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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

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

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

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

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

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

C-Suite Employment Contract Clauses Companies and their Boards Must Consider in the Wake of Weinstein

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has struck a nerve in American society and empowered individuals to speak out about sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace. The nation appears to be at a tipping point, with...more

Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public...more

Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Online Public Portal, Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law, DOL to Appeal Texas Ruling, California Law...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

New Harassment and Discrimination Policy Requirement for Public Contractors

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3060, requiring most public contractors to maintain specific policies and practices relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a...more

Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

by LeClairRyan on

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are...more

Deciding Not To Look Away: Ethics v. Compliance

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

For most of us, we do not get into trouble for intentionally doing something wrong. We do not steal. We do not commit fraud. We do not hurt people on purpose. But, if we are truthful with ourselves, we have sometimes looked...more

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