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Looking Over Your Employees' Shoulders

As shifting privacy lines allow employers to reach further and further into employee conduct, it’s increasingly important that you know the legal limits. Many employees will question the legality of increased employer monitoring…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, GPS, Illegal Conduct

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Recent Ruling Means You May Need To Revise Your Tip-Pooling Plan

In a recent decision by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) regulation that significantly restricts the common practice of “tip pooling” among wait staff and other service employees…more

DOL, FLSA, Restaurant Industry, Tip-Pooling, Wage and Hour

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A New And More Flexible Approach To Internship Programs

Class action lawsuits filed by interns who claim they should be classified as employees have proliferated over the last few years. In these types of cases, a large number of interns have argued that they were actually entitled…more

Class Action, DOL, Internships, Multi-Factor Test, Unpaid Interns

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NLRB Rules Student Employees Can Unionize

In a game-changing decision reversing clear legal precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled by a 3-1 margin today that university students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are…more

Collective Bargaining, Colleges, NLRA, NLRB, Student Employees

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Hospitality Update, No. 3, September 2013: Put It On My Card? Not So Fast!

In the age of technology and convenience, some businesses, particularly those with multi-state operations, are turning away from issuing paychecks to employees or paying them by direct deposit. Instead, some are opting to pay…more

Debit Cards, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Payroll Cards, Wages

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California Supreme Court Rules That Employees May Have Right To Sit During Working Hours

On April 4, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that employers must provide an employee with seating if the employee’s tasks at a discrete location make seated work feasible, even if the employee’s job duties include other…more

CA Supreme Court, CVS, Employer Liability Issues, PAGA, Suitable Seats Lawsuits

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Update For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor

Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative…more

Employee Benefits, ERISA, IRS, Retirement, Retirement Plan

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Oregon's Minimum Wage Now $2.00 Per Hour Higher Than Federal Rate

After a January 1st increase of 15 cents per hour, Oregon’s minimum wage now stands at $9.25 – exactly two dollars per hour more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. That places Oregon near the top of the list…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation

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50 Shades Of Grey… In The Boardroom

As the weather heats up, summertime romances are probably on the minds of many of your employees. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, as many as 40% of workers have had an office relationship at some point in…more

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Missouri Minimum Wage to Increase to $7.65 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2015

On January 1, 2015, the Missouri minimum wage will increase from $7.50 to $7.65 per hour and from $3.75 to $3.825 per hour for tipped employees. Compensation for tipped employees must total at least $7.65 per hour when tips are…more

Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Tips

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Beware Of The One-Two Punch Expected In The Fair Housing Law Arena

The combination of a recent unfavorable Supreme Court decision along with dramatically increased federal funding for fair housing enforcement could spell bad news. Businesses that operate in the housing industry and those…more

Affordable Housing, Banking Sector, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, Fair Housing Act (FHA)

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Implementing Los Angeles’ Minimum Wage And Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards (OWS) recently issued regulations providing clarification to the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance that went into effect on July 1, 2016. Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti…more

Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, New Regulations, Paid Leave

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Who Stays in the Courtroom?: the Texas Supreme Court Delivers its FirstUniform Trade Secrets Act Opinion

Last Friday (May 20), the Texas Supreme Court delivered its first opinion interpreting the Texas Uniform Trade Secret Act. M-I Swaco, an oilfield services company, alleged that a former employee and his current employer,…more

Injunctive Relief, Protective Orders, Trade Secrets, TX Supreme Court, Uniform Trade Secrets Acts

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Keep Calm and Carry On!

With the Brexit vote accomplished and the future of the UK in question, many employers with operations in the UK or the EU are questioning the application of existing privacy laws to their employees or subsidiaries there. For…more

Electronic Communications, EU, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), UK, UK Brexit

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Updated Equal Pay Data Rule Fails To Address Employer Concerns

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced revisions to its planned pay data rule yesterday, but unfortunately the revisions do not address the majority of concerns employers had about the original…more

Best Management Practices, Data Collection, EEO-1, EEOC, Pay Discrimination

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NLRB Reinstates Liberal Standard For Unionizing Temp Workers

In today’s 3-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) resurrected a union-friendly standard making it easier for unions to combine jointly employed temporary workers with an employer’s existing workforce to form a…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, Joint Employers, NLRA, NLRB

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If You Can't Fire A Teacher For Criticizing Management, Who Can You Fire?

Most school administrators would be shocked to learn that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could, in some circumstances, find that their school engaged in an unfair labor practice for disciplining or terminating an…more

ALJ, Discipline, Hiring & Firing, NLRA, NLRB

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What's the One Thing Every Company's Telecommuting Policy Must Include?

If, under certain circumstances, employers are required to accomodate remote work, what essential elements should be included in any company's Telecommuting Plan?…more

ADA, Hiring & Firing, Legal Perspectives, Reasonable Accommodation, Telecommuting

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Boards Of Education Beware: Ohio Supreme Court Closes Door On Open Meeting Loopholes

Because public body meetings are required to be open to the public in Ohio, just exactly what constitutes a “meeting” of a public body has long been a matter of some debate, especially as means of communication have expanded…more

OH Supreme Court, Open Meetings Act, Private Communications, Public Meetings

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Religious Beliefs Of Business Owner

Yesterday, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that closely-held for-profit corporations providing group healthcare to their employees could, on religious grounds, be exempted from providing contraception…more

Affordable Care Act, Burwell v Hobby Lobby, Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Contraceptives, Hobby Lobby

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"Constructive Knowledge" Off-The-Clock Claim Rejected

Another federal appellate court, this time the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) has rejected an employee's claim to have been entitled to federal Fair Labor Standards…more

Actual or Constructive Knowledge, Corporate Counsel, FLSA, Unpaid Overtime, Wage and Hour

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No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and…more

Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Email, Hackers, Human Resources Professionals

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The New Wage And Hour Regulations: Is Your Institution in Compliance?

The long awaited changes to the federal wage and hour regulations were finally released by the Department of Labor (USDOL) on May 18, 2016. The changes, which generally relate to the salary basis amount required for the white…more

Coaches, DOL, Educational Institutions, Exemptions, Final Rules

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Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?

Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable…more

Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Wage and Hour

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And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has…more

Confidential Information, Employer Liability Issues, Internal Investigations, Logos, NLRA

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What North Carolina Employers Need To Know About New "Bathroom Law"

On April 12, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an Executive Order to clarify and somewhat lessen the impact of what has widely been referred to as the state’s new “bathroom law.” The new law, passed a few weeks…more

ACLU, Executive Orders, Governor Pat McCrory, LGBT, Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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One-Time Anomaly Or Potential Turning Of The Tides? A Review Of The Supreme Court's 2014-2015 Term

In a marked departure from the overwhelming success employers experienced before the Supreme Court in recent years, the less successful recently wrapped 2014-2015 term could be an indication that the judicial tides may be…more

401k, Affordable Care Act, Collective Bargaining, Conciliation, Corporate Counsel

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Uber vs. Cab Companies: Trade Secret Edition

A state court in Florida recently ruled that the same categories of information maintained and possessed by government officials relating to two different companies can be both a public record and a trade secret, depending on…more

Lyft, Public Records, Trade Secrets, Uber

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FLSA's Civil Money Penalties To Increase

The U.S. Labor Department has issued an Interim Final Rule that will substantially increase the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and related…more

Child Labor, Civil Monetary Penalty, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA

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Can Gig Companies Escape Liability When Customers Get Hurt?

In Season 3 of Netflix’s animated series BoJack Horseman, Todd (Aaron Paul) decides to start a gig economy company called “Cabracadabra.” This company provides Uber-like transportation but with only women drivers so that there…more

Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, Uber

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Florida Minimum Wage Rising To $8.05

On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in Florida rises to $8.05 per hour. This represents an hourly increase of $0.12 over the current Florida minimum wage. The increase is tied to the rate of inflation over…more

Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Wage and Hour

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Basics of Employment Law in Austria: Part III

This article is the third in a series which provides an overview of the basics of employment law in Austria and will focus on the legal requirements applicable to employee termination procedures. I. Termination of Employment…more

Austria, Employment Contract, International Labor Laws, Notice Requirements, Termination

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Supreme Court Calls “Do Over” On FLSA Service Advisor Exemption Rule

In a 6 to 2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today continued the flip-flop-flip on determining whether an automobile dealership’s service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. The Court vacated and remanded…more

Car Dealerships, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Navarro v Encino Motorcars

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Bullying Can Cost Your School – And Your Students, And Their Parents

School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and emotional…more

Bullying, Cyberbullying, Faculty, Legislative Agendas, Pending Legislation

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NLRB Reinstates Liberal Standard For Unionizing Temp Workers

In today’s 3-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) resurrected a union-friendly standard making it easier for unions to combine jointly employed temporary workers with an employer’s existing workforce to form a…more

Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, Joint Employers, NLRA, NLRB

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Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and retail…more

Best Management Practices, Collective Bargaining, FLSA, Severe Weather, Wage and Hour

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“To Arbitrate, or Not to Arbitrate: That is the Question” – A Potential Uber Class/Collective Action Will Proceed in the Eastern Districtof Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania recently weighed in on the increasing and developing wage violation litigation, albeit from a procedural perspective, involving Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”). On July 21, 2016, United States District Court Judge…more

Arbitration, Class Action, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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Multiemployer Pension Reform

Too Little, Too Late? - Employers and unions locked into failing multiemployer pension plans received an 11th-hour reprieve in late December when Congress passed legislation revising laws that had hobbled these plans for…more

Employee Benefits, Multiemployer Plan, PBGC, Pension Reform, Pensions

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OSHA Announces Final Rule On Recording Requirements

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes two important changes that tighten OSHA’s…more

Bodily Injury, Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Recording Requirements

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Supreme Court Calls “Do Over” On FLSA Service Advisor Exemption Rule

In a 6 to 2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today continued the flip-flop-flip on determining whether an automobile dealership’s service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. The Court vacated and remanded…more

Car Dealerships, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Navarro v Encino Motorcars

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes At The EEOC

Agency Revises Discrimination Charge Practices - Starting January 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implemented significant changes to its case-handling process. As a result, all employers who…more

Confidential Information, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Position Statements

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Are Your Pay Practices Still Compliant?

By now you have likely heard about a recent Supreme Court decision and a change in federal wage and hour regulations that have a direct impact on the retail automotive industry. The good news is that the Supreme Court decision…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Navarro v Encino Motorcars, SCOTUS, Service Advisors

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A Typo In Your Paystubs Could Cost You Millions

Imagine being sued by every single one of the employees who worked for you over the past four years because your paystubs have an extra comma in your company’s name. Or because the zip code is missing from your company’s…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Labor Code

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Tips To Prepare Your Company For An I-9 Audit

The Immigration Customs and Enforcement division (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security, continues to issue Form I-9 Notices of Inspection to businesses across the nation. In fiscal year 2012, ICE served over 3,000 Notices…more

Audits, DHS, Employer Mandates, I-9, ICE

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Labor Letter, August 2013: NLRB Taking Close Look At Photography Policies

In February of 2009, a Wisconsin medical center fired several nurses after they electronically posted patient x-rays to their Facebook page, revealing the presence of a potentially embarrassing foreign object. As a result, the…more

Facebook, FBI, HIPAA, NLRB, Photographs

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Electronic Devices At School: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The reality of life for most employees is that most of them cannot make it through an hour, much less a full school or business day, without checking their smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and other electronic devices…more

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Don’t Get Caught In A Web of Claims: ADA Website Accessibility Claims On The Rise

In today’s technology-driven society, retailers are increasingly using the internet to provide information, goods, and services to the public. While having a website is almost a mandatory aspect of operating a retail business,…more

ADA, DOJ, Internet Retailers, Title III, Website Accessibility

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Legalized Discrimination Or Safety From Government Interference? What Mississippi Employers Need To Know About New Religious Freedom Law

On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, also known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act.” While proponents of the new law state that it simply protects…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Governor Bryant, New Legislation, Religious Freedom

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SEC Cracks Down On Anti-Whistleblower Severance Agreements

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued six-figure fines to two different employers in the past several weeks, claiming that each crafted restrictive severance agreements that violated agency rules aimed…more

Corporate Fines, Dodd-Frank, Employer Liability Issues, Health Net, Popular

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Combatting Intermittent FMLA Leave Abuse: An Employer’s Toolbox

As most employers know, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave for their own or a family member’s serious health condition and up to 26 weeks for military caregiver leave. While…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, Medical Certification Requests

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New Year's Resolution? Review Your Sales Pay Plan

Many dealerships give little thought to their sales pay plans. After all, they’re simple and straightforward, right? X% of the front gross and Y% of the back end gross, plus whatever bonuses you choose to give. About as simple…more

Car Dealerships, Employer Liability Issues, Minimum Wage, Sales Commissions

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Naughty Neonatal Nurse Nixed After Nineteen Years; Hospital Wins Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A veteran neonatal nurse practitioner who was fired after one too many acts of misconduct could not prove age discrimination, a federal appeals court recently confirmed. The case presents healthcare employers with a good…more

Age Discrimination, Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, Disciplinary Proceedings, Dismissals

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Massachusetts Adopts Background Check System For Rideshare Companies

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill governing gig economy rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft – dubbed “transportation network companies” – which implements a novel new background…more

Background Checks, Gig Economy, Lyft, Ridesharing, Uber

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Can Non-Compete Agreements Be Classified As Personal Services Contracts?

