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Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up: Ninth Circuit Revives Spokeo No-injury Suit

In a decision surely welcomed by the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, on August 15, 2017, that a putative class action plaintiff has Article III standing as long as the plaintiff alleges...more

Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

California Employers May Sue For Online Defamation

by Fisher Phillips on

The situation is a familiar one. Disgruntled current or former employees leave negative and harmful comments about their employer on online workplace review websites such as glassdoor.com or vault.com, or on customer review...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Ninth Circuit Finds Concrete Injury in Spokeo Remand

by Bryan Cave on

The U.S. Supreme Court held in its 2016 Spokeo decision that for a plaintiff to have standing to assert a claim based on a statutory violation that the plaintiff must have suffered real—and not just legal— harm. Spokeo...more

Companies Potentially Liable for Independent Contractors & Third-Party Vendors

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit published an opinion analyzing the factors used to determine when a company may be liable for the actions of third parties acting as its agents in Jones v. Royal Administration Services,...more

To Connect Or Not To Connect, That Is The Non-Solicitation Agreement Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A former employee’s social media activities were not “solicitations” that breached his employment non-solicitation agreement where no suggestion to join the former employee was apparent from the activity....more

Recent Eighth Circuit Case Illustrates the Need for Newest Members of the NLRB to Be Confirmed Sooner Rather Than Later

In another example of a federal circuit court taking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to task for stretching federal labor law past the point of recognition, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals recently refused to...more

Superior Court Suit Alleges Arbitration Claim Is a SLAPP

by LeClairRyan on

If a person believes that a defamation claim being asserted against him in a pending arbitration is a SLAPP, can he ask the Superior Court to issue a declaration and an order stopping the claim from being pursued? A new...more

April 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

April was a red-hot month for independent contractor misclassification cases. We report below on 11 cases in the courts and two before administrative agencies involving...more

Second Circuit Holds NLRB Did Not Err in its Finding that Facebook Posting that Supervisor is a “Nasty Mother F***er” and “F***...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Second Circuit agrees with the Board that the use of profanity in a Facebook post was not “opprobrious enough” to lose the NLRA’s protections and justify the employer’s termination of the employee....more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Court Of Appeal Provides Further Guidance For Data Controllers On Handling Subject Access Requests

by Dentons on

In the first April edition of our employment law round-up we considered the Court of Appeal's decision in Dawson–Damer v. Taylor Wessing LLP [2017] EWCA Civ 74, which (amongst other things) concerned the relevance of an...more

F-Word Facebook Firing Flipped By Federal Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse out not just his boss, but also his boss’s mother and entire...more

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Garner $15 Million Attorneys’ Fee Award For Largest TCPA Settlement In History

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In what is being billed as the “largest and strongest TCPA settlement in history,” Judge Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted Plaintiffs’ counsel a...more

Are Your Employees Texting? The Risks To Employers In Taking Workplace Communications Offline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Given the issues workplace texting presents for employers, employers would be wise to make clear in their policies what method of communication employees may use in the workplace for business purposes. If...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part series we discussed how the City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) will forever change the nature of public service. In part 2, we will offer practical suggestions to respond to this change....more

Employer Defeats Novel TCPA Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a first-of-its kind ruling, an employer recently secured the dismissal with prejudice of what is believed to be one of the first Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions ever brought against a...more

Public Records Act And The Price Of Privacy: Part 1

In part 1 of this two-part series we’ll discuss how the City of San Jose v. Superior Court (Smith) will forever change the nature of public service. In part 2, we will offer practical suggestions to respond to this change....more

California Supreme Court Rules that Texts and Emails on Personal Devices May Be Considered Public Records

by Allen Matkins on

The California Supreme Court recently held in City of San Jose v. Superior Court, California Supreme Court Case No. S218066, that public employees' digital messages existing in private electronic devices (e.g., smartphones...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017

by Bennett Jones LLP on

As we start 2017, uncertainty abounds. Donald J. Trump’s ascension to the Presidency and populist movements in Europe and Britain are set to upend global norms and challenge the status quo. Serious questions are being raised...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Former Employee’s Defamation Suit Based on Matters of Public Concern Under the TCPA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court throws out a former employee’s defamation suit under the Texas Citizens Participation Act, finding that communications about his alleged failure to measure a petroleum storage tank...more

Bare Statutory Violation of FCRA Fails to Satisfy Standing Requirements Post-Spokeo, Says District of New Jersey in Suit Over...

by Reed Smith on

Michaels escaped a potential class action alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) violations late last month when a federal judge found the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, 136 S....more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

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