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OSHA Issues Revised Whistleblower Investigations Manual

Continuing its emphasis on its Whistleblower Protection Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated Whistleblower Investigations Manual on May 21, 2015. OSHA enforces whistleblower…more

Affordable Care Act, CFPA, Compliance, Discrimination, DOL

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The Explosion of Paid Sick Leave In New Jersey

The trend of municipalities in New Jersey enacting paid sick leave ordinances continues.  Littler previously reported on the enactment of two such laws in Jersey City (effective January 24, 2014) and Newark (effective May 29,…more

Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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The Explosion of Paid Sick Leave In New Jersey

The trend of municipalities in New Jersey enacting paid sick leave ordinances continues.  Littler previously reported on the enactment of two such laws in Jersey City (effective January 24, 2014) and Newark (effective May 29,…more

Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Gubernatorial Writer's Cramp: 2014 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

Does his hand hurt? Between signing and vetoing bills this year, California Governor Jerry Brown exercised his executive signature on the highest number of bills sent to a California governor since 2008. The California…more

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The Affordable Care Act and Staffing: One Size Does Not Fit All

Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has generated debate and questions about the law's impact on third-party staffing arrangements. With the effective date of the ACA's "pay-or-play" employer mandate just…more

Affordable Care Act, Employee Definition, Employer Mandates, Full-Time Employees, Independent Contractors

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California District Court Re-Certifies Chinese Daily News Wage and Hour Class Action After Second Trip To Ninth Circuit

On April 15, 2014, in Wang v. Chinese Daily News, Inc., a California federal district court re-certified a Rule 23(b)(3) California state law wage and hour action involving a class of 200 non-exempt employees who alleged their…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Rule 23, Wage and Hour

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Final Regulations Clarify and Expand Portland Sick Leave Law Requirements

Beginning January 1, 2014, private-sector employers doing business in Portland that have six or more employees will be required to provide employees with a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of work…more

Accrued Benefits, Discrimination, Employee Rights, Notice Requirements, Sick Leave

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Whistleblowing in Tennessee: Does It Matter Who Hears the Whistle?

A whistleblower claims he was fired because he complained about wrongful conduct, and sues for retaliation. For the claim to survive, does it matter who hears the whistleblower's whistle? The Tennessee Supreme Court has…more

Adverse Employment Action, Internal Reporting, Reporting Requirements, Retaliation, TN Supreme Court

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New Jersey Employers Face New Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements

On January 21, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act (PWFA) after nearly unanimous support in the State Assembly and Senate. The PWFA, which took effect immediately, applies to all…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Same-Sex Marriages and Benefit Plans After Windsor

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307. The Court ruled (in a 5-4 decision) that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal laws…more

401k, Civil Unions, Divorce, DOMA, Domestic Partnership

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Blacklisting Proposed Rule and DOL Guidance Could Have Serious Repercussions for Those Doing Business with the Federal Government

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures ordered by…more

Barack Obama, Blacklist, Comment Period, Corporate Counsel, DOL

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015: Proposed Legislation Would Open the Federal Courthouse Door for Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

In an era where bipartisanship is rarely on display, a group of Senators and members of the House of Representatives from both parties recently joined together to propose the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015 (S. 1890, H.R…more

Biotechnology, CFAA, Defend Trade Secrets Act, Economic Espionage Act, Misappropriation

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Court Finds Sham Litigation Violates Secondary Boycott Provisions of NLRA, But NLRA Prohibitions Do Not Apply to Worker Centers

On August 26, 2013, in Waugh Chapel South, LLC v. UFCW (4th Cir. 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit delivered a victory, in part, to employers and, in part, to labor. In its decision, the Fourth Circuit…more

Frivolous Lawsuits, NLRA, Sham Litigation Exception, Unions

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The California Grizzly Elbows Uncle Sam: New California Immigration Requirements For Private Sector Employers

Partly in response to the inaction in Washington on immigration reform, the California Legislature, in the annual session concluded in mid-September, passed several bills which were signed by Governor Brown that either create or…more

Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, I-9, Immigrants, Immigration Reform

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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México: Reforma a la Ley del INFONAVIT Establece Nuevas Obligaciones en la Subcontratación

El pasado 04 de junio de 2015, se reformó la Ley del Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores (“Ley del INFONAVIT”) para adicionar el artículo 29 Bis como un requisito adicional en la práctica de…more

Hiring & Firing, Mexico, Outsourcing

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Continued Employment is Lawful Consideration to Support a Restrictive Covenant

Wisconsin has firmly joined the majority of jurisdictions in the United States that hold that continued employment constitutes lawful consideration sufficient to enforce a restrictive covenant with a current at-will employee. …more

Best Management Practices, Continued Employment Doctrine, Employer Liability Issues, Human Resources Professionals, Non-Compete Agreements

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California Court Rules Teacher Tenure Statutes Unconstitutional

On June 10, 2014, the trial court judge in Vergara v. State of California issued a decision striking down as unconstitutional five provisions of the California Education Code regarding public school teacher tenure procedures…more

Department of Education, Hiring & Firing, Public Schools, Seniority, Teachers

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Private Sector Employers in the District of Columbia Will Soon Be Required to Comply with a New Law Restricting Their Ability to Rely on Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

On August 22, 2014, the District of Columbia Mayor signed a new law restricting most employers that operate in the District of Columbia in their ability to rely on criminal history information, including criminal background…more

Background Checks, Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants

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Michigan's New "Internet Privacy Protection Act" Sets Limitations for Employers and Employees

On December 28, 2012, Michigan joined California,1 Illinois,2 and Maryland3 in enacting a social media password protection law when Governor Rick Snyder signed the "Internet Privacy Protection Act" (IPPA or the "Act"). In an…more

Cybersecurity, Electronic Communications, Internet Privacy Protection Acts, Passwords, Social Media

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims by In-House Counsel

In This Issue: - Whistleblower protections and in-House Counsel - Sarbanes-oxley - The Dodd-Frank Act - The False Claims Act - Common Law Wrongful Discharge Claims - The Ethical…more

After-Acquired Evidence, Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality Agreements, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Counsel

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Paid Sick Time Law Developments in the State of California; Emeryville, California; Eugene, Oregon; and Bloomfield, New Jersey

The wave of new sick leave legislation continues across the country.  At the same time, state and local governments continue to refine existing laws to address new laws passed, as well as the complexities that surround providing…more

Compliance, Earned Sick Time, Employee Benefits, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, Paid Sick Leave Act

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NLRB Imposes New "Indirect Control" Joint Employer Standard in Browning-Ferris

On August 27, 2015, the last day of Harry Johnson, III's term as a Board member, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. The Board voted 3-2 to change…more

Amicus Briefs, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, Contractors, Creditors

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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West Virginia DOL Withdraws Proposed Emergency Wage and Hour Regulations

In welcome news for employers, the West Virginia Department of Labor (WVDOL) has withdrawn a set of emergency regulations that would have significantly revamped state wage and hour requirements and created conflicts with federal…more

Conflicts of Laws, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage

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Class Action Waivers Good in California, PAGA Waivers Perhaps

In an important decision on employment arbitration agreements with pre-dispute class and collective action waivers, in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles the California Supreme Court held that U.S. Supreme Court…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers, Federal Arbitration Act

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West Virginia Employment Update: The Mountain State is Becoming Much More Attractive to Employers

