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August 2014 Monthly Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification Update

This month’s headline development are the seismic decisions, issued on August 27, 2014 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, concluding as a matter of law that FedEx Ground had misclassified over 2,300 drivers...more

Appellate Courts in New Jersey and New York Both Rule that a Contract May Reduce Statute of Limitations on Employment Claims

Earlier this summer, a New Jersey appellate court, in Rodriquez v. Raymours Furniture enforced a provision in an employment application that reduced the period in which an employee could sue an employer to six months from the...more

Ensuring Employment Contracts Are Sound Under California Law

Numerous statutes exist that establish the parameters for employment contracts. Before implementation, companies should seek legal advice to ensure their contracts are sound....more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - August 2014

LAD Roundup - In recent weeks, New Jersey's primary employment discrimination statute—the Law Against Discrimination (LAD)—has been the focus of judicial scrutiny....more

Whistleblower Antiretaliation Provision Does Not Apply Outside the U.S.

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled today that the Dodd-Frank Act's prohibition on retaliation against whistleblowers does not apply extraterritorially. In affirming the dismissal of the case on...more

Colorado Federal Court Walks Back Rejection of ADEA Waiver in RIF Case

In a previous post we discussed Foster v. Mountain Coal Company LLC, the District of Colorado’s decision invalidating a waiver of an employee’s claims against his employer under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Upholds Contracts Curtailing the Time for Employment Claims: Lessons for Employers

Employers know that there are numerous laws, both state and federal, that allow employees to sue for perceived violations of their rights. Those laws provide not only a dizzying array of theories of liability but also a...more

The Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower

On its face, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) is concerned with the conduct of publicly-traded, not privately-held, companies. SOX, after all, grew out of the scandalous and widely damaging failures of public companies...more

NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s...more

For-Profit Companies Find Religion – What’s a Transactional Lawyer to Do?

Last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held for-profit corporations can have “free exercise rights” as “persons” under The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”),...more

Arbitrator To Decide Whether Arbitration Agreement Provides For Class Arbitration

A majority of the United States Supreme Court has never reached agreement on whether the court or an arbitrator should decide the issue of whether an agreement allows or precludes class arbitration. In Sandquist v. Lebo...more

Supreme Court Protects Whistleblowing Employees of Mutual Fund Adviser

Whistleblowing law continues to develop, with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that, despite ambiguous statutory language, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 protects employees of private companies serving as...more

New Jersey Court Okays Provision in Job Application Reducing Statute of Limitations

In Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., No. A-4329-12T3, 2014 WL 2765273 (App. Div. June 19, 2014), New Jersey's Appellate Division upheld a provision in a job application that limited the time in which an employee...more

New Jersey Court Upholds Use of Job Application to Shorten Statute of Limitations for Employment Claims

According to a recent decision from New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court, employers in New Jersey can now reduce the statute of limitations for employment claims by adding the appropriate language to their job...more

Keeping it Short: Employers Can Use Employment Applications to Reduce Employees' Time to Sue

In a rare victory for employers, New Jersey’s Appellate Division upheld an employment application provision that shortened the two-year statute of limitations applicable to claims against an employer to six months. Rodriguez...more

New Jersey Court Approves Contract That Limits Employee’s Time to Bring Discrimination Claim

The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey ruled on June 19, 2014 that an employee is bound by his agreement in an employment application to a six-month limitation period to file any suit against his employer....more

SEC Brings First Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action

In announcing its first enforcement action for retaliating against a whistleblower, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sends a strong message to firms: it is serious about bringing charges against companies...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Supreme Court’s SOX Whistleblower Decision

In a case of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Lawson v. FMR LLC, 134 S. Ct. 1158 (2014)—that the whistleblower protection...more

In an Opinion with Far-Reaching Implications, the Second Circuit Finds Insurance Coverage for an ERISA Claim

When a general liability policy expressly provides coverage for employee benefits liability and the plaintiff in the underlying suit alleges a violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), does...more

Beware! “Standard Terms” in Your Company’s Separation Agreement Might Trigger a Lawsuit: EEOC Says Common Provisions Are...

Recently, the EEOC filed two separate actions in federal court challenging form separation agreements given to employees as part of reductions in force. The agency takes issue with provisions that impact an individual’s...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 28: The Older Workers Benefit Protection...

In 1990, Congress amended the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA, prohibiting age discrimination for workers 40 and older) to add rules regarding the waiver of the right to sue under the ADEA. Unlike Title VII, where...more

Websites Hit with Demand Letters on Accessibility Issues Despite Courts' Rejection of Claim

In recent weeks, numerous businesses have received letters asserting that their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Unruh Act. These...more

A New Defense Against Municipal Disparate Impact Claims

Banks and non-bank lenders face a variety of fair lending disparate impact claims, which allege unintentional and unfavorable disparate impacts of otherwise neutral policies or practices on minority borrowers. Regulators,...more

2014: A Big Year in Whistleblower Laws

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began the whistleblower program on July 21, 2010 to incentivize people to come forward with information about financial wrongdoing. Under the program, a whistleblower is entitled...more

The New Jersey Civil Rights Act Authorizes a Private Cause of Action Only Against Persons Acting Under “Color of Law”

On May 21, 2014, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a private cause of action under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (Act), N.J.S.A. 10:6-2(c)1, may be pursued only against persons acting under “color of law.” Perez v....more

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