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Wisconsin Appellate Court Holds Management Policy Does Not Negate At-Will Employment Relationship

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

At-will employment is the default rule in Wisconsin. Employers may terminate for any reason or no reason at all. However, that relationship can be overridden by contract, in some cases inadvertently, through employee...more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

Employers Should Be Aware of Pitfalls When Entering into Severance Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Severance agreements in the workplace have evolved considerably during the last twenty-five years. The idea of severance being paid to an employee only where a company has an established severance plan is no longer a reality....more

New York’s High Court Holds Additional Insured Coverage Extends Only to Injuries Proximately Caused by Named Insured’s Fault

by Carlton Fields on

On June 6, the New York Court of Appeals in Burlington Insurance Co. v. NYC Transit Authority held that where liability is limited to injuries “caused, in whole or in part” by the named insured’s “acts or omissions,” coverage...more

Five Workforce Management Challenges in Unprecedented Times - Take 5 Newsletter - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers across all industries are deep in the midst of exciting but unchartered and fluid times. Rapid and unforeseen technological advancements are largely responsible for this dynamic. And while there is a natural...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

by FordHarrison on

By Decision dated July 19, 2017 (the “Decision”), the Appellate Division, First Department (the “First Department”) (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan and Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to...more

Other Perspectives on Trends in Employee Noncompetition Agreements

by Bryan Cave on

In mid-May, the New York Times published a long article reporting a national trend that employers are expanding both the number of employees who are required to sign non-competition agreements and the types of employees...more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

by Jones Day on

During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

New York Appeals Court Rejects Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers – But Is This Ruling Short-Lived?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that...more

SCOTUS Puts the Class Action Waiver Issue at the Top of Its Agenda

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Perhaps signaling the importance of the issue for American businesses and jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court? chose the first day of its term beginning in October as the date to set oral arguments in three petitions for...more

What Family Businesses Should Know about Washington’s New Paid Family Medical Leave Law

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 5, 2017, Washington State joined a handful of states mandating paid family and medical leave. The new leave program, to be funded by employer and employee premiums, will provide up to 18 weeks of paid leave to...more

Murphy Oil Case Scheduled For Oral Argument

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In January, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No....more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

New York Appellate Court Strikes Down Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our loyal readers are well aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in its Fall 2017 term regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. This has...more

NY Court Rules That Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

by Reed Smith on

While pundits and practitioners eagerly await the U.S. Supreme Court’s looming decision on whether class action waivers in employment-related agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – which will not be...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance Issues D. Insurance Corp. of British Columbia v. Lloyds Underwriters, 2017 ONSC 670,...

by Field Law on

The “lessee” or “renter” of a leased or rented vehicle for the purposes of auto insurance priority legislation is determined on the basis of who the lease/rental company can look to for payment. Insurance Corp. of British...more

Tips for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements -Tip #2 – Severance Conditions

by Bryan Cave on

This article continues with another tip for drafting executive employment agreements and the importance of consulting counsel. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world, there seem to be...more

How Employers Can Avoid California Labor Code Section 925

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Many non-California employers view the enactment of California Labor Code Section 925 as destroying any possibility of avoiding the state’s restrictive covenants laws for California-based employees. But there is hope! With...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration, Rejecting Contract Defenses Of Unconscionability And Lack Of Consideration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eighth Circuit affirmed an order compelling arbitration in a case filed by a volunteer concession worker against an operator of concessions at a sports stadium in St. Louis. The concession worker had volunteered to work...more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

Health Alert (Australia) 17 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 June 2017 - Dr Praneal Dutt Sharma v Dr Phillip Segal and Dr Greg Chen [2017] NSWSC 867 - CONTRACT – commercial agreement...more

Recent Developments Regarding Noncompete Agreements

by Payne & Fears on

There is no question that noncompete agreements in California employment contracts are generally unenforceable. Many other states, however, may enforce such agreements if they are “reasonable” in duration and geographic...more

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically,...more

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