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Uber Drivers Uber Happy

As you may have seen from the extensive press coverage, the UK Employment Tribunal has delivered its much anticipated judgment in Aslam and Farrar v Uber. The case was about whether Uber drivers are self-employed contractors,...more

Wage Statements Need Not Reflect Value of Accrued Vacation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Accrued vacation pay is not a category that must appear on employee wage statements. California Labor Code section 226 requires employers to report various categories of information on employee wage...more

New York’s Highest Court Issues IC-Friendly Ruling, Holding That Certain Yoga Teachers Are Valid Independent Contractors

Earlier today, October 25, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued an important decision on the issue of independent contractor status. The Court held that a group of yoga instructors working at a New York City yoga...more

New York’s Highest Court: No “Stretch” in Yogi’s Independent Contractor Classification

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals recently rejected the narrow view of the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board and found that substantial evidence did not support a finding that certain yoga instructors were...more

Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Carriers May Pursue Justice

Workers’ compensation statutes impose liability without fault on the employers of men and women who are injured on the job. They also permit employers to recoup the costs they incur from any third parties who actually caused...more

To Accommodate or not to Accommodate: How to Know if Your Employee Actually Requested a Reasonable Accommodation

A divided federal appeals court recently reminded employers that an employee’s request for a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) need not be explicit in order to invoke the interactive...more

Ninth Circuit Poised to Say “Call Me, Maybe”

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit has suggested it might upset longstanding “on call” practices by making California employers liable for “reporting time” pay to employees who phone in ahead of their schedule, only to find...more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Trucking Company's Sleep Study Requirement Based on Driver BMI

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit found in favor of a large transportation employer’s driver sleep study testing requirement in a lawsuit challenging the practice under the Americans with...more

Seventh Circuit Says Workplace Noose Does Not Automatically Create Hostile Work Environment

In recent years, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) has moved toward a position recognizing that certain workplace occurrences automatically meet the legal requirements for...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Don’t Be A Cat’s-Paw

Most sexual harassment policies include a procedure to investigate complaints, often specifying that the investigation will be timely and thorough, and may include interviews with the employees involved, witnesses, and anyone...more

Supervisor’s OHSA conviction upheld on appeal: prosecutor not required to prove what “hazard” caused concrete worker’s death

A supervisor’s Occupational Health and Safety Act conviction of failing to sufficiently and competently supervise work has been upheld on appeal, after a concrete worker died. The supervisor operated and managed a...more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance From NY Court of Appeals on Scope of Liability for Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction...

The Second Circuit has asked the New York Court of Appeals for guidance on the scope of liability for discrimination based on criminal conviction history under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law...more

Cat’s Paw Theory Of Discrimination Adopted By 2nd Circuit - False Sexting Claims Prove Employer’s Downfall

The federal appeals court in New York just adopted a broad standard for employer liability as a consequence of discriminatory acts by their employees. This standard opens the door to a significant increase in claims being...more

Seventh Circuit Invites Supreme Court to Make Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable Under Title VII

Bound by its own precedent, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals again held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not redress sexual orientation discrimination in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, (7th Cir....more

Responding to Marketplace Notices

Employers have begun to receive notices from the Health Insurance Marketplace Exchanges (Marketplace) notifying them that one or more of their employees is eligible for governmental subsidies under the Marketplace. Employers...more

Arbitrator, Not Court, Decides If Arbitration Agreement Allows Class Arbitration, California Supreme Court Rules

A divided California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, should determine whether an arbitration clause in an employment agreement allows employees to bring their claims in arbitration on a...more

Fifth Circuit Decision Reinforces The Importance of Clearly Communicating Anti-Harassment Policies

A well-drafted anti-sexual harassment policy and complaint procedure can provide useful defenses for employers defending against claims of sexual harassment. However, a recent decision from the Fifth Circuit should remind...more

Marketplace Subsidy Notices – What Employers Should Know

As promised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in late-2015, the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) have started sending notices informing employers that employees have enrolled in a FFM and were...more

Clarifying Irving: Can an Alberta Employer Implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in a Safety Sensitive Workplace?

Despite a new decision on the issue from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) on May 18, 2016, the answer to this question remains “maybe.” The Court has, however, provided us with a measure of clarity concerning...more

Update Your Employee Termination Review Checklist

On March 8, 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court significantly expanded the reach of the infamous Burk public policy wrongful discharge tort claim in Moore v. Warr Acres Nursing Center, LLC, 2016 OK 28. Here’s the key takeaway...more

Dependent Contractors Awarded 26 Months’ Reasonable Notice

Dependent contractors are becoming an increasing portion of the working population, and an Ontario court recently confirmed that protections available to them are at the top end of the scale. In the case of Keenan v....more

Don’t Be A “Streisand Effect” Employer.

None of us is immune from the Streisand Effect. Not even employers. A real estate firm in Dallas sued its ex-bookkeeper, Jacqueline, for embezzling approximately $400,000 over a four-year period by writing checks to...more

California Court of Appeal Rules in Favor of Nurse in Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

In Nosal-Tabor v. Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, a recent California Court of Appeal decision, Plaintiff Karen Nosal-Tabor, a registered nurse and former employee of defendant Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (Sharp), sued...more

Employee on Extended Medical Leave Cannot Claim ADA Violation for Reduced Discretionary Bonus

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against protected individuals with respect to terms and conditions of employment, including compensation. Employers frequently ask whether these...more

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