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Airline Industry Alert: OT Class Action Against Southwest Airlines Fails to Take Off

Airlines achieved a major victory on May 19, 2015, with an order from the Central District of California granting Southwest Airlines Co.'s motion to dismiss in McKinley v. Southwest Airlines Co., United States District Court,…more

Airlines, CBAs, Class Action, Dismissals, Popular

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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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USCIS Issues Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC – But Cautions the Public: ‘Don't Rely on It'

On July 21, 2015, USCIS issued Final Guidance for agency adjudicators regarding applying the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. As we previously reported, Matter of Simeio radically reinterpreted the agency's…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Compliance, DOL, Employee Relocations, FDNS

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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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Coerced Arbitration Agreement Not Enforceable in FLSA Collective Action

The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a district court's decision denying an employer's motion to compel the arbitration of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action, finding that the court's decision was within its…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Collective Actions, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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NLRB Provides Insight into Recent Developments at Symposium

On April 10, 2015, Emory University School of Law and the Emory Law Journal presented a symposium, sponsored by FordHarrison, focused on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its recent decisions and actions…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, NLRB, Symposium

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Labor Department Proposes Fiduciary Conflict of Interest Rules — Again

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reissued the long-awaited re-proposal of its regulation expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), and…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard

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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, FAA, Flight Crews, Hiring & Firing

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Airline Industry Alert: RLA System Board Rules That Cessation of Operations as an Air Carrier Resulted in Termination of the CBA

In a recent decision, an RLA System Board of Adjustment has ruled that unilateral termination of a pilot retiree health insurance plan was permissible because the underlying CBA had terminated…more

Airlines, Aviation Industry, Collective Bargaining, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance

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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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EEOC Required to "Conciliate"—However It Sees Fit—Before Suing Employers

In a limited victory for employers, the Supreme Court held last week in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC that courts have jurisdiction to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") fulfilled its statutory…more

Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review, Jurisdiction

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NLRB Provides Insight into Recent Developments at Symposium

On April 10, 2015, Emory University School of Law and the Emory Law Journal presented a symposium, sponsored by FordHarrison, focused on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its recent decisions and actions…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, NLRB, Symposium

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Noncompete News: Illinois Appellate Court Finds Restrictive Covenant Unenforceable; Continued Employment Of At Least Two Years Required

In a decision handed down June 24, 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, found a restrictive covenant unenforceable due to lack of adequate consideration…more

Consideration, Contract Drafting, Restrictive Covenants

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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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Noncompete News - January 2014

State Laws Governing Noncompete Agreements May be a Trap for the Unwary - As discussed previously, noncompete agreements can be a powerful tool to help employers protect their confidential, proprietary or trade secret…more

Confidential Information, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets

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Is Mandatory Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon for Federal Contractors?

The next big change for federal contractors may be a requirement that they provide paid sick leave to employees. According to the New York Times, President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal…more

Arbitration, Discrimination, DOL, Employee Benefits, Employment Discrimination

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EEOC Required to "Conciliate"—However It Sees Fit—Before Suing Employers

In a limited victory for employers, the Supreme Court held last week in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC that courts have jurisdiction to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") fulfilled its statutory…more

Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review, Jurisdiction

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Recent Opinion Letter Raises Questions Regarding California's Paid Leave Law

California employers are now facing another hurdle in their efforts to comply with state's paid leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in light of a recent opinion letter from the state agency that…more

Corporate Counsel, DLSE, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, PTO, Sick Leave

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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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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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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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Legal Alert: The New Form I-9 Is Here

After a lengthy delay and extensive comment period, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released today a revised Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13 N). Employers may download the new form by visiting the USCIS web site at: …more

Eligibility, Hiring & Firing, I-9, USCIS

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The Full Quorum Strikes Back - NLRB's Ambush Election Rules Revived

Executive Summary: With a full quorum of Board members and a 3-to-2 political majority in the Democrats' favor, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has resurrected proposed rule changes that would drastically affect…more

Ambush Election Rules, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Affecting Private Employers

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the NYC Fair Chance Act (the Act) in a landslide vote. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), the Act amends the New York City Human Rights Law…more

Background Checks, Ban the Box, Compliance, CPLR, Criminal Background Checks

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Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by July 31, 2015

