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Consistency of Treatment Following Office Party Brawl

In MBNA Limited v Jones UKEAT/0120/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the inconsistent treatment of two employees arising from the same incident rendered the dismissal of one of them unfair....more

California Law and Background Screening

Happy post-Thanksgiving! News flash for the background screening industry as well as users of background checks in California. The California Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Investigative Consumer Reporting...more

Dismissal of Employee on Long-Term Sick Leave

In Monmouthshire County Council v Harris UKEAT/0332/14/DA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered the fairness of a dismissal of an employee on long-term sick leave. Mrs Harris, an employee of Monmouthshire...more

PA Supreme Court Confirms “Magic” Language Cannot Save Otherwise Unenforceable Non-Compete Agreement

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently re-affirmed the principle that in order to have an enforceable non-compete agreement in Pennsylvania, the agreement must be supported by adequate consideration and that a statement...more

United States Supreme Court Hears Argument in Tyson Foods' FLSA Collective Action

On November 10, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Tyson Foods v. Bouphakeo, a case that has the potential to reshape the contours of when employees may bring class claims against their employer. Tyson is...more

Texas Federal Court Rules “Anti-Competitive” Employment Covenants Do Not Raise Federal Antitrust Question

In a case solely comprised of state-law claims to enforce employment covenants, a United States District Judge in the North District of Texas ruled last week in Leica Microsystems Inc. v. Hernandez et al., No. 3:15-CV-2531-D,...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2015

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at how the lower courts have been dealing with claims for retiree health benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 926...more

Georgia Supreme Court Interprets the Apportionment Statute in Conjunction with the Workers' Compensation Act

This month, the Georgia Supreme Court further extended the reach of the Georgia law addressing the apportionment of liability in tort cases in the case of Walker, et al. v. Tensor Machinery, et al. The Court had recently...more

Alcohol-Related Firing of USC Football Coach Raises ADA Concerns

On October 12, 2015, the University of Southern California (“USC”) fired Steve Sarkisian, USC’s head football coach. Sarkisian’s firing appears to be in response to two alcohol-related incidents and, therefore, may raise...more

Why Redundancy is Not a Safe Remedy for Poor Performance

Sometimes managers can appear to think that dismissals for redundancy or poor performance are interchangeable. But the procedures which need to be followed in the UK in either case, to avoid an employee being able to bring a...more

Employment Law - November 2015 #2

California Supreme Court to Consider "Day of Rest" Law: Why it matters - The California Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on the number of consecutive days an employee may legally work without running afoul of...more

Court Issues Mixed Bag Discovery Decision In EEOC Nationwide Race Discrimination Case

In EEOC v. DolGenCorp, LLC d/b/a Dollar General, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill.), a case we blogged about previously here, Judge Andrea Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently decided several...more

Federal Judge: Did Employer Use Experience Requirement to "Weed Out" Older Workers? Maybe.

Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” I add: “Until your employer cares. Then it matters.”...more

Prudent is as Prudent Does: Divided Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of State Street in Post-Dudenhoeffer Review...

In 1995, the Third Circuit adopted the presumption that an employee stock ownership plan (“ESOP”) fiduciary’s decision to remain invested in the employer’s securities was prudent. Over the following years, a number of other...more

But We Need You to Work More Than 40 Hours This Week! Overtime and the Health Care Employer

Hospitals and other health care facilities often do not know exactly how many hours each week they may need nurses and other allied health staff to work. Other employees may get sick, have a baby, go on vacation, or patient...more

Working with Union Experts After an Accident: A Federal Appeals Court Sides with the Union’s Right to Inspect Over the Employer’s...

A federal appellate court in the Midwest suggests that while unions do not have blanket approval to inspect an employer’s worksite, the union’s interest in safety generally will outweigh an employer’s interest in...more

Employers Face Exposure Under Title VII When Contracting For Temporary Workers

On November 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit allowed an employee of a temporary staffing agency to proceed with employment discrimination claims against a company to which the staffing agency...more

Second Circuit Reminds Healthcare Providers to Seek Relief from Insurance Companies Under Their Own Contracts, Not the Insureds’...

In Rojas v. Cigna Health and Life Ins. Co., 793 F.3d 253, 258 (2d Cir. 2015), the Second Circuit joined several other circuits in holding that “healthcare providers are not ‘beneficiaries’ of an ERISA welfare plan by virtue...more

California Court Confirms No Absolute Public Policy Against Non-Competes Entered into by Partners

California’s prohibition on non-competition agreements is less than absolute. For example, non-compete agreements may be enforced against partners or sellers of businesses. Additionally, in SingerLewak LLP v. Andrew Gantman...more

Four Things Companies Should Know About the SEC’s 2015 Whistleblower Report

The SEC recently published data showing significant increases in tips received under its Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. Released on November 16, the 2015 annual report also provided important guidance to companies on the...more

Pennsylvania’s Highest Court Rules Continuing Employment Insufficient Consideration for Non-Compete

Do you have workers in Pennsylvania? If so, do you ask them to sign non-competes after they have already been employed with your company for some appreciable time? If you do, you may be obligated to provide them with...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter - Shanghai Court Upholds Reinstatement Claim by Senior Manager Despite Removal by...

In September 2015, the Second Intermediate People's Court of Shanghai made a decision to uphold a former senior manager's claim for reinstatement, which has drawn a lot of attention. It is widely believed, at least in...more

Be On The Lookout: New Proposed Claims Procedures For ERISA-Governed Disability Benefits Are Coming

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announced plans to publish, on November 18, 2015, new proposed claims procedures for handling ERISA-governed disability benefits. ...more

Third Circuit Rules that Temporary Worker Assigned by Staffing Agency Can Bring Race Discrimination Claim Against Company Where He...

The Third Circuit’s decision should cause companies to review their relationships with temporary workers, assess the risk of their being viewed as joint employers and, if appropriate, restructure the relationships to minimize...more

Common-Law Employee, But No Contract

In Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc., No. 14-1452 (3d Cir. November 18, 2015), the court addressed race discrimination claims brought by a former temporary worker against the company he was assigned to assist. The plaintiff...more

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