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False Start On The Offense - Why the 5th Circuit Flagged the NFLPA for Illegal Procedure in the Ezekiel Elliott Case

by Miller Canfield on

After further review, the ruling of a Texas district court was overturned by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 12, 2017, with the Court of Appeals vacating an injunction order that kept Dallas Cowboys running back...more

Eight Takes On Sexual Harassment And Harvey Weinstein

Words fail me. Let’s just say that I hope he is sincere about getting the help he needs to turn his life around. Which, among other things, should include trying to make some form of restitution to his alleged victims....more

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

by FordHarrison on

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, 2017, The Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul...more

Providing Grief Relief in the Age of Mass Shootings

by FordHarrison on

The headlines rang out early Monday morning as many of us were preparing to leave home for work: DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY. Coffee. IT WAS MADNESS. Toasted bagel. 50+ KILLED, MORE THAN 500 INJURED. Orange Juice....more

Politics in the Workplace: Do NFL Players Have Freedom of Speech to Protest at Games?

by Payne & Fears on

It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV and not hear something about the NFL player protests and whether such actions are protected speech under the First Amendment. While these protests started last season, they have grown...more

Fair use is never simple

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

To secure evidence for an anticipated lawsuit against TV host Dr. Phil McGraw, a producer for the show, Leah Rothman, recorded nine seconds of the show’s unaired archive footage onto her cellphone....more

What’s your salary? Apparently none of my business

by FordHarrison on

We all know that movie stars make a ton of money. I mean, a ton of money. How much? Well, last month Forbes published its list of the world’s highest paid actresses and actors for the previous year so you can see for...more

Can NFL Players Be Fired, Disciplined For Protesting During National Anthem?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump has suggested that the National Football League’s television ratings decline was caused by “fans seeing those people (players) taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.” Trump has...more

Magnum, SMH

by FordHarrison on

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently....more

Athletes and Employees Speak Out: Do Your Employment Practices Drop the Ball in Addressing Diversity, Controversial Speech, or...

With the 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) regular season and National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season underway, many spectators are excited to don their favorite players’ jerseys and cheer on their teams. Yet in...more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Public Official or Private Citizen? In Free Speech Cases, Courts Must Decide

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

First Amendment retaliation claims may be getting harder to pursue for state employees, as courts seem increasingly likely to view speech as part of the employees' roles as public officials rather than as private citizens....more

Ineligible Coach On The Field – Assessing Whether Restrictions Are Enforceable In Contracts

With the start of college football season around the corner, attention turns to off-season shake ups in coaching staffs. One controversial change involved defensive coordinator Robert H. Shoop. Shoop traded in his blue and...more

Labor Board Dunks On Employer’s Contractor Classification Attempt - NBA’s Timberwolves Foul Out In Front Of NLRB

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling sure to leave businesses and gig economy companies crying foul, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that workers producing electronic video display content for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves were...more

HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

by FordHarrison on

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting...more

NLRB Finds Sports Team’s Electronic-Content Workers As Employees Eligible To Unionize

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board has found the individuals who produce electronic content for viewing during professional basketball games are employees, rather than independent contractors. Minnesota Timberwolves...more

The Eclipse, Worker Safety and Triffids.

by Fisher Phillips on

The Eclipse, Workers Safety and Triffids. Tomorrow is the much-awaited Eclipse and employers are beginning to worry that they may not have taken all appropriate steps to protect their employees. Shockingly, OSHA does not...more

Solar eclipse guide for employers

by FordHarrison on

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with people from all over flocking to the path of totality. While this will likely mean considerable economic benefits from tourism, it is...more

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – Best Practices from Top Chef

by FordHarrison on

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality, Padma Lakshmi, back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts....more

7 things you should know about sweepstakes and contests in employee incentive programs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Four years ago, I wrote an article for this blog about creating in-house incentive contests. Since that time we have seen a considerable increase in the number of incentive programs that we have been asked to prepare for...more

Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

by FordHarrison on

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes....more

Open Questions on Media Company Liability for Statements Made by Talent

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

A recent case has raised questions about whether or not a media company can be held liable for defamatory statements made by its talent on social media. The case arose after a falling out between two television stars, Mykel...more

A Changing of the Guard: DC Circuit Finds that Casino Security Technicians Are “Guards” Under the NLRA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals applied a broad definition of who constitutes a statutory “guard” under the NLRA, finding that security technicians at two Las Vegas casinos were guards who could not be...more

Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

by FordHarrison on

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily...more

New media rating seeks to bring common sense to gender stereotyping

by FordHarrison on

When my son was five and constantly arguing and negotiating for extra dessert or whatever it was that he wanted at any given time, people would often say, “You should be a lawyer!” His response was always: “I don’t want to be...more

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