For the past several decades, West Virginia has not fared particularly well when employers were faced with tough decisions regarding whether to close or open new facilities in the state.  One of the factors that undoubtedly…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Business Development, DOL, Government Contractors

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SEC's Attack on Confidentiality Agreements

Keeping its promise announced last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 1, 2015, released a cease-and-desist order ("Order") declaring illegal a publicly traded company's use of a confidentiality agreement that…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Enforcement Actions, Internal Investigations, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), SEC

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Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act…more

Aviation Industry, Delivery Drivers, FAAAA, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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The Sixth Circuit Extends the NLRA's Reach to Tribal-Owned Casinos

The extent of the National Labor Relations Act's application to tribal-owned and operated enterprises on reservations is an open question in many circuits. Recently, two Sixth Circuit decisions resolved the question in favor of…more

ADEA, Casinos, ERISA, Jurisdiction, NLRA

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The Federal Enclave Doctrine: A Potentially Powerful Defense to State Employment Laws

The U.S. Constitution provides that the federal government has exclusive legislative rights over certain federal territories – such as military bases, courthouses, and other official properties – if a state consents to the…more

Class Action, Federal Jurisdiction, Preemption, Removal, Wage and Hour

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Nevada Establishes Conclusive Presumption for Independent Contractor Status

In Terry v. Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, 336 P.3d 951 (Nev. Oct. 30, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court adopted the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)’s “economic realities” test to determine whether workers can be classified as…more

ABC Test, Business Licenses, FLSA, Independent Contractors, IRS

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West Virginia DOL Withdraws Proposed Emergency Wage and Hour Regulations

In welcome news for employers, the West Virginia Department of Labor (WVDOL) has withdrawn a set of emergency regulations that would have significantly revamped state wage and hour requirements and created conflicts with federal…more

Conflicts of Laws, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Minimum Wage

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Connecticut Mandates Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime

On June 23, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime. With one exception, the new law requires a…more

Arbitration Awards, Compliance, Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, Failure To Pay

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San Francisco Ordinance Imposes New Burdens on 'Formula' Retail Employers

In addition to federal and state laws, San Francisco currently has ten labor and employment laws that apply only to employees working within the City. On December 5, 2014, the eleventh San Francisco-specific employment law was…more

Employee Rights, Local Ordinance, Retailers, San Francisco, Wage and Hour

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Quinlan Revisited: Employees Who Steal Personnel Records May Not Necessarily Be Fired, But At Least They May Be Prosecuted

Five years ago, in Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a trusted employee's act of stealing and using her employer's confidential personnel documents in furtherance of her…more

Board of Education, CEPA, Confidential Documents, Employee Handbooks, Employment Discrimination

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Pittsburgh City Council Approves Amended Paid Sick Leave Bill

On August 3, 2015, less than one month after the introduction of the original bill, the Pittsburgh City Council passed an amended bill requiring virtually all employers within the city to provide paid sick leave. Pittsburgh is…more

Employee Benefits, PTO, Recordkeeping Requirements, Sick Leave, Wage and Hour

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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IRS Moves to Prohibit Lump Sum Windows for Retirees

The IRS issued Notice 2015-49 (the "Notice") on July 9, 2015, effectively ending the ability of sponsors of qualified defined benefit pension plans ("DB Plan") to "de-risk" their plans by offering participants in pay status the…more

401k, Defined Benefit Plans, Employee Benefits, ERISA, IRC

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Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

On June 25, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed legislation requiring Rhode Island employers to provide workplace accommodations for pregnant workers.  The new law, which went into effect immediately, obligates…more

Compliance, Employment Policies, FEPA, Leave of Absence, Pregnancy

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Contrary to Union's Argument, NLRB Finds Jurisdiction Over Nonprofit Corporation Operating Charter School in Chicago

In Chicago Mathematics & Science Academy Charter School, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 41 (Dec. 14, 2012), the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board" or "NLRB") rejected the position of a teachers' union and found that it had…more

Charter Schools, NLRB, Unions

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Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act…more

Aviation Industry, Delivery Drivers, FAAAA, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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Maine Enacts Law Restricting Employer Access to an Employee's or Job Applicant's Social Media Accounts

Maine has now enacted legislation that restricts an employer’s ability to demand information regarding an employee’s or job applicant’s social media account. The passage of H.P. 640 - L.D. 921, An Act to Strengthen the Rights…more

DOL, FINRA, Governor LePage, Hiring & Firing, Legislative Vetoes

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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Ninth Circuit Holds FAAAA Does Not Preempt California’s Meal and Rest Break Laws

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded, in Dilts v. Penske Logistics, LLC, that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) does not preempt the application of California’s…more

Air Carriers, Airlines, Appeals, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 18, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule on the treatment of employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The proposed rule amends the ADA…more

ADA, Affordable Care Act, BMI, Compliance, EEOC

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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules Medical Marijuana Users Discharged for Positive Drug Tests May Still Be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

In a published decision that may surprise employers, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that an employee terminated for testing positive for marijuana but who possesses a medical marijuana card is not disqualified from…more

Appeals, Drug Testing, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Unemployment Benefits

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Preemption Law Results Show Different Approaches States Take with Local Sick Leave Measures

2015 has been a notable year for the passage and implementation of local mandatory paid sick leave (PSL) laws. In addition to statewide laws taking effect in California and Massachusetts, new local laws have taken effect in…more

Compliance, Employee Benefits, Paid Leave, Preemption, Sick Leave

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Montgomery County, Maryland Joins the Jurisdictions Requiring Paid Sick Leave, Alters the Employer Tip Credit

The Montgomery County, Maryland Council recently passed two amendments to the County Code that impact employers. First, the County has joined in the recent trend of mandatory sick leave laws by requiring employers with one or…more

Independent Contractors, Minimum Wage, PTO, Safe Leave, Sick Leave

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Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court provided good news to Colorado employers that prohibit employee marijuana use.  In the long-awaited decision in Coats v. Dish Network, the court ruled that medical marijuana use—which is…more

CO Supreme Court, Coats v Dish Network, Drug Testing, Hiring & Firing, Marijuana

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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California Court of Appeals Awards Attorneys' Fees to Defendant For Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Claim Brought in Bad Faith

A California appellate court recently affirmed the trial court’s ruling in Cypress Semiconductor Corporation v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. that the defendant (“Maxim”) was entitled to attorney’s fees under California Civil…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Bad Faith, Civil Code, Dismissals

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Philadelphia Pregnancy Accommodation Law Notice to Employees Must be Posted by April 20, 2014

On or before April 20, 2014, all employers with employees in the City of Philadelphia must post a new notice on pregnancy discrimination from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. Unlike the Philadelphia 21st Century…more

Pregnancy, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Last Call: California Legislature Makes Final Push for 2015 Session

The California Legislature reconvened on Monday, August 17, to finish its work for the 2015 regular session, which must end by September 11. The following bills are of particular interest to California private sector…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, CFRA, Contractors, DFEH

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Increased Minimum Wage Is on Its Way: The City of San Jose's New Minimum Wage Ordinance Takes Effect on March 11

This past November, voters in the City of San Jose, California ("City") approved their own minimum wage ordinance (MWO) – the largest city in the United States to take this action. The ordinance takes effect on Monday, March 11,…more

