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Aching Joints: Franchisor Avoids Liability for Franchisee's Labor Disputes

Any time an employer is involved in a franchise relationship, there are bound to be unique issues when legal disputes arise, particularly in the employment context. It is no longer surprising to see the names of any and all...more

Game-Changing Developments Threaten Franchise Business Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been coordinating attacks on the franchise business model. These activities were a primary focus for all attendees at the May...more

BMI Wins Summary Judgment of Copyright Infringement After Restaurant Owner Fails to Respond to Requests for Admission

Plaintiff Broadcast Music, Inc. (“BMI”), a music rights management organization that offers licenses to a massive catalogue of popular songs on behalf of copyright owners, brought suit for copyright infringement against the...more

Southern District of New York Reiterates its Narrow View of Privilege Protection for Consultants Assisting Lawyers

Client agents/consultants normally fall outside privilege protection, unless they help facilitate communications between the client and lawyer. Recognizing this, some lawyers seek privilege protection by hiring the...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this comprehensive tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). ...more

The Bryant Park Hotel Denied Preliminary Injunction in Trademark Dispute

The Bryant Park Hotel has been using its registered trademarks, including the well-known mark THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL, in connection with hotel, restaurant, and bar services since 2001, but U.S. District Judge Rakoff found that...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer - Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John’s Non-Competes Goes Stale - Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise...more

Updated New Orleans Zoning Ordinance Threatens Microbreweries and Microdistilleries

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote on the draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) on May 14, 2015. The CZO will have major implications for micro-distilleries and micro-breweries, which have been lightly...more

Overtime Changes Threaten the Exempt Status of Retail and Hospitality Managers

The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Committee on Employment Law held its spring meeting last week, and one of the hottest topics on the minds of the attendees concerned the impact that the U.S. Department of Labor’s...more

Reimbursing Employees for Business Expenses: The FLSA Kickback Rule [Wage & Hour FAQs]

Over the last month, Domino’s has been in the news for some of the wrong reasons, with not one but two Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action lawsuits alleging that two large Domino’s franchisees paid delivery drivers...more

A Tip for Employers: Be Aware of How the Department of Labor Interprets Its Regulations

This story applies directly only to the restaurant industry, but it is a cautionary tale for every employer in Connecticut subject to the Department of Labor’s authority to write and interpret its regulations....more

California is at it Again! Chamber of Commerce Releases Its 2015 List of “Job Killer” Bills

The Chamber of Commerce has just released its preliminary list of “job killer” bills that have been proposed in the California Legislature. Don’t forget that California remains tied with Louisiana for the fourth highest rate...more

Federal Court Rules That HR Consultant’s Report is Not Privileged

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel disclosure of a report prepared by a Human Resources (“HR”) consultant in class action litigation under...more

Federal Employment Case Update | Pizza and Beer

Members of Certified Class Lack Standing to Challenge Class Arbitration Ban - Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria - United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - When Jacqueline Conners brought a class...more

"Predictable Scheduling" Concept Gaining Momentum

In late January, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil's comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to "predictable...more

Restaurant Industry Alert: "Fight for $15" Planned for Tax Day

In the latest move in their two-year campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, fast-food workers have announced plans for a major one-day walkout on April 15, 2015 – Tax Day for U.S. employers. Events are planned in...more

EEOC Not Required to Identify Aggrieved Individual in Title VII Race Discrimination Claim

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") is not required to identify an aggrieved individual in order to pursue a race...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Lawfulness of No Tipping Policies

On April 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Meshna v. Scrivanos that an employer may implement a no tipping policy for workers otherwise covered by the Massachusetts Tips Act (M.G.L. c.149, § 152A )....more

Court Denies Motion to Stop EEOC Race Discrimination Suit Against Rosebud Restaurants

Race-Based Hiring Discrimination Claims Will Go Forward - CHICAGO - A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a claim of racial discrimination in hiring against Rosebud Restaurants, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Financial and Merchant Industries Group and Obama Administration to Address Privacy Concerns

On behalf of its 19 participating trade association members from the merchant and financial services industries, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (MFCP) announced "8 Next Steps" to protect customers and their...more

Better Safe Than Sorry: Keeping Up With Your Employees

Employee turnover is unavoidable for most businesses. Although almost no industry is immune from losing employees for any number of reasons in a free market economy, turnover is particularly prevalent in the highly seasonal...more

New PCI Tokenization Guidelines

Last week, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council released new guidelines related to the security of tokenization products. The guidelines are a set of technical best practices for evaluating tokenization...more

PF Chang’s continues its success in thwarting data breach class action lawsuits

We have been closely watching the class action suits against PF Chang’s (and other retailers) relating to the bistro’s data breach last year. In December, a federal district court in Illinois dismissed a proposed class action...more

FCRA Class Actions

Hyping The “Hyper-technical” - The slowly rising waves of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class-action litigation are beginning to crash against employers. And if you thought that the FCRA only applied to credit...more

Pizzas And Trademark Infringement

It is easy to forget that there is a North Carolina Trademark Registration Act. It is in Chapter 80 of the General Statutes. The Business Court's mandatory jurisdiction extends to cases brought under Chapter 80 per...more

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