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CFPB and DOJ Continue Enforcement Orders Against Indirect Auto Lenders Based on Discriminatory Loan Pricing Policies

In February the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Department of Justice announced entry of a consent order with Toyota Motor Credit, the U.S. financing arm of Toyota Motors’ subsidiary Toyota Financial Services. The...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

NY Transit Agencies Escape Vicarious Liability for Contractors Alleged Discrimination

It is not uncommon for companies to contract their daily business operations to third-party companies. In Motta et al v. Global Contact Services, Inc., the court addressed whether such relationships relieve the outsourcing...more

Section 1557 of the ACA: The Legal Side of Health Equity

This week marks the end of National Minority Health Month and its 2016 theme of “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” This month, the HHS Office of Minority Health’s goal was to “raise awareness of the health...more

California Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Finding It Is Not Unconscionable

In this case, a former employee of a retail store appealed to the California Supreme Court seeking reversal of an appellate court decision which found that an arbitration agreement in her employment application was not...more

Government Outlines Key Labor and Employment Initiatives

Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice (DOJ), participated in an American Bar Association Equal Opportunity Law conference in...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

Take a Seat! California Supreme Court Provides Clarity on California’s Suitable Seating Laws - A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court on suitable workplace seating arrangements will affect a vast number of...more

Employment Law Developments for Manufacturers:  Predictably Unpredictable!

Manufacturers should take note of two recent developments in the human resources world. One expected. The other not. Frequent readers of this blog may recall that in January I predicted the United States Department of...more

Insurance Policy Definitions Essential to Wage-and-Hour Claim Coverage

As discussed in the first installment of our three-part series on insurance protection against wage-and-hour claims, policyholders have looked to two types of traditional insurance for protection against employment...more

White House Fair Chance Business Pledge

Nineteen companies joined President Obama as founding companies of the White House’s Fair Chance Business Pledge.  According to the White House Fact Sheet, “The pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions and Public Commentary Demonstrate the Commission’s Continued Focus on Internal Control Failures

We have previously written about how, over the past few years, the SEC and other regulatory agencies have devoted substantial resources to investigations regarding allegations that public companies have inadequate internal...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Even Whistleblowers Must Pay the Piper

In a heavily redacted decision issued on April 5, 2016, the SEC approved the claim of one whistleblower and denied the claim of another for providing information related to an unidentified enforcement action. The SEC awarded...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

Fashion Law - Autumn/Winter 2016

The business of fashion is exciting, fast paced and driven by passionate and creative people. But it is important to remember that it is just that – a business. While creativity and passion are integral to success in the...more

Director Cordray defends CFPB positions in appearance before Senate Banking Committee; comments on small business lending and...

Much of Director Cordray’s testimony in his appearance before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday consisted of his predictable defense of various CFPB positions. While the hearing was much less contentious than last...more

No Crying Wolf: Retailer’s Website Held Not In Compliance With ADA

At the beginning of this year, we warned that there would be an uptick in American with Disabilities Act litigation related to website accessibility this year in a post entitled Does My Website Need to be ADA Compliant?  The...more

Life and Annuity Series: Cost-of-Insurance Charge Litigation

Plaintiffs' lawyers have been challenging cost-of-insurance (COI) charges for years, with mixed results. The following outline reviews the most recent flurry of cases. ...more

Director Cordray to appear before Senate Banking Committee on April 7

Director Cordray is scheduled to appear before the Senate Banking Committee on April 7, 2016 for a hearing entitled “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress.” (The CFPB’s most recent...more

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ranks Large Companies' Human Rights Performance

In 2011, the United Nations adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN Guiding Principles”), which provide non-binding guidelines on how employers should conduct their business activities to provide...more

Of ECOA and the FDCPA – A Tie in the Supreme Court and A Fourth Circuit Win for Debt Collection

It was a busy week in the fabled halls of justice last week as judges undoubtedly worked to get out a few more opinions before Easter break. Two opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

Erin Andrews Jury Sends Hoteliers a $55 Million Reality Check

“Privacy law” continues to evolve in the face of ever-advancing technology. Legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts, tech companies, and a host of other interests are working to innovate, keep pace with, or catch...more

Supreme Court's Four-to-Four Decision in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore Leaves Open Question About Application of Equal...

In its first evenly split vote since the death of Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court last week affirmed an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore that spouses who guarantee...more

Risky Business: Using Old Employee Release Forms May Leave You Vulnerable

An employer faces many risks when it terminates an employee, including potential claims of discrimination. Having the employee sign a separation agreement that includes a release of claims in return for payment to which the...more

A First: California Court Rules Retailer’s Inaccessible Website Violates ADA

Last week, a California State Court became the first in the nation to rule that a retailer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act due to a website that is not accessible to individuals with vision-related disabilities. ...more

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