Business Taxes, Exemptions, Local Ordinance, Minimum Wage

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New York Employers Are Now Safe to Make Wage Deductions: NYDOL Issues Final Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) issued final regulations, effective October 9, 2013, which explain how and when employers may make deductions for wage overpayments due to mathematical or clerical errors and for…more

DOL, Overpayment, Wage Deductions, Wages

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Mexico: It's the Law! Mexico Employers Must Implement Training Programs for Employees or Risk Steep Fines

On June 14, 2013, Mexico's Department of Labor and Social Welfare ("STPS") published final rules outlining an employer's obligation to develop and implement detailed employee training programs that will foster productivity…more

Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Rights, Enforcement, Labor Departments

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The Advent of Privately Developed Corporate Human Rights Reporting Frameworks

In response to the increasing global awareness that companies need to evaluate the effects their operations have on human rights, private entities and organizations have developed arguably competing guidance to achieve that end…more

Compliance, Due Diligence, Human Rights, Public-Private Entities, UN Guiding Principles

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Changes Labor Market Survey Rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly change the ability of an employer to modify or suspend Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation benefits based on a Labor Market Survey. In Phoenixville…more

Workers' Compensation Defense

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Federal Court Rules that Virginia's Laws Barring Same-Sex Marriage are Unconstitutional

On February 13, 2014, in Bostic v. Rainey, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that any Virginia laws banning same-sex marriage or prohibiting recognition of…more

Equal Protection, Fourteenth Amendment, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Same-Sex Marriage

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California Law Extends Workplace Discrimination Prohibition to Stalking Victims and Imposes New Reasonable Accommodation Requirement

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill No. 400 (SB 400), which expands the state's current employment discrimination protections to victims of stalking. Effective January 1, 2014, SB 400 amends…more

ADA, Crime Victims, Discrimination, DLSE, Domestic Violence

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Open Carry and Campus Carry: Expanded Handgun Rights in Texas in 2016 and Beyond

In its most recent session, the Texas legislature passed two bills related to handgun possession in Texas.  House Bill No. 910 (HB 910) legalizes open carry of handguns in Texas.  Senate Bill No. 11 (SB 11) allows handgun…more

Compliance, Concealed Weapons, Educational Institutions, Employment Policies, Gun Laws

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Ninth Circuit Defines Parameters for Removal of PAGA Actions

California's Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) allows an "aggrieved employee" to recover civil penalties for certain violations of the California Labor Code. The amount of recovery in a PAGA action is based on the…more

PAGA, Rest and Meal Break

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Connecticut's Governor Vetoes Restrictive Non-Compete Bill Due to Lack of Clarity

On Friday, July 12, 2013, Connecticut's Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of non-compete agreements in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The proposed bill, "An Act Concerning…more

Acquisitions, Dannel Malloy, Legislative Vetoes, Mergers, Non-Compete Agreements

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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México Promulga Reformas Importantes a la Ley Federal del Trabajo

El día de hoy se publicó en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el "Decreto por el que se reforman, adicionan y derogan diversas disposiciones de la Ley Federal del Trabajo" de México. Las reformas entran en vigor a partir del 01…more

Dismissals, International Labor Laws, Unions, Wages

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Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court provided good news to Colorado employers that prohibit employee marijuana use.  In the long-awaited decision in Coats v. Dish Network, the court ruled that medical marijuana use—which is…more

CO Supreme Court, Coats v Dish Network, Drug Testing, Hiring & Firing, Marijuana

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Second Circuit Announces New Test For Intern Claims and Puts the Brakes on Class and Collective Claims by Interns

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued two eagerly awaited decisions that may dampen the recent wave of collective and class actions filed by unpaid interns claiming they should be paid…more

Class Action, Class Certification, DOL, FLSA, Hearst

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D.C. Circuit Ruling Means DOL’s Home Care Rule May Soon Go Into Effect

On August 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) upheld the United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) Home Care Rule and reversed the lower court’s decisions vacating the…more

Chevron Deference, Chevron v NRDC, DOL, Elder Issues, Exempt-Employees

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District of Columbia Issues Template "Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act" Notices

The District of Columbia’s new Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the Act), which became effective on February 26, 2015, requires employers to provide written notice to each employee based in D.C. containing specific…more

Forms, Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act Of 2014, Written Notice

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Commission on Human Rights, Discrimination, DOL, Employment Policies

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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The Future of the Minimum Wage – 2015 and Beyond

2014 has been “The Year of the Minimum Wage.” Protests throughout the country, with workers calling for increased wages, drew significant media attention. President Obama and Democrats in both legislative chambers advocated for…more

Employee Rights, FLSA, Minimum Wage, Obama Administration

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Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

On June 25, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed legislation requiring Rhode Island employers to provide workplace accommodations for pregnant workers.  The new law, which went into effect immediately, obligates…more

Compliance, Employment Policies, FEPA, Leave of Absence, Pregnancy

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West Virginia Employment Update: The Mountain State is Becoming Much More Attractive to Employers

For the past several decades, West Virginia has not fared particularly well when employers were faced with tough decisions regarding whether to close or open new facilities in the state.  One of the factors that undoubtedly…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Business Development, DOL, Government Contractors

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Massachusetts Extends Labor and Employment Protections to Domestic Workers

Effective April 1, 2015, Massachusetts will become the fourth state (after New York, California and Hawaii) to extend employment protections specifically to domestic workers. The "Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights"1 creates new…more

Domestic Workers, Employer Mandates, New Legislation, Wage and Hour

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"That Can't Be Right!" California Appellate Court Rules that Piece Rate Workers Are Entitled to Separate Hourly Compensation

A California Court of Appeal dealt another blow to employers this month when it held automobile mechanics, who earned at least minimum wage for every hour worked, were entitled to separate hourly compensation for any time not…more

Automotive Industry, Class Action, Collective Bargaining, Minimum Wage, Piece-Rate Pay

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Adds ADA Duties of Reasonable Accommodation

On July 14, 2014, the EEOC issued its long-anticipated Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the Guidance), which, according to Commissioner Lipnic, "adopts new and dramatic substantive changes to…more

ADA, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Enforcement Guidance

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SEC Continues its Efforts to Make Dodd-Frank Whistleblowing Easier

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued interpretative guidance intended to advance the agency's position that a whistleblower is entitled to the anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Amicus Briefs, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Chevron v NRDC, Dodd-Frank

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NLRB Upholds Unilateral Changes in Negotiated Employee Benefits

In an era when the National Labor Relations Board seldom finds actions by employers to be reasonable, that agency recently issued two decisions finding that a unilateral change in employee benefits provided under a collective…more

ALJ, Collective Bargaining, Corporate Counsel, Employee Benefits, Healthcare

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Ninth Circuit Finds Auto 'Service Advisors' Not Exempt Under FLSA

In Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC (9th Cir. Mar. 24 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed an issue of first impression in the Circuit: whether individuals who worked for automobile dealerships as…more

Appeals, Automotive Industry, Car Dealerships, Corporate Counsel, Exempt-Employees

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House Bill Would Require Public Disclosure of Company Policies to Combat Supply Chain Trafficking

On July 27, 2015, U.S. Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (H.R. 3226) (the "Bill"). The Bill would require that…more

Child Labor, FAR, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Salarios Mínimos Estarán Vigentes en México en Zonas Geográficas "A" y "B" en el Año 2014

