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Who Could Have Predicted? Fair Scheduling Requirements Pose Compliance Challenges for Retail, Restaurant, and Other Employers

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After San Francisco passed its Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances in November of 2014, making it the first jurisdiction to impose scheduling requirements on private employers, predictive or fair scheduling laws were...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

No Slam Dunk: Filings of New York Sales Tax Class Actions Continue Despite Dunkin' Decision

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In May 2017, the Second Circuit rejected an attempted class action lawsuit that sought to hold a retailer liable for allegedly overcharging sales tax. In Estler v. Dunkin' Brands, Inc., the court upheld summary judgment in...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Illinois DOR Proposes Use Tax Nexus Standards for Trade Show Retailers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Department of Revenue (Department) has issued a proposed new administrative rule addressing the nexus implications for out-of-state retailers attending trade shows in Illinois. The proposed rule reaffirms the...more

South Dakota Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Remote Retailers; Next Step US Supreme Court?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 14, 2017, the South Dakota Supreme Court released its much-anticipated opinion in the Wayfair litigation, affirming a March 2017 trial court decision granting the remote retailer’s motion for summary judgment on...more

Gearing Up for MAPIC 2017

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Our Retail Group is once again getting ready for the annual MAPIC Conference (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution)! For the 7th year in a row, our team is traveling to...more

OIG issues Advisory Opinion on a Retail Pharmacy’s Paid Membership Program Which Includes Federal Health Care Program...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On September 7, 2017, the OIG posted an advisory opinion regarding a retail pharmacy chain’s proposal to extend to federal health care program beneficiaries the option to participate in a paid membership program that includes...more

Ontario Provincial Government outlines plan for retail and online distribution of cannabis

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On September 8, 2017, Ontario became the first province or territory in Canada to comprehensively outline its proposed plan in respect of the sale and distribution of recreational cannabis which is currently scheduled to...more

Ontario Provincial Government Announces Recreational Cannabis Retail and Distribution Framework

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On Friday, September 8, Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced a comprehensive framework outlining the province’s approach to the...more

Outlet And Factory Class Actions Take A Hit: California Court of Appeal Confirms Companies Can Sell Made-For-Outlet Product At...

Over the past two years, class actions have been filed against nearly every major retailer challenging various sales and pricing practices. Many of these have focused on outlet stores (sometimes called “factory” stores)....more

Consultation on a new retail payments oversight framework

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On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) proposed a new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) in a consultation paper titled, “A New Retail Payments...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

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Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

Some Holiday Cheer for a Challenging Retail Environment

by Perkins Coie on

It would be an understatement to say that 2017 has been a difficult year for the retail sector. Store closings and bankruptcy filings punctuate the news almost daily. However, challenges beget opportunities, and this...more

Could Barring Former Employees From Your Premises Lead To A Lawsuit?

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Hospitality employers open to the general public should be aware of a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with implications across the industry. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB ruled that a hotel and...more

Bittersweet: The Chicago Sweetened Beverage Tax Sparks Class Action Litigation (update)

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After a protracted legal fight, Cook County’s much maligned Sweetened Beverage Tax went into effect on August 2, 2017. See County of Cook, § 74-850, et seq.[1] In relevant part, the tax requires retailers of sweetened...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method . . . but Not for Retail Employees

The Connecticut Supreme Court’s holding in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., No. SC 19829 (August 17, 2017) is a mixed bag for Connecticut employers. While the court held that Connecticut law does not generally...more

Retailers to the Rescue

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Hurricane Harvey has traumatized southeastern Texas. With unprecedented rainfall, there are many people who need urgent help. The competitive retail market can be difficult and wonderful all at the same time. We see (time and...more

WARNING! Prop 65 regulations are a year away in California. Is Your Product’s Warning Label Compliant?

by Wilson Elser on

After many years of debate, consideration and public input, California’s new regulations go into effect on August 30, 2018, under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 - commonly known as Prop 65....more

Connecticut Wage Regulations Bar Fluctuating Workweek Method In Calculating Overtime Pay For Retail Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

State wage regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Department of Labor prohibit use of the “fluctuating work week” method of calculating overtime pay for mercantile (retail) employees, the Connecticut Supreme Court has...more

Virginia Supreme Court Limits Corporate Income Tax Addback Exception

On August 31, 2017, the Virginia Supreme Court issued its opinion holding that only the portion of royalties that are actually taxed by another state falls within its “subject to tax” exception to Virginia’s addback statute...more

Prohibition is Over but Bootlegging is Back

Sadly, the final days of summer are here, and many of us are trying to squeeze in that last barbeque, the last dip in the pool, and yes that last summer drink. As we savor our fancy watermelon margaritas, ginger radlers, or...more

Commercial Leasing Issues: Understanding Net versus Gross Leases

The question may arise as to which party pays for the operating costs in a commercial lease. Generally speaking, “Net” leases are those leases in which the operating costs are not included in the base rent and “Gross” leases...more

District Court Rejects Direct Purchaser Class for Failure to Satisfy Numerosity Requirement

by WilmerHale on

On August 28, 2017, in King Drug Company of Florence, Inc., et al. v. Cephalon, Inc., et al., the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied class certification for direct purchasers asserting Hatch-Waxman reverse-payment...more

Will NAFTA Renegotiation Bring Joy to Retailers?

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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

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