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If Pain, Yes Gain -- Part XVI: Winter 2016 Brings Flurry of Paid Sick Leave Activity

One area of employment law that certainly isn’t hibernating this winter is mandatory paid sick leave. Since the start of 2016, mandatory paid sick leave developments have occurred from coast to coast and include: (1) an...more

A Change in Direction for Change in Condition?

On January 20, 2016, the South Carolina Court of Appeals handed down its opinion in Russell v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2016 WL 231216, and held that claimant is not required to prove a change of condition by objective...more

Jury Awards Over $31 Million To Former Wal-Mart Employee—But Wal-Mart Probably Won’t Have To Pay Most Of It

McPadden v. WalMart Stores East, L.P., No. 14-cv-475, awarded more than $31 million to a former Wal-Mart employee who had worked for the company as a pharmacist. The plaintiff sued for discrimination and retaliation after...more

EEOC Proposes Expansive Enforcement Guidance for Retaliation Claims

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued proposed enforcement guidance regarding retaliation claims. According to the EEOC, the revised guidance is necessary in light of...more

Retiree Health Benefits Case Remanded to District Court for Additional Fact Finding

On remand from the Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit sent the parties in Tackett v. M&G Polymers USA, LLC back to the district court for additional factual determinations on whether the retirees who commenced the lawsuit had...more

Supreme Court Interprets ERISA to Limit Remedies Available to Plans to Subrogate and Recover Overpayments

Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan is the fourth decision by the U.S. Supreme Court addressing the subrogation rights of self-insured ERISA-covered health plans. Three...more

EEOC May Obtain Private (And Arguably Unnecessary) Employee Information

Employers served with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) subpoena requesting private employee information – regardless of its arguable relevance – may nevertheless be compelled to respond, according to a...more

Downsizing and Firing Employees in California

Most companies will eventually face the unpleasant task of terminating an employee or group of employees. When they do, it’s critical that they follow best practices and comply with applicable laws for many reasons, ranging...more

Captivating! NLRB Reverses 57-Year-Old Decision, Expands "Captive Audience" Rule in Mail Ballot Elections

In conjunction with other recent changes to its rulings regarding organizing and elections, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled to expand the period of time during which "captive audience" meetings are banned in...more

Refusing to Attend a Fitness-For-Duty Exam May Not Be Grounds For Termination under the ADA

On January 25, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division clarified the requirements set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the related guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Will Plan Participants’ Demands for Perfection Retire Large 401(k) Plans?

Participants in Anthem Inc.’s $5.1 billion 401(k) plan have sued plan fiduciaries, alleging that they have top-shelf tastes that constitute a breach of the duties of loyalty and prudence owed to participants, and that the...more

What is the "Need to Know" Standard?

Under the majority Upjohn approach, the attorney-client privilege can protect lawyers' communications with any level of corporate client employee — if the lawyers need the employees' factual information before giving their...more

The Supreme Court Rules an Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Cannot Moot a Case, But What About Payment of Complete Relief?

A divided U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez that an unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment is a legal nullity that cannot moot a case.  However, the Court left open the possibility...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Confirms Arbitration Award In Favor Of Philadelphia Union Soccer Team In Wrongful Termination Suit With...

A Pennsylvania federal court recently confirmed an arbitrator’s decision in a wrongful termination suit which held in favor of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, finding it did not violate former head coach Piotr Nowak’s...more

ERISA Plans Should Act To Reinforce Reimbursement Rights In Light Of Recent SCOTUS Decision

Group health plan administrators should take actions to address the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that an ERISA plan cannot enforce its equitable lien, which had been established through the plan’s reimbursement...more

New York Expands Liability for Employee Claims for Unpaid Services Performed in New York to the Top 10 Shareholders of Privately...

Under a New York law in effect for decades, the top 10 shareholders of a privately held New York corporation can be held liable in certain circumstances for amounts owed to the corporation's employees. On January 19, 2016,...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - February 2016

In New Guidance, DOL Gets Aggressive on “Joint Employment” - By issuing a new interpretative document in January, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division attempted to clarify the concept of “joint...more

Court Certifies Title VII Discrimination Case Based On Discretionary Decision-Making

In Rollins v. Traylor Brothers, Case No. 14-CV-1414 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 21, 2016), Judge John Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington certified the claims of a class of workers alleging...more

Briefing For The Big Bucks: CRST Asks U.S. Supreme Court For Attorneys’ Fees From The EEOC

EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. is a key case for all employers. We have been tracking the developments in this case since its inception. Now it has reached the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of whether attorneys’...more

Labor and Employment News: Retaliation Claims Are Difficult to Defend: Redux

A few weeks ago, we reported on a retaliation judgment in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, Summerlin v. Almost Family, Inc. ("Retaliation Claims Difficult to Defend"). The retaliation case discussed below did not cost the...more

Supreme Court: For ERISA Plans, Time May Be Money

A new U.S. Supreme Court decision is a reminder that Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans must act promptly if they want to assert a lien to secure a participant’s obligation to reimburse medical expenses or...more

Supreme Court Revisits Stock Drop Fiduciary Standards

In Amgen v. Harris, the Supreme Court for the second time considered whether the plan participants sufficiently stated a claim against the plan fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA by continuing to provide...more

Der Urlaubsabgeltungsanspruch ist vererbbar

Mit einer kurz vor Jahresende veröffentlichten Entscheidung hat das BAG (bereits am 22. September 2015 – Az: 9 ARZ 170/14) festgestellt, dass der Urlaubsabgeltungsanspruch vererbbar ist. Geklagt hatten die Erbinnen eines...more

What Amgen and Tackett Tell Us About ERISA Litigation Trend Lines

Two recent Supreme Court decisions, and a recent Sixth Circuit analysis on remand from the Supreme Court, offer a roadmap of sorts on ERISA litigation. In both decisions, the Supreme Court did away with presumptions, and at...more

Alleged Harassers' Intent Irrelevant to Hostile Environment Determination

Employers investigating allegations of workplace harassment sometimes receive explanations from the accused parties that they never meant to cause distress to the complaining employee. They justify their behavior as joking or...more

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