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No bluff: Wright demands equal pay on House of Cards

Actress Robin Wright, who plays the formidable Claire Underwood on House of Cards, is the latest in the entertainment world to speak out on equal pay. According to a recent interview, Wright demanded equal pay after statistics…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

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
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

DOL's Final Rule Expands Overtime Eligibility for Millions of Workers

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will publish its long-awaited Final Rule amending the "white collar" exemption tests for executive, administrative, and professional employees (located in 29 CFR Part 541) under the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New Federal Law Governs Trade Secrets

President Obama has signed the Defend Trade Secrets Law of 2016 into law, effective May 11, 2016. As discussed in detail in our April 28, 2016 Legal Alert, the law provides a new, uniform federal civil remedy to trade secret…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

ABC, Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and lessons on parting ways with key employees

What Kelly Ripa lacks in size, she makes up for in attitude. At just 5’3?, the petit daytime talk show star measures but a fraction of the size of her former co-host, Michael Strahan, himself a former New York Giants defensive…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

SCOTUS Fair Credit Reporting Act Background Check Standing Case Remanded to Lower Court

On May 16, 2016, in a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the closely watched Spokeo Inc. v. Robins case back to the Ninth Circuit for further analysis. The issue is whether the plaintiff, Robins, has standing to sue…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

OFCCP Publishes Revised FAAP Directive

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a revised directive regarding the use of Functional Affirmative Action Plans (FAAPs). A FAAP requires specific OFCCP approval and is a departure from the…more
| Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Where’s that Goat?

Wow, is this tough. I really don’t know whether I can get the words out. Still, I know it’s true, so I have to say it—so, here goes . . . no, no . . . wait. OK, take a breath, calm yourself, and just let people know what’s on…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

Starting July 1, 2016, Employees in Los Angeles Get Three Additional Days of Paid Sick Leave and $10.50 Per Hour

On April 19, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a proposed ordinance that would permit Los Angeles workers to earn at least six paid sick leave days annually. That is double the mandatory minimum…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Westeros Might Have Benefited From Recent Trends in Paid Family Leave

Game of Thrones, one of my favorite shows, most recently returned for its sixth season. Don’t worry, no spoilers here if you haven’t seen the first couple of episodes of this season. However, if you haven’t noticed, one of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

New Federal Law May Be Employers' Strongest Weapon Against Trade Secret Theft

Until now, employers with trade secrets stolen by former employees had to rely upon uneven, hit-or-miss state laws to protect their intellectual property and confidential information. Enter the Defend Trade Secrets Law of 2016,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Intellectual Property

‘I was not told there would be math’

Saturday Night Live has made invaluable contributions to American humor, but the best may be the show’s political parodies. Chevy Chase was famous for mocking Gerald Ford’s clumsy reputation (undeserved, for sure, considering…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Labor & Employment Law

The UK Continues to Take Aim at the Gender Pay Gap

More than 35 years after the United Kingdom's Equal Pay Act was introduced, recently released statistics show a 19.2 percent gap in average full time salaries between men and women. Recently, Shared Parental Leave was…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Russia's New Personal Data Localization Requirements

Employers in Russia and companies doing business in Russia should be prepared to comply with recently enacted requirements governing storage and processing of the personal data of Russian citizens, which are designed to provide…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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