El 18 de diciembre de 2013, la Comisión Nacional de los Salarios Mínimos (CONASAMI) acordó otorgar un aumento general a los salarios mínimos de las dos áreas geográficas para el 2014 de 3.9%. El incremento en los salarios…more

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New Case Provides Lessons That May Help Companies Avoid Pitfalls When Structuring Independent Contractor Relationships

The district court's opinion denying cross-motions for summary judgment in Bobbitt v. Broadband Interactive, Inc., No. 8:11-cv-2855 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 21, 2013) illustrates how not to structure an independent contractor…more

Contract Drafting, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Independent Contractors

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Anti-Trafficking Regulations Impose New Obligations on All Federal Contractors

April 10, 2015 Authors: Elizabeth A. Lalik and Katherine A. Fearn Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) aimed at eliminating substandard labor conditions within government contractors' supply chains went into…more

Employer Mandates, FAR, Federal Contractors, Human Trafficking, New Regulations

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Paid Sick Time Law Developments in the State of California; Emeryville, California; Eugene, Oregon; and Bloomfield, New Jersey

The wave of new sick leave legislation continues across the country.  At the same time, state and local governments continue to refine existing laws to address new laws passed, as well as the complexities that surround providing…more

Compliance, Earned Sick Time, Employee Benefits, Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act 2014, Paid Sick Leave Act

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How Broad is Broad? New DOL Guidance Determines "Most Workers Are Employees"

In a move that is expected to have far-reaching consequences for employers, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new guidance on the classification of independent contractors as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act…more

Administrative Procedure Act, DOL, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law" Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Checkmark Boxes and Restricting Criminal Record Inquiries Until After Interviews or Conditional Job Offers

Effective January 1, 2014, recent amendments to Minnesota law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by most private employers into a candidate’s criminal past. Employers who are not exempted from the law may not…more

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Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Dismissal of Non-Compete Case, Emphasizing Need for Case-by-Case Analysis

In Assurance Data, Inc. v. John Malyevac, No. 121989 (Sept. 12, 2013), the Supreme Court of Virginia held that the Fairfax County Circuit Court had been too quick to rule on the enforceability of a covenant not to compete,…more

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

On June 25, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed legislation requiring Rhode Island employers to provide workplace accommodations for pregnant workers.  The new law, which went into effect immediately, obligates…more

Compliance, Employment Policies, FEPA, Leave of Absence, Pregnancy

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Massachusetts Attorney General Creates a "Safe Harbor" From the Requirements of the Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued a supplemental regulation to the state's new sick leave law that aims to provide a "safe harbor" to Massachusetts employers that had qualifying paid time off ("PTO") policies…more

Attorney Generals, PTO, Safe Harbors, Sick Leave, Vacation Pay

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U.S. Department of Justice and SEC Release Long-Awaited Guidance on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On November 14, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released their long-awaited guidance on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt…more

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Narrow Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Arbitrator's Decision that Parties' Agreement Permits Class Arbitration

In Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, the United States Supreme Court was asked to determine "whether an arbitrator exceeds his powers under the Federal Arbitration Act by determining that parties affirmatively 'agreed to…more

Arbitration, Class Action, Contract Interpretation, Federal Arbitration Act, Oxford Health v Sutter

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ACA Outlook: What Will 2015 Hold for the Affordable Care Act and Employers?

For many employers, the effective date of the Affordable Care Act's "play-or-pay" mandate is only weeks away. The impending deadline comes amid questions about the future—and perhaps viability—of the law itself. Entering 2015,…more

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

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New California Laws Restrict the Discretion Employers Have to Inquire Into and Use Criminal Record Information

On October 10, 2013, California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill (SB 530) amending the California Labor Code.1 …more

Criminal Background Checks, Criminal Records, Discrimination, Expungement, Sealed Records

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Key Changes to New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act Become Law

After a delay of nearly six months, on December 29, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill (A 8106-C, S5885-B) that amends the state's Labor Law, including the Wage Theft Prevention Act (the WTPA), and the…more

Amended Legislation, Andrew Cuomo, Annual Notices, Construction Industry, Contractors

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Mexico: It's the Law! Mexico Employers Must Implement Training Programs for Employees or Risk Steep Fines

On June 14, 2013, Mexico's Department of Labor and Social Welfare ("STPS") published final rules outlining an employer's obligation to develop and implement detailed employee training programs that will foster productivity…more

Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Rights, Enforcement, Labor Departments

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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New Compensation Disclosures for Public Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose, to the SEC and shareholders, the ratio of CEO compensation to the "median compensation" of the…more

CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Final Rules

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USCIS to Halt Premium Processing Service for H-1B Extensions

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will temporarily halt acceptance of premium processing requests for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions from May 26, 2015 through July 27,…more

H-1B, H-4 Spouses, Immigration, Non-Immigrant Visas, Popular

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Supreme Court Confirms EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Judicial Review

On April 29, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split in holding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) attempts to conciliate a discrimination charge prior to filing a…more

Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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Challenges and Best Practices for Home Care Employers Following the Elimination of the Companionship Exemption

In this Issue: - Introduction - History of the Companionship exemption - The New Regulations - Impact of the New Regulations - Challenges and Best practices for Home Care employers…more

Caregivers, Companionship Exemptions, DOL, Employee Benefits, Employee Rights

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Supreme Court Confirms EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Judicial Review

On April 29, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split in holding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) attempts to conciliate a discrimination charge prior to filing a…more

Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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Open Carry and Campus Carry: Expanded Handgun Rights in Texas in 2016 and Beyond

In its most recent session, the Texas legislature passed two bills related to handgun possession in Texas.  House Bill No. 910 (HB 910) legalizes open carry of handguns in Texas.  Senate Bill No. 11 (SB 11) allows handgun…more

Compliance, Concealed Weapons, Educational Institutions, Employment Policies, Gun Laws

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California Court Rules Teacher Tenure Statutes Unconstitutional

On June 10, 2014, the trial court judge in Vergara v. State of California issued a decision striking down as unconstitutional five provisions of the California Education Code regarding public school teacher tenure procedures…more

Department of Education, Hiring & Firing, Public Schools, Seniority, Teachers

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Are We There Yet? California Appellate Court Rules There Is No Statutory Cap for Pregnancy-Disability Leave

The interplay among state and federal employment leave requirements can be confusing and often becomes a trap for the unwary, as occurred in the recent case of Sanchez v. Swissport, Inc., No. B237761 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 21,…more

Appeals, CFRA, Disability, Disability Leave, FEHA

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Fourth Circuit Holds Employer Liable for Third-Party Racial and Sexual Harassment

In its first published opinion on the topic, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled last month in Freeman v. Dal-Tile Corp. that an employer is liable for harassment by a third party when the employer knows or…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Third-Party Risk

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EEOC Releases Detailed Enforcement Statistics – Claims Remain at Historic Levels

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it received 99,412 private sector workplace discrimination charges during fiscal year (FY) 2012 – October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. While the number of…more

Discrimination, EEOC, Enforcement Statistics, Sexual Harassment, Title VII

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Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law

Last week, Minnesota passed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a nine-part law intended to break down barriers for women in the workplace. Of direct interest to employers, the law protects employees’ discussion about…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Equal Pay, Family Status Accommodation, New Regulations

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Ninth Circuit Holds that Employers Are Entitled to Individualized Damages and Affirmative Defense Determinations in Wage and Hour Class Actions

