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California Court Approves $700,000 Settlement for Seating Claim Brought By Retail Employees

The effects of the California Supreme Court’s latest interpretation to provide seating to workers are beginning to show, as the United States District Court for the Central District of California recently approved a $700,000…more

Abercrombie & Fitch, Attorney's Fees, CA Supreme Court, Corporate Counsel, CVS

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Federal Judge Dismisses Claim against University; Failure to Appropriately Monitor Docket Not Excusable Neglect

A federal trial court in D.C. recently dismissed the Amended Complaint of a former professor at the University of the District of Columbia ("UDC" or "University") due to his failure to timely oppose a Motion to Dismiss, finding…more

Breach of Contract, Collective Bargaining, Due Process, Motion to Dismiss, Universities

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Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump's New Travel and Refugee Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was to take effect today, March 16, 2017. The new EO explicitly…more

DHS, Executive Orders, Foreign Nationals, Green Cards, Immigrants

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Restaurant Industry Newsletter - April 2013: Help! I just received a Charge of Discrimination from the EEOC. What is it, and what do I do next?

If you just received a charge of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), you are not alone. During the EEOC's 2012 fiscal year, 99,412 charges of discrimination were filed…more

ADA, ADEA, Discrimination, EEOC, Equal Pay Act

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DOJ Publishes Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals Relating to No-Poaching and Wage-Fixing Agreements

In a series of investigations and subsequent court actions, HR professionals have been identified as being potential targets for investigation of allegations of violations of antitrust laws related to employment practices,…more

Anti-Competitive, Antitrust Provisions, Competition, DOJ, Employer Liability Issues

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Supreme Court Upholds University Affirmative Action Admissions Policy

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held for the second time that race may be taken into account when public universities and colleges admit students. In a 4-3 decision (Justice Kagan recused herself based on her prior work…more

Affirmative Action, College Admissions, Diversity, Educational Institutions, Equal Protection

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Highlights of San Diego Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance Approved by Voters and Expected to Take Effect in July 2016

On June 7, 2016, San Diego voters voted in favor of a proposed two-fold Ordinance, which will increase the City's minimum wage rate and allow employees working within the San Diego city limits to earn one hour of paid sick leave…more

Local Ordinance, Notice Requirements, Paid Leave, Posting Requirements, PTO

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DOL Issues Long-Awaited New Rule Governing Retirement Investment Advisors

On April 6, 2016, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-awaited final rule expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under ERISA as well as the duties of investment advisors who qualify as fiduciaries thereunder…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing…more

Affordable Housing, Prevailing Wages, Property Service Workers, Real Estate Market, Tax Exempt Entities

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Final Rules, Incentives

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Airline Industry Alert: Court Finds Federal Law Preempts State Drug-Testing Law as Applied to Flight Attendant

In a decision that is good news for airline employers, a federal trial court in Minnesota has held that the state drug-testing statute, which prohibits discharging an employee the first time the employee fails a drug test, is…more

Airlines, Drug Testing, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Flight Crews, Hiring & Firing

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Massachusetts Voters Say "Yes" to Mandatory Sick Time

On election day, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative requiring employers to provide sick time to their employees. Absent legislative repeal, the mandatory sick time law will become effective on July 1, 2015…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their…more

Ban the Box, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel, Criminal Background Checks, DOL

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Implementation of DOL's New Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

A federal court in Texas has issued a decision permanently blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the final version of its "persuader rule." See National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Perez (N.D…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Arbitrary and Capricious, DOL, Filing Requirements, First Amendment

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Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held that…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Tennessee Supreme Court Throws Out Applicant's Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Against Prospective Employer

On August 21, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a job applicant does not have a cause of action under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act (TWCA) against a prospective employer for failure to hire based on the…more

ADA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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Alabama's New Non-Compete Statute Places New Restrictions on Employers

Effective January 1, 2016, Alabama passed a new non-compete and non-solicitation statute, repealing § 8-1-1 of the Alabama Code (the "New Act"). The New Act attempts to codify principles the Alabama courts have previously…more

Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property Protection, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements

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Headline news: Policies, procedures essential tools in fight against sexual harassment

Last week, former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson slapped Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes with a wrongful termination and sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes made…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation

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ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)…more

Affirmative Action, ALJ, Corporate Counsel, Federal Contractors, Fourth Amendment

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Airline Industry Alert: California Court Upholds RLA Exemption to State Wage and Hour Law

In a complete reversal of its earlier decision, a California federal judge held that employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) entered into in accordance with the provisions of the Railway Labor Act (RLA) are…more

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Exempt-Employees, Over-Time

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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules No Punitive Damages Under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently set aside an award of statutory punitive damages in a disability discrimination case brought pursuant to Connecticut’s human rights law, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act…more

ADA, Civil Rights Act, Compensatory Damages, CT Supreme Court, Disability Discrimination

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Fourth Circuit Creates New Joint Employment Test under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently issued a decision which clarifies and expands the circumstances under which entities may be held liable as joint employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act…more

Construction Industry, Economic Realities Test, FLSA, Joint Employers, Unpaid Wages

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Restaurant Industry Newsletter - September 2014

Restaurant Franchisors Targeted by NLRB and DOL for Claims They are Joint Employers of Franchisees' Employees- Restaurant franchisors are facing efforts from both the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S…more

DOL, Franchises, Franchisors, Joint Employers, NLRA

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"Brexit": What American Employers Need to Know

Following the United Kingdom's stunning decision last week to leave the European Union, many US employers with employees in the UK find themselves wondering: What happens now? To be sure, "Brexit" was a monumental and…more

EEA, Employee Relocations, EU, Member State, Popular

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Tennessee Governor Signs Legislation Providing Additional Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed legislation providing new employment protections for handgun owners. As discussed in more detail in our March 25, 2015 Alert, the new law creates a private right of action for any…more

Employer Liability Issues, Governor Haslam, Guns-in-Trunks Legislation, New Legislation

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Tragedies on and off the silver screen: How to avoid costly workplace injuries

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the title of a science fiction horror film that was recently released worldwide. The horror that occurred behind the scenes in the making of the movie rivaled the fictional onscreen terror…more

Car Accident, Employer Liability Issues, Movies, OSHA, Slip and Fall

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24-Hour Home Care Workers Must Be Paid For All 24 Hours (Appellate Division, First Department, New York Supreme Court)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the First Department, Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court held that 24-hour case home care workers must be paid for all 24 hours if they are “nonresidential,” that is, they do not exclusively…more

Employment Litigation, Home Health Care, Home Healthcare Workers, NY Supreme Court, Rate Parity Agreement

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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and Human…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance

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Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular…more

ALJ, Arbitration, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel

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California Supreme Court Limits Right to Jury Trial on Health Care Whistleblower Claims

The California Supreme Court recently held that California Health and Safety Code section 1278.5(g), which protects health care workers and medical staff from discrimination and retaliation for reporting unsafe patient care and…more

Employment Litigation, Health Care Providers, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals, Jury Trial

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Recent Changes to Maryland Law Give Pregnant Employees and New Parents Enhanced Employment Protections

In 2013, the Maryland legislature passed the Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with a disability…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Organized Labor’s International Strategy To Solve Its Domestic Crisis: A look at how American labor unions are reaching out to European and other international allies to influence U.S. labor relations and how companies should respond

Another major factor contributing to organized labor’s decline in the U.S. is the global economy. Asthe market for goods and services transitioned from domestic to global, U.S. companies faced downward pressure on labor costs to…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, DaimlerChrysler, Germany, Global Economy

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Pick me! Pick me! NFL draft lessons for HR

The NFL draft is fast approaching, and with it comes the multiple prognostications and mock drafts that try to divine which teams will try to link up with the which talent coming out of the college ranks…more

