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France: Employees and Digital Devices Outside Working Hours, European Labour & Employment Update

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

Rules to Avoid Bursting Your Floating Holiday Bubble

Seyfarth Synopsis: Some California employers offer floating holidays for employees to use for events like the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Floating holidays, while offering additional unrestricted days off that promote...more

New French Law Limits Work Email Outside of Business Hours

A new French law establishes employees’ “right to disconnect” beginning January 3, 2017. The new law is an amendment included within a broader labor reform bill, the El Khomri Labor Law (after Labor Minister Myriam El...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

Do Not Repeat the Mistakes of Your Diva

Preparation pays off. While it may be well known that “practice practice practice” gets you to Carnegie Hall, it appears you don’t even need to do the sound check to play Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Mariah Carey’s...more

Employer Did Not Violate Duty To Bargain Over Change To Christmas Gift Policy, NLRB Rules

What would the holiday season be without a Christmas gift case?  A perennial problem for labor relations personnel is whether the yearly Christmas turkey given to employees is something that an employer must bargain over...more

District Court Dismisses USPTO December 2015 Holidays Case

On December 2, 2016, Judge O’Grady of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the USPTO’s motion to dismiss the complaint brought by Elm 3DS Innovations, LLC over the “holidays” declared December...more

A Merry (Compliance) Christmas and Tribute to Jim McGrath

Ed. Note-Jim McGrath was a great friend and a trusted colleague who passed away in 2014. As a tribute to McGrath and for Christmas this year, I submit for your enjoyment, the below post which originally appeared on McGrath’s...more

A New Type Of Divorce Party

Today I was interviewed on television about a new type of divorce party. This is not a situation where a newly single person celebrates their freedom from an unhappy marriage, rather, this new type of divorce party has the...more

Is There a Tree? No, There’s a Pole…

“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way…a Festivus for the rest of us.” What...more

How Big Retailers Can Avoid Newest Wave of Deceptive Price Advertising Lawsuits

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last week announced the filing of four lawsuits against some of the largest retailers in the United States, accusing them of misleading customers by advertising a “sales price” alongside...more

Christmas Disability?

I have written over the year regarding disability discrimination and the notion that an employer can be subject to a discrimination complaint under both state and federal law if the employer “perceives” an individual to be...more

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Business Development

Let’s regroup after the holidays. Let’s give it some thought after the holidays. No one is doing much now, I will reach out after the holidays. I promise I am not a distant relative of Ebenezer Scrooge or...more

Sex, religion, and the holidays — what fun!

Happy Holidays! It’s that time of year again. A feeling of excitement in the air, presents, parties, frivolity, EEOC charges. . . . No, this is not a guessing game of “which word doesn’t fit.” With the end of the year...more

High Court Decision Serves as a Cautionary Tale for Office Holiday Parties

The High Court ruled on December 1, 2016 that Northampton Recruitment Limited was not liable when a manager punched an employee twice in the head after a Christmas party. While the Company was not held liable, the case is a...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - December 2016

How Retailers Can Avoid Regulatory Scrutiny During Holiday Season - With the holiday season often accounting for one-third of a retailer’s annual sales, competition can be fierce. Tempting as it is to grab for every...more

This Holiday Season, Let Go of the Salad Spinner

Hi there, I was somewhat surprised a couple of weeks ago to be asked for an interview by the talented Globe writer, Cindy Atoji Keene. It was published on Sunday, and reading it made me realize just how important it is...more

Holiday Horror Series: Part 4 – HO, HO, HO! AND FA-LA-LA-LA-LA! More Christmas Patents

The last time I checked (which was a couple of years ago), I found over 900 U.S. patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s database that had the word “Christmas” in the title. Every year at this time, I look at a few...more

WHY I Do What I Do: eDiscovery Reflections

One of the things I like most about working at CloudNine is the company culture and one of the things that has been instrumental in defining and shaping our company culture is our company book club. We’ve reviewed and...more

Puerto Rico Employers Cannot Withhold Income Taxes for Christmas Bonuses of $600 or Less

Pursuant to the current income tax withholding rules issued by the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury, there are specific income tax withholding rules applicable when a Christmas bonus is paid, which differ from those...more

2016 Christmas Party Post Mortem

Three years ago, the Company Christmas Party resulted in various criminal charges, allegations of sexual harassment, compensation of the entire Accounting Department for an all-night game of Truth-Or-Dare, a workers...more

Holiday Blues for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: When Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday, as they do this year, the holidays are legally observed on the following Monday in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Employers in these states therefore...more

How to Keep Your Holiday Party off of the Naughty List

With the holiday season officially upon us, many employers are finalizing plans to host a party for their employees. These festivities offer a time for colleagues to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, to extend season’s...more

How Big Retailers Can Avoid Newest Wave of Deceptive Price Advertising Lawsuits

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last week announced the filing of four lawsuits against some of the largest retailers in the United States, accusing them of misleading customers by advertising a “sales price” alongside...more

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