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Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2016

Be Still, My Heart: New Suit Says Fitbits Fail to Track Heartbeats as Promised - Why it matters - Fitbit has been hit with another consumer class action asserting false advertising claims, this time alleging that...more

High Court Reviews Protected Activity Under SLAPP Statute

In yet another installment of the gravamen of the complaint conundrum, the California Supreme Court is currently reviewing Park v. Board of Trustees of California State University (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 1258. The issue is...more

Swipe Left to Avoid Liability: Policing Dating Apps in the Workplace

According to a 2015 survey, nearly two-thirds of people in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide own smartphones. For some smartphone users, their phones are their only avenue of access to the Internet....more

European Court of Human Rights Rules Employers Can Read Employees’ Emails

Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”), in the case of Barbulescu v. Romania, issued a ruling about the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online communications, including those via personal...more

What's a "Yahoo"? An Object Lesson in Employer-Employee Relations

Can you mistakenly fire employees? According to recent media reports, Yahoo apparently did. News about Yahoo’s mix-up were reported earlier this week in various media outlets. As it turns out, as many as 30 employees...more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

Recent NLRB Work Rule Decision Strikes Down Another Commonly Promulgated Policy

Issuing yet another blow to commonly promulgated workplace rules, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) struck down a Whole Foods Market policy prohibiting employees from recording conversations, meetings, phone calls...more

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have...more

December 2015 / January 2016 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This Update covers the two-month period of December 2015 and January 2016. The headnote for this period is: don’t classify drivers as ICs unless you do it right! Eight of the nine cases reported below involve drivers....more

International Employment Law Update: Private Emails on Professional Tools are no Longer Private

In a landmark decision on January 12, 2016, the CEDH (European Court of Human Rights), ruled that employers have the right to read their employees private emails sent during working hours, on condition that this surveillance...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

Going Mobile With Recruiting

As employers search for the right workers and workers search for the right jobs, it’s worth considering the techniques of the industry that has the most mobile workforce and has the toughest time finding workers – trucking. ...more

Labor & Employment in 2016: Issues to Watch in the New Year

This year is shaping up to be a dynamic one in labor and employment law. From changes to minimum wage and overtime protections to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) investigations, here’s an outline...more

Plaintiff Lacks Control of Employees’ Personal Accounts, Motion to Compel Denied (California)

Matthew Enter. v. Chrysler Grp., 2015 WL 8482256 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 10, 2015) - In this case, the defendant moved to compel additional ESI, including emails from employees’ corporate Gmail accounts and financial documents....more

Supreme Court Rejects One Strategy for Defeating Class and Collective Actions

In recent years, one tactic for attempting to defeat wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits class action lawsuits has been to offer the named plaintiffs full relief for their individual claims in the case. Even if...more

The Legality of Tracking Employees By GPS

Over the past several years, technology has dramatically increased employee accountability in the workplace. For example, in an office environment, employees are expected to respond to emails immediately because they are...more

Supreme Court Rejects Class Action "Pick-Off" Defense Strategy

Class and collective action claims involve a named plaintiff who files the action on behalf of himself or herself, along with a class of similarly situated individuals. In the employment context, a typical collective action...more

Do Your Employees Hate Trump? Comb-over Your Social Media Policy before the Caucus

The media is buzzing about presidential candidates, and it is only revving up as the Iowa caucuses—the first to be held in the country each year—draw near on February 1st. Following closely on Iowa’s heels will be New...more

Pick-Off Strategy Via a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Suffers Stinging Defeat in the Supreme Court; But Can an Actual Payment to the...

An unaccepted Rule 68 Offer of Judgment for complete relief does not moot a plaintiff’s individual and class action claims said the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The decision in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez is welcome news for...more

Rules on Monitoring an Employee’s Private Internet Use at Work: a new ECHR decision

In a decision rendered on January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) held that the dismissal of an employee for having used his professional email account for personal purposes during working hours did not...more

An Offer They Can Refuse: SCOTUS Takes Some Power Away From Offers For Complete Relief

Today, the Supreme Court limited employers’ ability to proactively and inexpensively end class action litigation before it takes off. In a 6 to 3 decision, the Court held that a defendant making a complete offer of relief to...more

Burr Alert: The Board is Going to do What? A Look at the National Labor Relations Board: Could 2016 Bring Even More Change?

The National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") had quite an eventful year in 2015. Just think, the Board has recently broken decades-old precedent in five different ways: 1) On December 11, 2014, the Board decided...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Removes An Important Wrench From The Defendants’ Toolbox For Defeating Employment Discrimination Class...

On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an important ruling that will affect employers’ ability to defend against a variety of lawsuits brought as class actions, including employment discrimination,...more

2016 Labor & Employment Outlook

This year is shaping up to be a dynamic one in labor and employment law. From changes to minimum wage and overtime protections to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) investigations. Here are the top 6...more

NLRB Again Says Employers Cannot Impose Blanket Ban on Employee Recording in Workplace

Like many employers, Whole Foods adopted a policy prohibiting employees from conducting unauthorized recording of conversations, phone calls or meetings, regardless of the recording technology used. Employers generally...more

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