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North Carolina Governor Signs Law Creating Division to Investigate and Prosecute Employee Misclassification Claims

In 2015, a Raleigh newspaper ran a series of investigative articles focused on construction industry members that classified a large portion of their workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The articles...more

Pennsylvania Courts Split Over Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A recent decision by Judge Jan E. DuBois in Coleman v. Amerihealth Caritas, No. 16-3652, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85319 (E.D. Pa. June 2, 2017) demonstrates that Pennsylvania courts remain divided as to whether Title VII of the...more

D.C. Circuit Provides Additional Support For Specialty Healthcare, Union-Friendly Micro-Units

by Benesch on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with the National Labor Relations Board in affirming the union-friendly practice of “micro-unit” organizing. The D.C. Circuit’s opinion issued in Rhino v. NLRB is...more

5th Circuit Asked to Review ALJ Decision to Vacate “Controlling Employer” Doctrine Citation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As expected, OSHA has appealed an ALJ ruling that severely limits OSHA’s “controlling employer” enforcement policy. Acosta v. Hensel Phelps Constr. Co., No. 17-60543 (5th Cir. 8/4/17)....more

Beltway Buzz - August 18, 2017

EEO-1 News . . . Maybe. Rumors are rampant that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) may soon take action on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) changes to its EEO-1 form, which will...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 7 Mission Hospital, in Asheville NC, learned the truth of Oscar Wilde’s observation that no good deed goes unpunished. That’s the day a federal court denied the hospital’s motion for summary judgment in a case...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Lessons in Surviving a Motion to Dismiss

by Fish & Richardson on

Our colleague Olga May recently blogged about how to plead a claim under the DTSA. In this next installment of the DTSA series, we’ll take a deeper look at some samples from the rapidly-expanding set of decisions addressing...more

IRS Warns Of Resurgence Of W-2 Email Scams

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a renewed warning for tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. According to the IRS, the W-2 scam – called business...more

Drug Testing and OSHA Retaliation – Can We Test or Not?

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As many employers know, OSHA published a Final Rule on May 12, 2016 that amended the Code of Federal Regulations to add additional provisions regarding proper reporting and retaliation for workplace reporting. OSHA took the...more

Federal Court Rules that Medical Marijuana User’s Claim Under State Law is Not Preempted by Federal Statutes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The United States District Court of the District of Connecticut became the first federal court to issue a ruling that federal law does not preempt a state law that expressly prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Restaurant Industry Headed To U.S. Supreme Court Over Tipping Practices

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division launched an aggressive enforcement initiative aimed at ensuring companies in the restaurant and food service industry comply with the federal minimum wage,...more

Fool’s Gold: Second Circuit Vacates Order Affirming Arbitrator’s Certification of Class of Jewelry Store Workers Including Absent...

On July 24, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a federal district court’s approval for a class of roughly 69,000 women claiming that Sterling Jewelers, Inc. (“Sterling”) discriminated against them based on...more

What Can A California Employer Do About Off Duty Conduct?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The news is full of stories of employers taking action, or allegedly not taking sufficient action, for employee off duty conduct. The issues are vast and varied, ranging from communicating views about coworkers’ intellectual...more

I-13 – Policies, Policies, Policies, and Microchips Embedded in Employees

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt of Cozen O'Connor addresses recent trends and noteworthy developments on certain employment policies related to political activity, confidential customer information, FMLA retaliation, and maximum leave...more

Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

by Fisher Phillips on

When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct

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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

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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

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