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Is Firefighter's Fear of Fire an ADA Disability?

Although it might seem strange to suggest that a firefighter's fear of entering a burning building is a disability, that's exactly what a Texas jury decided. In the end, however, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the jury's…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

OCR Issues Guidance on Application of HIPAA Privacy Rule after Windsor

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor prompted many businesses to review and revise their employee benefit plans. However, the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Family Law, Health

National Cyber Security Month Reminds Organizations of the Need for Compliance

As the relationship between the American public and computers continues to evolve, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes safe and secure Internet use each October during National Cyber Security Awareness Month…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Effective Risk Management Needs More Ownership by Third Parties

Third-party arrangements continue to proliferate despite increased regulatory scrutiny meant to boost compliance with a variety of complex laws and regulations, making third-party risk management more important than ever. While…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

New Law Makes Employers Liable for Temp Agency Violations

A new law that will soon go into effect in California will significantly change the legal relationship between temporary staffing agencies and the companies (“client employers”) that contract with them to use temporary workers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Networking Company Pays $6 Million for Overtime Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) slapped nearly $6 million in fines on a prominent online professional-networking company for violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The fine…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Businesses Anxiously Await NLRB Decision on Joint Employer Standard

Many are up in arms following a memorandum issued by the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorizing employees of a national restaurant chain to argue that the franchisor is jointly responsible with…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Franchise Law

Deciphering Accommodation Requests under the ADA Not Clear Cut

Employers often take appropriate measures to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, ADA compliance efforts may be useless in situations where an accommodation request or disability is not…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

New California Training Requirement on Preventing Workplace Bullying

In California, training supervisors to prevent workplace bullying is now required by law, even though bullying itself is generally not unlawful in California unless it involves a protected characteristic or constitutes legally…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Whistleblower Goes It Alone to Secure $5 Million Settlement under False Claims Act

The potential success of a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act (FCA) is significantly reduced when the government fails to intervene because such cases are often assumed to lack merit. However, a plaintiff…more
| Criminal Law, Health, Government Contracting

Firing Employees for Critical Facebook Comments May Be Unlawful

Employers can sometimes lawfully fire employees for posting critical comments about their jobs on social media, even if employees post the comments on their own time and on their own equipment. However, that's not always the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Retail Chain Sued for Sex Discrimination After Customer Stalks Employee

Sexual harassment in the workplace is typically committed by a supervisor or co-worker. However, employers may be liable for sex discrimination if the harasser is a client or customer. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

8 Tips for Verifying the Effectiveness of Corporate Anti-Corruption Programs

In the past 20 years, considerable progress has been made in developing corporate anti-corruption programs, as companies recognize the damaging effects of bribery and corruption on business, reputations and the global economy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Executive Sentenced to 8 Years over Kickbacks Highlights Internal Fraud Threats

Compensation of at least $14 million apparently wasn't enough for the former executive of a national specialty retailer recently sentenced to eight years in prison. Instead, he garnered an additional $25 million in kickbacks…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts

Tips for Managing and Disclosing Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest arise in any relationship where a duty of care or trust exists between two or more parties. For financial services companies the identification and management of conflicts of interest must be a core…more
| Finance & Banking
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