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How Coparents Should Handle the Holidays

Hi there, It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it all of the holidays of the season! This time of year is particularly tough for folks who are just getting used to a coparenting...more

Santa Claus Will Leave The Building In 2016 — Author’s Heirs Prevail Over EMI

In Baldwin, et al. v. EMI Feist Catalog, Inc., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked with determining when and how the rights to the song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (the “Song”) would properly terminate. The...more

How to Protect Yourself from Truck Accidents During the Holiday Season

With the holidays just around the corner, more and more shipping trucks will be on the roads delivering food, presents, decorations, and more. Combine that with more cars on the road, as many of travel to visit family and...more

Advertising Holiday Discounts? How Retailers Can Avoid Lawsuits

With the holidays approaching, retailers and their advertising partners are preparing for the busiest time of the year. Sales advertising is a staple of holiday marketing campaigns, which often include “former price”...more

Wishing You Happy Holidays, if Canada’s Anti-Spam Law Permits

The holiday season is an important season to focus on good will and the profound messages that the holidays celebrate. Many organizations use the holiday season to communicate with clients and associates to share that...more

Be Halloween-Safe This Year by Avoiding Fire Hazards

Halloween is in the air, and for all the fun it brings – candy, costumes, parties and pumpkins – it also brings a bit of danger, the kind of which is not found in haunted houses or horror movies. The danger is found in...more

Halloween Ghouls, Zombie Nativities, Toilets with Antlers, and other Offensive Holiday Displays: Zoning Law, the First Amendment...

It’s that time of year again. Seasonal holiday displays are beginning to dot our subdivisions and public spaces. Although most will conform to mainstream cultural, religious and societal norms, the ones that don’t create...more

Halloween Costumes in the Workplace: Fun Bonding or Scary Nightmare?

Unless you run Disneyland or an establishment for exotic dancers, your workplace is probably not used to its employees wearing masks, fake blood or scanty suggestive outfits. Not only is your company not used to it, but it...more

Best Practices for Employers Hosting Halloween Office Parties

Now that autumn is finally here, the smell of football tailgates, crisp leaves and pumpkin spice lattes fill the air. One cannot enter a corner store without encountering pumpkins, bags of candy corn and black cat and witch...more

Eid: A guide for UAE and KSA private sector employers

With the upcoming festival of Eid Al-Adha, employers in the region need to be mindful of the requirements around holidays, whilst also managing employee expectations and balancing the needs of the business. This article...more

Constitucion del Estado Californio

Feliz Cumpleaños - Tomorrow is another holiday in California – Admission Day. Cal. Govt. Code § 6700(a)(10). Although Admission Day is a statutorily designated holiday, it is not a judicial holiday. Cal. Civ. Proc....more

Why Doesn’t California Have A Labor Day?

Federal law establishes ten “legal public holidays”, including “Labor Day, the first Monday in September”.  5 U.S.C. § 6103.  California, on the other hand, names “Labor Day” in several statutes (e.g., Civil Code § 1689.24)...more

The Art of the Apology: Saying “Sorry” in the Workplace

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur is quickly approaching. While most people know that Jews are supposed to fast on that holiday (and ask G-d for forgiveness for their sins), one of the other traditions of the holiday is that...more

Creed and Association: Breach of Human Rights Leads to Harsh Penalties

The decision in H.T. v ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (“Country Herbs”) 2015 HRTO 1067 (CanLII) (“Country Herbs”) serves as a reminder to employers of the significant liability that they face when a claim of...more

Delaware Secretary of State’s Office Closing for Four Days During US Labor Day Holiday

We strongly urge our clients to consider closing dates, lien lapses, and other filings or deadlines. The Delaware Secretary of State has advised that as a result of a major computer system transition at the Division of...more

Summer Retail: Sales Tax Holidays, Pit Stops, and Where the Deals Are

Memorial Day has passed and while offices still hum with productivity, we can feel summer around the corner. With that in mind, we’ve explored what might be in store for the retail industry this summer. Although the...more

The Latest from Germany: More holidays for older employees – necessary protection or discrimination?

Since 2006, when the General Equal Treatment Act came into force in Germany, most decisions about discrimination have dealt with alleged discrimination based on age. Is this surprising? Probably not. According to the Federal...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Santa Monica Ordinance Banning Unattended Displays; Baby, Fanged Jesus Display Would Require a Sitter

While the holiday season is still several months away, nativity scenes are back in the news. What nativity scene discussion would be complete without adorable baby, fanged Jesus? On New Year’s Eve 2014, we reported about...more

Ruling Guides Cities on How to Regulate Holiday Displays

A high-profile case that provides guidance on how local governments might approach holiday display regulations without violating constitutional rights was decided last week by a federal appellate court. The City of Santa...more

Holiday Pay – The Case Continues

In the latest in a long-running series of cases on holiday pay, the Employment Tribunal has handed down its first judgment in Lock v British Gas Trading Limited....more

Lock v British Gas - eagerly awaited holiday pay Judgment now handed down

The recent line of holiday pay cases has led to widespread media coverage suggesting some employers’ payroll costs are due to soar. Businesses have therefore been eagerly awaiting the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Lock v...more

Six School Vacation Week Tips for Co-Parents

Hi there, Spring vacation is almost here for many private schools and April vacation is just around the corner. Whether you’re taking the kids on vacation by yourself for the first time or you’re going to be the parent...more

Love is in the Air (and at the Office)

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day, when love is all around. But if one of Cupid’s arrows lands in your workplace, that warm and fuzzy feeling can quickly turn into headache and indigestion....more

50 Shades of Great

Do you have an Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey working in the same department, late? Do you have Anastasia constantly trying to bond with an unwilling Grey? Or an aggressive Grey with suggestive Facebook messages to...more

Managing Workplace Romances to Minimize the Perils of Valentine’s Day

With love in the air and Cupid circling the office, employers should be wary of sexual harassment lawsuits this Valentine’s Day. A 2013 survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 43% of...more

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