On June 13, the U.S. House passed S. 3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. This bill – which passed earlier this year with bipartisan support in the U.S. Senate - will crack down on unreasonable practices by container shipping lines, bolster U.S. enforcement against uncompetitive carrier practices and improve transparency for exporters.

Tracey Chow

Under state law – California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – an employer may not “interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of, or the attempt to exercise,” an employee’s right to take protected leave under the statute.  Under federal law – Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – a similar mandate applies making it unlawful for an employer “to interfere with, restrain, or deny” FMLA rights.  Interference covers a wide breadth of conduct having the same effect; eliciting a belief in the reasonable employee that the taking of leave is discouraged.

Teresa McQueen


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