Football, Hiring & Firing, Human Resources Professionals

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OFCCP Issues New Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing – Federal Contractors Must Act Quickly to Ensure Compliance

On September 30, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a newly approved Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing…more

Affirmative Action, Compliance, EEO-1, Federal Contractors, OFCCP

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Will and Grace Reunited

Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January, the…more

Discrimination, Entertainment Industry, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Television Shows

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NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-Teaching Employees of a Private Religious University

In an April 6, 2017, decision, Saint Xavier University, 365 NLRB No. 64 (2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that it was appropriate to exercise jurisdiction over a petitioned-for unit of housekeeping…more

Collective Bargaining, Faculty, First Amendment, Jurisdiction, NLRA

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Florida Court finds Workers' Compensation Statute Unconstitutional

Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida has found that Section 440.11 of Florida's Workers' Compensation Act (the "Act"), which makes the Act the "exclusive" remedy…more

Bodily Injury, Disability, Workplace Injury

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Federal Court Says ADA Does Not Require Reassignment of Employee Without Competition

If an employee can no longer perform the essential functions of his or her position due to a disability, one common form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is reassignment to a vacant…more

ADA, Corporate Counsel, Disability Discrimination, Disabled, EEOC

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OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Employer Liability Issues, Final Rules, Incentives

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"Persuader Rule" IMPORTANT UPDATE

Previously, we alerted our clients that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its "persuader rule," which requires employers, third-party lawyers and other labor consultants to disclose to the DOL any…more

Collective Bargaining, DOL, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements, Unions

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Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in…more

Adverse Employment Action, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FEHA

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President Trump Revokes Blacklisting Executive Order, Including Paycheck Disclosure Requirements

President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution (H.J. Res. 37) disapproving federal agency rules implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO 13673) (also known as the “Blacklisting” EO) signed by former…more

Arbitration, Blacklist, Disclosure Requirements, Executive Orders, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

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Ninth Circuit: FCRA Background Check Disclosure Cannot Include Liability Waiver

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a background check disclosure that included a liability waiver violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Ninth Circuit is the first…more

Background Checks, Consumer Reporting Agencies, Consumer Reports, Employer Liability Issues, FCRA

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[Webinar] Religious Accommodation: Balancing Religion and Work Conflict - February 16th, 12:00pm Eastern

Please join Robbin Hutton for a presentation discussing the statutory and regulatory framework (as well as significant court cases) governing religious discrimination and accommodation in the workplace. The program will also…more

Civil Rights Act, Employer Liability Issues, Religious Accommodation, Religious Discrimination, Title VII

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What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved their…more

ADA, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Disability Discrimination, Drug Testing, Employment Policies

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New Jersey Seeks to Become Center Of International Arbitration

New Jersey has taken the first step toward becoming a global center of international arbitration by enacting the International Arbitration, Mediation, and Conciliation Act (the “Act”) on February 6, 2017. The Act provides the…more

Business Disputes, Conciliation, International Arbitration, Labor Disputes, Mediation

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Second and Eleventh Circuits Rule They are Bound by Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination, but Some Judges Suggest It Should

As these authors have previously reported, several cases analyzing whether sexual orientation is protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been winding their way through the courts…more

Civil Rights Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, En Banc Review

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ADA and Batman - by Robin

Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the…more

ADA, Disability, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, FMLA, Movies

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What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved their…more

ADA, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Disability Discrimination, Drug Testing, Employment Policies

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Airline Management Newsletter - February 2014

Ninth Circuit Upholds Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees - Executive Summary: The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a federal trial court, which granted a strike injunction against unrepresented…more

Airlines, Airports, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employer Liability Issues

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Health Care Alert: Supreme Court Limits Agency Fees to Full-Fledged Public Employees

In a decision that could have a significant financial impact on many labor unions, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that personal care providers, who are considered state employees only for limited collective bargaining purposes…more

Collective Bargaining, Employee Benefits, Harris v Quinn, Healthcare, SCOTUS

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What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump is…more