The Form 5500 and Form 5500-EZ are annual reports that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2015…more

Annual Reports, DOL, Employee Benefits, IRS, Required Forms

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Supreme Court Delivers New Life to Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion that redefines the standard for disparate treatment claims under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). In Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Court…more

Disparate Treatment, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation, SCOTUS

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OFCCP Releases NPRM on Pay Transparency Requirements

It has long been a professional faux pas to ask someone how much money they make, and some employers prohibit their employees from talking about it. Well, if you are a federal contractor or subcontractor, be prepared to set…more

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Strikes Portion Of DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions favorable to the gay rights movement, ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from…more

Discrimination, DOMA, Due Process, Employee Benefits, Equal Protection

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What California Employers Need to Know About the New CFRA Regulations Effective July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Fair Employment and Housing Council's (FEHC) new regulations interpreting the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) went into effect. The regulations were intended to clarify the previous regulations and align…more

CFRA, Covered Employee, FMLA, Paid Leave, Wage and Hour

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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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Fifth Circuit Further Strengthens Class Action Waivers With Latest DR Horton Decision

In a long awaited decision, D.R. Horton v. National Labor Relations Board, (Case. No. 12-60031, Dec. 3, 2013), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the January 2012 ruling of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB")…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, D.R. Horton

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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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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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Healthcare Legal Alert: Former Nurse Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Settle Circuit Split On Meal Break And Timekeeping Issue

On July 22, 2013 a former nurse asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split, which she claims the Sixth Circuit created when it found that the nurse's admitted failure to follow the hospital's procedures for logging…more

FLSA, Nurses, Payroll Records, Rest and Meal Break, SCOTUS

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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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Airline Industry Alert: Washington State Supreme Court Finds SeaTac Ordinance Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Enforceable at Airport

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court has held that Proposition 1 – an ordinance which increased the minimum wage within the city of SeaTac for employees in the hospitality and transportation industries to $15 an…more

Air Carriers, Airline Employees, Airlines, Airports, Hospitality Industry

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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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Legal Alert: FCPA Resource Guide Issued

On November 14, 2012, the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the Enforcement Division of the United States Security and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued "A Resource Guide to the U.S…more

Compliance, DOJ, FCPA, FCPA Resource Guide, SEC

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Whistleblowing Made Easy: OSHA's New On-Line Complaint Procedure Has Gone Live

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") recently made it easier for disgruntled employees to file whistleblower complaints against their current or former employers. Going forward, employees who believe…more

Complaint Procedures, OSHA, Retaliation, Safety Precautions, Whistleblowers

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Recent Opinion Letter Raises Questions Regarding California's Paid Leave Law

California employers are now facing another hurdle in their efforts to comply with state's paid leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in light of a recent opinion letter from the state agency that…more

Corporate Counsel, DLSE, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, PTO, Sick Leave

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Legal Alert: Obesity Is A Disease, But Is It A Disability?

The American Medical Association's (AMA's) declaration that obesity is a disease could open the door to a new wave of lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…more

ADA, American Medical Association, Disability, Disability Discrimination, EEOC

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3 Legal Mistakes Hiring Managers Make In the Employment Process

In your experience, what's the one legal mistake hiring managers always (inadvertently) make? That's the question we asked labor and employment attorneys writing on JD Supra - and here is what we heard back..…more

Background Checks, Hiring & Firing, Legal Perspectives

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Employer Not Required by ADA to Permit Employee to Telecommute

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the Sixth Circuit has held that an employee who was unable to regularly and consistently attend work was not a qualified individual with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act…more

ADA, Appeals, Attendance, Best Management Practices, EEOC

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New Texas Law: Is it Enough to Ease Concern Over Franchise Liability for Employment-Related Claims?

In response to concerns of franchisors that recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) actions threaten to undermine the common understanding of a franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Texas Labor Code was amended by the…more

Franchisors, General Counsel, Joint Employers, Labor Code, NLRA

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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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Proponents of Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Have High Hopes But Will Its Passing Affect Your Workplace Policies?

