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California Bill Puts Employers Smack in the Middle of National Immigration Debate

Since the election of President Trump, the California Legislature has been vocal and active in efforts to resist announced or anticipated actions of the Trump administration. This includes efforts to make California a...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for February 2017

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

Presentation Matters When Seeking to Compel Arbitration in Consumer Class Actions

A pair of recent opinions proves that when it comes to compelling arbitration in a consumer class action, presentation of the arbitration clause may matter more than favorable Supreme Court precedent. First, in Norcia v....more

Split Eleventh Circuit Panel Says Title VII Does Not Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Perhaps the hottest issue in employment discrimination law today is whether that ban on gender discrimination includes discrimination on...more

Delaware Supreme Court Issues New Standards Governing Master Limited Partnership Cases

Agreements for limited partnerships, in particular for publicly-traded master limited partnerships, are notoriously complicated and often hard to understand, so much so that two of the state’s judges co-wrote a detailed...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Interprets Title VII Broadly to Protect Against Gender Stereotyping and Perceived Sexual Orientation

On March 23, Judge Stengel in the Eastern District of PA denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Title VII case filed by an employee claiming discrimination and harassment based on her appearance and perceived sexual...more

NLRB Denies Petitions to Revoke Subpoenas Based on Mere Allegation of Joint Employer Status

The National Labor Relations Board has denied petitions to revoke subpoenas that were issued by an NLRB Regional Director to two companies seeking information about a possible joint employer relationship between the two...more

City of Los Angeles Updates Paid Sick Leave Rules and FAQs

On March 14, 2017, with little to no fanfare, the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards (OWS) revised its rules implementing the Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO), which includes mandatory paid sick leave requirements. OWS...more

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

The National Labor Relations Board recently determined that In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining and enforcing a work rule prohibiting employees from wearing any type of unauthorized...more

Federal Court Serves Up Satisfying Seconds For California Franchisors: No Ostensible Agency Liability For Franchisees’ Alleged...

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in California recently held that a franchisor cannot be held liable for labor code claims where it did not exercise control directly, or through an actual agency relationship with the...more

Two Second Circuit Cases, Two Applications of Campbell-Ewald, Two Different Results, Three Weeks Apart

Within roughly three weeks, the Second Circuit issued two opinions applying the Supreme Court’s Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez decision to class action cases involving Rule 68 offers of judgment. On February 15, 2017, in Leyse...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2017

Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United States Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rule regarding the...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the...more

Keys To Successor Liability: EEOC Discrimination Suit In Alabama

Seyfarth Synopsis: An Alabama district court granted a temporary staffing company’s motion to dismiss all claims in one of the EEOC’s most high-profile lawsuits asserting hiring discrimination and abuse of vulnerable workers....more

The De-Lawyering of Law Firms

The new law firm’s “engine room” is not comprised of collected lawyers, but of collected legal expertise, applied to client needs through the use of systems, processes, technology, and expert professionals, as well as of...more

Federal Court in Los Angeles Dismisses Website Accessibility Claims

On March 20, 2017, a federal district judge in Los Angeles granted Domino’s Pizza’s motion to dismiss a website accessibility lawsuit in a ruling that raises hopes for those battling the massive wave of web accessibility...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects Broad EEOC Subpoena in Single Employee Discrimination Charge

The scenario is familiar to employers responding to a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Even though the Charge only includes claims of discrimination by one person, the...more

Wait! Did the Fourth Circuit Just Define FLSA Joint Employment More Broadly Than Obama’s DOL?

Employers have no doubt been paying close attention to the future of the joint employer doctrine, which was a focus of change and expansion for DOL leadership during the Obama administration. With a new administration in...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules WARN Claimants/Workers Must Get Priority Over Other Unsecured Creditors In Bankruptcy

Seyfarth Synopsis: A bankruptcy court overseeing an employer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding allowed the employer to pay certain unsecured creditors before paying Worker Adjustment And Retraining Notification Act (“WARN”)...more

A Ninth Circuit Blueprint for a RICO Class Action

Takeaway: Civil RICO claims usually present complex issues. As civil causes of action predicated on violations of criminal law, a RICO plaintiff must prove (1) conduct (2) of an enterprise (3) through a pattern (4) of...more

Senate Takes Next Step in Eliminating OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

On March 22, 2017, the Senate voted to kill an OSHA regulation that would enable employers to be cited for recordkeeping violations that occurred as long as five years ago. OSHA had created the rule to try to get around court...more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit...more

Retailers - can you be liable for cartel behaviour for using pricing software and algorithms?

A key issue regulators are grappling with is what antitrust liability can attach to retailers who use price matching software or other algorithms to match competitors’ online prices? In a speech made on 16 March 2017,...more

Recent Circuit Court Opinions Offer Guidance on Challenging the Standing Requirement for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Cases

By following trends and monitoring successful defenses in data breach litigation, companies can often avoid the reputational harm caused by making headlines. For most companies,it is not a question of whether they have been...more

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