Administrative Appointments, Affordable Care Act, Deregulation, DOL, EEO-1

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Texas Court Enjoins Enforcement of Regulation that Would Forbid Discrimination in Healthcare on the Basis of Gender Identity and Termination of Pregnancy

As LGBTQ rights have taken center stage in political and social issues, FordHarrison has been following ground-breaking litigation related to LGBTQ rights and providing updates. In the latest decision, a federal judge in Texas…more

Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Discrimination, Employer Mandates, Gender Discrimination

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Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because, well,…more

Baseball, Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies, Rules of Practice, Sports

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White House Issues State Call To Action To Ban Certain Non-Compete Agreements

On October 25, 2016, the Obama Administration issued a “State Call to Action on Non-Compete Agreements.” This call to action is part of President Obama’s Executive Order directing states to increase competition for workers and…more

Best Practices, Confidential Information, Contract Terms, Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing

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EEOC Increases Penalty for Violating Notice Posting Requirements by 150 Percent

The EEOC is increasing the penalty for failure to post the required workplace notices under Title VII, the ADA, and GINA by 150 percent. This increase means the maximum penalty for notice violations will increase to $525 per…more

ADA, Corporate Counsel, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Rights

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"Persuader Rule" IMPORTANT UPDATE

Previously, we alerted our clients that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its "persuader rule," which requires employers, third-party lawyers and other labor consultants to disclose to the DOL any…more

Collective Bargaining, DOL, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements, Unions

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Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump's New Travel and Refugee Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was to take effect today, March 16, 2017. The new EO explicitly…more

DHS, Executive Orders, Foreign Nationals, Green Cards, Immigrants

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Texas' Pending LGBT-Related Legislation: What it Means for Employers

Issues pertaining to LGBT rights have been a focal point of public debate and discourse for several years, but since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, these issues increasingly have also been the focus…more

Discrimination, LGBT, LGBTQ, Obergefell v. Hodges, Proposed Legislation

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Employer Strategies In A Changing Slow-Growth Economy – Dealing With Organized Labor: The Boeing Blueprint

How are U.S. employers approaching the economic "recovery" from the recession and what strategies are being employed by them, particularly in relation to unionized workforces?…more

Boeing, Business Development, Economic Downturn, Unions

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Airline Management Newsletter - February 2014

Ninth Circuit Upholds Strike Injunction Against Non-Union Employees - Executive Summary: The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a federal trial court, which granted a strike injunction against unrepresented…more

Airlines, Airports, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employer Liability Issues

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Implementation of DOL's New Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

A federal court in Texas has issued a decision permanently blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the final version of its "persuader rule." See National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Perez (N.D…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Arbitrary and Capricious, DOL, Filing Requirements, First Amendment

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Invocation of "The Rule" During Trade Secret Injunction Hearings

The Texas Supreme Court ruled last week that a party accused of stealing trade secrets does not have an absolute right to be present in the courtroom for the entirety of a preliminary injunction hearing when the trade secrets at…more

Absolute Privilege, Due Process, Infringement, Misappropriation, Oil & Gas

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Georgia Wage Garnishments Resume after Revised Order

Nearly one month after Federal Judge Marvin Shoob, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that Georgia's garnishment law is unconstitutional, on Monday, October 5, 2015, Judge Shoob…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Compliance, Financial Institutions, Garnishment

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Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in…more

Bonuses, Breastfeeding, Burden of Proof, Compensatory Damages, Disability

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Non-Compete News – Georgia Court Interprets Georgia's Blue Penciling Statute

It’s time to bring back FordHarrison’s Non-Compete News! And what better way to kick off 2017 than with Lifebrite Labs, LLC v. Cooksey (N.D. Ga. December 2016), Georgia’s first-ever published decision interpreting how a Georgia…more

Blue Pencil Contract Modification, Contract Terms, Declaratory Judgments, Employment Contract, Non-Compete Agreements

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“Boss Baby”—an adorable film about leading others to succeed

