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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Heading to White House: What You Should Know Now

Congress has finally passed the anticipated Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The bill, which is now on its way to the White House and is expected to be signed by President Obama, will be effective immediately once it...more

What The $100M Uber Settlement Means To All Employers

The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the...more

The New “Persuader Rule” and Its Impact on Manufacturers

The federal Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) in the Department of Labor issued a Final Rule, on March 24, 2016, that significantly reinterprets the so-called Persuader Activities Rule. This rule represents the...more

Recordkeeping Non-Compliance Will Cost You—the EEOC Settles its Sex Discrimination Case Against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile

We posted in October 2015 about the EEOC filing suit against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile, asserting sex discrimination in violation of Title VII’s record retention provisions. The complaint alleged that in June 2010 Martina...more

Employer May Terminate Pre-Hire Agreement with Union, Sixth Circuit Rules

On April 21, 2016, resolving a situation not previously decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court held that a construction company that was a party to a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement lawfully...more

Deflategate for Labor Lawyers Revisited: 2nd Circuit Reinstates Brady Suspension and Reaffirms Judicial Deference to Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated the four game suspension imposed by the NFL on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the infamous “Deflategate” scandal. This...more

Rhode Island Trial Court Decision Could Spell Trouble for Employers Seeking to Enforce Restrictive Covenants Against Healthcare...

One of an employer’s first steps in a suit against a former employee to enforce a restrictive covenant is to seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the employee from continuing to violate his or her contractual obligations....more

Supreme Court Limits ERISA Reimbursement Rights: Insurers Will Need to be Diligent

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court held that an ERISA plan could not satisfy its reimbursement rights from a participant’s general assets. ERISA plans’ reimbursement rights are now so limited that...more

Restrictive Covenants: Do Yours Meet a Changing Landscape?

Restrictive covenants are an important tool for businesses concerned about the protection of their confidential business information and the costs of employee training and turnover. When properly crafted and utilized,...more

Quirky Question # 276: Ex-Employees Gone Rogue

Question: Our company utilizes confidentiality agreements to try to protect our confidential and proprietary information. One of our former sales employees recently left us to work for a competing company. We have evidence...more

Burr Alert: Workplace Violence: Reducing the Risk of Civil Liability

An estimated 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, costing businesses billions of dollars per year in impaired productivity, employee turnover, security measures, and legal costs. More and...more

Supreme Court Stops Short of Bright-Line Rule Regarding Statistical Evidence in Class Actions

On March 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. For those unfamiliar with the case, Tyson Foods is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case that involved an alleged failure to pay...more

Milpitas to Pay $140,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Suit

City Denied Qualified Applicants Employment Because of Age, Federal Agency Charged - SAN FRANCISCO - The City of Milpitas will pay $140,000 and provide other relief to settle an age discrimination lawsuit by the U.S....more

SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had...more

DOL Suspends Filing of Certain Parts of Required Form LM-21 Reports

On April 13, 2016, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Form LM-21 Special Enforcement Policy announcement. Effective immediately, the policy is suspending the...more

More Updates on the Legal Challenge to DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

The plaintiffs in the first lawsuit challenging the Final Persuader Rule have filed a motion for preliminary injunction, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks to file an amicus brief in support of that motion. In...more

SOX Whistleblower Receives $250,000 Award Related to State Wage Act Complaints

The ARB recently concluded that a former program manager was entitled to recover more than $250,000 in back pay and benefits under Section 806 of SOX based on his discipline and constructive discharge. The ARB clarified that...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds $2 Million Punitive Award Against Chicago State University

The due process review of a punitive damages award for excessiveness has a number of interconnected parts. A series of relatively small errors can quickly add up and dramatically skew the outcome of a review process that is...more

Bad COBRA Notices Can Cost You

Sun Trust Bank was sued in a class action challenging its COBRA notice. The plaintiffs who brought the lawsuit claimed that the COBRA notice was materially deficient in that it failed to provide the name and address of the...more

You Can’t Put Lipstick On This Pig: Beauty Company’s Non-Compete Deemed Unenforceable

On March 25, 2016, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge struck down skin care salon Elizabeth Grady Face First, Inc.’s (“Elizabeth Grady” or the “Company”) attempt to make its non-compete agreement seem prettier than it...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19494 - State v. Berrios - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC37045 - Hickey v. Commissioner of Correction - AC33954 - Burr Road Operating Co. II, LLC v....more

California Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreements That Mutually Exclude Applications for Temporary Restraining Orders and...

On Monday, March 28, 2016, the California Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Second Appellate District holding that an arbitration agreement in an employment contract is not substantively unconscionable simply because...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Class Certification Based on “Representative Evidence” of Liability and Damages

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 6-2 opinion in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, affirming the certification of a class based on the “representative evidence” of a statistical sample used to...more

New NC LGBT Legislation Eliminates All State Law Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

On March 23 following a one-day special session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Governor McCrory signed HB 2, a bill that will have widespread effects on legal protections for employees in North Carolina. The...more

Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo: SCOTUS Says Statistics Okay in Class Actions – Sometimes

If you read one thing... - SCOTUS declines to adopt broad or categorical rules governing use of representative evidence in class actions, holding instead that the use of such evidence will depend on the purpose for...more

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