Jennifer R. Phillips

Jennifer R. Phillips

Snell & Wilmer

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Avoiding Holiday Liability

‘Tis the season to be jolly. While you are enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and planning this year’s office party, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability of company-sponsored holiday festivities....more

11/5/2015 - Commercial General Liability Policies EEOC Employer Liability Issues Holiday Gifts Holiday Parties Policy Exclusions Religious Discrimination Religious Displays Sexual Harassment Title VII Wine & Alcohol

Are You Keeping the Records Related to Your Company’s Selection Procedures? The EEOC is Watching...

Is your company aware that federal regulations require that employers retain certain personnel and employment records related to its selection procedures? A recent lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

8/10/2015 - ADA Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employment Discrimination GINA Race Discrimination Recordkeeping Requirements Title VII

Legal Alert - Updated FMLA Forms Issued by the DOL

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms, updating the previous forms which had expired on February 28, 2015. The new FMLA forms can be found on the DOL’s website....more

6/4/2015 - DOL FMLA Forms Genetic Testing GINA Health Care Providers Medical Leave Serious Health Conditions

Multi-Agency Investigation Successfully Targets Arizona and Utah Construction Companies’ Misclassification of Employees

Sixteen Arizona and Utah companies accused of misclassifying more than 1,000 construction workers agreed to pay $700,000 in back wages and penalties after a multi-year, multi-agency investigation led to consent judgments,...more

5/7/2015 - Consent Order Construction Industry Construction Workers Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions General Contractors Independent Contractors Misclassification Wage and Hour

NLRB Jurisdictional Ruling Clears Path for Unionization of Religious Schools

A National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director recently issued a ruling that could clear the way for more unionization of faculty members at private, religious schools. The Regional Director for NLRB Region 19...more

3/19/2015 - Faculty Jurisdiction NLRB Religious Institutions Religious Schools SEIU Unions

Department of Labor Expands FMLA Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

Same-sex spousal rights, particularly in the area of employment law, are in a state of flux. This conundrum will hopefully be resolved later this year when the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on a collection of four cases...more

2/26/2015 - DOL DOMA Employer Mandates FMLA Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

The EEOC’s Latest Investigative Tactic: Trolling for Evidence Through Employee Email Blasts

In an unprecedented move, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently dispatched 1,330 emails to the work and personal email addresses of current and former employees and managers of Case New...more

9/13/2013 - ADEA Age Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Email Investigations

Arizona Court of Appeals Renders Two Decisions Affecting Awards of Attorneys’ Fees in Lawsuits to Enforce Mechanics’ Liens

This past month, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued two decisions that could have significant implications for mechanics’ lien claimants....more

4/4/2013 - Attorney's Fees Enforcement Actions Mechanics Lien

Phoenix Now Prohibits Employers from Discriminating on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression, and...

After more than five hours of heated debate and public discourse, the Phoenix City Council amended the Phoenix City Code on February 26, 2013 to ban discrimination in employment on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “gender...more

3/16/2013 - Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Gender Discrimination Gender Identity Local Ordinance Misdemeanors Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Under Construction - December 2012

In This Issue: Letter from the Editor; Colorado Construction Law Developments in 2012; Arizona Court of Appeals Issues Decision Related to the Application of the Statute of Repose and Economic Loss Doctrine for...more

12/31/2012 - Airspace Construction Contracts Construction Cranes Construction Defects Duty to Defend Easements Economic Loss Doctrine Employer Liability Issues Implied Warranty of Habitability Indemnity Agreements Legal Costs Privity of Contract Property Improvements Retroactive Application Statute of Repose Vicarious Liability

Arizona Court of Appeals Issues Decision Related to the Application of the Statute of Repose and Economic Loss Doctrine for...

On December 4, 2012, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued a decision in Sullivan v. Pulte Home Corporation that will have significant implications in the construction industry. The case revolved around a home built by Pulte in...more

12/20/2012 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Breach of Contract Construction Defects Economic Loss Doctrine Fraud Implied Warranty of Habitability Privity of Contract Statute of Repose

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