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CPA Can’t be a Whistleblower for Non-Public Entities

Reyher v. Grant Thornton, LLP analyzed whether an employee of a CPA firm is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act for lodging complaints with an employer about suspected illegal activity regarding...more

Supreme Court to Decide Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In late June, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276, to review whether Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection applies to employees who only report securities law violations...more

Top 10 Employment & Labour Issues for Employers

1: Accommodation in the Workplace - OVERVIEW - Employers have a duty to accommodate employees’ needs based on those grounds protected under federal and provincial human rights legislation. All employers are required...more

Employers May Regret Forcing Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Test

While the U.S. Supreme Court may take a narrow view of the Dodd-Frank Act’s protections for whistleblowers by limiting them to those who report violations to the SEC, experts say such a decision could be a “Pyrrhic victory”...more

Supreme Court to Determine Scope of Whistleblower Protection

A percolating issue with respect to the SEC’s whistleblower regulations is whether the anti-retaliation protections apply only when suspected misconduct is reported to the SEC, or whether the protections also apply when the...more

The Continuing Stream of Website Accessibility Claims: A Trial Victory for a Plaintiff and a Dismissal for a Company

by Littler on

Over the past 18 months, the number of claims being filed over website accessibility has increased dramatically. Although courts continue to differ as to whether websites are places of public accommodation covered by Title...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Employment News - June 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Keep it for later – European Court's Advocate General issues Opinion that the right to paid leave can be carried over if employer has not offered it - According to the preliminary Opinion of the European Court in The Sash...more

What to Do When the Whistle Blows: Best Practices for Conducting an Internal Whistleblower Investigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

It is nearly inevitable that at some point every company will receive an internal allegation of wrongdoing that will require the company to conduct an investigation. This primer on internal investigations raises key issues...more

Interesting Update: “Manufacturing” Law: Courts Join the States to Fill the Void

In a May 16 Blog Post, I reviewed several cases dealing with the question of whether Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of . . . sex” included a ban on discrimination “because of sexual preferences.” I summarized...more

Duty to set up procedures enabling whistleblowing in France by 1st January 2018: Criminal / Labor consequences

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 December 2016, the law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernization of the economy, also known as "Sapin II", entered into force, creating a new legal framework for defining and protecting...more

Nutter Bank Report, May 2017

Supreme Court Rules That Cities Can Sue Lenders Under the Fair Housing Act - The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision that reaffirms the standing of municipalities to sue lenders, including banks, for certain...more

Rumored Merger of OFCCP into EEOC Bolstered by Proposed Budget

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a move that could affect all employers, and significantly change the handling of discrimination charges and federal contractors’ affirmative action requirements, the Trump administration’s draft budget proposes a merger...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

“Manufacturing” Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the Void

Last month, I wrote that in the absence of significant Congressional action on the labor and employment front, states and cities are increasingly willing to take steps to improve employment protections. Some courts appear...more

Brown & Brown Insurance Brokerage Firm Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit for $100,000

Job Offer Rescinded After Company Learned of Applicant's Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - ORLANDO, Fla. - Daytona Beach-based insurance brokerage firm Brown & Brown will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief to...more

Blazing the Trail: SJC to Decide Medical Marijuana Discrimination Case

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Marijuana in the workplace is currently a hot topic for retail employers, especially since voters in Massachusetts and other states legalized the recreational use of marijuana in November 2016. The law that passed and became...more

Neglected Hotlines Are an Exception not the Rule

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“When it comes to hotlines, I have said many times that the ‘easy’ part is setting up a phone number. The hard part is what the organization does with reports once it receives them.” — Carrie Penman...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Second Quarter 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Special Labor and Employment Issue - This issue of the Legal Advisor is a special edition focusing entirely on Labor and Employment topics. The articles in this issue highlight challenges we often encounter and help...more

Refusal to Allow Employee to Rescind Her Voluntary Resignation Not an Adverse Employment Action

by Wilson Elser on

In its recent decision in Featherstone v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District held that refusing to allow an employee to rescind her voluntary resignation does...more

Does Your Company Need an Affirmative Action Plan?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Executive Order (EO) 11246 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or national...more

Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

Corporate Culture and Whistleblowers: A Reliable Barometer of a Company’s Culture

by Michael Volkov on

If you want a reliable indication of a company’s culture, just look at how the company treats employee concerns and whistleblowers. Recent events have highlighted serious failures on the part of major companies to address...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Denial Of Defenses: Illinois Court OK’s EEOC’s Pre-Suit Procedures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal district court in Illinois recently granted the EEOC’s motion for partial summary judgment in EEOC v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 10, 2017), relative to two defenses advanced...more

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