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Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers

by Murtha Cullina on

In a case of first impression, a federal trial judge has found that, under Connecticut law, an employer can be sued for refusing to hire an applicant who tested positive for medical marijuana use. See Noffsinger v. SSC...more

Another Employer’s Defense in Disability/Medical Marijuana Case Goes Up in Smoke

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Many states have approved the use of medical marijuana, despite the fact that the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. As a result there is a tension between state rights to...more

Medical Marijuana User’s Disability Discrimination Claim Survives Employer’s Motion to Dismiss in Massachusetts

by Benesch on

In a decision that is the first of its kind, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts reversed the dismissal of a state law disability discrimination claim arising from an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation...more

Jersey City’s PLA Ordinance Found Preempted by NLRA and ERISA and Void Ab Initio

by Genova Burns LLC on

On June 15 U.S. District Court Judge Wigenton determined that Jersey City’s ordinance, in effect since 2007 and providing for tax abatements for real estate developers that sign Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is preempted by...more

First Circuit Finds Class of Independent Truckers Excluded From Federal Arbitration Act

The Federal Arbitration Act has been in effect for nearly 100 years (92, to be precise). Nevertheless, the First Circuit found two issues of first impression to address this month. In Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc., 2017 WL...more

Grounding Deferential Review in California – No Preemption for Discretionary Clause Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision with wide ranging implications, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a discretionary clause in an employer drafted plan document is subject to, and invalidated by, California’s insurance...more

Supreme Court Decides Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 18, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149, holding that: 1) under the FEHBA (specifically, 5 U.S.C. § 8902(m)(1)), the provisions of a...more

Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in Again on the Nevada Constitution’s Minimum Wage Amendment

by Littler on

On March 16, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court issued yet another 6-0 en banc decision regarding the Nevada Constitution’s oft-litigated Minimum Wage Amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16 (“MWA” or the “Amendment”). The issues...more

Ex-General Counsel Dodged Privilege Claims Before $14.5 Million Verdict

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

In our last post, we detailed how Sanford Wadler, the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories, won a $14.5 million verdict against Bio-Rad. Before Wadler could get to a jury, however, he had to surmount a...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

by Genova Burns LLC on

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

The St. Louis Minimum Wage: City’s Press Release Raises More Questions Than it Answers

In our recent blog post, “The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead,” we reviewed the implications of the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis (No. SC95401) decision, which...more

Texas High Court Allows Employee to Pursue Assault Claim Against Employer for Tortious Acts of “Vice Principal”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision that is sure to increase the costs and complexity of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court recently held that a former employee’s common law assault claim was not preempted by the state’s...more

Texas Workplace Sexual Assaults May Not be Treated as Sexual Harassment

by Perkins Coie on

In Texas, some victims of workplace sexual assault may pursue common law assault claims against their employers, following a recent Supreme Court of Texas ruling. B.C. v. Steak N Shake Ops., Inc., — S.W.3d —, Case No. 15-0404...more

The Ninth Circuit Reiterates State Law Applies to Non-Preempted Claims under the Labor Management Relations Act

by Snell & Wilmer on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) recently provided much needed clarification of the standard for when a unionized employee’s claim may be preempted under § 301 of the Labor Management...more

Waiting for Gorsuch: SCOTUS Kicks Important Class-Action Waiver Case to Next Term

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court informed litigants in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that it is pushing the case to its October 2017 term. The lawsuit, which rose up through the Western District of Wisconsin and the...more

Is Same-Sex Discrimination Considered “Sex Discrimination” Under Title VII? 

by Fisher Phillips on

The Supreme Court made clear in 2015 that same-sex marriage is legal across the nation. However, two years later, we still are not clear whether a person’s sexual orientation is protected under Title VII’s “sex...more

Married, but Without Benefits: The Obergefell Saga Continues in Texas

Same-sex couples can legally marry, but are they legally entitled to benefits? The Supreme Court of Texas will decide this issue after hearing oral arguments in March of 2017 in Pidgeon v. Turner. ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fate of Class-Action Waivers

by Lathrop Gage on

As many employers may remember, on August, 22, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that class-action waivers in mandatory employee arbitration agreements were unlawful, holding...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Wade Into Class Waiver Conflict

by Fisher Phillips on

In a widely expected move, the U.S. Supreme Court just agreed to settle a dispute about whether employers can use mandatory class action waivers with their workers. The decision, which should be issued by June 2017, will...more

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No....more

Supreme Court Justices (presumably 9 of them) Will Again Address Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last Friday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear cases from the 9th, 7th, and 5th Circuits in which the courts are split on the issue whether class action waivers in employee arbitration agreements violate Section 7 of the...more

Federal Court Strikes Down Lincolnshire’s “Right to Work” Ordinance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Village of Lincolnshire’s municipal ordinance regulating union activities was invalid under federal law. The ruling is a defeat for...more

Despite Privilege, GC May Pursue Whistleblower Retaliation Suit under SOX and Dodd–Frank

California’s USDC–ND ruled that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former General Counsel may use privileged communications to prove his retaliatory-discharge case prosecuted under Sarbanes–Oxley and Dodd–Frank’s whistleblower...more

Massachusetts SJC Strikes a Blow to Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the FAAAA preempts the second prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute as applied to certain delivery drivers. Although the...more

Preemption by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet: The Exemption for “Pervasive and Intricate Regulation” by Another Field of Law

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Courts often opine on the relationship between N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 and other bodies of law. In a recent case, a federal court announced a rare holding of that type: a holding that another body of law regulates an area so...more

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