In Wang v. Chinese Daily News, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 4423 (9th Cir. Mar. 4, 2013), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision that runs contrary to its prior endorsement of the use of inferential…more

Affirmative Defenses, Class Action, Individualized Damages, Wage and Hour, Wang v Chinese Daily News

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Australia: Government Seeks to Redefine Parameters of Paid Parental Leave Entitlements to Prevent Employee "Double-Dipping"

Australia's federal government recently introduced the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2015. If approved, the new law will amend the Paid Parental Leave Act 2010 to redefine the parameters of paid parental leave entitlements…more

Employee Benefits, Employment Policies, Minimum Wage, Parental Leave, Wage and Hour

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SEC Continues its Efforts to Make Dodd-Frank Whistleblowing Easier

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued interpretative guidance intended to advance the agency's position that a whistleblower is entitled to the anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street…more

Amicus Briefs, Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Chevron Deference, Chevron v NRDC, Dodd-Frank

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New York State Supreme Court Finds 24-Hour Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods

The New York State Department of Labor ("NY DOL") has consistently enforced the New York Labor Law ("NYLL") as permitting third-party employers of 24-hour home care attendants to pay their employees for 13 hours of a 24-hour…more

Home Health Agencies, Home Health Care, Home Healthcare Workers, NY Supreme Court, Rest and Meal Break

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Second Circuit Announces New Test For Intern Claims and Puts the Brakes on Class and Collective Claims by Interns

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued two eagerly awaited decisions that may dampen the recent wave of collective and class actions filed by unpaid interns claiming they should be paid…more

Class Action, Class Certification, DOL, FLSA, Hearst

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds that ERISA Plan Can Enforce Contractual Limitations Provision to Bar Benefit Claim Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. et al. resolved a split among the circuits when it held that a contractual limitations clause in an ERISA-governed long-term disability benefits plan…more

Disability, Disability Benefits, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co.

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Gubernatorial Writer's Cramp: 2014 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

Does his hand hurt? Between signing and vetoing bills this year, California Governor Jerry Brown exercised his executive signature on the highest number of bills sent to a California governor since 2008. The California…more

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Federal Court Split on Consideration Needed to Enforce a Restrictive Covenant in Illinois Remains Unresolved

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Instant Technology, LLC v. DeFazio. The decision was widely expected to address the current split in the Northern District of Illinois on whether two…more

Appeals, Hiring & Firing, Reliable Fire Equipment Co. v. Arredondo, Restrictive Covenants, Staffing Agencies

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Baker’s Trade Secret Lawsuit Does Not Lead to ‘Sweet’ Dreams

In an opinion issued on July 23, 2015 in Sweet Street Desserts, Inc. v. Better Bakery, LLC, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania underscored the need to think carefully before filing a…more

Confidential Information, Joint Venture, Misappropriation, Non-Disclosure Agreement, Trade Secrets

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West Virginia's Amended Deliberate Intent Statute

For a number of years, W. Va. Code § 23-4-2 (commonly known as the deliberate intent statute) has provided employees with work-related injuries an avenue to circumvent the workers' compensation immunity afforded to West Virginia…more

Intoxication, Workers' Compensation Claim, Working Conditions, Workplace Injury

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The Heavy Burden of Light Duty: Young v. UPS

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Young v. UPS, which employer and employee groups alike hoped would clarify whether employers must provide light duty and other workplace…more

Essential Functions, Legal History, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Supreme Court Confirms EEOC Conciliation Efforts are Subject to Judicial Review

On April 29, 2015, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split in holding that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) attempts to conciliate a discrimination charge prior to filing a…more

Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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How Flexible Are You? Stretching the Boundaries with a Remote Workforce

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to ban telecommuting has highlighted the issue of how employers of all sizes respond to technological changes that are redefining the workplace…more

ADA, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, Disability Discrimination, Discrimination

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DOL Publishes the Proposed Revisions to the White Collar Regulations and Sets a Deadline to Submit Comments

On July 6, 2015, the proposed rule issued by the Department of Labor to revise the “white collar” overtime exemptions was published in the Federal Register, available here. The DOL has established a 60-day period for the public…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Unpaid Overtime

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Mexico: It's the Law! Mexico Employers Must Implement Training Programs for Employees or Risk Steep Fines

On June 14, 2013, Mexico's Department of Labor and Social Welfare ("STPS") published final rules outlining an employer's obligation to develop and implement detailed employee training programs that will foster productivity…more

Compliance, Employee Benefits, Employee Rights, Enforcement, Labor Departments

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Maine Enacts Law Restricting Employer Access to an Employee's or Job Applicant's Social Media Accounts

Maine has now enacted legislation that restricts an employer’s ability to demand information regarding an employee’s or job applicant’s social media account. The passage of H.P. 640 - L.D. 921, An Act to Strengthen the Rights…more

DOL, FINRA, Governor LePage, Hiring & Firing, Legislative Vetoes

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"That Can't Be Right!" California Appellate Court Rules that Piece Rate Workers Are Entitled to Separate Hourly Compensation

A California Court of Appeal dealt another blow to employers this month when it held automobile mechanics, who earned at least minimum wage for every hour worked, were entitled to separate hourly compensation for any time not…more

Automotive Industry, Class Action, Collective Bargaining, Minimum Wage, Piece-Rate Pay

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California Supreme Court Holds Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims Can Be Determined by Common Proof – But Only in Certain Circumstances

In its first employment-related class certification decision since its seminal ruling in Duran v. U.S. Bank, the California Supreme Court, in a fragmented opinion, reversed the denial of class certification for a group of…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Employer Liability Issues, Independent Contractors, Misclassification

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8(f) v. 9(a) Relationships in the Construction Industry: The Controversy Continues

Responding to an 11-year-old decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel recently issued a memorandum that provides guidance to NLRB regional offices on…more

Collective Bargaining, Construction Contracts, NLRA, NLRB

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Marriage with a Capital "M": What Employers Need to Know About the Supreme Court's Decision in Obergefell v. Hodges

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued what can only be described as a landmark decision, ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires (i) all states to permit marriage between same-sex…more

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Ninth Circuit Joins First Circuit in Finding that the Elimination of a Pension Transfer Option does not Violate ERISA's Anti-Cutback Rule

In Anderson v. DHL Retirement Pension Plan, the Ninth Circuit followed the First Circuit in finding that the elimination of the right to transfer an account balance from a defined contribution plan to a defined benefit plan does…more

Defined Contribution Plans, ERISA, Pensions, Retirement

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Federal Agencies Issue Regulations Governing Benefit Reductions and Partitions for Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plans

On June 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released several regulatory measures implementing the multiemployer pension plan amendments that were enacted in December,…more

401k, Employee Benefits, ERISA, IRS, MPRA

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Second Circuit Announces New Test For Intern Claims and Puts the Brakes on Class and Collective Claims by Interns

On July 2, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued two eagerly awaited decisions that may dampen the recent wave of collective and class actions filed by unpaid interns claiming they should be paid…more

Class Action, Class Certification, DOL, FLSA, Hearst

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Washington Court Weighs in on Privilege Waiver & What Is Opposition Activity

In Lodis v. Corbis Holdings, Inc., No. 67215-1-I (Wash. Ct. App. Jan. 14, 2013), the Washington State Court of Appeals has helped clarify what has become a contentious issue in employment litigation, ruling that "when a…more