In Symphony Diagnostic Services No 1 Inc. d/b/a MobilexUSA v. Greenbaum, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals tjust addressed an issue that frequently arises in the non-compete context: what happens when a company buys the assets…more

Corporate Counsel, Non-Compete Agreements, Personal Services, Restrictive Covenants, Successors

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Summer Hires

This summer it’s expected that temporary workers will fill roughly 10,000 summer jobs, many of which will be in the hospitality industry. Before filling any of your seasonal positions, it’s worth reviewing a few cautionary…more

E-Verify, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, I-9

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What Does Brexit Mean For International Employers?

On June 23, 2016, in a hotly contested referendum, British voters chose to leave the European Union in a contest dubbed “Brexit” (for “British exit”). It will take some time before the full implications of this decision become…more

Article 50 Treaty of the EU, EEA, EU, Free Trade Zone, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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ADA 'Drive-by' Lawsuits are Targeting Restaurants

An increasing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in urban areas for “drive-by” lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Risk Management

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ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Corporate Counsel, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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Evolving Hiring Methods in the Gig Economy

The Gig economy is revolutionizing the employment arena and, as noted in our recent blog post, it shows no sign of slowing down or waiting for others to catch up. One change that is front and center is the evolution of…more

Gig Economy, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors, Interviews

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California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Appellate Court Attacks Piece-Rate Compensation – Again

The piece-rate compensation system, common among automotive technicians, agricultural workers, manufacturing employees, truck drivers, and others, has been a viable and rewarding form of compensation in California for over a…more

Compensation & Benefits, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Piece-Rate Pay, Rest and Meal Break

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Governor Wolf Signs Executive Orders Protecting LGBT State Employees and Contractors from Discrimination

Pennsylvania government employees and contractors are now protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity…more

Executive Orders, Gender Discrimination, Government Contractors, Governor Wolf, Public Employees

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Goodbye Carrot, So Long Stick…Hello Club!

Most would agree that workplace safety is of the utmost importance. Accordingly, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (“OSH Act”) was enacted for the purpose of ensuring that employers provide their employees safe…more

Criminal Prosecution, DOJ, DOL, Memorandum of Understanding, OSHA

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OSHA Greatly Increases Workplace Injury Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on May 11, 2016 that greatly enhances injury and illness data collection from employers. The new rule will require many…more

Data Collection, Electronic Filing, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements, Workplace Injury

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Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1

The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual…more

COLA, Employer Mandates, Minimum Wage

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Massachusetts Attorney General Revises "Safe Harbor" Provision to Address Part-Time Employees and Publishes Notice Poster

On June 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office published a revised Safe Harbor provision concerning the Earned Sick Time Law that made significant changes to the Safe Harbor provision previously issued on May 18…more

Employee Rights, Employment Policies, Notice Requirements, Part-Time Employees, PTO

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Supreme Court Punts On Issue Of "Standing" To Pursue Class Action Claims

Earlier this week, by a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court issued a “no decision” decision on an issue important to employers facing class action litigation. The Court decided that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals needed to review…more

Article III, Class Action, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, SCOTUS

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Contracts May Not Be All They're Cracked Up To Be: The Extension Of Legal Protections In Employee Contractual Settings

For many years, employers have generally embraced a policy of utilizing at-will employment as often as possible, where employers and employees can end their relationship with each other at any time and for any (legal) reason…more

At-Will Employment, Breach of Contract, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract, Health Care Providers

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Was This Doctor A "Good Fit"?

A Wisconsin hospital scored an important victory in a recent failure-to-hire case involving an allegation of race discrimination. The underlying facts offer a timely reminder to all healthcare employers about what is necessary…more

Best Practices, Defense Strategies, Health Care Providers, Hiring & Firing, Hospitals

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Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature Crack Down on Hazing in Secondary Schools

On May 24, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation requiring Pennsylvania secondary schools to adopt policies and procedures to prevent and correct hazing in schools. House Bill 1574, sponsored by Rep. Ron Marsico,…more

Bullying, Educational Institutions, Hazing, Students

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Electronic Devices At School: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The reality of life for most employees is that most of them cannot make it through an hour, much less a full school or business day, without checking their smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and other electronic devices…more

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Perceived Political Expression Protected By First Amendment, Supreme Court Says

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court today held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects both actual and perceived political speech and expression by public employees. The unsurprising decision squares with…more

Adverse Employment Action, First Amendment, Heffernan v City of Paterson, Political Campaigns, Public Employees

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An Offer They Can Refuse: SCOTUS Takes Some Power Away From Offers For Complete Relief

Today, the Supreme Court limited employers’ ability to proactively and inexpensively end class action litigation before it takes off. In a 6 to 3 decision, the Court held that a defendant making a complete offer of relief to a…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Rule 68, SCOTUS, Settlement Offer

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Employers Shielded as Ohio Legalizes Medical Marijuana

It’s official – Ohio is the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Kasich has signed House Bill 523, which becomes effective September 6, 2016. At that time, Ohioans can expect that residents with a qualifying…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana

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San Francisco Will Require Employers To Provide Paid Parental Leave: FAQs For Employers

The City of San Francisco just became the first city in the country to pass legislation requiring many employers to provide workers with paid parental leave, entitled the “Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.” Starting in 2017, many…more

Paid Family Leave Insurance Program, Parental Leave

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The ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace Begins Reaching Out To Employers

