Laurie Baddon

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Laurie A. Baddon focuses her practice on employment litigation and counseling. She defends employers in all stages of employment litigation including in class action and single plaintiff wage and hour lawsuits and in harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, misclassification, and breach of contract claims. Read Laurie Baddon's full bio.

California Expands Paid Sick Leave to Five Days Per Year

By and on Nov 16, 2023
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

On October 4, 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 616 into law, officially expanding the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, California’s paid sick leave law. Effective January 1, 2024, California employers must begin providing eligible employees with at least five days or 40 hours of paid sick leave, increased from the...

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A Win for Employers: Ninth Circuit Holds That California AB 51 Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration Is Pre-empted by the Federal Arbitration Act

By , and on Mar 28, 2023
Posted In Employment, Labor

On February 15, 2023, employers in California regained the ability to enforce mandatory arbitration as the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Assembly Bill 51 (AB 51), which prohibited “forced arbitration” as a condition of employment, was pre-empted by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). After years of litigation, the Ninth Circuit’s...

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What if a Job Applicant Discloses a Disability?

By on Aug 5, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

What should employers do if a job applicant voluntarily discloses a disability during an interview? In most cases, employers cannot ask disability-related questions until after an applicant receives a conditional job offer, according to McDermott’s Laurie A. Baddon in this Society for Human Resource Management article. Once the employer makes a conditional offer, the employer...

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How to Handle an Influx of HR Accommodation Requests

By on Jul 8, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

As employees begin to return to their offices, human resource teams are being inundated with accommodation requests. The reasons behind these requests include: Concerns about COVID-19 exposure; Convenience of working from home; Lack of child care options and costs of care; and Weariness of daily commute. McDermott’s Laurie Baddon says in an article published in...

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