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Employers vicariously liable for data breaches caused by rogue employees

The High Court recently held that employers can be vicariously liable for data breaches caused by rogue employees. The decision highlights the importance to businesses of ensuring that data protection compliance requirements...more

Police Immunity From Civil Liability Resulting From Vehicular Chases

Rosemary Morgan, et al. v. Beaumont Police Department, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 4, 2016) - Police Departments have historically enjoyed statutory immunity from any civil lawsuits...more

New York Appellate Court Finds New York Labor Law 240(1) Does Not Apply to Plaintiff’s Fall Because the Opening at Issue Was Not...

In Vitale v. Astoria Energy II, LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 2867 (2nd Dep’t April 20, 2016), Plaintiff was working as a surveyor at a construction site, verifying the accuracy of the location of approximately 200 anchor...more

The Importance of Job Descriptions

The importance of having accurate job descriptions for employees was illustrated by a recent case. In that case, the employee was let go by an employer after suffering a non-work related injury that the employer believed...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Wins, Losses & Lessons in Joint Employer Liability

As joint employer liability continues to develop, plaintiffs seeking deep pockets continue to claim, with some success, that franchisors are joint employers, responsible for actions of their franchisees' employees. In April,...more

AFL-CIO Calls Attention to On-the-Job Deaths in Ceremony at State House

Michael Davidson was seeing patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital when he stepped away to talk with the son of a deceased woman he had treated and the son shot him. Lawrence O’Leary was on a parking garage under...more

OSHA Injury & Illness Recording of Intoxicated Employee Injury

A recent OSHA Interpretation indicates that a workplace injury an employee sustains when he/she is intoxicated must be recorded on the company’s OSHA Injury and Illness Log. OSHA stated that the exception for recording...more

When the Company’s Joke Backfires

Harvey Slapstick, CEO of Jokes-R-Us, decided an April Fool’s prank on his employees was just what the company needed to boost morale. So he hired two former soldiers to conduct a fake hostage situation at the company’s...more

Supreme Court Limits ERISA Reimbursement Rights: Insurers Will Need to be Diligent

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court held that an ERISA plan could not satisfy its reimbursement rights from a participant’s general assets. ERISA plans’ reimbursement rights are now so limited that...more

Sophisticated User Defense Does Not Extend to Salesman

Richard Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 13, 2016) - In 2008, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that the “sophisticated user” defense...more

No General Jurisdiction Over Out-of-State Firms Registering to Do Business in Delaware

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled yesterday that out-of-state corporations no longer would be subject to general personal jurisdiction in Delaware merely because they had registered to do business in Delaware. In making that...more

Workplace Violence: Employer Liability in Virginia and Potential VOSH Penalties

Workplace violence has become a serious issue for employers throughout the United States. In the wake of the recent mass shootings that occurred in San Bernardino, CA and Hesston, KA, both of which occurred at least in part...more

Was an Employer Liable for Assault Committed by its Employee?

The Supreme Court in Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc [2016] UKSC 11 considered whether an employer was liable for an assault committed by one of its employees on a customer. Mr Khan worked at a petrol station...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2016

Editor’s Overview - This month we review the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of National Elevator Industries Health Benefit Plan where the Supreme Court considered the scope of...more

Supreme Court Limits Plan’s Ability to Recoup Medical Expense Payments

In Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan, the US Supreme Court held that when an ERISA plan participant completely dissipates a settlement from a third party on items that are...more

Time to Review Plan Subrogation Procedures

Most self-funded ERISA medical plans provide that participants who have been injured by other people (think car accidents) must reimburse the plan if the participant recovers from the other person for those injuries. In order...more

Dempsey v. Bagley, 2016 ABQB 124 - Lessors of Vehicles Still Vulnerable Under Workers Compensation Act

There were two motor vehicle accidents in the summer of 2006. The plaintiffs and the defendants involved in the accidents were employees of Brinks Canada Limited (“Brinks”). The vehicles in question were owned by PHH...more

The Nature of Workers’ Compensation as Affected by Pain and Suffering

Under the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Act, M.G.L. c. 152, § 1, et seq., particularly § 15, an employee who is injured in a work-related incident due to the acts of an unrelated third party may seek redress of that...more

Employer Liable for Employee Assault on Customer

What happened? In Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc, the Supreme Court decided that the employer was vicariously liable for an employee’s assault on a customer. Mr Mohamud, a man of Somali origin, went into a Morrisons...more

One Very Good Reason to Make Sure Your Contractor is Licensed

I know how the thinking goes . . . Other than providing you with some marginal assurance that the work performed by your contractor (or subcontractor, in the case of general contractors) will be up to snuff, why do you...more

House Bill 1800 – Ripple Effects on Medical Care for Injured Workers

While it seems the members of our state legislature have been busy doing nothing but arguing about the budget for the past year – one young state rep has proposed a bill that may have a positive effect on employers seeking...more

Social Media Fail: Sometimes Even Employers Memorialize Bad Decisions on the Internet

Don’t deny it: you scroll through your social media feeds past the mundane photos, click-bait, and “humble brags” in search of explosive drama. Eventually, you might land on a status update from one of the reliable...more

Employer Not Responsible for Employee Defaming Customer on Facebook

In Howard v. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., a Hawaiian Federal Court found that Hertz Rent-a-Car could not be held responsible for its employee’s Facebook comments about one of its customers. While employers should welcome the...more

Creating A Safety-Conscious Culture Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Traffic accidents are the number one killer of employees in the United States. There is a vehicle crash every 2.5 seconds, a vehicle-related injury every 19 seconds, and a vehicle-related fatality every 11 minutes. According...more

Blog: Court Of Appeal Considers Application Of Fairchild Test In Asbestos-Induced Lung Cancer Cases

In Heneghan v Manchester Dry Docks Ltd & Ors [2016] EWCA Civ 86, the Court of Appeal considered whether the Fairchild exception should be applied in a case of multiple exposures to asbestos leading to lung cancer. Like...more

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