Last week, employers began receiving notices from the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace / Exchange regarding employees who applied for Exchange coverage and were determined eligible for a tax subsidy to defray part of the…more

Affordable Care Act, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Employer Mandates, Health Insurance Exchanges, Subsidies

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Mandatory Class Waivers Struck Down By 9th Circuit

Employers received their most bruising loss in the ongoing war involving class action waivers today, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal circuit to strike them down as illegal. When the 7th Circuit…more

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel, Employment Contract, Multistate Corporations

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New York City’s “Ban the Box” Law May Also Cover Investigations

Late last week, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued its Fair Chance Act guidance document. The guidance provides additional direction to employers in New York City regarding their obligations under the City’s…more

EEOC, Fair Chance Act, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, New Guidance

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Bridging The App: Apps That Aid Individuals With Disabilities Enter The Workplace

Over the past 20 years, the number of individuals with disabilities in the workforce has increased due in part to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Contemporary technological developments could help increase this number…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Employer Liability Issues, Reasonable Accommodation, Technology

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“STOP. THINK. CONNECT.”: Using Your Personnel To Enhance Your Cybersecurity.

In February 2016, President Barack Obama directed his Administration to implement a Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) that “takes near-term actions and puts in place a long-term strategy to enhance cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), Popular, Private Sector, Risk Management

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N.J. Employers No Longer Able To Shrink Lawsuit Time Limits - Supreme Court Hands Loss To Employers – But Is There A Hidden Silver Lining?

The New Jersey Supreme Court just ruled that employers are not permitted to shorten the time frame that workers have to file a discrimination claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), reversing a 2014…more

Arbitration Agreements, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, NJ Supreme Court, Statute of Limitations

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New Federal Trade Secret Statute Requires Important Updates To Contracts And Policies

With the recent passage of the Defense of Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), businesses are welcoming the many benefits the statute brings, including federal jurisdiction, robust equitable relief, and the ability to recover compensatory…more

Bring Your Own Device, Contract Drafting, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Employment Contract, Misappropriation

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Start Planning Now To Comply With New FLSA Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently finalized its long-awaited rule that will double the minimum salary for employees to qualify for the overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The impending…more

Classification, DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Health Care Providers

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The EEOC Goes Electronic: FAQs On EEOC's New Electronic Pilot Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently rolled out a pilot program to electronically notify employers of new Charges filed against them. Instead of mailing the Notice of Charge of Discrimination form through…more

ACT Digital, Discrimination, EEOC, Electronic Communications, Employer Liability Issues

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Top Ten FMLA Leave Mistakes

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for specified family and medical reasons, also providing them with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, Medical Certification Requests, Popular

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SCOTUS Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights Nationwide

As has become its custom, the Supreme Court left one of its most high-profile decisions for the end of its term, holding by a 5-4 vote that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages. As a result, state…more

Employee Benefits, FMLA, Fourth Amendment, Marriage, Marriage Equality

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Don't Fall Into The Gap: Wage/Hour Lawsuit Highlights Risks For Employers

In August, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit affirmed dismissal of five purported class or collective actions brought against a number of healthcare systems and their affiliates. Although favorable for the…more

Compliance, Employer Liability Issues, Wage and Hour, Wages

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Wage Wars – Philadelphia’s Wage Theft Ordinance Goes Into Effect

On July 1, 2016, the City of Philadelphia’s new Wage Theft Ordinance went into effect. In substance, the Ordinance provides employees who fall within the scope of the Ordinance another means for seeking to recover unpaid wages…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Local Ordinance, Wage Theft Prevention Act

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Criminal Activity At Work Can Land Retailers In Hot Water

Recent workplace violence incidents have driven some employers to take steps to minimize the risk of criminal behavior at their locations. Whether it is beefing up physical security measures on premises, installing surveillance…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Retailers, Risk Management, Workplace Violence

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Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

A federal judge in Texas has dealt a serious blow to the Obama administration’s transgender school bathroom directive, barring the federal order which required schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker…more

Dear Colleague Letter, DOE, DOJ, Educational Institutions, Preliminary Injunctions

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Some Thoughts from the Feds on the Gig Economy

In recent months, the gig economy has increasingly been the subject of articles, blog posts, studies, and podcasts. In June, not wanting to miss the party, the U.S. Department of Commerce contributed a twenty-seven page paper…more

Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, Wage and Hour

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Government Finalizes Troublesome New Persuader Rule; Legal Challenges Pending

The federal government has finalized a significant new regulation that seeks to interfere with businesses seeking legal counsel to help in opposing or dealing with unions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) new “persuader”…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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Impact of EEOC v. Abercrombie, and Employment Practices Going Forward

A first glance at the U.S. Supreme Court's recent EEOC v Abercrombie decision by Fisher & Phillips attorney, Andrew Hoag…more

EEOC, EEOC v Abercrombie, First Glance, Religious Accommodation, Religious Discrimination

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Mandatory Class Waivers Struck Down By 9th Circuit

Employers received their most bruising loss in the ongoing war involving class action waivers today, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal circuit to strike them down as illegal. When the 7th Circuit…more

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Corporate Counsel, Employment Contract, Multistate Corporations

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Labor Letter, June 2013: Becoming A Resume Lie Detector

Society of Human Resource Management studies show that 53% of job applicants lie on their resumes. Other research has placed the number at between 30% and 50%, with one 2011 study saying that 80% of resumes are – at a minimum –…more

Applications, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, Misleading Impressions, Misleading Statements

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Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2012: Let Me Take A Look At That Tattoo

There is no question that tattoos, body piercings, and other forms of self-expression have become commonplace in modern society, especially among the Gen X and Gen Y demographic. As a result, employers have to deal with these…more

Appearance Policy, Resorts & Restaurants, Title VII

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Does The NLRB Have Jurisdiction Over Your University?

