Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

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Obesity Can Be Disability, European Court Rules

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday in a case involving a Danish childcare worker who said he was fired for being fat. The Associated Press reports that the decision could have employment law consequences across the 28-nation block, where employers might face an "active obligation" to cater to the needs of their obese staff members who are considered disabled, because discrimination on the grounds of disability is illegal under European Union law.

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Court: No Pay for Warehouse Security Checks

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon are not entitled to pay for time spent complying with security checks at the end of their shifts. At the heart of the case was whether the time employees spent waiting in line and going through the security check was related to their primary job duties. In saying it was not, the justices reversed a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had said the screenings should be compensated because they were performed for the employer’s benefit and were integral to the workers’ jobs. WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9 has the AP story.

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