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Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...more

Unions In The Digital Newsroom – Everything Old Is New Again

A recent string of successful organizing drives at several prominent digital news media outlets calls into question all those confident predictions about the inevitable demise of unionism in the information-age economy. ...more

OSHA Publishes Food Safety Whistleblower Final Rule

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule April 18, 2016 setting forth the procedures for retaliation complaints arising under the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

German Labor Court Allows Review of Employee’s Browsing History

European courts continue to clarify the right of employers to review their employees’ emails. As we discussed previously, the European Court of Human Rights and the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. have recognized...more

Automotive Law Group News: Appellate Court Win for Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association

Murtha Cullina's automotive industry team achieved a victory on behalf of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association on March 17, 2016 when the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted unanimously to affirm the dismissal...more

Internal Investigative Reports That Lead to Discipline Are Not Exempt Adjudicatory Records under FOIA

An Illinois Appellate Court has further limited the public records that a public body can withhold from disclosure under Section 7(1)(n) of the Freedom of Information Act, which exempts “records relating to a public body’s...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: April 2016

Finance - PACA Liens Could Impact Financing Terms - The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law enacted in 1930 with the goal of protecting suppliers and sellers of agricultural goods from...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

Friday Links - April 2016 #2

Defense lawyers who checked out the Facebook page of a plaintiff suing their client can be prosecuted for attorney misconduct, New Jersey judge rules... ...more

Schilling Firing: Can You Fire An Employee for What They Say on Social Media?

This week ESPN fired pitcher-turned-broadcaster Kurt Schilling for an allegedly offensive tweet about the recently passed law in North Carolina requiring persons to use the restroom associated with the sex of their birth. As...more

Why You Should Make Your Website ADA Accessible Now

Even though the deadline for creating accessibility standards has been pushed back to 2018, private businesses are at risk now if they have not yet taken measures to ensure that their websites can be accessed by individuals...more

What Your Employees Download Can Cost You Protecting Against Copyright Infringement

Liability for copyright infringement can be a very costly matter. The scary part for businesses is that liability for copyright infringement can arise very easily and often without the knowledge or participation of...more

Leave It to the Policyholder Professionals – Do Not Try This at Home

Recently, I was asked to look at coverage for a case where the insurer had denied a duty to defend several years before. We concluded that the insurer should have been defending based on certain allegations in the complaint...more

Gawker FLSA Ruling Leaves Interns Gawking

Where's the line between an intern and an employee? If you think that's an easy question, consider this: the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines "employ" broadly as to "suffer or permit to work." So, who's to say that...more

2016 SAG-AFTRA Commercials Contracts MOAs and Drafting Agreements are Now Available on Joint Policy Committee Website

To access the 2016 SAG-AFTRA Memoranda of Agreement and Drafting Agreements, please visit the ANA-4A’s Joint Policy Committee on Broadcast Talent Union Relations’ website...more

More Guidelines on Data Privacy Compliant Use and Monitoring of Internet and Emails in the Workplace in Germany

Recently, the Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Labor Court ruled on the rights of an employer to check browsing history without the employee’s consent. Orrick’s German employment team published a client newsletter about this...more

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to...more

Record Fine, Possible “Death Sentence” for Alleged Lifeline Violations Proposed by FCC

On April 7, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (“NAL”) against a wireless Lifeline provider, Total Call Mobile, Inc. (“Total Call”). An investigation conducted by the Universal Service Administrative Company...more

Social Media Policy Cannot Prevent Employee from Negative Responses to Customer Tweets

The National Labor Relations Board continues to interpret Section 7 of the NLRA to prevent employers from adopting social media policies that restrict employees’ ability to publically complain about their terms and conditions...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

Product Liability Update: April 2016

United States Supreme Court Permits Class Certification And Proof of Liability Through Statistical Evidence Based on Class Sampling Where Class Was Sufficiently Uniform That Evidence Would Have Been Admissible in Any Class...more

Social Media Update, Part Two

Social media is a significant and increasingly important part of the employer-employee relationship in many workplaces. Employers use social media to establish their employer brand, and to search for and research candidates....more

New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case

Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities - The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even...more

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