaintiff Cesar Rosas seeks pay for the overtime hours he worked as a seminarian in a Catholic church in Washington. The district court correctly determined that the ministerial exception bars Rosas's claim and dismissed the case on the pleadings.

 
 

Washington State Bill to Unionize Child Care Centers Dies in Committee

Washington State Bill to Unionize Child Care Centers Dies in Committee We have good news from the State of Washington. You may have read our last newsletter about the bill that labor unions were trying to pass that would unionize private child care centers, and including faith-based preschools, and categorize their workers as government employees for purposes of union due, […]

 
 

Oregon Legislature Votes Down 1923 Ban on Teachers Wearing Religious Dress

Oregon Legislature Votes Down 1923 Ban on Teachers Wearing Religious Dress By Michael Peabody – This month we have a couple of big stories coming out of the great Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, the legislature has passed a bill championed by the Northwest Religious Liberty Association that overturns a 87-year-old law that prohibited teachers from wearing religious dress in the […]