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Five Important Employment Trends for Massachusetts Retailers in 2018

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Having survived the holiday shopping season, retailers should begin to prepare for any new employment laws that will go into effect in the coming year (and, of course, should ensure that they are complying with existing...more

SEC Whistleblower Awards to Insurance Department Employees?

by Carlton Fields on

Many federal, state, and local governmental employees may be eligible for awards pursuant to the SEC’s whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank Act. If a report to the SEC leads to an enforcement action that results in...more

Wisconsin Employee May Prosecute WFEA Claims Against Employer Despite Valid Waiver and Release of Claims

The Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission recently issued a highly controversial decision, Xu v. Epic Systems, Inc., holding that (1) an employee cannot waive the right to file a discrimination complaint against her...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Would You Park Your Dog?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted several times, regarding the dilemma a business owner faces when a customer enters the premises with a dog. Is it a service dog, is it an emotional support animal (“ESA”), what are my obligations under the health...more

2017 Year in Review: Securities Litigation and Regulation

The securities litigation and regulatory landscape in 2017 defies simple categorization. Plaintiffs filed 226 new federal class actions in the first half of 2017, more than double the average rate over the last 20 years, and...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Legal Issues to Watch in 2018"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Last year was filled with many headline-making issues. As we begin to look at 2018, here are three issues we are closely tracking....more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

$135,000 Fine Upheld Against Oregon Bakers Who Refused To Bake Cake For Same-Sex Couple

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted before on the Oregon wedding cake case (not to be confused with the Colorado wedding cake case that went to the Supreme Court). Now comes recent news that the Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld a $135,000 fine...more

Getting the Dreaded Plaintiff's Letter: Businesses Being Sued for the Accessibility of Their Websites

A rash of lawsuits are being filed around the country against businesses and retailers, claiming their websites are not accessible to those with visual or hearing impairments. These lawsuits are being filed under Title III of...more

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

by WilmerHale on

On December 20, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) targeting corruption and human rights abuses around the world. The EO implements last year's Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (the...more

DOJ Nixes All Pending ADA Rulemakings, Including Website Access Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Justice Department withdraws pending rulemakings for accessible websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment.The current Department of Justice’s (DOJ) regulatory approach to Title III of the ADA is yet...more

We Trust Santa’s Factory Is Free of Forced Labor and Corruption—Your Supply Chains Should Be Too.

by Perkins Coie on

[Warning: The juxtaposition of the jolly old man and forced labor is not to make light of human rights violations but to highlight the hidden evils in supply chains and the potential reputational damage to wholesome...more

Labor & Employment Law Update - December 2017

by Vedder Price on

ADA Alert: Seventh Circuit Significantly Restricts Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation...but Cities, States and Other Circuits Take a Different View - Employers, at least those in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, have...more

Does your corporate culture support discrimination and harassment?

The recent flood of high profile sexual assault and harassment allegations sweeping the globe highlights the need for a fundamental change in corporate culture, as well as the importance of training all employees on sexual...more

Parental Leave: Are You Up To Speed?

Parental leave policy discrepancies at a cosmetics giant highlight the need for adequate training on family and medical leave as well as other forms of potential discrimination in the workplace....more

First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

by Carlton Fields on

In Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., No. 15-1351P2-01A (1st Cir. Nov. 15, 2017), the First Circuit Court of Appeals ended long-running insurance coverage litigation arising from policyholder VisionAid, Inc.’s...more

Medical Marijuana is Coming—Is Your Business Ready?

In 2018, Arkansas businesses will face for the first time the prospect that job applicants and employees will produce a medical marijuana registry ID card approved by the Arkansas Department of Health (“ADH”) in response to a...more

Surf’s Up! Don’t Become The Next Victim Of A Surfing Suit

by Fisher Phillips on

The past few years have seen a steep increase in litigation brought against hospitality businesses under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These suits often contend that certain aspects of a building,...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

Supreme Court Argument: Baker’s First Amendment Rights vs. Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case with potentially far-reaching implications for issues at the intersection of civil rights and religious freedoms on December 5, 2017. Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v....more

Approved Senate Tax Bill Addresses Paid Leave, Sexual Harassment Settlement Nondisclosures

by Littler on

Buried in the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), the tax overhaul legislation the Senate approved on December 2, 2017, is a section providing a tax credit to employers that provide their employees with paid family and...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017

Subway Sweepstakes Ads Lacked Adequate Disclosures, CARU Finds - After reviewing an ad for Subway’s “Fresh Fit for Kid’s Meal” featuring premium toys and offering a sweepstakes for a tablet, the Children’s Advertising...more

The Supreme Court To Clarify Who Is A Whistleblower Under The Dodd-Frank Act; Employers Have A Reason To Be Hopeful

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers can be cautiously optimistic that the U.S. Supreme Court will hold that the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protections apply only to those employees who have made a...more

Whistleblowing: approvata la Legge sulle segnalazioni di reati o irregolarità di cui i lavoratori siano venuti a conoscenza nello...

Il 15 novembre 2017 la Camera dei Deputati ha approvato definitivamente il DDL recante "Disposizioni per la tutela degli autori di segnalazione di reati o irregolarità di cui siano venuti a conoscenza nell'ambito di un...more

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