My kids are begging me to take them to see the new movie “Boss Baby,” an animated film about a baby (who is actually a savvy business leader) who leads other babies in an uprising against puppies, who are encroaching on the…more

Leadership, Performance Standards, Productivity

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Florida's Minimum Wage Rate Increases January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, Florida's minimum wage rate will increase from $8.05 per hour to $8.10 per hour. The increase is calculated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and is based on the percentage increase in…more

Florida, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Restaurant Industry, Tipped Employees

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What’s in a Name?: Bias in the Workplace

As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name – a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. But a series of viral tweets…more

Bias, Gender Discrimination, Social Media, Twitter, Young Lawyers

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New California Paid Sick Leave Law May Cause Headaches for Employers

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA), which provides nearly all employees working in California with paid sick leave. The new law…more

Employee Rights, Jerry Brown, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Airline Industry Alert: FAA Does Not Recommend Routine Psychological Testing for Pilots

On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots' unions, concerning pilots' mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525…more

Aviation Industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Medical Examinations, Mental Health, Mental Illness

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Tennessee Supreme Court Throws Out Applicant's Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Against Prospective Employer

On August 21, 2015, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that a job applicant does not have a cause of action under the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act (TWCA) against a prospective employer for failure to hire based on the…more

ADA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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Students in Clinical Training Program Were Not Employees Under the FLSA

A federal trial court in Florida recently issued a significant decision on the issue of unpaid trainees under the FLSA, finding that 25 former students of Wolford College were not employees when they participated in a clinical…more

Classification, Employee Rights, FLSA, Full-Time Employees, Students

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NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-Teaching Employees of a Private Religious University

In an April 6, 2017, decision, Saint Xavier University, 365 NLRB No. 64 (2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that it was appropriate to exercise jurisdiction over a petitioned-for unit of housekeeping…more

Collective Bargaining, Faculty, First Amendment, Jurisdiction, NLRA

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New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules Unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Corporate Counsel, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Rights

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The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2017

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2017, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S. Since…more

DOL, E-1, E-2, E-3, F-1 Visa

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Data privacy in the Americas - At a glance

As multinational employers are aware, data privacy laws can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Ensuring compliance with the different requirements can be challenging, and the penalties for noncompliance can be…more

Background Checks, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Confidential Information, Corporate Counsel, Cybersecurity

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EEOC Issues Publication Informing Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions of their Employment Rights

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a user-friendly resource document aimed at informing applicants and employees with mental health conditions about their workplace rights under…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Disability Discrimination, EEOC

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Separate vs. Combined Leave Policies - The Pros and Cons

With more and more jurisdictions on local and state levels enacting paid sick leave laws, and likely more to come, a frequent question from affected employers is whether it is preferable to have separate vacation/personal leave…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, PTO, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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The DOL's Proposed Amendments Increase the Salary Threshold for the FLSA's White Collar Exemptions - Dramatically Expanding the Number of Employees Eligible for Overtime

Executive Summary: Yesterday, in a 295-page report, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued its long-awaited proposed amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act's ("FLSA") "white collar" exemption tests for executive,…more

DOL, FLSA, Non-Exempt Employees, NPRM, Wage and Hour

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Non-Compete News - New York Will Not Stop Fired Employees from Competing

A company that terminates an employee — even if it offers the employee the chance to apply for a position with the company’s successor — cannot enforce restrictive covenants over that employee, a New York appeals court recently…more

Corporate Counsel, Hiring & Firing, Injunctive Relief, Merger Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Sets Heightened Standard For Proving Retaliation Claims

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court heightened the burden of proof for employees bringing retaliation claims under Title VII by holding that employees have to prove that the employer's desire to retaliate was the…more

But For Causation, Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination

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California Supreme Court Limits Right to Jury Trial on Health Care Whistleblower Claims

The California Supreme Court recently held that California Health and Safety Code section 1278.5(g), which protects health care workers and medical staff from discrimination and retaliation for reporting unsafe patient care and…more

Employment Litigation, Health Care Providers, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals, Jury Trial

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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

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Carve Out Provisions, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Is it a Gamble for Employers to Permit Office Pools During March Madness?

