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New FEHA Regulations to Limit Employer Consideration of California Applicant/Employee Criminal Histories

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) take effect on July 1, 2017, which relate to an employer's consideration of California applicant/employee criminal histories when making employment...more

California Employers Will Soon See New Workplace Regulations Take Effect - Rules On Transgender Discrimination And Criminal...

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent months, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized two new sets of regulations that will both go into effect on July 1, 2017. California employers should pay close attention to these new...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Plaintiff’s Burden of Proof for USERRA Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Third Circuit held that, in a failure-to-promote USERRA case, plaintiffs need not plead or prove that they are objectively qualified for the position sought in order to meet their initial burden of...more

Seventh Circuit to Plaintiffs: Here's Your Burden of Proof

by Littler on

Most employees who file employment discrimination claims hope for one of two things – a really sympathetic jury or an employer that is willing to generously settle the lawsuit to avoid the risks and uncertainties of trial. ...more

EEOC Loses Landmark Transgender Discrimination Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In one of the first two ever transgender discrimination cases brought by the EEOC, a federal court in Michigan granted the employer’s motion for summary judgment, finding the employer met its burden in...more

First Circuit Limits Inference of Pretext for FCA Retaliation Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 22, 2016, the First Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment for pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) on a False Claims Act retaliation claim by a former employee. In United States ex rel. Hamrick v....more

A Tale of Two Decertification Motions

by Carlton Fields on

The Seventh and Eighth Circuits both addressed motions to decertify classes the week of July 5—with divergent results.  These cases illustrate the deference afforded district courts’ class certification determinations.  Both...more

Revisiting the direct threat defense under the ADA

by McAfee & Taft on

One of the defenses available to an employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the idea that an accommodation of a qualified individual with a disability cannot be made when the employee poses a “direct...more

A null and void non-compete clause does not trigger automatic damages

by Reed Smith on

Until now, there has been no requirement for an employee to demonstrate any loss suffered to be entitled to damages owing to a null and void non-compete clause inserted into his or her employment contract. In its...more

New Restrictions on Physician Non-Competes in Connecticut

by Littler on

A new Connecticut law significantly restricts the use of physician non-compete agreements. Public Act No. 16-95 (the “Act”), signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on June 2, 2016, limits the allowable duration and...more

D.C. District Court Examines an Employer’s Burden to Prove a Failure to Mitigate Damages in an Employment Discrimination Action

As a general principle, an employee alleging employment discrimination has an affirmative obligation to mitigate his or her lost wages by making a good faith effort to secure alternative employment. The employer however,...more

Massachusetts SJC Lightens Plaintiffs’ Summary Judgment Burden in Employment Discrimination Cases

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a seminal ruling in Bulwer v. Mt. Auburn, which clarified the type of evidence an employment discrimination plaintiff needs to defeat a summary judgment motion. In...more

SJC Rules in Employment Discrimination Cases a Plaintiff Need Only Show the Reason for Discharge was Untrue to Survive Summary...

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On February 29, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”), in Bulwer v. Mount Auburn Hospital, articulated the type of evidence required for a plaintiff to survive summary judgment and have his claims heard by a...more

Termination for Default Held Improper

A contractor performed a project involving the construction of stone dike extensions and other work at four sites on the Mississippi River. Nelson, Inc. ASBCA No. 57201 (December 15, 2015). One of the issues was whether the...more

BALCA: Error Caused by Deficient PERM Form Not a Proper Reason for Denial

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?

by Field Law on

On June 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal of Alberta released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225 (“Stewart”) and clarifying what constitutes discrimination. In Stewart, the employer...more

BALCA on Lawful Reasons for Rejecting U.S. Applicants in PERM Cases

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

In Employment Litigation, the Best Defense is a Good Defense

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

It’s a busy week in employment law. Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court case decided Young v. UPS — a case about pregnancy discrimination. I’ll have more on that case in an upcoming post. But in today’s post, my colleague Chris...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms High Bar for Reversal of Arbitration Decision

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Avery Richey v. AutoNation, Inc., et al. - Supreme Court of California (January 29, 2015) - Generally, courts cannot review arbitration awards for errors of fact or law, except as provided for under limited...more

Missouri Supreme Court Lowers Employees’ Burden Of Proof In Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

The Missouri Supreme Court expanded rights for injured workers on April 15, 2014, by virtue of its ruling in Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., No. SC 93132. Under the court’s new standard, a discharged employee alleging...more

Breaking News: Missouri Supreme Court Abandons "Exclusive Causation" Standard For Workers' Compensation Retaliation

by Polsinelli on

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs claiming workers' compensation retaliation need only prove that their workers' compensation claims were a "contributing factor" to any adverse employment action. The...more

Arizona Court Of Appeals Decision Highlights Employer’s Burden Of Proving Disqualification From Unemployment Benefits

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion overturning the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board’s denial of unemployment benefits to an employee who was terminated for excessive tardiness. ...more

California Supreme Court Issues Employer-Friendly Decision on Mixed-Motive Defense

On February 7, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Harris v. City of Santa Monica. The California high court upheld the “mixed-motive” defense in cases brought under California’s Fair Employment...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of “Reverse” Racial Discrimination Claim Against Cracker Barrel

by Varnum LLP on

In Martinez v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., Case No. 11-2189 (6th Cir. Jan. 10, 2013), in a published decision, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a "reverse" racial discrimination claim arising out of...more

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