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The Sharing Economy And Discrimination Concerns: What Can You Do?  

Recent studies have reported that race and gender disparities are not uncommon in the sharing economy. For example, it’s been reported that some gig workers were discriminating against customers with names that “sounded...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

The Feds Embrace the Sharing Economy

A while back, we posted about corporate travel and the sharing economy, noting the burgeoning acceptance of ride-sharing expenses by corporate America. Despite ongoing criticism and litigation, the sharing economy continues...more

Security Breaches Costly and Inevitable?

Yahoo recent announcement that CEO Marissa Mayer would forego a 2017 stock award (after giving up a 2016 cash bonus) following security breaches in 2014, 2015 and 2016 underscores the importance of having a security team in...more

Are Corporate Travel Programs Learning to Love the Sharing Economy?

Not so long ago, corporate travel managers (no doubt encouraged by anxious lawyers) discouraged employees from using ride- and accommodation-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb for business travel. Times have...more

3/6/2017  /  Lyft , Sharing Economy , Uber

New York's Far-Reaching Cybersecurity Law Takes Effect March 1 - Are You Ready?

New York’s Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity regulation became effective March 1. According to the press release issued with the regulation, the regulation is intended to require banks, insurance companies and...more

New York State and Seattle Lead Discussion on Portable Benefits

In an effort to head off litigation by workers claiming they have been misclassified as contractors, companies using a largely on-demand workforce have been working with the New York State Assembly to develop a system of...more

Game Changer? UK Tribunal Rules Uber Drivers Are Workers

On October 28, the Central London Employment Tribunal held that Uber drivers are not self-employed. As a result, the drivers are entitled to certain “worker” benefits, including paid holidays and a minimum wage. Under the law...more

International Protections for Transgender Employees

In the United States, the debate over protections for transgender employees continues, even as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, some courts, and the U.S. Justice Department take the position that Title VII of the...more

How To Manage Freelancers In The Gig Economy

It is estimated that more than one in three Americans currently perform some freelance work, whether as a supplement to their day jobs, or as their full-time gig. We all know (because the media tells us) that millennial...more

Canadian Privacy 101: Employers Be Aware! Part I

This is the first post in a three-part series. If you work for a U.S.-based company with Canadian operations, your organization probably understands its obligations to comply with Canadian employment and tax laws. But...more

12/31/2015  /  Canada , Employee Privacy Rights , PIPEDA

Taking Care of Employees Assigned Abroad

This article is the third in a series addressing employer considerations when beginning or acquiring cross-border operations. So your company is expanding and, for the first time, you'll be sending key employees...more

Drug Testing In Your Non-U.S. Operations

Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing. With some exceptions, they are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. But the U.S. attitude toward...more

Restrictive Covenants And The Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states, employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. But the...more

Restrictive Covenants and the Cross-Border Employer

In most U.S. states employers are free to bind employees with restrictive covenants – which commonly take the form of post-employment restrictions on soliciting clients or employees – as a condition of employment. The wide...more

Cross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations

Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. The U.S. attitude toward drug...more

Manitoba’s New Privacy Law Has Implications For Cross-Border Employers

Last month, the Canadian Province of Manitoba enacted privacy legislation governing the collection, use and dissemination of personal information, including employee personal information. With the legislation, Manitoba joins...more

11/1/2013  /  Canada , Cross-Border

Employers With International Operations Must Take Care to Protect Employee Data

When is the last time your company reviewed its data protection policies? If your company employs any international employees, it may have obligations under foreign laws to have specific safeguards in place....more

Economic Woes in Eastern Europe Deepen

Last week’s resignation of Bulgaria’s government highlights the economic and political struggles plaguing Europe’s eastern flank, and the risks for investors and companies looking to do business in emerging economies....more

2/27/2013  /  EU , Foreign Investment , Unemployment
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