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Clear Sailing Ahead For Class Counsel in California Settlement

In Laffitte v. Robert Half International, Inc., No. BC321317, ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Oct. 29, 2014; pub. ord. Nov. 21, 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a $19,000,000 settlement that included an attorneys’ fee...more

Global HR Hot Topic—December 2014: Overseas Business Travel Liability and the Duty of Care in Times of Ebola

As of late 2014, the United States faced no Ebola pandemic whatsoever. The odds of catching Ebola in an American workplace remained statistically zero. Only a handful of Ebola cases had made their way to the United States,...more

Holiday Pay - Not As Bad As It Could Have Been

Yesterday, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave its long-awaited decision in Bear Scotland v Fulton and Ors on whether or not overtime should be included in holiday pay....more

Landmark judgment in Employment Appeal Tribunal case paves the way for incremental increases in holiday pay

The important judgment of the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal (the “EAT”) in Bear Scotland Ltd & ors v Fulton & ors, considered alongside Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood & ors and Amec Group Ltd v Mr Law and ors, casts new light on...more

Overtime Payments Included In Paid Holiday

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (the “EAT”) has ruled that overtime payments, even if they are not guaranteed, must be included in calculating the rate at which holiday is paid to employees. The decision has significant...more

Holiday pay: the verdict

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has today handed down judgment in the closely observed holiday pay appeals in Bear Scotland v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others; and Amec Group Ltd v Law and others (the...more

Certifications Under the Trade Agreements Act: 10 Tips to Avoid TAA Traps for the Unwary

On September 3, 2014, U.K.-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew (the ‘‘Company’’) agreed to pay $8.3 million (plus an additional $3 million in attorney’s fees) to resolve a lawsuit filed under the federal civil False...more

Leading Pharmaceutical Company Fined $491 Million for Bribery

A Chinese court convicted a large British pharmaceutical company of corruption and bribery while doing business in China. As a result, the company must pay a record-breaking fine of $491 million while each of the implicated...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

On July 31, 2014, the SEC awarded $400,000 to a whistleblower who had reported internally before providing information to the SEC. The award was unique because the SEC’s Claims Review Staff had denied the whistleblower’s...more

With record-breaking Dodd-Frank award, SEC invites the world to blow the whistle

The SEC has announced its largest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower award: between $30 and $35 million. While the amount of the award is eye-popping on its own, the Commission’s order awarding the whistleblower’s claim – the...more

SEC Announces Highest Whistleblower Award to Date

The SEC recently announced a record-breaking whistleblower award of $30-35 million, which shattered the previous high award of $14 million. See SEC Awards More Than $14 Million to Whistleblower. Not only is this award...more

Choice of Law Has Huge Consequences, Especially in NC Non-Compete Case

An interesting case out of the Eastern District of North Carolina reminds us of the importance of choice of law when dealing with non-compete litigation. Let’s take a look...more

Amendments to the PRC Copyright Law ....the practical implications for rights owners

On June 6, 2014, the fourth draft version of the new PRC Copyright Law (New Law) was published for public comment, having first been published in 2010. The period for public comment ended on July 5, 2014 meaning the...more

Global Connection - November 2013: Secondary Boycott and International Trade

The Dispute - The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (“ILWU”) had a long established collective bargaining relationship with grain exporter Marubeni-Columbia Grain, Inc. (“CGI”), which covered CGI’s employees...more

Whistleblowing in China and the United States

The Chinese Government’s wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation into the pharmaceutical industry takes a new turn every week. Media reports contain numerous incidents of purported whistleblowers making allegations...more

Protecting Trade Secrets In Italy

Italy is slowly changing its trade secret laws to conform to international standards....more

Global HR Hot Topic - May 2013: Individual Employment Dismissal Obligations Outside the US

Challenge: Overseas, dismissing an individual employee gets complex and is heavily regulated. Dismissal mandates under foreign law tend to fall into three broad categories: dismissal procedures, pre-termination notice...more

SEC Enforcement Update - The SEC Speaks in 2013

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission held its annual SEC Speaks program in Washington, D.C. on February 22-23, 2013. In the postfinancial crisis, post-Dodd-Frank world, it is clear that the Commission and its staff are...more

Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA), LLC

Order of Dismissal

U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas granted dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former General Electric Co. executive under a federal whistle blowing statute. The court held that the anti-retaliation clauses of the Dodd-Frank...more

Spain’s Employment Law and 2012 Labor Reform

In the face of a growing economic crisis, a 23% unemployment rate and an unemployment rate of 50% affecting the youth, the Spanish Parliament recently passed drastic reforms relevant to Spanish labor law known as Royal Decree...more

Global HR Hot Topic - June 2012: Non-Competes and Other Restrictive Covenants in a Foreign Jurisdiction

Imagine, somewhere in the world, some key employee of a US-based multinational an executive, say, or a technical expert or sales star — defects, joins a - competitor and starts openly competing, divulging trade secrets and...more

A woman's injury during sex seen as legit work injury by judge

We don't often write about international workers' compensation cases, but a recent ruling in an Australian case is notable enough to share on this Alabama blog. If you were on a work trip and got hurt during a sexual "tryst"...more

A Month in UK Employment Law - March 2012

In This Issue: A monthly newsletter covering the latest developments in UK Employment Law. Case Update - 1 News Update - 4 Excerpt from Case Update: TEAM MOVES AND SPRINGBOARD INJUNCTIONS In the recent case...more

When Can Employees Working Abroad Bring Claims for Unfair Dismissal in Great Britain?

In the recent case of Ravat v Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Ltd the Supreme Court confirmed that whether an employee is entitled to the right not to be unfairly dismissed depends on whether Great Britain is the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest – January 27, 2012

In this issue; - SEC Reduces Exchange Act Fees for Securities Transactions - Institutional Customer Suitability: New Compliance Certificate for Broker-Dealers - CFTC Roundtable to Discuss...more

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