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Louisiana Federal Court Cautions Against Seeking Enforcement of Invalid Noncompete Agreements

In what should serve as a cautionary tale to employers with noncompete agreements, a federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana allowed an unfair trade practices claim to survive against an employer that attempted to...more

Trademark Review | August 2015

The Redskins Lose Again (Off the Field)- A federal District Court affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) ruling that “Redskins” cannot be registered as a trademark for use in connection with a...more

Disability Access – Application of Disabled Persons Act and Unruh Act – Service Animals

Seth Flowers, et al. v. Brinda Prasad, et al. - California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 17, 2015) - The Unruh Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act vary in their provisions. The Court of...more

[Webinar] How Will Browning-Ferris Change the Test for Joint-Employer Status for Union and Non-Union Employers? - August 31st,...

The NLRB is expected to release its long-anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. shortly, possibly today. This decision will likely mark a radical departure from the currently accepted standard...more

Washington Supreme Court Extends Minimum Wage

In a narrow 5-4 decision on August 20, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and applied the City of SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law to all workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport....more

Indiana Tax Court Serves a Sales Tax Exemption To Restaurant Chain for Electricity Used to Warm Food

Electricity used by Qdoba Mexican Restaurants to keep food warm before final preparation and sale was found exempt from sales tax by the Indiana Tax Court. On June 23, 2015, the Indiana Tax Court in Aztec Partners, LLC v....more

As MassPort Boss Reminds Us, Boston Wouldn't Be The Hub without Fishing, Seafood

Tom Glynn was careful to describe Boston’s hottest new neighborhood as the South Boston Waterfront in an op-ed piece he wrote for the Boston Globe the other day. You would expect nothing different from the CEO of the...more

Fourth Circuit Says Tip Pooling Rules Only Apply if Employer Claims Tip Credit

Restaurants and some other hospitality industry employers often take advantage of a sub-minimum wage applicable to employees who receive tips as part of their income. In recent years, a number of these employers have been the...more

Arsenic In Calif. Wine, But Is There A Problem?

A class action was filed in California Superior Court on March 19, 2015, Doris Charles et al. v. The Wine Group Inc. et al., case no. BC576061, that has raised a number of questions about the extent to which arsenic should be...more

Senate Majority Leader Introduces Bill That Would Dramatically Curtail New Jersey Employers’ Ability to Alter Work Schedules

On May 19, 2015, New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg introduced a bill (S2933) as part of a package of legislation seeking to dramatically regulate the scheduling and compensation of employees in New Jersey....more

Proposed Overtime Rules Could Significantly Impact Hospitality Businesses

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) overtime exemptions, and President Obama recently announced plans that will extend overtime under the FLSA for salaried “white...more

Nonresidential Leases: What Does It Take To Avoid Deemed Rejection?

In re Simbaki, Ltd., 520 B.R. 241 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. 2014) – A chapter 11 debtor sought to assume a restaurant lease.  The landlord objected, arguing among other things that the lease was not timely assumed and so was...more

NLRB Says Filing Class Action Lawsuit is Protected Concerted Activity

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who engage in protected concerted activity. Concerted Activity means actions involving terms and...more

U.S. Visa Categories Leave Entrepreneurs Few Options

Many of Julie Ferguson’s immigration law clients are entrepreneurs seeking to launch startups in the United States. They come from all over the world, but Ms. Ferguson, who practices in Miami, sees especially high numbers...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Blue Bell resumes ice cream production in Alabama. The Alabama Department...more

FDA Delays Calorie Disclosure and Menu Labeling Compliance for One Year

Restaurants now have an additional year to revise their menu boards to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling rules. The FDA had previously finalized new menu labeling rules in connection with the...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

Wisconsin Eases, But Does Not Eliminate, the One Day of Rest in Seven Law

Effective July 14, 2015, Wisconsin has made it easier for an employer to comply with Wisconsin Statute 103.85, Wisconsin’s “one day of rest in seven” requirement. Under this statute, most factory and mercantile employers must...more

Possible Life Sentence in Salmonella Case Raises Stakes for Food and Beverage Industry Compliance

Last week, federal prosecutors in Georgia filed papers supporting the local probation office’s U.S. Sentencing Guidelines calculation calling for a sentence of life in prison for Stewart Parnell, the one-time CEO of Peanut...more

New York Singles Out “Fast Food” Industry for Minimum Wage of $15.00

On July 27, 2015, the New York Fast Food Wage Board (“FFWB”) formally approved resolutions to increase the minimum wage for workers in quick-service and fast-casual restaurants in New York City and the rest of New York to...more

N.Y. State Fast Food Workers Likely To Win $15 Minimum Wage Raise

As previously reported, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May empaneled a three-person wage board (the Board) to study and fix perceived wage inequality suffered by New York’s fast food workers – including by recommending whether, and by...more

Jersey City Enacts Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has signed into law a wage theft prevention ordinance that gives the City the power to deny or suspend an employer’s Jersey City-issued business license if the employer is found liable of...more

Who’s the Boss? In Policies Covering Multiple Insureds, the Details Matter

Liability policies for businesses are subject to a number of common exclusions; many, for example, do not cover liability to employees of the business who are injured on the job. Frequently, those policies do provide...more

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter: The Labour Tribunal Has Teeth and Can Bite the Claimant Too!

Following the changes made to the Labour Tribunal Ordinance in December 2014, the Labour Tribunal now has power to order either the employer or the employee to provide security for payment of an award. However, can the...more

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