Although a religious college recently scored a victory in its battle against unionization, the legal decision and the proceedings that led to that decision could be somewhat troublesome for your educational institution. All…more

AFL-CIO, Colleges, Faculty, NLRB, Religious Discrimination

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What To Expect When You're Not Expecting: How To Handle Unplanned Visits From Federal Agencies

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management of…more

DHS, DOL, Government Investigations, ICE, Strategic Planning

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Many Tennessee Employers Will Soon Be Required To Use E-Verify

Tennessee’s state immigration law just received an important update by the state legislature and Governor, and many employers in the state will soon be impacted. Beginning January 1, 2017, all Tennessee businesses with 50 or…more

DHS, E-Verify, I-9

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Oregon's New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Overview

On June 22, 2015, Oregon became the fourth state to enact a statewide mandatory paid sick leave law, following California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The bill, signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, requires Oregon…more

Employee Rights, Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Paid Sick Leave Act

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Impact of the 'Students First' Decision on Non-Teacher Employees of School Districts

Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in the Students First case is effectively an indictment of the termination process of all California public school employees, not just teachers…more

Equal Protection, Public Schools, School Districts, SCOTUS, Seniority

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Divisive Devices: Navigating Workplace Pitfalls Caused By Connectivity And Mobile Apps

It is unlikely that the Slovenian psychoanalytic Marxist philosopher Slavoj Zizek had in mind the wellbeing of corporate defendants in workplace litigation when he articulated this “ultimate horror of the digital age.”…more

Best Management Practices, Digital Media, Employment Policies, Mobile Apps, OSHA

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Service Animals In School

Joey is a 5th grade student who is hearing impaired. Joey’s parents request that he be allowed to attend school with his service dog, Snickers. You learn that Joey’s teacher is severely allergic to animal dander. You are also…more

Assistive Animals, Public Schools, Service Animals

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Big Data, Background Checks, and Discrimination

On May 4, 2016, the White House released a report entitled “Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights” to herald its focus on discrimination in “big data” assisted personnel screening algorithms. …more

Algorithms, Background Checks, Big Data, Data Collection, EEO-1

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The Seizure Provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act

Last week, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Among its many interesting provisions is a detailed procedure for a party to request, ex parte, the seizure of property in order to "prevent the…more

Asset Seizure, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Ex Parte, Misappropriation, Trade Secrets

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Is An Unlimited Vacation Policy Right For Your Workplace?

According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, about 3% of companies in the U.S. maintain some form of unlimited vacation policy. The reasons for adopting such a policy are easy to see: they offer work­life…more

Best Management Practices, Employment Policies, Human Resources Professionals, Vacation Leave

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The Customer Is Not Always Right: The Dangers Of Third-Party Harassment Claims

Like most in the hospitality industry, you are constantly balancing many competing demands. At any given moment, you could be focusing on managing staff performance. Or perhaps you are reviewing your employment policies to see…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Hospitality Industry, Hostile Environment, Restaurant Industry

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Supreme Court Calls “Do Over” On FLSA Service Advisor Exemption Rule

In a 6 to 2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today continued the flip-flop-flip on determining whether an automobile dealership’s service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s overtime requirements. The Court vacated and remanded…more

Car Dealerships, DOL, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Navarro v Encino Motorcars

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Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is…more

COLA, Minimum Wage

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Kentucky Adopts Federal OSHA Recordkeeping Changes

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards, Division of Occupational Safety and Health Compliance has published its intent to adopt certain Federal OSHA Recordkeeping regulations, including the new electronic…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Electronic Filing, OSHA, Public Hearing, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Epic Fail: Class Action Waivers Take A Hit - Three Things You Need To Know About Arbitration Agreement Ruling

For the first time, a federal appeals court has dealt a serious blow to class and collective action waivers in arbitration agreements. In Jacob Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a…more

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employer Liability Issues, Federal Arbitration Act, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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Independent Contractor Misclassification: The Hidden Trap of Outsourcing

It’s a beguiling option. Companies that classify workers as independent contractors receive a number of benefits, including elimination of payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, and unemployment insurance withholdings…more

Class Action, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Subcontractors, Wage and Hour

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Saying “You’re Fired” Could Bring Labor Pains 

An Ohio employer recently learned the hard way that employers need to be cautious when it comes to communicating with striking employees about permanent replacements. By mistakenly telling them that their employment had been…more

Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, NLRA, NLRB, Protected Activity

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You Don't Have The Right to Remain Silent: The Middle District of Pennsylvania Reaffirms that Attorney-Client Communications During Depositions are NOT PRIVILEGED

In Hall v. Clifton Precision, 150 F.R.D. 525 (E.D. Pa. 1993), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued its opinion regarding attorney-client communications during depositions which has…more

Attorney Communications, Attorney-Client Privilege, Corporate Counsel, Depositions, Young Lawyers

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Limiting Employee Hours To Avoid ACA Could Violate ERISA, Court Rules

In a first-of-its-kind decision, a federal court recently upheld the right of employees to sue their employer for allegedly cutting employee hours to less than 30 hours per week to avoid offering health insurance under the…more

Affordable Care Act, Dave & Buster's, ERISA, Health Insurance, Part-Time Employees

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Will Post-Accident Drug Testing Still Be Allowed Under New OSHA Rules?

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its May 2016 Electronic Recordkeeping Rule, most employers focused on the Rule’s increased reporting requirements and the imminent public posting of injury…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Drug Testing, Electronic Filing, OSHA, Recordkeeping Requirements

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Top 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers

There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014…more

Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Free Speech

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California Policies Against Harassment Face New Regulations

California employers will need to comply with a new set of regulations from California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council that go into effect April 1, 2016. Among other things, these regulations require employers with five or…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Anti-Harassment Policies, Corporate Counsel, Employment Policies, FEHA

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Millennials and the Gig Economy

Millennials are typically defined as those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Recent reports from the Pew Research Center estimate there are 75.4 million Millennials in the United States today, making them the…more

Gig Economy, Lyft, Millennials, Uber

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Preventing A Messy "Failed Exemption" Lawsuit

(Labor Letter, February 2014) - In recent years employers have become all too familiar with lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the Administrative Office of the United…more

Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Hiring & Firing, Job Offers, Non-Exempt Employees

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Will Your No-Smoking Policy Get Vaporized?

Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What should you do about it?…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Counsel, E-Cigarettes, Employment Policies, FDA

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Supreme Court Leaves Massive Attorney's Fee Award Against EEOC Unresolved

But Decision Could Still Be Helpful For Employers - Today, in a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a definitive ruling on whether an employer is entitled to recover nearly $5 million dollars in…more

Attorney's Fees, EEOC, EEOC v CRST Van Expedited, Frivolous Lawsuits, Hostile Environment

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SEC Cracks Down On Anti-Whistleblower Severance Agreements

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued six-figure fines to two different employers in the past several weeks, claiming that each crafted restrictive severance agreements that violated agency rules aimed…more

Corporate Fines, Dodd-Frank, Employer Liability Issues, Health Net, Popular

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Religious Affiliation Is Not Enough – The Ever-Expanding Reach of the National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act has been enjoying a resurgence in attention and application in recent years. From last year’s thirty page memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel…more

Collective Bargaining, First Amendment, NLRA, NLRB, Unions

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HIPAA' s Criminal Charges Pack a Heavy Punch

Almost all healthcare providers and health plan administrators are familiar with the detailed requirements of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Violations can…more

Civil Monetary Penalty, Criminal Prosecution, Health Care Providers, Healthcare, HIPAA

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Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules

Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was…more

Affirmative Action, Construction Workers, Contractors, Disability, Hiring & Firing

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ADA 'Drive-by' Lawsuits are Targeting Restaurants

An increasing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in urban areas for “drive-by” lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its…more

Accessibility Rules, ADA, Restaurant Industry, Retailers, Risk Management

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Wait – Senator Warren DIDN’T Slam The Gig Economy?

Outspoken Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren isn’t known for mincing words. Whether she’s telling a big bank to “go to hell” from the floor of the Congress or calling Donald Trump a cancerous demagogue, she is anything but…more

Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Wage and Hour

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Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and retail…more

Best Management Practices, Collective Bargaining, FLSA, Severe Weather, Wage and Hour

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Union ‘Quickie Election’ Rule Survives Legal Challenge

A federal appeals court ruled that the NLRB’s “quickie election” rule is permissible and does not violate the law, meaning that employers will continue to have to live under the new and challenging regime that stacks the deck in…more

Data Collection, NLRB, Quickie Election Rules

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Enforcing Your Policies Outside The Workplace

All employers adopt and enforce policies regulating conduct at the workplace. Many employers expect that employees will follow their employment polices at all times regardless of whether the employee is working or at work…more

Employee Rights, FMLA, NLRA, NLRB, OSHA

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San Diego’s New Sick Leave Ordinance Is In Effect, And Fixes Are Imminent

On Monday, July 11, the San Diego City Council certified the Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance passed by voters last month and also passed amendments to the Ordinance. We published a summary of the law when it was passed by…more

Amended Regulation, Enforcement Authority, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Penalties

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Safeguard Your Federal Funding – Transgender Students And Title IX Compliance

On May 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice published a guidance document for elementary and secondary schools that reaffirmed its 2015 opinion letter on how Title IX’s regulations apply to…more

Colleges, Department of Education, DOJ, Educational Institutions, Federal Funding

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East Meets West: Spokane Joins Western Washington Cities By Adopting Paid Sick Leave Law

Effective January 1, 2017, Spokane will join Seattle, Sea-Tac, and Tacoma as cities in Washington requiring employers to provide mandatory employee paid sick and safe leave. On Monday, January 11, 2016, Spokane’s City Council…more

Local Ordinance, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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"Wage Theft" Regulation Comes to New Hampshire

Do you have employees in New Hampshire? If so, you should be aware of revised state requirements now in effect regarding how and when you must notify employees about various compensation practices and policies, such as changes…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour, Wage Theft

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SSN Mistake Leads To Million Dollar Verdict - How Can You Avoid A Similar Fate?

A federal court in California recently ruled that a job applicant’s admission that he used a false Social Security Number (SSN) cannot be the basis for disqualifying him from employment on good moral character grounds. The court…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Job Applicants

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Ninth Circuit "Tips" Against Tip-Pooling Policies

In a surprising decision that may require many restaurants and other hospitality businesses in the Western U.S. to alter their labor practices, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2011 U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) rule…more

DOL, FLSA, Hospitality Industry, Minimum Wage, Restaurant Industry

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Labor Shocker: Strike Replacements Struck Down

NLRB Rejects Permanent Replacement Workers In Groundbreaking Ruling - In an unprecedented 2-1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently held that a California continuing care facility violated the National Labor…more

Hiring & Firing, NLRB, SEIU, Strike, Unions

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Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is…more

COLA, Minimum Wage

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Supreme Court: Voters' Initiative To End Affirmative Action Is Constitutional

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s Proposal 2, which amended the Michigan Constitution to prohibit racial preferences in admissions to public schools and government programs…more

ACLU, Admissions, Affirmative Action, Diversity, NAACP

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Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and information…more

DHS, E-12, E-13, Federal Pilot Programs, Filing Requirements

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New California Law Expands Retaliation Coverage

Employees Requesting Accommodation Are Now Protected - On July 16, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law AB 987, amending the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to reflect what many already believed to be…more

Adverse Employment Action, Employer Liability Issues, FEHA, Human Resources Professionals, New Legislation

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All Is Now Well? – EEOC Finalizes Employer Wellness Program Rules

Today, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published the final versions of two new rules regulating employer-sponsored wellness programs. The rules, which will go into effect in 2017, allow employers to offer…more

ADA, EEOC, Final Rules, GINA, Wellness Programs

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Whistleblower Protection Extends To Federal Workers Who Violate Agency Regulations

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court held that an agent of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who disclosed information that was prohibited by TSA regulations, was nonetheless protected under the Whistleblower…more

Department of Transportation (DOT), DHS v Maclean, Disclosure, SCOTUS, TSA

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Don’t Get Caught In A Web of Claims: ADA Website Accessibility Claims On The Rise

In today’s technology-driven society, retailers are increasingly using the internet to provide information, goods, and services to the public. While having a website is almost a mandatory aspect of operating a retail business,…more

ADA, DOJ, Internet Retailers, Title III, Website Accessibility

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Transcending Gender In Schools: Is Gender Neutral The New Normal?

