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O’Bannon’s End: Supreme Court Rejects Appellate Review

The lawsuit against the NCAA over whether Division I men’s basketball and football players can be compensated for the commercial use of their names, images and likenesses came to an abrupt end on Monday as the U.S. Supreme...more

Construction E-Note - September 2016

Pokémon Go is the newest craze to hit smartphones, finding colossal success in America. Some estimates claim that five percent of all android users had installed the game on their phones within one week of launch. Nintendo’s...more

From sports and entertainment to politics and social justice—when worlds collide in your workplace

It’s everywhere. Whether you like it or not, you can’t escape it. While the topics of politics and social justice are undoubtedly important discussions to have in our country, the reality is that they now seem ever present....more

Pokémon Go Back to Work!

Pokémon Go has taken the United States and the rest of the world by storm, with an estimated 75 million downloads in the first three weeks since its release. For the uninitiated, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game where...more

Unions In The Digital Newsroom – Everything Old Is New Again

A recent string of successful organizing drives at several prominent digital news media outlets calls into question all those confident predictions about the inevitable demise of unionism in the information-age economy. ...more

2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts MOAs and Drafting Agreements are Now Available on Joint Policy Committee Website

To access the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Memoranda of Agreement and Drafting Agreements, please visit the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations’ website...more

SAG-AFTRA and the Joint Policy Committee Reach Tentative Agreement on Successor Commercials Contracts

On April 3, 2016, SAG-AFTRA and the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations reached tentative agreement on successor Commercials Contracts. For more regarding the parties’ agreement, please visit...more

Joint Policy Committee and Sag-Aftra Extend Contracts

Please visit for an update regarding the 2016 negotiations....more

Andrews and Hogan verdicts demonstrate disgust against invasion of privacy

Just this month, two large jury awards were given to celebrities in their respective civil suits alleging amongst other things, invasion of privacy: First, FOX sportscaster Erin Andrews was awarded $55 million in her...more

The Final Four – Do Employers Care?

Much time will be spent this week in person and online trying to make money on the NCAA tournament. There’s the blog hook for today. Online technology, and social media in particular, have made it much easier for employees to...more

Exercise Aniston-esque restraint when analyzing offensive employee posts

This week’s employment law lesson comes to us from the movie Horrible Bosses. In the movie, Julia (played by Jennifer Aniston) is a dentist who employs dental assistant Dale (played by Charlie Day). After Julia uses her boss...more

Bulletin: Information Request from SAG-AFTRA

We understand that some signatories to the Commercials Contracts received an information request from the Union. The JPC has discussed the request with the Union. It is our understanding that these requests are being sent...more

Age, sex, and sports media

Sports reporter Colleen Dominguez is 54 years old and has enjoyed a successful career in sports journalism including a lengthy stint at ESPN. Dominguez recently jumped to Fox Sports 1 and believes her age and gender are the...more

Bulletin: SAG-AFTRA Issues Member Alert to Organize Droga5

SAG-AFTRA’s pledge to increase efforts in enforcing the SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contract and the Radio Recorded Commercials Contract was on full display with its latest Member Alert to organize Droga5, a non-signatory ad...more

Notice to Authorizers and Prudent Planning

The following documents outline the obligations of JPC authorizers with respect to the upcoming SAG-AFTRA negotiations, and provide guidance for the prudent planning of productions....more

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

Status Updates: Court nixes VPPA claim; lawyer suspended over blog posts; Facebook ‘unfriending’ cited in bullying decision

Tale of the tape. The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which requires video service providers to destroy personally identifiable information after a specified time, doesn’t provide a private right of action for plaintiffs...more

It’s The World Series Of Discrimination Trials! Catch It!

T.J. Simers, a notorious well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, has sued the owners of the Times, contending that he was let go in 2013 because of his age (then in his early 60s, now 65) and because of...more

Second Circuit Teaches Unpaid Interns a Lesson

In a closely watched case affecting the viability of unpaid internship programs at for-profit employers, the Second Circuit held that the “primary beneficiary” test should be used to decide whether interns should be deemed...more

“Black Swan” Internship Case Creates New Obstacles For Employers In California

In California, internships have always been viewed as a trade-off between prestigious employers and young students looking to get a foot in the proverbial door. College students and graduates looking for highly-coveted...more

FTC Clarifies Native and Online Ad Obligations

The FTC, in recent staff statements, has sought to clarify advertisers’ and publishers’ obligations regarding native advertising and social media promotions, particularly regarding when and how to clarify to readers that a...more

Ontario Passes Protecting Child Performers Act

On April 30, 2015, Ontario passed Bill 17, entitled the Protecting Child Performers Act; on May 5, 2015, Bill 17 received Royal Assent, and so, by its terms, the Act will come into force in February 2016 (nine months from...more

To Fire or Not to Fire for Employee’s Social Media Posts

After watching the firing of the digital communications manager for the Houston Rockets during their run through the playoffs (read the story here in the Houston Chronicle).  I figured it would be a good time to revisit the...more

Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

Hollywood Intern Cases and the Fair Labor Standards Act

With spring and summer on the horizon, many employers are gearing up to interview and recruit for their summer internship programs. Summer internships are an age old tradition giving students opportunities for exposure in...more

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