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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

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, I'm Prepared to Deal with Office Romances, How 'Bout You?

Valentine’s Day is a day of love and romance for many, often times between co-workers. For employers, it provides a fitting opportunity to re-examine workplace romance and sexual harassment policies. Indeed, there is no...more

Textual Feelings in the Workplace

For those romantics out there, February means Valentine’s Day! And, with Valentine’s Day comes overtures of romantic feelings (assuming the best of intentions) for your significant other or for those with whom you want to...more

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 979 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 of...more

Zombies Outshine Satan? More Controversial Holiday Displays, Including Baby, Fanged, Undead Jesus and Dogs in Costumes. Happy...

Last week we reported on several controversies regarding public displays of traditional and not-so-traditional religious iconography.  Well, it seems that the issue isn’t dead yet. Since our last holiday post, several new...more

‘Tis the Season

Beginning in mid-December, the holiday season in the U.S. really starts to run on all cylinders. Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah (beginning December 16), Winter Solstice (December 21), Festivus (December 23 – see...more

USPTO News Briefs - December 2014

USPTO Closed on December 26 - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice today informing stakeholders that the Office will be closed on Friday, December 26, 2014. The notice indicated that December 26 will...more

‘Tis The Season For Nativity Scenes & Satanic Displays: Happy Holidays from RLUIPA Defense

Ah the holiday season—a time for family, friends and overeating. While most individuals grapple with balancing a love for holiday treats and some modicum of self-control, the Nation is faced with a perennial balancing act:...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Dec. 19, 2014)

From Around the Web - 3 Signs It’s Time to Refinance Your Law School Loans: The folks at SoFi provide some useful information about how and when to refinance your student loans, the basics of consolidation and...more

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