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Hospital and Fixed Indemnity Policies; Excepted Benefits; Supplemental Coverage under Recently Proposed Treasury Regulations; and...

We reported in a recent post on proposed regulations dealing with, among other things, the treatment of hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance products in the group market. This post takes a closer look at the...more

EEOC Sues Frontier Hot-Dip Galvanizing for Race and National Origin Harassment, and Retaliation

Employer Permitted Racist Slurs and Graffiti, Then Fired Employees Who Complained - BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo provider of metal coating violated federal law when it permitted race-based harassment of black employees by...more

Federal Contractors Must Report All Federal Labor Law Violations

Federal contractors and subcontractors soon will be required to report all federal “labor law violations” to the government, for review by contracting officers. Here’s what you need to know about this sweeping new...more

Resource for Companies Evaluating Compliance with New Overtime Laws

Many companies are in the process of completing internal audits to prepare for the new salary and overtime rules that go into effect on December 1, 2016. While the changes do not impact the duties-portion of FLSA exemptions,...more

HR Tech and the Law: An Update

Over the past two years, we at the Navigator have been fascinated with all the new technology showing up in the workplace. We’ve repeatedly cautioned employers about the risks of adopting technology before understanding and...more

Back to School: NLRB Takes Aim at Colleges and Universities

Seyfarth Synopsis: The National Labor Relations Board issued three important decisions this week that will significantly impact private colleges and universities....more

EEOC Sues Midwest Freight Systems for Breach of Mediation Agreement

Company Refused to Honor Agreement to Pay Monetary Relief to Charging Party, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Midwest Freight Systems Corporation, a freight transportation company with headquarters in Warren, Mich.,...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement with Class Action Waiver

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in the split amongst U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on the issue of enforceability of employment arbitration agreements precluding class actions. The Ninth...more

In Final Exam, Court Rejects Hearst Interns’ Pay Claims

Unpaid interns for Hearst magazines have been rebuffed again in their effort to be declared eligible to receive wages under the FLSA and the New York Labor Law. In an August 24, 2016 ruling, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the...more

Paying for software development? Make sure you own it!

In a digital society dominated by the saying, “there’s an app for that,” copyright protection is essential. Paying to have a work created does not automatically vest ownership of the copyright in the paying party. When making...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

New Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act Mandates Greater Flexibility on Use of Leave Benefits

The Illinois Employee Sick Leave Act (Public Act 99-0841) requires Illinois employers who provide personal sick leave benefits to their employees to allow employees to take such leave for absences due to the illness, injury,...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

In a strong blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in Stephen Morris, et al. v. Ernst & Young, et al., No. 13-16599, D.C. No. 5:12-cv-04964-RMW (August 22, 2016), holding that...more

FAR Council and DOL Issue Final Rule Implementing Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council and the Department of Labor published a final rule, implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (also known as the “blacklisting” Executive Order), on August 24,...more

Georgia Magistrate Judge Limits OSHA Safety Inspections in Poultry Plants

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fighting a Gainesville, Georgia, magistrate judge’s recommendation that would restrict its new regional worker-safety program aimed at poultry processing facilities....more

Student Assistants Win Right to Unionize at Private Colleges and Universities

Reversing longstanding precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor Relations]...more

Regis Corporation to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Hair Salon Refused to Accommodate Stylist's Claustrophobia, Agency Charged - MIDLAND, Texas - Minnesota-based Regis Corporation, doing business as SmartStyle, will pay $60,000 in damages and back pay to former hair...more

OSHA Tests New Program to Expedite Whistleblower Claims

In an effort to speed up claims under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Protection Program, the Labor Department’s San Francisco region has launched a new process, called the “Expedited Case...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

Holding Class Waivers Violate the NLRA, Ninth Circuit Joins Circuit Split

Requiring class and collective action waivers as a condition of hire or continued employment violates the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, has ruled. Morris v....more

Treasury Announces 2016-2017 Regulatory Agenda for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. ..On August 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

Advantages of Using ESOPs To Structure Acquisitions and Divestitures In An Uncertain Economy

M&A advisors are becoming increasingly familiar with leveraged ESOP transactions and are routinely considering the ESOP platform in structuring acquisitions and divestitures. The first part of this article references the...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Action Waivers Contained in Employment Arbitration Policies

Beginning in approximately 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) adopted the position that any class action waiver contained in an employment arbitration policy or agreement violates the right of employees to...more

Seventh Circuit Invites Supreme Court to Make Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable Under Title VII

Bound by its own precedent, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not redress sexual orientation discrimination in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, (7th Cir....more

Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held...more

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