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Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct

by Field Law on

Termination of employment can cause an employee a great deal of hardship. This is especially true when allegations of misconduct and insubordination are at play. The case of Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste Holdings Inc, 2017 ABQB...more

OFCCP Announces “Compliance Assistance” Town Hall Meetings

On August 16, 2017, OFCCP announced that, as part of its efforts to provide compliance assistance to federal contractors, it will be holding three town hall meetings. The meetings will be open to the public and held in...more

San Francisco Ordinance Prohibits Employer Salary History Inquiries

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Beginning July 1, 2018, it will be illegal for San Francisco employers to ask job applicants to disclose their salary history. A number of similar laws have been enacted in cities and states across the country to address the...more

Seventh Circuit Sends Police Officers’ Off-Duty BlackBerry Claims to Spam Folder

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Employers often grapple with what to do when their policies prohibit off-duty work, like working on mobile devices after hours, that employees don’t follow. Even if it has a policy prohibiting off-duty work, if the employer...more

Ninth Circuit in Spokeo: Inaccurate Consumer Reports Support Standing in FCRA Cases

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that allegations that Spokeo Inc. published an inaccurate consumer report in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act established a concrete injury sufficient to confer...more

Minnesota AG files lawsuit against pension advance companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Minnesota Attorney General announced that she has filed a lawsuit in state court against two pension advance companies. According to the AG’s press release, the companies often solicited borrowers through their own...more

Oregon Enacts New Law Impacting Overtime and Maximum Hour Limits for Manufacturers

by Littler on

A new Oregon law clarifies Oregon’s daily and weekly overtime laws and sets new maximum-hour limits for certain Oregon employers. The new statute, which Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed on August 8, 2017, requires most...more

Ninth Circuit: Procedural Violations Can Meet Standing Test

by Carlton Fields on

This week the Ninth Circuit offered plaintiffs who wish to bring both individual and class actions a potentially broad path to establish Article III standing based on mere allegations of procedural statutory violations. In...more

Got Privilege? When It Comes to Internal Investigations, Think Again …

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a helpful reminder on the difficulties of maintaining privilege during internal company investigations. But with a...more

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

DOL Temporarily Shuts Down OSHA Injury Reporting Portal Because of Possible Data Breach

by Fisher Phillips on

According to Bloomberg BNA, the Labor Department temporarily shut down OSHA’s (ITA) “Injury Tracking Application” portal for employers to report injuries and illnesses so that OSHA can investigate a “potential compromise” of...more

What to Do with the Federal Government's Internally Inconsistent Interpretations of Title VII

Less than two and a half years ago, the federal government and courts generally agreed that Title VII did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But that consensus is no longer; within the last six...more

Life University Sued By EEOC for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Two Black Employees Targeted for Discipline Because of Their Race, Then Fired for Complaining About Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Life University, Inc., the largest chiropractic college in the United...more

Seventh and Ninth Circuit Decisions Provide Guidance on the Concrete Injury Analysis Required Under Spokeo

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While some defendants will view the Spokeo II decision as lowering the bar for standing, the recognition in Spokeo II and Groshek that a statutory violation alone does not automatically satisfy the concrete injury requirement...more

Total Eclipse of … Liability?

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

We don’t mean to darken anyone’s day—we want our clients and their employees to join in on the 2017 eclipse festivities as much as everyone else—but we need to alert you as to some issues and suggest some precautions for...more

Are You Prepared for the Workplace Challenges That Will Rise With the Solar Eclipse?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you should know by now that on August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, coast to coast. While the entire country will experience a partial...more

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

Labor Law Lessons From Our Favorite Films: Dirty Dancing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

There are films with clear labor law undertones, such as On The Waterfront and Norma Rae. The National Labor Relations Act and its teachings, however, lurk in other pop culture examples. Thirty years ago, the romantic...more

The Washington Supreme Court Addresses Meal Break Claims

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court case Brady v. Autozone recently addressed the standards that apply when a non-exempt employee alleges that an employer did not provide meal breaks. In short: it is now clear that if a lawsuit is...more

New OregonSaves Retirement Program Impacts Employers with Oregon Employees

by Benesch on

On July 1, 2017, OregonSaves Retirement Program (“OregonSaves”) went into effect. OregonsSaves is sponsored by the State of Oregon, and is a state-run automatic Roth Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”) for private-sector...more

Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

by Littler on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

The easiest mistake most 401(k) plan sponsors make

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and that’s how I feel when it comes sometimes to what a 401(k) plan sponsor does. Yet, there is an error that too many 401(k) plan sponsors do that the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

How To Be Happier at Work

by Jaburg Wilk on

Success doesn’t make you happy – happiness makes you successful. Numerous studies show that employees who are happy and feel respected at work are significantly more productive and less likely to look for new...more

No Signature? No Problem! Enforcing Arbitration Even Without Everyone Signing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California courts are often hostile towards defendants that seek to require litigious employees to honor their arbitration agreements. The defendant’s plight might seem more stark still if the defendant has...more

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