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Netflix Agrees To Add Audio Description to Many of Its Shows and DVD Rentals

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In what has been deemed the first of its kind, Netflix has entered into an agreement with the American Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts-based Bay State Council of the Blind, and a blind individual,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #4

Late last week, Uber announced it had reached a settlement with California and Massachusetts drivers over their classification as independent contractors. The settlement calls for drivers to remain independent contractors,...more

Why a Recent Ruling on Disability Access Serves as a Warning to All Businesses Operating Public Websites

Any business operating a website for use by customers or other members of the public should take heed of a recent California decision that found a retailer liable for violations of federal and state disability access laws...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #3

Equal Pay Day was last Tuesday. Commentators and media outlets covered the current status of the gender wage gap and the efforts to eliminate it. The Washington Post reported on the controversy surrounding the...more

How Much Data is Too Much for Employers?

Data is everywhere. There are 11 billion devices connected to the Internet and the number is growing. All of these devices create, share, and use vast amounts of data, some of which can be used to make business decisions...more

Accessibility of Retailer Websites Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”)

Title III of the ADA provides that “no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or any accommodations of...more

California Court Rules That Retailer Must Make Its Website Accessible For Users With Visual Disabilities Under the ADA

In a significant decision for all businesses that maintain an online presence, a California court recently ruled that a luggage retailer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California state law by failing...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016 #2

That is SO last week - A couple of months ago, ride sharing app Lyft announced it had reached a settlement with drivers that would keep them classified as independent contractors, but pay them more than $12 million to...more

Get your student pilot certificate and commercial drone operator certificate sooner rather than later

As of April 1 individuals seeking their student pilot certificate must wait until the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background checks are completed before receiving the certification, whereas prior to the...more

ICYMI: Financial Services Risk Summit

On March 3, 2016, the BakerHostetler Financial Services industry team held its inaugural Financial Services Risk Summit. The speakers and panels addressed several key areas affecting the financial services sector: regulatory...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from February 15 – March 15, 2016. Greetings! Spring has sprung and the legislatures are back in full force and active on scores of new initiatives regulating a range of...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2016

Last week, five members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team took the unprecedented step of filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over their pay. The players argue that despite...more

A&B Healthcare Week in Review

I. REGULATIONS, NOTICES, & GUIDANCE - On March 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled, “Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs: Mental Health Parity and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the first reports published pursuant to the requirements of the...more

California Ruling On Website Accessibility Under The ADA May Lead To More Litigation

A recent decision out of a California superior court (Davis v. BMI/BND Travelware) ruled that a website operator was liable to a visually-impaired plaintiff for operating a website that was not accessible under the Americans...more

Focused Technologies fined $3.1 million for outsourcing to India

Focused Technologies Imaging Services (Focused Technologies) of Menands, New York was awarded a $3.45 million contract by the state of New York back in 2008 to digitize and scan records of background checks of 22 million...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC announced that it is expanding its use of its electronic charge status system to allow the public “information online and on demand.” The system allows charging parties to check the status of their...more

Reminder: FCC Accessibility Reporting Requirements Due April 1

The deadline applies to all service providers and equipment manufacturers subject to section 255, 716, or 718 of the Communications Act. Service providers and equipment manufacturers subject to section 255, 716, or 718...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #2

Last week at the SHRM Legislative Conference, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang both praised and cautioned employers in talking about HR technology. In particular, Chair Yang said that some technology can reduce bias in the workplace,...more

Mixing Employee Surveillance and Big Data

No doubt, this is big data’s time. Businesses have begun to make decisions based on data and data analytics, rather than relying on gut instincts or business acumen. Data-driven business has proven to be successful, but we...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016

March is Women’s History Month, and last week, strides in hiring women, efforts to reduce the gender wage gap, and attempts to increase diversity in the tech industry were in the news. Salesforce, in particular, explained...more

Website Accessibility Lawsuits By the Numbers

Website accessibility is an evolving and complicated topic, about which we’ve written many times. Thanks to delayed regulations and the Department of Justice’s changing positions on the issue, businesses have been caught off...more

Recent CFPB Enforcement Actions Focus on Data Security and Discriminatory Lending

In the past two months, consent orders were reached in two high profile enforcement actions. In February 2016, a consent order came out between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

Annual Accessibility Recordkeeping and Contact Information Update Due April 1 at the FCC

By no later than April 1, 2016, entities providing telecommunications (now including broadband Internet access service), VoIP, advanced communications services (email, text), or mobile phone Internet browsers must certify to...more

Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar

On March 4, 2016, the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration group presented its fourteenth annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar to an audience of over three hundred clients and members of the...more

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