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$58 Million Antitrust Settlement Approved for Performing Rights Organization Accused of Monopolization

A nationwide class of local television broadcasters recently celebrated when a federal judge approved a settlement agreement in its antitrust lawsuit against one of the three U.S. performance rights organizations (PROs). In...more

4/30/2015 - Antitrust Litigation Entertainment Industry License Agreements Monopolization Music Performing Rights Organization Settlement Agreements Television Broadcast Stations

EEOC Roundup: March 2015

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

4/29/2015 - Age Discrimination Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions Pregnancy Discrimination Race Discrimination Sex Discrimination Trucking Industry

New Volcker Rule FAQ Allows Non-U.S. Banks to Make Certain Investments Despite Offerings to U.S. Residents

Federal regulators recently issued a new interpretation of Title VI of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — commonly referred to as the "Volcker Rule" — that makes it significantly easier for...more

4/24/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Dodd-Frank Foreign Banks Hedge Funds Private Equity Funds Statutory Interpretation Volcker Rule

NLRB Provides Comprehensive Rules for Employee Handbook Policies

Employers now have a set of guidelines to keep their employee handbook policies from violating federal labor law. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a comprehensive set of rules outlining what types of...more

4/22/2015 - Employee Handbooks Final Rules NLRA NLRB NLRB General Counsel Section 7

$1.1 Million Judgment Offers Email Marketers Insight into Canada's Anti-Spam Law

Email marketers had mixed reactions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) recent announcement of a $1.1 million judgment against a Quebec company for violations of Canada's new Anti-Spam...more

4/20/2015 - Canada CASL CRTC Email Marketing Money Judgment

SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last...more

4/17/2015 - Books & Records FCPA Internal Controls Issuers Popular SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan

10 Tips for Avoiding Unpaid Intern Lawsuits

A television network recently agreed to pay $7.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by former interns claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state statutes. This represents one of the...more

4/10/2015 - Class Action Corporate Counsel DOL Employer Liability Issues FLSA Television Broadcast Stations Unpaid Interns

EEOC Workplace Discrimination Claims Drop to Lowest Levels in 7 Years

With the lowest monetary penalties since 1997, a 20% drop in settlement awards, half as many new suits filed and going 0-for-2 in jury trials, it may appear the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suffered...more

4/9/2015 - Discrimination EEOC Enforcement Statistics

EEOC Roundup: February 2015

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

4/7/2015 - ADA ADEA Discrimination EEOC National Origin Discrimination Racial Discrimination Title VII

New York Regulators Implement New Measures to Strengthen Cybersecurity in the Insurance Industry

The February 4, 2015 announcement of a data breach at a national health insurer highlighted the need for tighter cybersecurity measures in an industry entrusted with the security of large amounts of sensitive personal...more

4/3/2015 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Enforcement Insurance Industry NYDFS Personally Identifiable Information

New DOL Rules Incorporate Windsor to Extend FMLA Leave to LGBT Families

The Supreme Court's historic ruling in United States v. Windsor was a big win for advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Declaring the federal government's restriction of marriage to heterosexual...more

3/31/2015 - DOL DOMA Final Rules FMLA Same-Sex Marriage Spouses US v Windsor

Critics Renew Call for FTC Guidelines on Unfair and Deceptive Practices

Companies and institutions hoping for clarification on how to protect themselves from potential antitrust claims or consumer fraud violations recently participated in a symposium sponsored by law firm Baker & Hostetler. The...more

3/30/2015 - FTC Section 5 of FTC Act Symposium Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

10 Tips for Fostering a Business Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

Businesses are recognizing the need for new approaches to data security as high-profile cybersecurity incidents reveal the true impact a data breach can have on an organization. One of the biggest realizations is that IT...more

3/27/2015 - Corporate Counsel Corporate Culture Cybersecurity Popular Risk Assessment Risk Management

Congressional Hearing Highlights Concerns Over President's New Federal Contractor Reporting Requirements

Republicans and business groups continued to criticize the aggressive regulatory initiatives in President Obama's Executive Order 13673 (EO13673) at a recent House joint subcommittee meeting last month. ...more

3/25/2015 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Federal Contractors Government Contractors Legislative Agendas Reporting Requirements Subcontractors

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

Women have made tremendous strides in the last few decades moving into jobs and occupations previously only engaged in by men. Nonetheless, a high profile lawsuit scrutinizing the overwhelmingly male world of venture capital...more

3/24/2015 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Gender Discrimination Popular Sex Discrimination

Bank Pays $67 Million Civil Judgment for Aiding and Abetting Customer's Ponzi Scheme

A national bank discovered it doesn't always pay to keep certain clients happy after paying a $67 million civil judgment against it for its role in helping a customer operate a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $1.2...more

3/23/2015 - Aiding and Abetting Banks Civil Monetary Penalty FinCEN Investment Fraud Investors Ponzi Scheme SEC

Workers Win $185 Million for Retailer's Wage and Hour Violations in Understaffed Stores

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld a $185 million judgment against a national retailer for state wage-and-hour violations, highlighting the risks employers face when they try to maximize profits at the expense of...more

3/19/2015 - Employer Liability Issues FLSA PA Supreme Court Retailers Wage and Hour

Employer Violates Public Policy by Retaliating against "Perceived" Whistleblower

A recent California court decision highlighted the importance of getting your facts straight before taking action against an employee. The ruling stemmed from a retaliation lawsuit brought by a woman whose former employer...more

3/17/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Compliance Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Settlement Reminds Employers Probationary Periods Are Not Immune to the ADA

Many employers reserve the right to terminate a new employee at any time during a "probationary period" if they find a new hire is not suited for the job. All too often, this gives employers a false sense of security in the...more

3/16/2015 - Corporate Counsel Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC FMLA Hiring & Firing Medical Leave Popular Probationary Employees Probationary Period Termination Unpaid Leave Wrongful Termination

Company Updates Code of Conduct after Ousting CEO for Sexual Harassment

Unethical leadership can be devastating for a company. For a large apparel company, the sexual misconduct of its ex-CEO has it scrambling to repair its image and prove it will no longer tolerate such behavior. The company...more

3/11/2015 - C-Suite Executives Code of Conduct Ethics Fashion Industry Sexual Harassment Termination

FMLA Offers Employers No Protection against Changes in Essential Job Functions or Undue Hardship

A federal district court recently ruled that an inability to perform essential job functions plays no role in determining whether an employee qualifies for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Unlike the Americans...more

3/9/2015 - ADA Employer Liability Issues Essential Functions FMLA

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Online Threats Are Illegal

As the internet continues to swiftly transform the way we do business, shop and socialize, it also offers a new platform for those with more criminal or malicious intentions. While some of these activities are clearly...more

3/6/2015 - Domestic Violence First Amendment Harassment Oral Argument SCOTUS Social Media Social Networks Threats

Sentencing of CEO Highlights Importance of a Good "Tone at the Top"

Highlighting the peril of unethical business leadership, a judge recently sentenced the former CEO of a bankrupt cash-management firm to 14 years in prison for defrauding more than 70 customers of more than $665 million...more

3/5/2015 - C-Suite Executives Chief Compliance Officers Commercial Bankruptcy Corporate Culture Criminal Prosecution Fraud Investment Management Risk Management

NLRB Does an About-Face: Yes, Employees Can Use Company Email Systems

In 2007, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employees have no right under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to use their company’s email system for union organizing and other concerted activities...more

3/2/2015 - Email Employer Liability Issues NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity

Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

2/27/2015 - APPS Act Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Dodd-Frank DOJ False Claims Act Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

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