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Afraid of Sexual Harassment Claims? Then Be Afraid of Halloween

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“Let’s engage in a Halloween-type party where everybody would be having sex.” Or perhaps, “So, are you going to wear a bikini for your Halloween costume?”...more

The Holiday Hiring Frenzy: 10 Tips That Will Keep You Off the Naughty List

It’s that time of year again—many employers, especially retailers and hospitality employers, are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. Despite the challenge of adding so many employees in a short period of...more

Keeping Your Kids Injury-Free While Trick or Treating

Boo! Halloween is just around the corner and that mean trick or treating! If you live in the San Fernando Valley, you will probably be participating in the trick or treating activities to some extent, either as a...more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Labor & Employment Law Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity - Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department...more

Is Going on Holiday Going Away? UK/EU Employers Confront Challenges Posed by Employees Who Don’t Take Their Vacations

by Vedder Price on

While many US employers struggle to make sense of the patchwork of state and local sick leave laws, European Union (EU) employers face a different set of challenges involving mandatory vacation entitlements. In the EU, the...more

Will NAFTA Renegotiation Bring Joy to Retailers?

by Perkins Coie on

Retailers are looking ahead to the holiday season, but many are also watching the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation, which is ambitiously (and improbably) slated to conclude around the holiday season....more

It's Not Etched in Stone that Sales-Tax-Free Weekends Be Held Only in August

by PretiFlaherty on

This comes as no surprise to the people I work with (nor to my wife) but I was dead damn wrong in my last post, “Guv’s Sales Tax Holiday Bill Looks D.O.A. Appearances Are Deceiving,” 8-6-17. I thought Charlie Baker must...more

‘Tis the Season to Plan Ahead for Celebrity Endorsement Campaigns

by Perkins Coie on

The holiday season is around the corner, and retailers are planning their holiday marketing campaigns. Celebrity endorsements continue to be a popular way to bolster brand recognition and goodwill during the holidays and...more

Substitute Holidays in Canada: What to Do When a Holiday Falls on a Weekend

Canada Day is approaching. The holiday, celebrated on July 1, commemorates Canadian Confederation and the enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (which is now known as the Constitution Act, 1867), that formally...more

European Commission Issues Findings on Geo-Blocking and the Digital Single Market

On 10 May 2017, two years after launching its e-commerce sector inquiry on 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its final report (Final Report) on the inquiry. The inquiry was opened in the framework of the...more

Summer working hours in GCC countries

by DLA Piper on

Every year across the GCC countries, annual summer time working hours are implemented to protect the health and safety of employees pursuant to applicable Ministerial Resolutions. These Resolutions place restrictions on the...more

Ramadan in the GCC

by DLA Piper on

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year the holy month is expected to commence on 27 May 2017 in the Middle East and is expected to last until 24 June 2017. During...more

A Retailer’s Failure to Pay Time And A Half for Work Performed on Sundays And Holidays May Violate Massachusetts’ Payment of Wages...

by Littler on

Massachusetts law requires most retail employers to pay employees time and a half for work performed on Sundays and certain holidays. In a case of first impression, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently held that...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

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

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

by Dentons on

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

by FordHarrison on

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

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

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

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

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