If voters approve the ballot initiative "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" ("Amendment 2") this November, Florida will become the 24th state plus Washington D.C. to legalize medical marijuana. Amendment 2 would…more

Drug-Free Workplace Act, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Trucking Industry

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New Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law Takes Effect March 1, 2015

The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (the "Act"), known as the "Ban the Box" law, will go into effect on March 1, 2015. The Act prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal background during the initial…more

Ban the Box, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, New Legislation

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New Tennessee Law Limits Scope of Employment Discrimination

Tennessee has drastically changed the legal landscape of employment discrimination litigation under state law. For claims arising after July 1, 2014, plaintiffs will no longer have the ability to seek unlimited compensatory…more

Compensatory Damages, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues

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Legal Alert: Minnesota Court Upholds Principle That Married Employees May Lawfully Sleep With The Enemy

Your friends may refuse to hang out with you because of your spouse, but in Minnesota, your employer generally cannot…more

Hiring & Firing, Marriage, Protected Class

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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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3 Things Small Business Owners Don't Include in Their Year-End Planning, But Should

When it comes to year-end planning, what's the one thing most small business owners don't do but should? That's the question we put to attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the diversity of insights would make for…more

Buy-Sell Agreements, Employee Benefits, Legal Perspectives, Small Business, Year-End Compliance Checklist

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D.C. Circuit Reverses NLRB's Decision that AT&T Violated Employees' Rights When It Suspended Employees for Wearing T-Shirt Disparaging the Company

It was probably not that surprising that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) decision in Southern New England Telephone Company, 1356 NLRB No. 118 (2011). …more

ALJ, Appeals, AT&T, NLRA, NLRB

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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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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Hostile Work Environment Can Be Created With A Single Racial Epithet

Despite consistent direction from the United States Supreme Court that courts should look at "all the circumstances" in determining whether a workplace environment is sufficiently hostile or abusive to give rise to an actionable…more

Appeals, Employer Liability Issues, Hostile Environment, Offensive Language, Racial Discrimination

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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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The Dawn of "Micro-Unions": A Scary Proposition for Employers

Unions can be difficult enough to manage, even for experienced employers. Imagine taking your workforce of 100 employees and dividing them up into 10 different collective bargaining units… represented by 10 different unions……more

Bargaining Units, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, NLRA, NLRB

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Supreme Court Finds Employer's Lack of "Actual Knowledge" of Need for Accommodation No Defense to Religious Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that an employer cannot escape liability for religious discrimination under Title VII by arguing that it did not have actual knowledge of an individual's need for a religious accommodation…more

Abercrombie & Fitch, Actual or Constructive Knowledge, Disparate Treatment, Dress Codes, EEOC

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Restaurant Industry Alert: Wage Board Proposal - Fast Food Workers' Minimum Wage May Rise to $15 in New York City by 2018

On July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board voted to recommend a 171 percent increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City (NYC), from the current hourly rate of $8.75 to…more

Attorney Generals, Compliance, DOL, Fast-Food Industry, Minimum Wage

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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Lends Support To Strategy For Curtailing Wage And Hour Collective Actions

On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision that makes it easier for employers to limit the scope of wage and hour "collective actions." In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk (Apr. 16, 2013), the Court held that an…more

Class Certification, Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis HealthCare, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk

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NLRB Strikes Down Work Rule Prohibiting Off-Duty Employee Access To Company Property

Executive Summary: On May 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an order finding that Piedmont Gardens, a retirement community, violated § 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it…more

Accessibility Rules, Employment Policies, NLRA, NLRB, Section 7

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Unpaid Wage Claims for Pre- and/or Post-Work Activities: Leaving America's Heartland and Coming to a Corporate Environment Near You

It is nothing new for farms and manufacturing plants to find themselves subject to collective and/or class action lawsuits by employees claiming they should have been paid for time spent "donning and doffing" work clothes and…more

Class Action, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Security Clearance

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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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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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U.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas

On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its alert regarding the technical problems that resulted in world-wide delays in visa processing, announcing that 39 consular posts, representing more than two-thirds…more

Consulate, Department of State, Visas

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Fifth Circuit Rejects SOX Whistleblower Claims Not Raised in Administrative Complaint; Adopts Liberal "Reasonable Belief" Pleading Standard With Respect to Protected Conduct

On July 31, 2015, the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that may have both a positive and negative impact on employers defending whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). In this decision, the court held…more

