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Ruling on UK Executive’s Lawsuit Involving U.S.-Based Stock Option Plan

English executives employed by multinational companies often have a contract of employment with the company’s UK subsidiary, but may also participate in a separate bonus or share option plan that contains foreign (e.g., U.S.)...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue 8, September 2015

The NLRB’s Decision In Browning-Ferris Industries Of California (2015) One Month Later: Is The Sky Falling For Employers? - The short answer to the question is, “Not yet.” Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc....more

Ninth Circuit Blesses Iskanian

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in the long-awaited case of Sakkab v. Luxottica Retail North America, Inc. (No. 13-55184, D.C. No. 3:12-cv-00436-GPC-KSC) (“Sakkab”). The Court...more

New Development In The Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements

As many of our readers may recall, the Illinois Appellate Court in the First District dramatically changed (in our view) the law two years ago in its infamous Fifield decision, by holding that if employment (or continuing...more

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term.  As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.  Here is a review of...more

ERISA – Subrogation: Summary Plan Descriptions Can Be A “Controlling Document” Requiring Reimbursement… Sometimes

You already know that when a Summary Plan Description conflicts with ERISA plan language, the ERISA plan language controls. But what happens when all you have is a Summary Plan Description (SPD), and… no ERISA Plan? Can...more

Court Says There is no Private Cause of Action to Create an SEC Whistleblower Award

AgFeed Industries, Inc.’s accounting irregularities culminated in a March 2014 enforcement action brought against AgFeed by the SEC. The enforcement action yielded an $18 million disgorgement penalty, referred to as the...more

Is an Internal Investigation Privileged?

An internal investigation into whistleblower allegations was privileged, thus protected from disclosure, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently held in Talisman Energy Inc v Flo-Dynamics Systems Inc, 2015 ABQB 561...more

Eleventh Circuit Decision Weakens Injunctive Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants

Last month, in Transunion Risk and Alt. Data Sols., Inc., v. MacLachlan, the Eleventh Circuit held that the district court should have considered hardship to an employee when it enforced a restrictive covenant in an...more

ERISA — 7th Circuit: Illinois State Law Ban On Discretionary Clauses Upheld

You already know about the big trend in states to ban discretionary clauses in insurance policies that fund ERISA benefits. Chalk up another circuit deciding to enforce the ban....more

Seventh Circuit Finds that State Insurance Law Applies, Resulting in De Novo Review of Benefit Claim

On September 4, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in Fontaine v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), does not preempt...more

Class Action Suits By Independent Contractors -- the Uber Class Certification Decision

In a closely-watched decision involving a challenge to the business model used by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., a California federal judge agreed to certify a class of California drivers who claim to have been...more

Uber Class Certification Decision

In a closely-watched decision involving a challenge to the business model used by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., a California federal judge agreed to certify a class of California drivers who claim to have been...more

Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Passed by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Legislature passed AB 465, a bill that would make mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment disputes illegal in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11, 2015, to sign...more

9th Circuit: Because of Simple Contract Oversight, Executive Must Arbitrate Separation Dispute

Most executive level employees have detailed employment agreements outlining the terms and conditions of their high-paying jobs. Putting such agreements in place is a really good idea for a number of reasons, even though it...more

August 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

August 2015 was not a vacation month for independent contractor cases. No less than seven major litigation events transpired this past month, highlighted by more of the same as well as some new developments. Several companies...more

California Court of Appeal Finds Life Insurance Policy Ambiguous and Rules in Favor of the Insured

Sequeira v. Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co., No. A139639 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 31, 2015) - The California Court of Appeal recently reiterated the importance of careful drafting to insurers when it reversed a trial court’s...more

Third Circuit – Failure to Identify Plan’s Limitation Period in Denial Letter Precludes Enforcing Deadline

In 2013, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that ERISA plans can impose shorter limitations periods than would otherwise be the case if the plan was silent. Nevertheless, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Are FCA Retaliation Claims Against Supervisors, Executives Viable?

When the False Claims Act (FCA) retaliation provision was amended in 2009, the amendment was not explicit as to whether plaintiffs could only recover for retaliation claims against companies, or whether plaintiffs also could...more

State Law Claims for Short-Term Disability Benefits Not Preempted By ERISA

A federal district court in Tennessee ruled that ERISA did not preempt state law claims for short-term disability benefits because the short-term disability plan fell under the “payroll practice” exception of ERISA. LeBlanc...more

You Have Class!, says Judge to Uber Plaintiffs

A handful of Uber drivers sued the ride-share giant in 2013 alleging that they were functioning as company employees but improperly treated and underpaid as independent contractors. They claimed that Uber had been...more

Why Did Uber Lose In Court Today? And How It Can Still Avoid Future Misclassification Liability

Today was not a good day for Uber. It suffered its second setback from the federal district court judge hearing the independent contractor misclassification class action case brought by Uber drivers against the giant...more

State Law Claim for Invasion of Privacy Escapes ERISA Preemption: Rose v. HealthComp, Inc.

A federal court recently held that the plaintiff’s claims under state law survived ERISA preemption, and remanded the case to state court to determine the plaintiff’s claims for invasion of privacy and unfair business...more

California Federal Court Certifies Class of Uber Drivers Seeking Unpaid Tips

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Judge Edward M. Chen certified a class of Uber drivers seeking to collect tips they claim they were cheated out of by the ridesharing company. These drivers also allege that they have been...more

Court of Appeal Grants Anti-Suit Injunction

In the case of Petter v EMC Corporation [2015] EWCA Civ 828, the Court of Appeal has granted an injunction restraining non-compete proceedings in the U.S. In doing so, it overturned the High Court’s decision that we reported...more

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