Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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Second Circuit Holds that FLSA Settlements Require Court or Department of Labor Approval

On August 7, 2015, in Dorain Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., 796 F.3d 199 (2d Cir. 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is an “applicable...more

9/21/2015 - Appeals Dismissal With Prejudice DOL Filing Requirements FLSA Retaliation Rule 41 Settlement Agreements Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

[Event] Retail Best Practices: Accommodating Disabilities with Acumen, Protecting Data with Diligence, and Avoiding Class Actions...

Topics covered will include: Accommodating Disabilities in The Retail Work Environment: A discussion of recent developments under the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act impacting...more

9/18/2015 - Class Action Cybersecurity Data Protection Disability Disability Discrimination Events Reasonable Accommodation Retailers

Supreme Court Sides with EEOC in Abercrombie & Fitch Hijab Case

On Monday, June 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court reversed a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit which had granted Abercrombie & Fitch (“Abercrombie”) summary judgment in a religious...more

6/15/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Best Management Practices Disparate Treatment Dress Codes EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Job Applicants Reasonable Accommodation Religious Clothing Religious Discrimination SCOTUS

NYC Council Votes to Sharply Restrict Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the New York City Council approved a bill that will strictly regulate how employers in New York City (with at least four employees) may conduct criminal background checks. Mayor Bill de Blasio is...more


[Event] Sheppard Mullin's Spring 2015 Labor & Employment Law Update - May 5, New York, NY

Please join our experienced attorneys for an informative and lively discussion on a variety of timely topics, including: - Leading Court Decisions and Key Legislative Developments in 2015 - Psychological Disabilities...more

5/4/2015 - Arbitration Continuing Legal Education Disability Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Events Hiring & Firing Mediation Misclassification NLRB Reasonable Accommodation Whistleblowers

Sixth Circuit Holds That Ford Motor Co. Was Not Required to Accommodate Telecommuting

On April 10, 2015, in an eagerly awaited decision interpreting the reasonable accommodation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled, en banc,...more


Major Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights

On November 21, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major shakeup at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, replacing all eight Bloomberg-appointed Commissioners and the Commission Chair....more

12/4/2014 - NYCHRL Political Appointments

The EEOC’s Assault on Separation Agreements – A Bump in the Road, But It’s Far From Over

Most employers have separation agreement forms that have served them well over the years. The terms have become fairly standardized and, aside from the occasional tweak, they don’t change much and are rarely challenged. ...more

10/31/2014 - Conciliation CVS EEOC Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Separation Agreement Strategic Enforcement Plan

DOL Proposes to Amend FMLA Definition of “Spouse” to Include Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed amending the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act to expressly include individuals in same-sex marriages....more

7/21/2014 - DOL Employee Benefits FMLA Marriage Same-Sex Marriage

Court Upholds New Jersey’s Ban on Unemployment Discrimination in Job Advertisements

New Jersey’s law prohibiting discrimination against the unemployed in job advertisements – the first of a new crop of similar state and municipal laws – is constitutional, according to a recent New Jersey appeals court...more

2/7/2014 - Discrimination Job Applicants Unemployment Discrimination

NLRB Abandons Fight Over Mandatory Workplace Poster Rule

For over two years, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) fought to require employers to post in their workplaces a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Those efforts met with...more

1/23/2014 - Employee Rights NLRA NLRB Posting Requirements

New York City Now Requires Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Today, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law requiring employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. The legislation, which was...more

10/3/2013 - Discrimination Local Ordinance Municipalities NYCHRL Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

New Jersey Law Now Protects Employees Who Ask Fellow Employees (or Former Employees) for Their Salary Information

Effective August 29, 2013, New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination prohibits employer reprisals against an employee who asks another employee, or former employee, for her rate of pay, as well as other information such as the...more

9/27/2013 - Employee Benefits Employee Rights Request For Information Transparency Wages

New Jersey Employers May Not "Like" State's New Social Media "Privacy Settings"

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a new measure prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide login information or allow employer access to their accounts on...more

9/13/2013 - Chris Christie Employee Rights New Legislation Passwords Privacy Policy Social Media Social Media Policy

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