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Rhode Island Company Liable for Refusing to Hire Marijuana User – Is Massachusetts Next?

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

On May 23rd, the Rhode Island Superior Court ruled that a local company is guilty of discriminating against a prospective employee for refusing to hire the employee because the employee actively used medical marijuana...more

What the First-Ever Bill Promoting Portable Benefits for Independent Contractors Does – And Does Not Do

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Independent contractors and other contingent workers are not currently eligible for workers’ compensation, disability benefits, health insurance coverage, and pension benefits under federal and most state laws. This may well...more

“Last Employer Rule” in Occupational Disease Addressed by Fifth Circuit

On May 17, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rendered a decision affirming an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., et al. v. Director, OWCP, et al., No. 16-60370. ...more

Wage and Hour Takeaways from Trump Post 100 Day Symposium

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2017, Noah Finkel spoke at our full-day summit about what to expect from the DOL under the new administration. Noah’s forecast: “They say that the policy is the people, and we don’t yet have the...more

12 Months of Additional ADA Leave Not Reasonable, Court Says - Three Lessons to Be Learned From 1st Circuit Decision

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal appellate court recently ruled that an employee’s request for 12 months of additional medical leave was not reasonable, and thereby upheld the dismissal of her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit against...more

Ninth Circuit: EEOC Has Broad Subpoena Powers

On remand from the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit again vacated a District Court’s Order denying enforcement of an administrative subpoena issued to an employer by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

NLRB: Nonunion Employees Do Not Have A Right To A Co-Worker’s Presence During Investigatory Interviews

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have frequently reminded our readers, even non-unionized employers need to pay close attention to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rulings and opinions as to employees’ rights under applicable labor law. For...more

Shareholder-Approved Award Limits for Non-employee Directors: Legal Update and Actions to Consider

by K&L Gates LLP on

A recent Delaware court decision validates the trending practice to add specific limits on non-employee director pay in public company “omnibus” incentive compensation plans, to be approved by...more

Employer’s Refusal To Hire Medical Marijuana User Violates State Law, Rhode Island State Court Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers cannot refuse to hire a medical marijuana cardholder, even if the individual admittedly would not pass the employer’s pre-employment drug test required of all applicants, a Rhode Island state court has held under...more

CFTC Increases Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers

by WilmerHale on

On May 22, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) amended its whistleblower rules to enhance protections for whistleblowers against retaliation and assert its own authority to bring enforcement...more

Federal Court Stands By Earlier Decision Holding Financial Institutions To Higher Standard Than Customers When Pursuing Data...

by King & Spalding on

On May 1, 2017, an Illinois federal district judge dismissed data breach-related claims brought by financial institutions against a grocer. The court distinguished the case from similar lawsuits aimed at Home Depot and...more

The Compliance Profession Needs to Adopt Professional Standards

by Michael Volkov on

Those who regularly read my blog have heard me often cite the need for the compliance profession to adopt professional standards. With the rise of the profession, and the expectations placed on the shoulders of compliance...more

You've Got Mail: Supreme Court Clarifies Procedures for Service of Process Abroad

by White & Case LLP on

The US Supreme Court has confirmed that US litigation may be commenced against foreign parties by sending documents through the mail, provided that certain conditions are met. In Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16-254 (May...more

The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

DOL Takes Significant Step Forward in Rescinding Persuader Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

This week the Department of Labor (“DOL”) submitted a proposed rulemaking that would rescind the regulation commonly termed the “Persuader Rule” to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory...more

Court Affirms the Comforting Bevill Backstop

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Lawyers representing corporations should in nearly every circumstance provide an Upjohn warning to avoid accidentally creating attorney-client relationships with company employees. Upjohn v. United States, 449 US 383 (1981)....more

Minnesota Legislature Gives Up on Bill to Preempt Cities’ Safe and Sick Leave Ordinances

In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law - one week to go, and there are still new developments

by DLA Piper on

The final countdown is on. The PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into force on 1 June 2017. This date marks a significant evolution in both the legal and enforcement environment for data protection in China, and organisations can...more

A New Sleuth in Britain: The UK Quietly Empowers a Sanctions Enforcement Office

On April 3, 2017, the UK Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) announced new penalties for economic sanctions violations of £1 Million or 50% of the value of the transaction, whichever is higher. As a...more

Is the Commission Starting to Take a Tough Stance on the Enforcement of Merger Procedure?

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

When a transaction meets the thresholds of the EU Merger Regulation, companies must notify and obtain clearance from the European Commission before implementing the transaction.[1] This means that until clearance is obtained,...more

The Quiet Amendment: How E-Discovery Practitioners Benefit from Upcoming Changes to FRE Rule 902

by Exterro, Inc. on

A year and a half ago, the world of e-discovery was abuzz with Federal Rules amendment talk. And rightly so – the changes then greatly affected the process, particularly with Reasonableness (Rule 37) and Proportionality (Rule...more

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” - Shareholders Keep Trying to Sue D&Os for Data Security Breaches

by Locke Lord LLP on

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed in recent years by shareholders seeking to hold corporate officers and directors liable for damage resulting from data security breaches. For example, directors and officers at...more

Timing Is Everything: District Court In New York Approves CAFA Removal Two Years After Case Filing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a somewhat unusual ruling, a New York federal court denied an unpaid intern’s attempt to remand a putative wage-hour class action against Oscar de la Renta to state court even though the case was removed to federal court...more

California Federal Court Upholds $8 Million Jury Verdict In Former General Counsel’s Whistleblower Lawsuit

Recently, a California federal court denied the defendant–employer’s motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s $7.96 million verdict finding that the Company terminated its former general counsel for reporting alleged...more

Union Adherent’s Antics Not Protected By Act, NLRB Rules

The NLRB recently issued a rare decision completely dismissing all allegations against an employer; rarer still because it was unanimous. In Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, 365 NLRB No. 79 (May 15, 2017) the NLRB was...more

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