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New York City Employers Soon Will Be Prohibited from Inquiring About or Relying on Job Applicants' Salary Histories

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a bill that makes it an "unlawful discriminatory practice" for New York City employers to inquire about a job applicant's salary history, or to rely upon...more

Federal Court Blocks Implementation of New DOL Exemption Rules

At the proverbial eleventh hour, a federal court has blocked the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) new overtime exemption rules that were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. As detailed in...more

Despite Uncertainty, New DOL Exemption Rules to Take Effect on December 1, 2016; California Sets New Rates for Computer Software...

Although the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL's) new overtime rules are scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016, the results of the U.S. presidential election and a pending federal court case are causing some...more

White House Issues Call to Action Urging States to Curb Employers' Use of Non-Compete Agreements

The White House has entered the fray regarding employer use of non-compete agreements. While the Obama administration's recently issued "State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements" does not change current law applicable...more

Companies Should Review Employee Agreements and Policies Following SEC's Aggressive Stance on Impediments to Whistleblowing

In two recently announced settlements, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a strict interpretation of the whistleblower protections afforded under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

New Massachusetts Pay Equity Act Calls for Employers to Examine Compensation and Hiring Practices

In a step that should immediately spur employers to review their compensation and hiring practices, Massachusetts recently enacted legislation that changes considerably the state's rules prohibiting gender-based pay...more

Newly Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employers to Revise Agreements Now to Preserve Maximum Remedies

On May 11, 2016, we reported in a WSGR Alert that under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), employers seeking exemplary damages or attorneys' fees in a trade secrets misappropriation action must provide employees with...more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has significantly altered Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, requiring all employers to carefully review their classifications of employees as exempt or nonexempt from the FLSA's...more

California Court Rejects Alleged Joint Employers' "It Wasn't Me" Defense to Worker Misclassification Claims

Notwithstanding—and perhaps because of—the emergence of the so-called "sharing economy" and its proliferation of disruptive new business models, as well as calls to re-examine the traditional and familiar employee versus...more

SEC Joins Agency Attack on Confidentiality Clauses in Employee-Related Agreements and Policies

In a recent enforcement action, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took action against a company for "using improperly restrictive language in confidentiality agreements with the potential to stifle the...more

Chancery Court Refuses to Enforce Non-Competition Agreement Against a California-Based Employee Despite Delaware Choice-of-Law...

In non-competition agreement disputes involving California employees, it is common to encounter an agreement stating that the law of another state governs the non-compete. Since non-competes in California are generally...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Test for Independent Contractor Status and Class Certification of Independent Contractor...

Employers frequently struggle with determining when a service provider should be classified as an independent contractor, as opposed to an "employee." Getting the answer to that question wrong can prove significant in many...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

The California Supreme Court has upheld the use of class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles (June 23, 2014), the court held that a state's refusal to enforce...more

New York City and New Jersey Expand Protections for Pregnant Workers

New laws are taking effect in New York City and New Jersey that provide greatly enhanced protections for pregnant women in the workplace. As of January 21, 2014, an amendment to New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination took...more

Unpaid Internships Under Scrutiny

The controversy surrounding unpaid internships is increasingly in the news. Reports of interns filing wage and hour class actions in, for example, The New York Times and PBS's NewsHour, have highlighted an often-unnoticed...more

Inevitable Disclosure of Trade Secrets Doctrine Still Disfavored In New York

While New York law in theory recognizes the "inevitable disclosure" doctrine, a federal district court there, in Janus et Cie v. Andrew Kahnke, recently reinforced the state's hostility to the doctrine by dismissing an...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Three Decisions Favorable to Employers

By the end of this year’s term, the United States Supreme Court had issued three “employer-friendly” decisions. While the decisions do not dramatically alter the employment law landscape, employers will still welcome the...more

Significant Changes to California Pregnancy Leave Will Take Effect on December 30, 2012

The Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) recently issued revised regulations that govern pregnancy disability leave (PDL) in California. The new regulations take effect December 30, 2012, and include changes that...more

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