Age Discrimination, Discovery, Discrimination, Emotional Injury Claims, Hiring & Firing

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Blacklisting Proposed Rule and DOL Guidance Could Have Serious Repercussions for Those Doing Business with the Federal Government

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures ordered by…more

Barack Obama, Blacklist, Comment Period, Corporate Counsel, DOL

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Philadelphia Issues Employer Poster for New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Creates New Agency for Enforcement

The Managing Directors Office for the City of Philadelphia has issued the notification poster for employers to use to comply with the new “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance. This Ordinance requires certain…more

Healthy Families Act, Local Ordinance, Notice Requirements, Posting Requirements, Sick Leave

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Supreme Court Holds Damages Must be Measurable on a Classwide Basis for Class Certification

In a significant class action decision for employers, Comcast Corp. et al v. Behrend et al, No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the ability to establish classwide damages is essential to a favorable…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Damages

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Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in…more

Corporate Counsel, Employee Rights, Employment Policies, Hiring & Firing, New Legislation

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Blacklisting Proposed Rule and DOL Guidance Could Have Serious Repercussions for Those Doing Business with the Federal Government

On May 28, 2015, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council published in the Federal Register its highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the so-called "blacklisting" procedures ordered by…more

Barack Obama, Blacklist, Comment Period, Corporate Counsel, DOL

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements of Commissioned Employee Exemption

In recent years there has been substantial litigation regarding whether and how employers may satisfy California minimum wage requirements for compensation plans involving commissions. In Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., the…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Minimum Wage, Putative Class Actions

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New Arkansas Law Boldly Embraces Noncompetition Provisions

On April 2, 2015, Arkansas enacted a new law (the Act) that greatly expands the enforceability of noncompete agreements in the state. The Act makes striking changes to Arkansas non-compete law…more

Consideration, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Contract, New Legislation, Non-Compete Agreements

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California District Court Re-Certifies Chinese Daily News Wage and Hour Class Action After Second Trip To Ninth Circuit

On April 15, 2014, in Wang v. Chinese Daily News, Inc., a California federal district court re-certified a Rule 23(b)(3) California state law wage and hour action involving a class of 200 non-exempt employees who alleged their…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Rule 23, Wage and Hour

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The Dodd-Frank Act's Diversity Policy Encourages – But Does Not Mandate – Specific Employer Action

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") authorizes certain federal agencies to assess the "diversity policies and practices of the entities they regulate." On June 10,…more

Civil Rights Act, Compliance, Discrimination, Diversity, Dodd-Frank

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Annual Report on EEOC Developments - Fiscal Year 2013

In this Report: - Introduction - Reflections On Fifty Years Of Title Vii Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 And Unsettled Issues Involving Systemic Claims And Class-Based Litigation By The EEOC - Overview Of…more

Civil Rights Act, Compliance, Discrimination, EEOC, Employee Rights

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Fleet-Footed Investigations and Prompt Remedial Action: The New Normal

Does your company respond to all internal concerns immediately, investigate them thoroughly and remediate them with unmatchable speed? What if the concern comes from an officer, director, lawyer, compliance professional,…more

C-Suite Executives, Chief Compliance Officers, Compliance, Corporate Counsel, Dodd-Frank

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San Francisco Bay Area Employers Must Comply with Commuter Benefits Program by September 30, 2014

Covered San Francisco Bay Area employers without an already-existing and compliant commuter benefits plan have until September 30, 2014, to select at least one of four commuter benefit options, notify employees of how to take…more

Commuter Tax Benefits, Commuting, Employee Benefits

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Houston City Council Passes City's First Anti-Discrimination in Private Employment Ordinance

On May 28, 2014, the Houston City Council passed the city's first ordinance to ban discrimination in private workplaces, and to expand the types of prohibited discrimination for employers subject to this ordinance, as noted…more

ADA, ADEA, Anti-Discrimination Policies, Discrimination, Employee Rights

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Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act…more

Aviation Industry, Delivery Drivers, FAAAA, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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Buyer Beware – Continuing Its Controversial Changes, NLRB Increases the Price Tag of a Successor's Unlawful Failure to Hire Its Predecessor's Employees

On September 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board overruled established precedent once again. The Board’s decision enhanced the liability to which a successor employer is exposed when it fails to hire employees of its…more

Anti-Union Actions, Discrimination, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing, NLRB

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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The Heavy Burden of Light Duty: Young v. UPS

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Young v. UPS, which employer and employee groups alike hoped would clarify whether employers must provide light duty and other workplace…more

Essential Functions, Legal History, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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New York City Law Provides Reasonable Accommodation for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Related Conditions

On October 2, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that requires employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy,…more

Discrimination, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, NYCHRL, Pregnancy Discrimination

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Too Little, Too Late: The Supreme Court Adopts But-For Causation for Title VII Retaliation Claims

On June 24, 2013, in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 570 U.S. ___ (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court broke its long string of pronouncing expansive standards in the context of Title VII retaliation claims…more

Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Racial Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation

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District Court Holds False Claims Act Applies to Employee Allegedly Terminated for Engaging in Protected Activity Against Unrelated Former Employer

In a matter of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Cestra v. Mylan Inc. No. 15-0873 (E.D. Pa., May 22, 2015) held that the antiretaliation provision of the False Claims Act…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Cephalon, False Claims Act, Hiring & Firing, Interlocutory Appeals

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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Third Circuit Upholds the Motor Carrier Exemption for Drivers Who Did Not, But Reasonably Could Have Been Expected to, Cross State Lines

Are drivers of a motor carrier who rarely or never drive the carrier's interstate routes covered by the motor carrier exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act?  Yes, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit…more

De Minimis Claims, DOL, DOT, Exempt-Employees, FLSA

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The NLRB's 2014 Initiatives

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or Board) General Counsel, Richard Griffin, issued a memorandum (GCM 14-01) in late February to the Board’s Regional Directors highlighting legal issues the Regions are required to…more

Board of Directors, Compliance, Corporate Counsel, Corporate Governance, NLRB

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Copycat Ordinance: Los Angeles County to Adopt $15 Minimum Wage Similar to Recent Los Angeles Citywide Ordinance

On July 21, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion directing County Counsel to prepare a “Countywide Minimum Wage Ordinance” to incrementally increase the minimum wage for Los Angeles County…more

Compliance, Consumer Price Index, Minimum Wage, Wage and Hour

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Employee for Medical Marijuana Use

On June 15, the Colorado Supreme Court provided good news to Colorado employers that prohibit employee marijuana use.  In the long-awaited decision in Coats v. Dish Network, the court ruled that medical marijuana use—which is…more

CO Supreme Court, Coats v Dish Network, Drug Testing, Hiring & Firing, Marijuana

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EEOC Sanctioned for Failing to Produce Class Claimants' Social Media ESI and Other e-Discovery Misconduct

In EEOC v. The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company of Georgia Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26887 (D. Colo. Feb. 27, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado sanctioned the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission…more

Bad Faith, Class Action, Discrimination, Document Requests, EEOC

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The Advent of Privately Developed Corporate Human Rights Reporting Frameworks

In response to the increasing global awareness that companies need to evaluate the effects their operations have on human rights, private entities and organizations have developed arguably competing guidance to achieve that end…more