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet a total of $10.4 billion on March Madness brackets, pools and contests this year, an increase of approximately 13% from last year. While estimates vary, some…more

ADA, Disability, Employment Policies, Gambling, Gaming

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New York City Ramps Up Efforts to Enforce the Prevailing Wage Requirement of Its 421-a Affordable Housing Tax Exemption

Owners of 421-a tax exempt buildings and developments should practice extreme caution when considering responding (or failing to respond) to the recent notices (Notices) sent by the City of New York Department of Housing…more

Affordable Housing, Prevailing Wages, Property Service Workers, Real Estate Market, Tax Exempt Entities

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President Trump Signs Executive Order on Affordable Care Act

On Friday January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal.” The Order directs the Secretary of Health and Human…more

Affordable Care Act, CMS, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance

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Major Changes to New York Overtime and Minimum Wage Regulations to Take Effect on December 31, 2016

As of December 31, 2016, employers wishing to claim an administrative or executive exemption to New York State’s overtime regulations must raise each exempt employee’s salary threshold to $727.50-$825.00 per week, depending on…more

DOL, Exempt-Employees, Exemptions, Fast-Food Industry, FLSA

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Tennessee Court of Appeals Cleans Up Questions on Dog Groomers' Employment Status

Individuals performing the main function of your business cannot be classified as independent contractors in Tennessee. At least, that’s what the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled recently when analyzing whether the Tennessee…more

Appeals, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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Employers Should Be Aware Of The Risks Of Unexpected FMLA Liability

Executive Summary: While most companies are aware of the liability they may face if they violate the FMLA, a recent decision from the Eleventh Circuit serves as a reminder of just how important it is for employers to train…more

Employer Liability Issues, Estoppel, FMLA, Human Resources Professionals, Retaliation

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Virginia Supreme Court Refuses to Expand Bowman Doctrine for Wrongful Termination of an At-Will Employee

In Bowman v. State Bank of Keysville, the Virginia Supreme Court first recognized an exception to the employment at-will doctrine based upon an employer’s violation of public policy in the discharge of an employee. In…more

At-Will Employment, Employee Rights, Hiring & Firing, Public Policy, VA Supreme Court

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More Businesses Face Lawsuits Challenging Website Accessibility

Despite the recent explosion of lawsuits challenging the accessibility of websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not publish proposed…more

ADA, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), Class Action, DOJ, Internet

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DOL Issues Administrator's Interpretation Expanding the Definition of Joint Employment

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has aggressively enforced and interpreted the federal wage and hour laws. Consistent with that approach, on Wednesday January 20, 2016, the Department of Labor's…more

Agricultural Workers, DOL, FLSA, Joint Employers, Seasonal Workers

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Are You Prepared to Deal with Potential Exposure to Ebola in the Workplace?

With the diagnosis of the second Ebola case in the United States on October 12, 2014 – one in which a healthcare worker contracted the lethal disease while performing her job duties – U.S. employers are examining what necessary …more

Ebola, Healthcare

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Ninth Circuit Approves DOL Rule that Restricts Tip Pooling

Section 203(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers of tipped employees to take a tip credit against the employer's minimum wage obligation if: (a) notice of the tip credit is provided, and (b) tipped…more

DOL, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Resorts & Restaurants, Tip Credit

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EEOC Issues Publication Informing Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions of their Employment Rights

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a user-friendly resource document aimed at informing applicants and employees with mental health conditions about their workplace rights under…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Disability Discrimination, EEOC

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Resource Update: Innovative Strategies for Defending Against the Rising Tide of Wage and Hour Class and Collective Action Claims

Over the last decade, employers increasingly have been bombarded with wage and hour lawsuits filed by current and former employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state law equivalents. Though no talisman…more

Class Action, Collective Actions, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Finally! Something That's Not "Protected Activity" in California

