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Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

The Next Frontier in ADA Access Litigation – Online (Part I)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Florida, and particularly South Florida, has always been on the leading edge of legal trends that involve mandatory attorneys’ fees for plaintiffs. For many years, the United District Court in and for the Southern District...more

The LCLD Fellows Program: Building Relationships and Leadership Skills

I finished my term as Cozen O’Connor’s Fellow in the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity in March of 2017. The mission of this prestige program is to unite attorneys who work in firms and in corporate counsel offices for...more

Arizona Amends State Disabilities Act to Protect Businesses From Drive-by Lawsuits

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law an amendment to the Arizonans with Disabilities Act (AzDA) designed to make it more difficult to bring lawsuits against businesses based on claims that they are not accessible...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Best Practices for Your Company’s Website: How to Avoid an ADA Claim

by Bryan Cave on

As any early stage company trying to grow in today’s technology-driven world, with constantly evolving regulations governing cyberspace, it is imperative that you take steps to implement best practices early on. One reason to...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

Corporate Culture and Whistleblowers: A Reliable Barometer of a Company’s Culture

by Michael Volkov on

If you want a reliable indication of a company’s culture, just look at how the company treats employee concerns and whistleblowers. Recent events have highlighted serious failures on the part of major companies to address...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Denial Of Defenses: Illinois Court OK’s EEOC’s Pre-Suit Procedures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal district court in Illinois recently granted the EEOC’s motion for partial summary judgment in EEOC v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 10, 2017), relative to two defenses advanced...more

Utah 2017 Legislative Update – Employment Law Issues

by Payne & Fears on

The 2017 session of the Utah Legislature produced few bills affecting employment law; but two bills recently signed by the Governor and one bill that was not passed this year may have an impact on Utah businesses....more

Florida Courts Rule ADA Covers Websites With Nexus To Physical Store

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two Florida federal district court judges require websites to have a “nexus” to a physical location for coverage under Title III of the ADA, but a third judge requires more....more

New French Transparency and Anti-Corruption Law: Creation of a Whistleblower's Common Status

by White & Case LLP on

On December 10, 2016, the law n° 2016-1691, also known as "Sapin II", relating to transparency and anti-corruption measures (the "Law") was published in the French Journal Officiel. Notably, the Law creates a new legal...more

Whistleblower Split Widens

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers take heed: there is a further split in authority as to whether whistleblowers are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act if they only report securities-law violations internally, and not to the Securities and Exchange...more

States (and Cities) Rush In Where Congress Fears to Tread

Some manufacturers may interpret the “Epic Fail” of Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act as a sign of stability in the labor and employment landscape. After all, one thing which the new Administration and Congressional...more

Closing the gender pay gap: Multinational corporations face a maze of gender pay gap reporting requirements—meeting them is vital

by White & Case LLP on

The landscape for gender pay gap reporting is shifting fast, and multinational corporations face a maze of new obligations in the different countries in which they operate. This myriad of legislation and regulation poses...more

“Oh Yes [the Court] Did” — District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss ADA Complaint Until the DOJ Issues Implementing Regulations and...

On March 20, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero for the Central District of California in Robles v. Domino’s Pizza LLC, granted defendant Domino’s Pizza LLC’s motion to dismiss without prejudice and ruled that the...more

Tennessee Court Rejects EEOC’s Supersized Subpoena Served On Fast Food Employer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in Tennessee denied the EEOC’s application for an Order to Show Cause why its administrative subpoena should not be enforced. This ruling highlights the importance and benefits of employers...more

Settlement Agreements: No 'one size fits all' approach

by White & Case LLP on

In light of recent case law, Stephen Ravenscroft and Sarah Taylor discuss the importance of using clear wording when drawing up a settlement agreement. Settlement agreements are a very useful tool for an employer. They...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Colorado Businesses Continue to Face "Drive By" Lawsuits Over ADA Accessibility

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Plaintiffs have brought more than 150 lawsuits in federal court in Denver against Colorado businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the past year, following a national trend. These...more

New Law Requires Specific Disability Language in Commercial Leases

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

California Assembly Bill 2093 requires each commercial property owner/lessor to state on each lease form or rental agreement executed on or after January 1, 2017, whether the premises have undergone an inspection by a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn is pushing GM to split its common stock into two classes—one for dividends and the other for all additional earnings—in an effort to boost the carmaker’s market cap. GM’s not on board....more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts Broad View of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd Frank

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On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Dodd Frank anti-retaliation provisions protect individuals who complain internally and are not strictly limited to those individuals who...more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

by Fenwick & West LLP on

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

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