Compliance, Due Diligence, Human Rights, Public-Private Entities, UN Guiding Principles

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The Heavy Burden of Light Duty: Young v. UPS

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Young v. UPS, which employer and employee groups alike hoped would clarify whether employers must provide light duty and other workplace…more

Essential Functions, Legal History, PDA, Pregnancy Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation

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Ninth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Challenge of Tribal Hiring Preferences

Tribal hiring preferences based on political classifications are permissible under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held in EEOC v. Peabody W. Coal Co. The first…more

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Workplace Injuries: Intentional Tort Claims in Ohio Are (Nearly) Dead in the Water

The Ohio Supreme Court delivered another blow to injured workers who attempt to skirt Ohio's workers' compensation system by pursuing a remedy for their injuries in court. On the heels of another opinion1 narrowly interpreting…more

Appeals, Intent, Intentional Torts, Workplace Injury

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DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms Addressing GINA "Safe Harbor" Language Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of the agency's template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.  The new…more

Disability Leave, Discrimination, DOL, FMLA, Genetic Discrimination

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Department of Labor Issues Sweeping Fiduciary Rule Proposal

On April 14, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposal to re-define who is rendered a "fiduciary" of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by providing investment advice…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, Comment Period, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard

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Anti-Trafficking Regulations Impose New Obligations on All Federal Contractors

April 10, 2015 Authors: Elizabeth A. Lalik and Katherine A. Fearn Amendments to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) aimed at eliminating substandard labor conditions within government contractors' supply chains went into…more

Employer Mandates, FAR, Federal Contractors, Human Trafficking, New Regulations

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Labor Board Likely Emboldened Following Sixth Circuit Decision Paving the Way for Micro-Units

On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, affirming that the Board has broad…more

Bargaining Units, NLRB, Unions

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California Law Extends Workplace Discrimination Prohibition to Stalking Victims and Imposes New Reasonable Accommodation Requirement

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill No. 400 (SB 400), which expands the state's current employment discrimination protections to victims of stalking. Effective January 1, 2014, SB 400 amends…more

ADA, Crime Victims, Discrimination, DLSE, Domestic Violence

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Supreme Court Continues to Advance Broad View of Whistleblower Protections

Various whistleblower laws protect employees who "lawfully" disclose confidential information in good faith to bring to light illicit or illegal activity. Generally, therefore, employees do not receive whistleblower protections…more

Airlines, Corporate Counsel, DHS v Maclean, Law Enforcement, Public Disclosure

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District Court Holds False Claims Act Applies to Employee Allegedly Terminated for Engaging in Protected Activity Against Unrelated Former Employer

In a matter of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Cestra v. Mylan Inc. No. 15-0873 (E.D. Pa., May 22, 2015) held that the antiretaliation provision of the False Claims Act…more

Anti-Retaliation Provisions, Cephalon, False Claims Act, Hiring & Firing, Interlocutory Appeals

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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NLRB Reaffirms D.R. Horton Decision Invalidating Arbitral Class Action Waivers

In a controversial decision that rejects the precedent of numerous federal and state courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its earlier decision in D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012). In D.R…more

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

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Australia: Federal Court Clarifies Rate Employers Must Pay for Untaken Annual Leave on Termination

In a ruling focused on statutory interpretation, a full federal court bench recently confirmed that employers must pay out employees’ accrued but untaken annual leave upon termination at the rate the employees would have…more

Accrued Benefits, Australia, Hiring & Firing, Paid Leave, Unpaid Overtime

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Annual Report On EEOC Developments: Fiscal Year 2014

In This Issue: - INTRODUCTION ..I. LOOKING BACK AT FY 2014: A REVIEW OF EEOC SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND SIGNIFICANT CASES AND DEVELOPMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN FY 2015 ..A. Key Statistics …more

Access To Justice, ADA, Conciliation, Discrimination, EEOC

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Former In-House Attorney Cannot Duck Trade Secrets Allegations with Anti-SLAPP Motion

On July 17, 2015, a California appellate court affirmed the denial of an intellectual property attorney’s anti-SLAPP motion against his former employer. Terrence Wyles, the defendant and former in-house counsel for medical…more

Anti-SLAPP, Bar Associations, CO Supreme Court, Confidential Documents, Derivative Suit

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The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union Labor…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Business Torts, Discovery, Healthcare, Internet of Things

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Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law

Last week, Minnesota passed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a nine-part law intended to break down barriers for women in the workplace. Of direct interest to employers, the law protects employees’ discussion about…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Equal Pay, Family Status Accommodation, New Regulations

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Wisconsin Eases, But Does Not Eliminate, the One Day of Rest in Seven Law

Effective July 14, 2015, Wisconsin has made it easier for an employer to comply with Wisconsin Statute 103.85, Wisconsin’s “one day of rest in seven” requirement. Under this statute, most factory and mercantile employers must…more

Compliance, Farm Workers, Janitorial Services, Manufacturers, Prior Express Consent

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements of Commissioned Employee Exemption

In recent years there has been substantial litigation regarding whether and how employers may satisfy California minimum wage requirements for compensation plans involving commissions. In Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., the…more

Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, Minimum Wage, Putative Class Actions

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NLRB Rules Employer’s Termination of Non-Union Employees for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

In another decision that affects non-union as well as union employers, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that comments posted on Facebook are protected in the same manner and to the same extent as comments made…more

Facebook, Hiring & Firing, Hispanics United of Buffalo, NLRA, NLRB

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Newark Follows Jersey City to Enact Paid Sick Time Law

On January 29, 2014, the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey signed into law an ordinance that requires private employers to provide paid sick time to employees. With this new law, Newark joins Jersey City, which enacted an ordinance…more

Collective Bargaining, Employee Definition, Employment Policies, Notice Requirements, Paid Leave

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California Supreme Court Stabilizes the Law in California Misclassification Class Action Cases

In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court in Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association, S200923 (May 29, 2014), clarified California's standard for certifying class actions in employee misclassification cases. In…more

Class Action, Comcast, Comcast v. Behrend, Dukes v Wal-Mart, Employer Liability Issues

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Seventh Circuit Holds Failure to Conciliate is Not a Defense Available to Employers in Litigation with the EEOC

In EEOC v. Mach Mining, LLC, the Seventh Circuit became the first federal circuit to foreclose an employer's ability to use the implied affirmative defense that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) failed to…more

Affirmative Defenses, Discrimination, EEOC, Title VII

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules Continued Employment is Lawful Consideration to Support a Restrictive Covenant

Wisconsin has firmly joined the majority of jurisdictions in the United States that hold that continued employment constitutes lawful consideration sufficient to enforce a restrictive covenant with a current at-will employee. …more

Best Management Practices, Continued Employment Doctrine, Employer Liability Issues, Human Resources Professionals, Non-Compete Agreements

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West Virginia's Amended Deliberate Intent Statute

For a number of years, W. Va. Code § 23-4-2 (commonly known as the deliberate intent statute) has provided employees with work-related injuries an avenue to circumvent the workers' compensation immunity afforded to West Virginia…more

Intoxication, Workers' Compensation Claim, Working Conditions, Workplace Injury

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Board Overrules Longstanding Protections Against Disclosure of Witness Statements

Since 1978, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has treated witness statements as exempt from an employer’s general duty to furnish information to unions under Section 8(a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). …more