Administrative Review Board, Antitrust Violations, Compliance, DOL, EEOC

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Supreme Court Upholds DOL's Rulemaking Procedure in Reclassifying Mortgage Loan Officers

On March 9, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a federal agency is not required to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking when it issues an interpretation of a regulation that is significantly different from its prior…more

Administrative Procedure Act, FLSA, Mortgage Loan Officer, Notice and Comment, Paralyzed Veterans Doctrine

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Legal Alert: California Supreme Court Issues "Mixed Motive" Decision Favorable To Employers

According to a new California Supreme Court opinion, once an employee claiming discrimination demonstrates that a discriminatory reason for his or her termination substantially motivated an adverse employment decision, the…more

Adverse Employment Action, Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Injunctions, Mixed Motive Cases

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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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New Jersey's Conscientious "Everyone" Protection Act? State Supreme Court says "Yes"

As we previously forecast and employers feared, New Jersey's Supreme Court has dramatically expanded the state's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act or "CEPA." In doing so, the Court held that so-called…more

CEPA, Compliance, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation, Whistleblower Protection Policies

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USCIS Issues Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC – But Cautions the Public: ‘Don't Rely on It'

On July 21, 2015, USCIS issued Final Guidance for agency adjudicators regarding applying the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. As we previously reported, Matter of Simeio radically reinterpreted the agency's…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Compliance, DOL, Employee Relocations, FDNS

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Legal Alert: Undocumented Workers Who Are "Off The Clock" Or "Off The Books" Are Still Subject To The FLSA

In Lucas v. Jerusalem Café, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that undocumented workers are entitled to recover for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations under the federal Fair Labor Standards…more

Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Undocumented Immigrants

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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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New Jersey's Conscientious "Everyone" Protection Act? State Supreme Court says "Yes"

As we previously forecast and employers feared, New Jersey's Supreme Court has dramatically expanded the state's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act or "CEPA." In doing so, the Court held that so-called…more

CEPA, Compliance, Hiring & Firing, Retaliation, Whistleblower Protection Policies

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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, Racial Discrimination, Religious Discrimination

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What California Employers Need to Know About the New CFRA Regulations Effective July 1, 2015

On July 1, 2015, the Fair Employment and Housing Council's (FEHC) new regulations interpreting the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) went into effect. The regulations were intended to clarify the previous regulations and align…more

CFRA, Covered Employee, FMLA, Paid Leave, Wage and Hour

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Hurricane Preparedness Applies at Work as Well as at Home – Questions Employers May Face This Season

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as forecasters continue to track the path of Tropical Storm Erika, which is predicted to hit the state on Monday. Although it is unclear how strong the storm will be…more

Exempt-Employees, FLSA, FMLA, Non-Exempt Employees, On-Call Employees

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Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Compliance Alert

As we start the New Year, publicly traded corporations should begin reviewing their compensation plans/arrangements to ensure that compensation that is intended to qualify as performance-based compensation satisfies the…more

Compensation Committee, Executive Compensation, IRC, IRS, Performance Incentives

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Restaurant Industry Alert: Wage Board Proposal - Fast Food Workers' Minimum Wage May Rise to $15 in New York City by 2018

On July 22, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) Wage Board voted to recommend a 171 percent increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York City (NYC), from the current hourly rate of $8.75 to…more

Attorney Generals, Compliance, DOL, Fast-Food Industry, Minimum Wage

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Restaurant Industry Update: Tennessee Court of Appeal Permits Lawsuit under State Tip Law to Proceed

The Tennessee Court of Appeal has held that a bartender can proceed with her lawsuit under §107 of the Tennessee Wage Regulation Act (TWRA), claiming her employer failed to pay her and other similarly situated employees tips and…more

DOL, Restaurant Industry, Tipped Employees, Tips, Wage and Hour

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Federal Court Rules that Minnesota Drug Testing Law Does Not Apply to Employment Outside of Minnesota

Employers with operations in multiple states have long known that Minnesota has the most restrictive drug and alcohol testing law in the country. To make matters more difficult for employers, the Minnesota law, by its terms,…more

Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Drug Testing

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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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EEOC Will Begin Pilot Program for Online Submissions in Response to Charge Notices

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced a pilot program for online submissions in response to a Notice of Charge. The online system will allow employers (or their legal representatives) to elect…more

EEOC, Electronic Filing

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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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Is Mandatory Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon for Federal Contractors?