It turns out that “protected activity” sufficient to make out a retaliation claim in California is not as broad as it may sometimes seem. On November 9, 2016, the Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in…more

Adverse Employment Action, Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, FEHA

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Employers Escape Private Claims under the Tennessee Tip Statute

In Hardy v. Tournament Players Club Southwind, the Tennessee Supreme Court held that an employee cannot pursue a private right of action under the Tennessee Tip Statute, T.C.A. § 50-2-107. This statute sets forth an employer’s…more

Private Right of Action, Tipped Employees, TN Supreme Court, Wage and Hour

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Federal Court Says ADA Does Not Require Reassignment of Employee Without Competition

If an employee can no longer perform the essential functions of his or her position due to a disability, one common form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is reassignment to a vacant…more

ADA, Corporate Counsel, Disability Discrimination, Disabled, EEOC

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Georgia Wage Garnishments Resume after Revised Order

Nearly one month after Federal Judge Marvin Shoob, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that Georgia's garnishment law is unconstitutional, on Monday, October 5, 2015, Judge Shoob…more

Bank Accounts, Banking Sector, Compliance, Financial Institutions, Garnishment

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Supreme Court Rules that Former Acting NLRB General Counsel Became Ineligible to Perform Duties After President Obama Nominated Him for Permanent Position

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that Lafe Solomon did not validly serve as Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after former President Barack Obama nominated him to permanently fill that position…more

Administrative Appointments, ALJ, Barack Obama, Canning v NLRB, Federal Vacancies Reform Act

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Non-Compete News - New York Will Not Stop Fired Employees from Competing

A company that terminates an employee — even if it offers the employee the chance to apply for a position with the company’s successor — cannot enforce restrictive covenants over that employee, a New York appeals court recently…more

Corporate Counsel, Hiring & Firing, Injunctive Relief, Merger Agreements, Non-Compete Agreements

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Multiemployer Pension Plans: Section 1405 – Limitation on Withdrawal Liability

In a recent decision involving a withdrawal liability assessment by a multiemployer pension plan, an arbitrator reduced the assessment by approximately 50 percent and ruled in favor of the employer on several significant legal…more

Arbitrators, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Benefits, Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (MPPAA), Multiemployer Plan

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[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Continuing Legal Education, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Airline Industry Alert: FAA Does Not Recommend Routine Psychological Testing for Pilots

On June 9, 2016, the FAA announced specific actions that it will take, in conjunction with airlines and pilots' unions, concerning pilots' mental health in response to the Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525…more

Aviation Industry, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Medical Examinations, Mental Health, Mental Illness

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California Court Approves $700,000 Settlement for Seating Claim Brought By Retail Employees

The effects of the California Supreme Court’s latest interpretation to provide seating to workers are beginning to show, as the United States District Court for the Central District of California recently approved a $700,000…more

Abercrombie & Fitch, Attorney's Fees, CA Supreme Court, Corporate Counsel, CVS

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Pay Equity Bill

Executive Summary: On July 23, Massachusetts lawmakers unanimously approved An Act to Establish Pay Equity (the "Bill"), which seeks to ensure that men and women are paid equally for comparable work. Variations in pay must be…more

Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay, Gender Discrimination, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, New Legislation

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[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon…more

ADA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Continuing Legal Education, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues

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Second and Eleventh Circuits Rule They are Bound by Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination, but Some Judges Suggest It Should

As these authors have previously reported, several cases analyzing whether sexual orientation is protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have been winding their way through the courts…more

Civil Rights Act, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, En Banc Review

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24-Hour Home Care Workers Must Be Paid For All 24 Hours (Appellate Division, First Department, New York Supreme Court)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the First Department, Appellate Division of the NYS Supreme Court held that 24-hour case home care workers must be paid for all 24 hours if they are “nonresidential,” that is, they do not exclusively…more

Employment Litigation, Home Health Care, Home Healthcare Workers, NY Supreme Court, Rate Parity Agreement

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