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Contact: Stacey McGuire

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Under Final FMLA Rule, Rights for Same-Sex Spouses Will Be Based On "Place of Celebration"

On February 23, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the final rule to revise the definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The changes to the FMLA regulations will take effect on March 27, 2015…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Health Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Affirms Acquisition of Idaho Medical Group by St. Luke's Hospital Violates Antitrust Laws

On Feb. 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Saint Alphonsus) in their challenge to the acquisition by the St. Luke’s Health…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health

WESA's Second Act? Paid Leave for All Minnesota Employees

Governor Dayton signed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) into law last Mother’s Day. WESA dramatically expanded employees’ rights to unpaid leaves of absences for parental and family care purposes. Earlier this month,…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Entrepreneurial Axioms: The Language Doesn’t Matter

On my recent vacation in Mexico with my family, I wasn’t surprised to observe plenty of entrepreneurs (empresarios in Spanish) south of the border. It doesn’t matter whether they are locals or foreigners. They all seem to speak…more
| Business Organizations

Appointing a Legacy Contact for a Facebook Account After Death

Facebook now allows you to appoint a “legacy contact” for your Facebook account after you die. Previously, after a user died, Facebook would not allow anyone else to access or modify the deceased user’s Facebook account, but the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The GPMemorandum, Issue 190

In this Issue: - Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Enforcing Covenant Not To Compete Against Former Franchisee - Ninth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment In Franchisor's Favor - Seventh Circuit Finds No…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Government Shutdown Leads to Fewer EEOC Charges, But Retaliation Claims Continue to Lead the Pack

The EEOC released its FY2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014) enforcement statistics last week. Overall, the EEOC reported a decrease in filed charges compared with recent years. The agency attributed the 5.2 percent…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Copy or Coincidence? You Be the Judge

Sam Smith, the 22 year old British singing sensation, swept the Grammy Awards Sunday night, winning best new artist, record of the year, best vocal album, and song of the year. With four acceptance speeches Sam had ample…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

Minnesota WESA – Round II: Are Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave Protections on the Way?

In conversations with clients and employment law colleagues, I have dubbed 2014 “the year of the employee handbook.” In the wake of the passage last year of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), Minnesota employers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Top Five Employer To-Do Items in Today’s Union Organizing Environment

Since the end of last year, we have been blogging about the rapidly-changing environment for labor relations and union organizing in light of new positions and rulings of the National Labor Relations Board…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Monster Learns Beastly Lesson

Last summer, the Beastie Boys won a $1.7 million judgment against Monster Energy Drink for the unauthorized use of their music in a promotional video. The judgment included statutory damages and penalties, and I thought was a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property

The GPMemorandum, Issue 189

In This Issue: - VICARIOUS LIABILITY - As Part Of Recent Actions, National Labor Relations Board Alleges Mcdonald’s Is A “Joint Employer” In Unfair Labor Complaints Filed Against Mcdonald’s Franchisees - Federal…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Franchise Law, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Non-qualified Stock Options or Restricted Stock Awards?

Recently, an early-stage, high-growth client (a Delaware S corp.) called to ask whether, and when, to begin awarding stock options, in this case the non-qualified variety (NSOs), instead of using restricted stock grants to key…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law, Taxation

Two-Factor Authentication Is a Necessity for Companies

It seems as though every other week brings news of a new social media hack. Last week, Crayola had hackers post inappropriate content on its Facebook page, and the official Twitter feed of U.S. military's Central Command was…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Video Clip: Family Fights to Access Late Son’s Digital Data

Minnesota’s KSTP-TV Eyewitness News ran a video story on January 20, 2015, by Tom Hauser about the Anderson family who tragically lost their nineteen-year-old son, Jake. Their son’s death was ruled accidental, but the family…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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