In Missouri, a 17-year-old student who was born male, but has identified as female since he was 13, chose to use the girls’ locker room during gym class. That decision sparked outrage in the school community and led to…more

Best Practices, Bullying, Discrimination, Educational Institutions, Gender Identity

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Uber-Expensive Settlement Could Be Uber-Important To Employers

The ride-sharing company Uber recently announced a preliminary $100 million agreement to settle claims alleging that it improperly classifies its workforce as independent contractors. Because the settlement involves the foremost…more

Employer Liability Issues, Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Settlement Agreements

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Justice Scalia’s Death Throws SCOTUS Term Into Turmoil

A Review Of The 2015-2016 Supreme Court Term - Justice Antonin Scalia’s death created a 4-4 split among liberal and conservative-leaning Justices, rendering tidy scorecards and trends regarding this past Supreme Court…more

Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Corporate Counsel, DirecTV v Imburgia, EEOC v CRST Van Expedited, Friedrichs v CA Teachers Association

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Government Finalizes Troublesome New Persuader Rule; Legal Challenges Pending

The federal government has finalized a significant new regulation that seeks to interfere with businesses seeking legal counsel to help in opposing or dealing with unions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) new “persuader”…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules, Reporting Requirements

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Construction Contractors Subject To New OFCCP Rules

Because of a recent court decision, federal construction contractors must comply with several new regulations that many consider burdensome. An effort to exempt construction contractors from some of the new regulations was…more

Affirmative Action, Construction Workers, Contractors, Disability, Hiring & Firing

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Labor Letter, August 2013: Five Documents Sure To Appear In Your Lawsuit

Although simple and oftentimes overused, sports metaphors can provide insight into complicated topics. When it comes to employment litigation, cases often boil down to “blocking and tackling.” In other words, the fundamental…more

Adverse Employment Action, Disciplinary Proceedings, Employee Handbooks, Litigation Strategies, Performance Reviews

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SCOTUS Gives Boost To Employee Constructive Discharge Claims

In a 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the statute of limitations for Title VII constructive discharge claim begins on the date of the employee’s notice of resignation, not on the date of the last alleged…more

Constructive Discharge, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Green v Brennan, SCOTUS

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Obama Orders Federal Contractors To Provide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

President Obama used Labor Day 2015 to send a strong signal about his domestic priorities, signing an Executive Order which will require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide their workers up to seven or more days of…more

Barack Obama, Executive Orders, Paid Leave, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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Illinois Employers Must Offer Retirement Savings Program

Illinois has become the first state in the nation to enact a law requiring businesses to offer their employees a retirement savings plan. Signed into law recently by Gov. Pat Quinn, the new law, entitled “Illinois Secure Choice…more

Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Retirement Plan

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The Zika Virus: FAQs For Hospitality Employers

The World Health Organization recently declared Zika a global public health emergency, only the fourth time the agency has declared the spread of a disease to be a health emergency of international concern. The following…more

Best Management Practices, OSHA, Traveling Employee, World Health Organization, Zika

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EEOC Seeks To Expand Reach Of Sexual Orientation Claims

A new wave of litigation may result in sexual orientation discrimination being prohibited at most workplaces across the country. The last month has seen a historic series of lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Title VII

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Dealerships On Pins And Needles After Latest Union Pin Decision

Doug Niedermeyer is not the most sympathetic character in American film, but any dealership manager faced with employees who want to wear union pins, buttons, or other insignia might understand his frustration. To many managers,…more

Car Dealerships, Dress Codes, NLRA, NLRB, Unions

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Fisher & Phillips Offers Comments On EEOC's Proposed Retaliation Guidance

Fisher & Phillips recently submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the agency’s proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation. The comments reflect an effort by the firm to ensure that a…more

EEOC, Enforcement Guidance, Public Comment, Retaliation

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Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?

Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These…more

Distracted Driving

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A Bump in the Road for California’s Piece Rate Employers

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Fresno County Superior Court denied a request to postpone the deadline for qualified employers to notify the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) of their election to participate in the…more

Affirmative Defense, Filing Deadlines, Labor Code, Piece-Rate Pay, Preliminary Injunctions

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Five New State Laws Will Soon Affect Colorado Employers

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper recently signed five bills into law that will soon impact employers in a number of different ways. Employers who do business in the state will face a new legal framework with respect to…more

Disabled, Governor Hickenlooper, Misclassification, New Regulations, Personnel Records

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Will Uber Actually Be Happy Its $100M Settlement Fell Apart?

The big news late yesterday was that the federal court judge overseeing the Uber class action litigation rejected the $100M settlement for being “not fair, adequate, and reasonable.” You would think that Uber would be…more

Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Independent Contractors, PAGA, Popular

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NLRB Rules Student Employees Can Unionize

In a game-changing decision reversing clear legal precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled by a 3-1 margin today that university students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are…more

Collective Bargaining, Colleges, NLRA, NLRB, Student Employees

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Wisconsin Court Throws Out Choice-of-Law Provision, Then Enforces a Non-Compete Anyway

A recent decision from the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Schetter v. Newcomer Funeral Service Group, Inc., presented a smorgasbord of juicy noncompete issues, including: - ignoring a choice of law provision; - validating…more

Choice-of-Law, Confidential Information, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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Feds Ratchet Up Employer Penalties, Effective Later This Summer

While most employers were preparing for the long holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a series of civil penalty increases that will impact the nation’s employers in the very near future. On June 30,…more

Child Labor, Civil Monetary Penalty, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Employer Liability Issues

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Are Your Pay Practices Still Compliant?

By now you have likely heard about a recent Supreme Court decision and a change in federal wage and hour regulations that have a direct impact on the retail automotive industry. The good news is that the Supreme Court decision…more

Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Navarro v Encino Motorcars, SCOTUS, Service Advisors

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A Bump in the Road for California’s Piece Rate Employers

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Fresno County Superior Court denied a request to postpone the deadline for qualified employers to notify the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) of their election to participate in the…more

Affirmative Defense, Filing Deadlines, Labor Code, Piece-Rate Pay, Preliminary Injunctions

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Courts Continue To Expand ERISA Church Plan Exemption

Most employers know that there is a federal law – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA – that governs employer-sponsored employee benefit plans. There are a few notable exceptions that could apply to healthcare…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Churches, ERISA, Exemptions, Hospitals

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Employee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?

Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable…more

Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification, Wage and Hour

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Protecting Trade Secrets From Theft By Ex-Employees

In late 2015, Atlantic Marine Construction Company, a Virginia Beach construction company, filed a lawsuit against a former Vice President of Construction and his new employer, alleging various causes of action arising out of…more

Idea Theft, Mobile Device Management, Popular, Trade Secrets, Work Computer

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No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and…more

Cyber Attacks, Data Breach, Email, Hackers, Human Resources Professionals

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Let the H-1B Games Begin: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Katniss Everdeen’s bow and arrow will not help employers on April 1st, 2014 when the competition for H-1B work visas begins. On April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) begins accepting H-1B petitions for…more

H-1B, Immigrants, USCIS, Visas

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5 Attributes of a Successful Non-Compete Agreement

Given the rising use of non-competes in all manner of businesses, we asked JD Supra contributors to tell us what's required in a successful agreement between employer and employee. Here is what we heard back…more

Employment Contract, Hiring & Firing, Legal Perspectives, Non-Compete Agreements, Popular

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Sanctions for Bringing a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim?

