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If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the well-established legal maxim that “when a party enters into a signed, written contract, that party is presumed to understand and assent to its terms.”...more

Purchaser of Assets in North Carolina Should Not Rely on Assign Ability of Seller's Non-Compete Agreements

We regularly field questions from companies in the process of an asset purchase, asking whether they can obtain an assignment of the seller’s non-competition agreements with its employees. While this question has never been...more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Independent Contractor Classification

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he or she provides services to only one employer. The court’s decision, which was officially released on March 21,...more

Ninth Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement's Class Action Ban, but Only After Severance of PAGA Ban

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently overruled a lower court’s decision refusing to enforce an arbitration agreement, holding that the dispute resolution provision of the agreement was valid and...more

Congress Considers Limiting Pre-dispute Arbitration Agreements in the Employment Context

Many employers require employees to sign arbitration agreements at the inception of the employment relationship and prior to any disputes, such as part of their new hire packets or as a condition of their employment. ...more

A Divided Ninth Circuit Extends Dodd-Frank's Anti-Retaliation Protection for Whistleblowers

Without a bright line requirement of an SEC contact to trigger whistleblower status, employers may not learn until after termination that an employee claims to be a whistleblower. Employees often raise internal questions,...more

Lack of Comma Means That Breaking Up Overtime Pay is Hard to Do: Litigation Trends

Breaking up is hard to do - Not since Neil Sadaka’s classic song has a “comma” meant so much. A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers has come down to punctuation and the lack of an Oxford comma has...more

For the First Time Since 2011 Case Closure Time for Employee Hotline Reports Is Down

Case closure times on employee hotline reports improved last year—one of the most promising findings in NAVEX Global’s 2017 Hotline Benchmark Report. The four-day drop in median closure time indicated in the 2016 report halts...more

Supreme Court Decision On Arbitration Clauses Could Significantly Reduce Employer Exposure to Class Claims

Savvy employers always need to be on the look-out for ways to mitigate the ever-growing risks posed by increasingly burdensome state and federal employment laws. Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the chance to...more

Arbitrating PAGA Representative Actions: Federal and State Courts Begin to Part Ways

Seyfarth Synopsis: Three decisions issued earlier this month reveal an increasing tension between the Ninth Circuit and California appellate courts on whether representative PAGA actions can be arbitrated. As a result,...more

Tax and non-executive directors

In the 2016 Budget Review, the Minister of Finance stated that in terms of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the ITA) and the Value-Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (the VAT Act), a non-executive director’s (NED) fees may be subject to...more

Where Was the Whistle Blown? Split in Circuits over Retaliation Protection for Reporting Securities Violations

If you report your company for a federal securities violation, just how safe is your job? Curiously, that may depend on where you live. Recently, the Ninth Circuit weighed in, adding to a split among courts across the country...more

Circuit Split on Whistleblower Protections Widens

On March 8, 2017, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that further widened a circuit split on the issue of whether the anti-retaliation provisions in the Dodd-Frank...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Managing the Employment Relationship in Ontario

What state-specific laws govern the employment relationship? The Employment Standards Act, 2000, sets out most of the minimum employment standards for provincially regulated workplaces in Ontario....more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR - Spanish Pension Schemes Exempt and Updated Q&A - On 25 January, ESMA issued its opinion confirming the exemption from the EMIR clearing obligation for certain Spanish pension schemes....more

Top Trends in Business Law that You Need to Know for 2017

Macy’s and Kmart are each closing a Lansing, Michigan location – but did you know that in general, retail spending is up? It’s easier than ever to collect customer data, but business owners beware: you need to...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

“W-2 Phishing Attacks Targeting Businesses to Cash in on Busy Tax Season: 10 Tips to Protect Your Business”

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses. An example of a common phishing scheme starts with a scammer posing as a legitimate employee of a company,...more

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016

Every year, OSHA releases a list of the 10 most frequently cited violations, which, for 2016, were accumulated by reviewing the nearly 32,000 workplace inspections conducted by OSHA staff. The list for 2016 looks a whole lot...more

SEC Claws Back Award for Dawdling Whistleblower, as Feds Signal Changes in Award Eligibility

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission released an Order Determining Whistleblower Award Claim holding that the whistleblower’s award should be reduced to 20% of the monetary sanctions collected...more

Ninth Circuit Decides in Favor of Expanded Whistleblower Protections

In Somers v. Digital Realty, the Ninth Circuit joins the Second Circuit in holding that whistleblower protections apply to individuals who report securities violations internally, not just to those who report to the...more

It’s Smooth Sailing for a Shipping Company After Ninth Circuit Arbitration Victory

Last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a notable opinion addressing the enforceability of arbitration agreements in Poublon v. C.H. Robinson Co., 846 F.3d 1251 (9th Cir. 2017), mandate issued (Feb. 24, 2017). In Poublon, the...more

Court Finds Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement is Unenforceable Non-Compete

Last week, in the case of Fay v. Total Quality Logistics, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that language in a non-disclosure agreement was so broad it effectively became an invalid non-compete agreement. The...more

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