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Employment News - March 2017 #4

Lack of communication – contractual dismissal notice only took effect when received - In Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood the Court of Appeal has decided that contractual notice of dismissal only took...more

Is This The Year for Real PAGA Reform? – Don’t Hold Your Breath

Over the last several years, the level of employer complaints about PAGA has reached a deafening crescendo. For some time now, employers have expressed deep concern about abusive litigation tactics and “extortionate” PAGA...more

Employees Paid on a Commission Basis Must Be Paid a Separate Minimum Wage for Rest Periods

Employers who pay employees commissions should evaluate their compensation schemes to ensure compliance with California law in light of the California Court of Appeals’ recent ruling in Vaquero, et al. v. Stoneledge...more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest...more

Third Circuit Finds Title IX Provides a Remedy for Sex Discrimination in Fully Funded Educational Institutions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has again created a circuit split by disagreeing with decisions from the Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, which have held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides...more

Court Finds Taxi Cab Company Vicariously Liable for Taxi Driver’s Negligence

Emanuele Secci v. United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District 8 Cal.App.5th 846 (February 15, 2017) - The California Court of Appeals reinstated a jury verdict of $335,000...more

Ultracare Las Vegas Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Placement Agency Fired Male Employee Because Of His Gender, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - Ultracare Las Vegas, an ultrasound technician provider, will pay $15,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex...more

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

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...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

ERISA Attorney Fee Awards: What Are “Reasonable Hours” for a Plaintiff’s Attorney to Spend on a Summary Judgment Motion?

You already know that courts typically award attorney fees in ERISA cases when the Plaintiff/claimant achieves “some success on the merits.” But does a mere remand constitute “some success on the merits”? Probably yes....more

Latest Misclassification Settlement Fails To Lyft Sharing Economy Companies

Late last week, a federal court judge in California approved a settlement agreement whereby ride-sharing company Lyft agreed to pay $27 million to approximately 95,000 California drivers who alleged they were misclassified as...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

In the most stinging legal rebuke yet to President Trump’s efforts to bar certain immigrants from reaching the country’s shores, a federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday ordered the president’s second travel ban be...more

A Rare Look Into An Employee’s Duty of Loyalty to the Employer

After nine-plus years of writing about employment law in Connecticut, it’s getting to be pretty rare to find a topic that I haven’t at least touched upon, but here’s one: The Duty of Loyalty. Indeed, a new Connecticut...more

More About USDOL's Liquidated-Damages Policy

We wrote last December about our ongoing efforts to secure a copy of an undisclosed "policy" that various U.S. Department of Labor officials have referred to in insisting that an employer pay at least some amount in...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Explains Remedies Available to Employers Winning Breach of Duty of Loyalty Claims against Employees

In Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa, No. SC19734 (Mar. 7, 2017), the Connecticut Supreme Court explained the legal and equitable remedies available to employers that win breach of duty of loyalty claims against their current or...more

Eighth Circuit Methodically Rejects Plaintiff’s Allegations of Pretext in Age Discrimination Case

On March 1, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Although the case, Nash v. Optomec, Inc., did...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Arbitration Award Challenged For Lack Of “Reasoned Opinion”

Petitioner Daniel Olson brought an action in federal court seeking vacatur of an award against him in arbitration of an employment dispute. He challenged the arbitration award for lack of a “reasoned opinion” and failure of...more

SEC Reduces Whistleblower Bounty Based On Culpability And Delayed Reporting

On February 28, 2017, in an Order almost entirely devoid of detail, the SEC announced that a whistleblower will receive 20% of any monetary sanctions collected in an enforcement action commenced as a result of the...more

Cushman & Wakefield will Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Commercial Real Estate Services Company Fired Employee with Breast Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Commercial Real Estate Services Company Cushman & Wakefield will pay $100,000 and furnish significant relief...more

Good Will Warrants Injunction Says District of New Jersey

On February 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in Menasha Packaging Co., LLC v. Pratt Indus., No. 17-0075, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22318 (D.N.J. Feb. 15, 2017) granted a preliminary injunction in...more

The St. Louis Minimum Wage Returns From the Dead

On August 28, 2015, the City of St. Louis passed an ordinance raising the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour by January 1, 2018. The ordinance initially increased the minimum wage to $8.25 per hour with an October 15, 2015...more

How Did This Ex-General Counsel Win $14.5 Million From His Former Employer?

Companies entrust their in-house attorneys with sensitive and confidential information in order to obtain legal advice on important matters. Thus, when an in-house attorney turns on his or her employer, the repercussions can...more

Jackson Gentlemen’s Club Agrees to Extend Settlement Agreement in EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Danny's Downtown Failed to Abide by Terms of Litigation Settlement, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has settled a contempt action...more

St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Valid, Missouri High Court Rules

A unanimous Missouri Supreme Court has upheld St. Louis City’s local minimum wage ordinance, reversing a trial court judgment that had enjoined and invalidated the ordinance in 2015. Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St....more

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