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The Supreme Court's Opinion in UPS v. Young

In an update to a previous post, the highly anticipated United States Supreme Court decision in UPS v. Young was announced last week. In a 6-3 decision, the Court vacated rulings of the district court and the Fourth Circuit...more

4/1/2015 - Disparate Treatment EEOC Enforcement Guidance Essential Functions PDA Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

The EEOC Experiences yet Another Background Check Court Loss

As we previously reported, the EEOC’s targeting of employer background checks has been controversial and continues to fizzle in the courts. Recently, in EEOC v. Freeman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

3/5/2015 - Background Checks Discrimination EEOC Expert Testimony Hiring & Firing Statistical Sampling

The Supreme Court May Soon Have the Final Say on an Employer’s Duty to Accommodate Pregnancy

2014 has been a big year for pregnancy protections in employment law. In May, Minnesota enacted a new pregnancy accommodation law, and in July the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated...more

12/11/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues PDA Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation SCOTUS Young v United Parcel Service

Worth The Work? Why it is Risky To Not Pay Your Interns

Unless you were unplugged, you probably saw all the high profile names that made legal headlines last week. Included in that list was David Letterman. In a quick whirlwind of activity, a CBS intern filed a wage and hour...more

9/19/2014 - CBS Employer Liability Issues Internships Unpaid Interns Wage and Hour Wages

Week in Review

Some popular online services made legal headlines this week. After years of litigation, a federal appeals court held that Yelp did not extort businesses by manipulating user reviews to coerce advertising purchases. While Yelp...more

9/5/2014 - Advertising Appeals Apple Data Breach Email False Advertising Google Hackers Home Depot IKEA Online Reviews Securities Fraud Technology Uber Yelp

Week in Review

The National Labor Relations Board continues to focus on employer social media policies and employee discipline for online activity. In a ruling this week involving Triple Play Sports Bar & Grill, the Board concluded that...more

8/29/2014 - NLRA NLRB Social Media Social Media Policy

Week in Review

Significant electronic data breaches made headlines again this week. Supervalu announced that millions of customer credit card numbers were stolen at various stores. ...more

8/22/2014 - Credit Cards Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection EHR Hospitals PHI

Week in Review

As a follow up to our last Week in Review, wage and hour claims are still making headlines this week. Another technology company, SpaceX, has been sued for allegedly failing to provide employees with required breaks or to...more

8/15/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Rest and Meal Break SpaceX Wage and Hour Wages

Week in Review

It’s been an interesting week on the wage and hour legal front. One of the big names in social networking, LinkedIn, made headlines this week when the U.S. Department of Labor announced a settlement of allegations that...more

8/8/2014 - Bitcoins DOL Employer Liability Issues Facebook Federal Employees FLSA Google Glass Hackers LinkedIn NASA Over-Time Retailers Social Networks Wage and Hour

Week in Review

Businesses that support the sharing economy continue to grow, as evidenced by this week's news headlines. Airbnb announced it is partnering with Concur, a commonly used expense account management software. This partnership,...more

8/4/2014 - AirBnB Bitcoins Concur Hospitality Industry Mobile Apps Non-Compete Agreements Partnerships Right to Be Forgotten Sharing Economy Smartphones Social Networks Software Travel Wearable Technology

Week in Review

Apple is making the news this week in connection with its recently issued 'iTime' patent for a new smartwatch device and as anticipation grows for the soon-to-be released iPhone 6. The news on Apple isn’t only technology...more

7/28/2014 - Apple Mobile Devices Technology

Week in Review

Some high profile companies, including two technology giants, made headlines this week after former employees filed lawsuits against them alleging discrimination and harassment. The case against Yahoo is likely to be...more

7/17/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege China Cybersecurity Data Breach Defamation Discrimination Facebook Former Employee Google Harassment Hiring & Firing iPhone Mobile Apps Novartis Passwords Smartphones Twitter Yahoo! Yelp

Week in Review

According to an article in The New York Times this week, high level executives make up the majority of tablet users in the workplace. That may change, though, as in the workplace tablet usage increases. It was predicted this...more

7/11/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Facebook FTC LinkedIn Manufacturers Mobile Devices NTSA PayPal Social Networks Startups Wearable Technology

Week in Review

We hope you had a happy 4th of July weekend! Last week’s news included more employees making headlines for their misuse of social media. The links below highlight three cases in which employees’ social media activity or...more

7/8/2014 - ADA Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Social Media Social Media Policy

Week in Review

Technology's impact on privacy took center stage in news headlines this week. The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR) both reported on alternative software tools to track employees in the workplace - one tool...more

6/27/2014 - Cell Phones Cloud Computing Debt Collection Drones Employer Liability Issues Facebook Google Law Enforcement Mobile Apps Right to Privacy SCOTUS Search Warrant Software Technology

Week in Review

Can you imagine receiving just a few work-related emails a day? Click the link below to read about the innovative communication solutions that companies are exploring to try to reduce the biggest distraction for their...more

6/20/2014 - Mobile Apps Technology

Week in Review

For months, the discussion about cryptocurrency - primarily "Bitcoin" - has steadily increased in technology news. This week, Dish Network became the largest company to accept Bitcoin payments, following Tesla, Virgin...more

6/6/2014 - Bitcoins Technology Virtual Currency

Week in Review

How did you commute to work this morning? Google's self-driving car prototype unveiled this week may soon change your answer. Google is hoping that, within the next decade, these cars may alleviate the most miserable part...more

6/2/2014 - Apple Australia FTC Google Passwords Privacy Concerns Self-Driving Cars Skype Yelp Zappos

Week in Review - May 2014

Large internet companies dominated the legal news this week. In a case against Google, the European Union's top court ruled that citizens may compel search-engine owners to remove certain types of personal information...more

5/16/2014 - Data Protection EU Google Internet Right to Be Forgotten Right to Privacy Search Engines

Week in Review - May 2014

Personal wearable technology is all the rage, but can wearable technology also increase employee productivity? A study out this week found that wearable technology in the workplace increases both employee productivity and job...more

5/14/2014 - Drones FAA First Amendment Mobile Apps Technology Websites Workplace Attire

Week in Review

The assault on internet security continues to fill news headlines this week. On the heels of the Heartbleed bug, Microsoft announced this week that a security vulnerability exists in all versions of Internet Explorer, with no...more

5/5/2014 - Cybersecurity E-Cigarettes FDA Heartbleed Microsoft Social Networks Telecommuting

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