Federal courts have continued to disagree on whether the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act ("CFAA") applies to employees who misuse confidential information or trade secrets obtained from an employer's computer system that the employee…more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Confidential Information, Employment Policies, Motion for Sanctions, Unauthorized Access

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Employee Communications: Your Internal Public Relations Campaign

If your organization regularly communicates with employees, then you understand the value of keeping employees informed about changes and plans for the organization. If you don’t have a program for regular employee…more

Best Management Practices, Corporate Culture

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USDOL Releases New FLSA Poster

Employers of workers who are subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage provisions are required to display a poster prescribed by the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division. 29 C.F.R. § 516.4…more

DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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SSN Mistake Leads To Million Dollar Verdict - How Can You Avoid A Similar Fate?

A federal court in California recently ruled that a job applicant’s admission that he used a false Social Security Number (SSN) cannot be the basis for disqualifying him from employment on good moral character grounds. The court…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, I-9, Job Applicants

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Fast-Food Chain Employers: Take Steps Now to Avoid Being the Next FLSA Headline

On almost a daily basis, we read articles about class action lawsuits and settlements against fast-food chains. Almost all chains have had them. Fisher & Phillips has defended many of these lawsuits for different chains in all…more

Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Fast-Food Industry, FLSA

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New Jersey Supreme Court Broadly Defines “Marital Status” Discrimination

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently interpreted the state’s antidiscrimination law in an expansive manner, concluding that a broad spectrum of individuals can file suit and claim that their employers unfairly discriminated…more

Discrimination, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, Marital Status, NJ Supreme Court

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EEOC Sues Hospital Over Flu Shot Dispute

In its continuing effort to press employers to accommodate workers under a variety of circumstances, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a Massachusetts hospital over its flu shot policy. The June 2,…more

ADA, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Actions, Flu Shot Rule

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Cities Across the World Come Together to Regulate Gig Employers

Over the past few years, we’ve seen states and other local governments pass or introduce laws to regulate the gig economy. Most recently, for example, the city of Seattle passed a law allowing the unionization of app-based gig…more

Collective Bargaining, Corporate Counsel, Gig Economy, Popular, Ridesharing

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International Protections for Transgender Employees

In the United States, the debate over protections for transgender employees continues, even as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, some courts, and the U.S. Justice Department take the position that Title VII of the…more

DOJ, EEOC, Sex Discrimination, Title VII, Transgender

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That’s Tainted! What Employers Should Know About OSHA’s Enforcement of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Lost in all the landscape-altering changes made by OSHA during the last 18 months was its adoption of enforcement procedures for handling retaliation claims under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”). Employers…more

Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Authority, Food Manufacturers, Food Safety, FSMA

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Human Error Called The Most Common Factor In Data Breaches

As reported in the December 9, 2015 Wall Street Journal Law Blog, a recent report by the Association of Corporate Counsel (“ACC”) revealed that the most common reason for a data breach at companies is “employee error.” …more

Cyber Crimes, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Hackers, Security Breach

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Duran v. U.S. Bank: When Class Certification Goes Wrong

The California Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark decision on class actions. The trial judge lost control of the certification and evidentiary presentation of the case resulting in a $15 million verdict against U.S…more

Class Action, Class Certification, U.S. Bank National Association, US Bank

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San Diego’s New Sick Leave Ordinance Is In Effect, And Fixes Are Imminent

On Monday, July 11, the San Diego City Council certified the Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance passed by voters last month and also passed amendments to the Ordinance. We published a summary of the law when it was passed by…more

Amended Regulation, Enforcement Authority, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Penalties

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Court Rejects Kentucky Wage-Hour Representative Actions

The Kentucky Wages and Hours Act provides the mechanism for pursuing redress for minimum-wage or overtime violations under that law. KRS 337.385 provides, in pertinent part, that "[s]uch action may be maintained in any court of…more

FLSA, Jurisdiction, Minimum Wage, New Legislation, Unpaid Overtime

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Mexico – Single National Minimum Wage

On September 24, 2015, the National Minimum Wage Commission resolved that a single minimum wage of $70.10 pesos a day would apply across the entire country of Mexico. This resolution became effective as of October 1, 2015…more

Mexico, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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Labor Letter, February 2013: How To Weigh Obesity In Employment Decisions

Imagine you are the Hiring Manager for a distribution warehouse and have just begun interviewing applicants for a materials handler position. The first candidate enters the room, standing at a height of 5’4”, weighing more than…more

ADA, ADAAA, Disability, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination

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The Ever-Evolving Obligations of California Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave (and New Minimum Wage Requirements, too!)

This month, the Cities of Los Angeles and San Diego passed paid sick leave and minimum wage ordinances to go into effect soon. While all California employers have been required to provide paid sick leave to employees since July…more

Employee Rights, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage, Paid Leave, PTO

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Eligibility Rules Need To Be In Writing

Healthcare reform continues to roll on. 2014 saw the implementation of the health insurance exchanges, the Individual Mandate, and a host of new rules relating to employer-provided health coverage. 2015 marks the start of yet…more

Affordable Care Act, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Mandates, ERISA, Full-Time Employees

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The EEOC Goes Electronic: FAQs On EEOC's New Electronic Pilot Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently rolled out a pilot program to electronically notify employers of new Charges filed against them. Instead of mailing the Notice of Charge of Discrimination form through…more

ACT Digital, Discrimination, EEOC, Electronic Communications, Employer Liability Issues

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What’s Worse – Getting The Flu, Or Getting Sued?

If the goals for the healthcare industry could be distilled to a single word, that word would be “quality.” But the manner in which a provider achieves this varies widely. What works for a large system may not be appropriate for…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Flu Shot Rule, Health Care Providers, Influenza

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Deadlocked Supreme Court Presents Another Roadblock For President’s Immigration Actions

In a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it could not reach a majority consensus on President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. As a result, the Executive Action remains subject to an injunction…more

DACA, DAPA, Employment Authorization Documents (EAD), Executive Orders, I-9

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