The Daily Transcript's weeklong series continues with a look at issues and trends in employment law.

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Accretive Health asks court to toss Minnesota lawsuit

Accretive Health Inc. asked a judge to throw out Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson’s lawsuit accusing the company of breaching privacy laws after a laptop containing data on about 23,500 patients was lost.

Expert Insights: Employment Law

How much information about social network use should employers ask of their employees or job applicants? Should they ask for passwords and logins to sites like Facebook and Twitter?

Judge: Fla. worker drug testing unconstitutional

MIAMI — A federal judge declared Gov. Rick Scott's order requiring drug testing for some 85,000 state workers unconstitutional Thursday, saying the governor showed no evidence of a drug problem at the agencies to warrant testing without suspicion.

Report: Health care law rebates to top $1B

WASHINGTON — Insurance companies will have to return more than $1 billion this year to consumers and businesses, thanks to a new requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a report released Thursday concludes.

Report shows drop in number of women, ethnic minorities at law firms

While the legal industry is all about boosting diversity, the overall statistics remain unimpressive. In fact, according to a report by the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) — a nonprofit formed in 2010 to advocate for more diversity in the profession — ethnic minorities and women’s representation among law graduates has dropped in recent years, with minorities representing 16.6 percent of all attorneys at surveyed firms (down from 18.1 percent), and women comprising 35.3 percent of attorneys (down from 36 percent).

New California law targets employers who misclassify workers

Employers in California must tread carefully when classifying employees as independent contractors. Senate Bill 459, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown and effective as of Jan. 1, aims to crack down on the misclassification of independent contractors.

New gov't guidance on employee background checks

WASHINGTON — Is an arrest in a barroom brawl 20 years ago a job disqualifier? Not necessarily, the government said last week in new guidelines on how employers can avoid running afoul of laws prohibiting job discrimination.

Ruling gives employers some class-action relief

The California Supreme Court unanimously decided April 12 that employers don't have to force employees to take a meal break, they only need to provide it, in a case closely watched by the hospitality and restaurant industries.

Judicial candidates spar over ballot language

The June 5 primary is still one month away, but the race for one judicial seat in San Diego is already getting contentious.

Salary freeze accounts for all of Prop Bís savings, IBA says

An initiative to reform San Diego’s pension system seeking voter approval in June is projected to save $950 million over the next 30 years, according to a fiscal analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Analyst (IBA).

Workers' compensation fraud growing, according to attorneys

Fraudulent workers' compensation claims are increasingly becoming a more common issue in the construction industry.

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Profiles

Employment law leader attributes success to being open to change, hiring great staff

An early interest in history was the catalyst for Richard Paul’s successful legal career.

Law Videos

Mintz Levin's Marty Lorenzo on small biz lending

Feb. 20, 2014 -- George Chamberlin and Marty Lorenzo, an attorney with Mintz Levin, discuss the small business lending environment in San Diego and the efforts to help veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.

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