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Ron Holland represents employers in state and federal court litigation, including wage and hour class actions, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, and other complex labor and employment matters. He has experience defending employers in proceedings before governmental agencies, such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the California Labor Commissioner and the US Department of Labor. Read Ron Holland's full bio.

What You Need to Know About the PRO Act


By on Jun 2, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Labor

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) passed the US House of Representatives for a second time this March. If it’s signed into law, the legislation would eliminate state right-to-work laws, increase the number of workers eligible for collective bargaining and ban mandatory arbitration agreements. In this video, McDermott partner Ron Holland breaks...

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How the American Jobs Plan Would Affect the Workplace


By on Apr 21, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, union neutrality and changes to wages and enforcement of health and safety regulations are part of the legislative plan on its way to Congress. Of these proposals, the PRO Act, which has already passed the US House of Representatives, may face the most opposition in the Senate....

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AB 5 Contractor-Classification Battles Set to Heat Up in 2021


By and on Mar 4, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

Employers grappling with independent-contractor classification had a busy 2020—and should expect a flurry of additional activity this year. Few areas in employment law are changing as rapidly. Last year, many concerned about the future of contractor-classification laws paid careful attention to California and AB 5, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and codified...

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Will the Biden Administration Upend Workplace Law?


By on Jan 5, 2021
Posted In Employment, Labor

Joe Biden’s ascendance to the presidency not only spells doom for many of the Trump administration’s business-friendly employment policies; it also may place established tenets of federal labor law on the chopping block. Biden may bring with him to the White House an ambitious pro-labor platform aimed at giving workers and unions a leg up...

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Labor Relations Could See Changes under Biden


By and on Nov 10, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Labor

As the US election cycle begins to wind down, labor stakeholders say one thing is clear: Labor relations across the nation could see big changes under Democratic president-elect Joe Biden. In a recent article by the Daily Journal, McDermott partners Ron Holland and Chris Foster discuss the impacts a Biden presidency could have on the...

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Employers Grapple with Workers’ Off-Duty Behavior


By and on Oct 8, 2020
Posted In Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor

Employees gathering with friends, expressing their political views and posting about these things on social media have created for employers an increasingly urgent question: When the people engaging in unsafe or politically charged behavior are your employees, and the conduct happens off the clock, is it appropriate or even possible to discipline them? Access the...

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Off-Duty Conduct: COVID-19 and Social Media Ranting—What’s an Employer to Do?


By , , and on Sep 10, 2020
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security

Many employers who recently reopened are now facing a new challenge—employee off-duty conduct. At stake are both workplace and customer safety as well as the company’s reputation. A recent webinar featuring McDermott’s Michael Sheehan, Ron Holland, Abigail Kagan and Brian Mead covers various scenarios employers are likely to face and provides practical strategies to navigate...

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Preparing Your Workforce: How to Avoid Legal Landmines When Bringing Employees Back


By , , and on Jun 4, 2020
Posted In Employment

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on organizations of all sizes across all industries. The uncertainty of the “new normal” is leading some employers to consider extreme, and often unnecessary, new policies in anticipation of the eventual return to work. To properly navigate the complexities of these novel COVID-19 employment issues, you need innovative...

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Emerging Trends Alert | Filling in the Gaps: Pay Equity


By , , , , and on Mar 5, 2019
Posted In Employment, Executive Compensation

In a presentation at McDermott’s Employment and Employee Benefits Forum, our lawyers discuss the patchwork of state and local laws surrounding pay equity for similarly situated employees doing the same job. Particularly in California, new developments have emerged further clarifying pay equity laws. For best practices, they recommend: Establishing compensation ranges across substantially similar jobs...

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Worker Classification: Complications Beyond the Front Page


By , , , and on Feb 7, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment

When California’s Dynamex decision rolled out the “ABC test”, it placed the burden on the employer to prove independent contractor (IC) status. In a presentation at the Employment and Employee Benefits Forum in California, McDermott’s lawyers discussed the implications of Dynamex, as it applies to various types of employers as well as those using staffing...

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