an update for the week of may 24, 2004
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today's workplace: the employee rights blog
California Executive's Opposition to Minimum Wage Increase Paralleled on the Federal Level: The California Assembly has just passed a hike in the state minimum wage, to $7.25 (and eventually to $7.75 in 2006) from the current minimum of $6.75. However, even if the proposal passes both houses of the California Legislature, the state's residents shouldn't bank on the increase any time soon, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to veto the increase. California's difficulties in passing a higher minimum wage are also now echoed on a national level, as the prognosis for passing a federal increase this year is not a strong one.
this week in the courts
Faber v. Menard, Inc.  (Eighth Circuit; 03-3075 )
Decision Date: May 21, 2004
Fee-splitting provision in arbitration agreement does not, by itself, make the agreement unconscionable; rather, the court must conduct a case-by-case review to determine whether the fees are cost-prohibitive and preclude the vindication of statutory rights in an arbitral forum; if so, the court should sever that clause and then compel arbitration.
Decision Date: May 17, 2004
If a corporation either suffers discrimination harm cognizable under ? 1981, or has acquired an imputed racial identity, it is sufficiently within the statutory zone of interest to have standing to bring an action under ? 1981.
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