Anheuser-Busch, EEOC, FOIA, Internal Investigations, NLRA

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Supreme Court Invalidates Union Fee Requirements Imposed on Homecare Employees

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Illinois law that required homecare providers for Medicaid recipients to pay fees to a union. In Harris v. Quinn, the Court held that compulsory union agency fees imposed on…more

Collective Bargaining, Conflicts of Laws, First Amendment, Harris v Quinn, Home Health Care

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Current Immigration Consequences of the Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now a reality, employers should be aware of the immigration consequences. The following outlines how the government shutdown is affecting the operations at agencies that process…more

DHS, DOL, E-Verify, Government Shutdown, Social Security Adminstration

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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NLRB Imposes New "Indirect Control" Joint Employer Standard in Browning-Ferris

On August 27, 2015, the last day of Harry Johnson, III's term as a Board member, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. The Board voted 3-2 to change…more

Amicus Briefs, Browning-Ferris Industries of California Inc., Collective Bargaining, Contractors, Creditors

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NLRB Changes Standard for Deferral to Arbitration in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases

In a significant recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) again abandoned long-standing, accepted Board precedent.  In Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., 361 NLRB No. 132 (Dec. 15, 2014), the Board…more

Arbitration, Babcock & Wilcox Construction, Contract Drafting, Corporate Counsel, Deferral Standard

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Key Changes to New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act Become Law

After a delay of nearly six months, on December 29, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill (A 8106-C, S5885-B) that amends the state's Labor Law, including the Wage Theft Prevention Act (the WTPA), and the…more

Amended Legislation, Andrew Cuomo, Annual Notices, Construction Industry, Contractors

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2015 Hot Topics for Multinational Companies

As we enter the New Year, Littler's international practice has identified a number of key employment and labor law issues for multinational companies (MNCs). The past year has brought to the fore some challenging issues likely…more

Attorney-Client Privilege, China, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Cross-Border Transactions

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Federal Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act Creates Tough New Standards for Employers Responding to State Unemployment Insurance Claim Notices

In 2011, Congress passed the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act (Act) as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA). While the TAAEA was primarily concerned with extending retraining assistance for…more

Foreign Workers, Fraud, Overpayment, Penalties, Reporting Requirements

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The Advent of Privately Developed Corporate Human Rights Reporting Frameworks

In response to the increasing global awareness that companies need to evaluate the effects their operations have on human rights, private entities and organizations have developed arguably competing guidance to achieve that end…more

Compliance, Due Diligence, Human Rights, Public-Private Entities, UN Guiding Principles

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New Jersey Supreme Court Provides Guidance to Employers Defending Against Certain Supervisory Harassment Claims

On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court for the first time directly addressed and adopted the standard set forth in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1998 decisions in Burlington Industries, Inc. v. Ellerth and Faragher v…more

Affirmative Defenses, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Faragher/Ellerth defense, Harassment

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Which Employees Can Have Their Hands in the Tip Jar? Finally Some Clarification

On June 26, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision concerning who may lawfully participate in a restaurant tip-sharing system. The state’s highest court stated that for employees to receive tips from a…more

Compliance, Local Ordinance, Restaurant Industry, Starbucks, Tip-Pooling

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Major Changes to Colorado Discrimination Law Will Negatively Impact Employers Large and Small

On May 6, 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law the Job Protection and Civil Rights Enforcement Act Of 2013 (Act), which amends the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA), the state law prohibiting…more

ADA, ADEA, Attorney's Fees, Compensatory Damages, Discrimination

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Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims by In-House Counsel

In This Issue: - Whistleblower protections and in-House Counsel - Sarbanes-oxley - The Dodd-Frank Act - The False Claims Act - Common Law Wrongful Discharge Claims - The Ethical…more

After-Acquired Evidence, Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality Agreements, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Counsel

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New Case Demonstrates the Importance of Forum Selection Clauses

On November 4, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion filed by a company to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former Libya-based employee. This decision ended the company's…more

Forum, Forum Non Conveniens, Forum Selection Clause, Jurisdiction, Motion to Dismiss

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Wisconsin Becomes Next "Right to Work" State

March 6, 2015 Authors: Jonathan Levine, Adam Tuzzo, and Sarah Matt On March 6, 2015, Wisconsin’s State Assembly approved legislation that will make Wisconsin the 25th “Right to Work” state in the country.  Governor Walker has…more

NLRA, Pending Legislation, Right to Work, Unions

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DOL Issues Final Rule Implementing Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13672, “Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and…more

Discrimination, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Executive Orders, Federal Contractors

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Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer Rejects DACA Recipient’s Document Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) recently published Gonzalez-Hernandez v. Arizona Family Health Partnership, an interesting decision that illustrates the conflict between state laws and the…more

Affordable Care Act, DACA, Deferred Action, Discrimination, Driver's Licenses

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DOL Publishes the Proposed Revisions to the White Collar Regulations and Sets a Deadline to Submit Comments

On July 6, 2015, the proposed rule issued by the Department of Labor to revise the “white collar” overtime exemptions was published in the Federal Register, available here. The DOL has established a 60-day period for the public…more

Compliance, DOL, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Unpaid Overtime

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Federal Court Split on Consideration Needed to Enforce a Restrictive Covenant in Illinois Remains Unresolved

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided Instant Technology, LLC v. DeFazio. The decision was widely expected to address the current split in the Northern District of Illinois on whether two…more

Appeals, Hiring & Firing, Reliable Fire Equipment Co. v. Arredondo, Restrictive Covenants, Staffing Agencies

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Texas Supreme Court Rules for Exxon: A New Day for Noncompete-Triggered Forfeitures in Texas?

On August 29, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court in Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Drennen upheld a noncompete-triggered forfeiture provision in an executive compensation plan that applied New York law. This is a landmark decision in a number…more

Executive Compensation, Exxon Mobil, Forfeiture, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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The Big Move Toward Big Data in Employment

The world of Big Data has arrived, and it is beginning to affect employers and their decision-making in ways undreamed of even a few years ago. Employers can access more information about their applicant pool than ever before,…more

ADA, Big Data, Class Action, Compliance, Data Protection

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Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Commission on Human Rights, Discrimination, DOL, Employment Policies

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New Compensation Disclosures for Public Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a final rule requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose, to the SEC and shareholders, the ratio of CEO compensation to the "median compensation" of the…more

CEOs, Disclosure Requirements, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Final Rules

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California's Special Restrictions on Who May Complete Form I-9

California's Secretary of State recently clarified whether an employer may use a notary public as its authorized representative to complete the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification. In 1986, Congress passed the…more

Compliance, Filing Requirements, I-9, Immigration Reform, IRCA

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Hot Wage and Hour Issues for Home Healthcare Employers

In This Report: - I. Spotlight On Wage-And-Hour Risks For The Home Healthcare Industry - II. Potential Loss Of The Companionship Services Exemption - III. Other Common Types Of Claims - A. Misclassification As…more

Class Action, FLSA, Healthcare, Healthcare Professionals, Independent Contractors

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Federal Judge Holds FAAAA Preempts a Critical Portion of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law

On July 8, 2015, a federal district court judge held that a section of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor law, as applied to same-day delivery services, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act…more

Aviation Industry, Delivery Drivers, FAAAA, Hiring & Firing, Independent Contractors

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