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Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects Workplace Recording Bans

by Fisher Phillips on

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the second federal appeals court this year to hold that an employer’s rule prohibiting recording in the workplace violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a July 25...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

Even More At Stake Than Meets The Eye With Potential HIPAA Violations

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in New Mexico recently declined to dismiss tort claims asserted by a registered nurse against her employer, a government-run hospital, where she sought and obtained treatment for a brutal sexual assault. In...more

California Supreme Court Issues Sharp Reminder About Privacy and Discovery

by McManis Faulkner on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in the matter of Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) (Case No. S227228). At first glance, the opinion – which holds that an employee who brings...more

July 2017: The Top 12 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...more

Review Of Previously Opened Email May Violate SCA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the midst of a heated litigation commenced by an employer against its former employee for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement, an employee returned the cell phone she used during her employment. Prior to...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Former Employee Need Not Allege Emails Were Unopened to Assert Claim of Unauthorized Access Under Stored Communications Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a federal court denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a claim that it violated the Stored Communications Act (SCA) by accessing a former employee’s personal emails, concluding that the plaintiff need not...more

Fair Credit Reporting Act Developments: Increase in Class Action Litigation

by Fisher Phillips on

Applicant background reports can be vital tools for employers, especially in the hiring process. However, amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) significantly increase the rights of applicants and employees to...more

Employers May Wish to Update Electronic Access Policies to Assure Access to Employee's Emails with Counsel - New York Appellate...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In most states, it is fairly clear that attorney-client privilege does not apply to communications between an employee and the employee's personal lawyer if the communications are made using the employer's email system and if...more

Employer Grabs the Driver’s Seat on Electronic Privacy Claims

by PretiFlaherty on

Most employment laws are like a one-way street, where the only party with the ability to drive a claim is the employee. When it comes to electronic privacy, however, some federal statutes allow for two-way traffic. ...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

Update: Case Involving Sharing Of Passwords May Be Headed To The Supreme Court

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last August, we reported on a Ninth Circuit case in which a former employee was convicted of a crime under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for accessing and downloading information from his former company’s database...more

Q: Could You Be Dragged Into Court For A Company Data Breach? A: It Depends

by Fisher Phillips on

This same time last year, many in the business community were eagerly anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which was to decide the standard that should be applied to determine whether...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

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

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

2016 Class Action Year-End Review

by BakerHostetler on

We are pleased to share BakerHostetler’s 2016 Class Action Year-End Review, which offers a summary of key developments in class action litigation during the past year. Class action litigation moved to the forefront of the...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

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Company Claims Against Former Executive For Unlawful Access to Email

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A terminated executive who accessed co-worker emails in the process of reporting possible company wrongdoing lost his appeal on several grounds. In Brown Jordan Intl, Inc. v. Carmicle, the Eleventh Circuit found that the...more

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court has finally decided a question that has, for years, vexed courts, public officials, the media and citizen watchdogs: Are electronic communications — emails, voicemails and texts — on private...more

Court Rejects Overly Broad Request For Forensic Imaging Of Plaintiff’s Personal Computers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Illinois appellate court has vacated a trial court’s order compelling the forensic imaging of several personal computers used by plaintiff, applying a balancing test that takes into account both the proportionality rule...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

by Nossaman LLP on

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

California Supreme Court Rules Public Officials' and Employees' Personal Accounts Do Not Escape Reach of Public Records Act

by Downey Brand LLP on

On March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled in City of San Jose v. Superior Court that where a public employee uses a personal email account or texts to communicate about the conduct of public business, those...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Discharge of Employee in Safety-Sensitive Position Who Tested Positive for Cocaine

On February 6, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wyandotte County, Kansas, did not violate the U.S. Constitution by discharging an employee in a safety-sensitive position after he tested positive for cocaine...more

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