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Congress has Voted to Kill OSHA’s “Volks Rule – So What Does that Really Mean?

If one listens to various Democrat and labor talking heads, you would think that Congress has rolled back 40 years of worker protections by passing a resolution killing the new OSHA rule, which permitted OSHA to cite...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only...more

Cheerio! Influence on the U.S. Gig Economy from Across the Pond?

Many point to the Brexit movement as a sign that Donald Trump’s White House victory should have not been a surprise. Will a potential movement afoot in the United Kingdom be a precursor of things to come in the gig economy...more

Absolute Priority Remains Absolute – US Supreme Court Holds Structured Dismissals Cannot Violate Priority Rules

In a highly anticipated bankruptcy opinion, the United States Supreme Court, in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., held that courts may not approve structured dismissals providing for distributions that deviate from the...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

Briefs Filed in CalPERS v. ANZ Securities

On February 27, 2017, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) filed its brief with the Supreme Court, requesting that the Court reverse the decision of the Second Circuit and abrogate the Second...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/27-3/31

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...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

President’s FY 2018 Budget Plan Requests $15 Million to Support Future Implementation of Mandatory Nationwide Use of E-Verify

On March 17, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the first installment of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 Budget plan: “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The Budget...more

Notes From Acosta Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Labor Secretary candidate Alexander Acosta's March 22 appearance before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee produced some interesting interchanges having to do with matters relating to the federal...more

Recent Developments in the NLRB’s Joint and Single Employer Doctrines

Highlights of recent developments relevant to all employers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) is poised to return to a Republican majority, which likely will result in a change in labor law philosophy....more

Checking In on Background Checks

Background checks are a valuable (and often essential) part of the hiring process. They help employers find good employees and avoid risky hires. Failure to check applicants’ backgrounds can amount to negligence and may...more

The RFP Process has to be real

Years ago, as a naïve associate at a semi-prestigious law firm, I got the short end of the stick to attend a quarterly Taft-Hartley meeting in Staten Island. If you ever have to drive from Long Island to Staten Island, you...more

Needle and the Damage Done: Pharmacist’s Phobia Not Enough for ADA Claim

Can fear of an aspect of your job constitute a disability under the ADA? Depends on how essential the function is. In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals looked at the case of a Rite Aid pharmacist,...more

4th Circuit Decision Highlights Importance of Comparator Evidence

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in an employment discrimination suit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and Maryland law,...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

Perspectives for Employers on the Proposal for Health Reform About to Be Voted on in the House

Congress is scheduled to vote on the revised proposal to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (the ”ACA”). This bill is currently called the American Health Care Act of 2017 (the “2017 Bill”). It is important to...more

Restrictions on collective redundancies of Saudi nationals

As part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's wider Saudisation initiative, new legislation has been bought into force which prohibits employers from collectively dismissing its Saudi national employees without prior approval from...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

Gender pay gap reporting: What counts as 'pay'?

Two weeks from today, 5 April 2017, marks the 'snapshot' date for which employers who are in scope need to collect the raw data on which to calculate their mean and median gender pay and bonus gaps. Employers will be required...more

Maine Law Court Charts Different Course for Age Discrimination

It is not often that the Law Court interprets the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) differently from its federal counterparts. In a recent decision, though, the Law Court did exactly that – it held that the standard for...more

The D.C. Circuit Vacates NLRB Ruling on Driver Status in FedEx Case

In early March 2017, the D.C. Circuit in FedEx Home Delivery v. NLRB, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3826 (D.C. Cir. 2017) vacated a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”) ruling that Connecticut FedEx drivers...more

“The freezing trucker” and Gorsuch’s heart of ice: A micro-fiction

It was a bleak and frigid night on I-88 somewhere in northern Illinois. The icy wind whipped across the flatlands, grazing the endless rows of white, brittle remains of lastScreen Shot 2017-03-23 at 6.09.47 PM year’s corn...more

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