The next big change for federal contractors may be a requirement that they provide paid sick leave to employees. According to the New York Times, President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal…more

Arbitration, Discrimination, DOL, Employee Benefits, Employment Discrimination

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DOL Interpretation Says "Most Workers are Employees" Under the FLSA's Broad Definitions

Yesterday, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an interpretation in furtherance of its Misclassification Initiative, which concludes that "most workers are employees under the FLSA's broad…more

DOL, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Skilled Laborers

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Affordable Care Act Update: Hospitalization Services Required for Plan to Meet Minimum Value

On November 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance (Notice 2014-69) clarifying that certain group health plans that do not provide for hospitalization services or physician services or both will fail to…more

Affordable Care Act, Corporate Counsel, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance

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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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NLRB Adopts New Broader Joint-Employer Standard

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) substantially changing and expanding the standard for finding a joint-employer…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, Franchisee, Franchisors, General Counsel

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Speaking My Truth About Team-Building

Litigation Value: Aside from a potential workers’ compensation claim for Toby, from having a paper airplane thrown directly into his eye, Dunder Mifflin is getting off light this week…more

Business Development, Corporate Culture

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Multiemployer Pension Plans - Withdrawal Liability is Mounting

There are approximately 1,400 multiemployer pension plans and nearly 10 percent are projected to become insolvent within the next 15 years. Plan insolvency will trigger a termination and the assessment of withdrawal liability…more

401k, Collective Bargaining, Employee Benefits, Insolvency, Interest Rates

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Managing Retail Employer Risk and the Janitorial Services Contractor-Subcontractor Relationship

Discount retailer Ross Stores, Inc.'s ("Ross") recent proposed settlement of a California labor law class action filed by immigrant and low wage subcontractors related to janitorial services performed in its Ross Dress for Less…more

Class Action, Contractors, Employer Liability Issues, Janitorial Services, PAGA

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Legal Alert: Sequestration Arrives With Federal Contractors Still Facing WARN Act Uncertainties

March 1 has arrived without a budget compromise in Washington, DC. Barring a last minute deal before midnight tonight, across-the-board federal budget cuts are expected to go into effect. For employers, this will bring with it…more

Contractors, Layoffs, Notice Requirements, Sequestration, WARN Act

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Pregnant Employees Now Entitled to ADA-Type Accommodations

The EEOC has issued new guidance on the reach of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act ("PDA") that greatly expands the protections it claims all employers must provide to pregnant employees. The two most significant new provisions…more

ADA, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Rights, Pregnancy

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Supreme Court Holds States Cannot Ban Same-Sex Marriage; All States Must Perform and Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has held that marriage is a fundamental right, and states must perform and recognize same-sex marriage. See Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015)…more

Equal Pay Act, ERISA, Fourteenth Amendment, Marriage, Marriage Equality

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Court of Appeals Spices Up Class Certification "Death Knell" Laws For Chipotle

In a case of first impression, the California Court of Appeals recently held that, unlike cases where only class allegations are asserted, California's "death knell" doctrine does not apply to cases where class certification is…more

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New York Court Refuses to Enforce Agreement's Covenant Not to Compete Where Employer Breached the Agreement First

The right to enforce a covenant not to compete may be lost when the employer first violates the terms of the same agreement, says a New York appeals court. In Fewer v. GFI Grp. Inc. et al., 124 A.D.3d 457, 2015 WL 176227 (First…more

Adverse Employment Action, Breach of Contract, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract

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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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How to Effectively Handle a Wage and Hour Government Investigation

According to recent studies, companies paid $400 million in 2014 and $39 million in the first three months of 2015 to settle wage and hour lawsuits exclusively. Aside from the ever-increasing threat of private wage and hour…more

Attorney Generals, Compliance, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Government Investigations

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DOL's Final Rule Upheld By D.C. Court Of Appeals

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled today that the US Department of Labor's ("DOL") Final Rule on the Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service (the "Final Rule") is valid, because it is "grounded in a…more

Appeals, Class Action, DOL, Domestic Workers, Final Rules

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