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Workplace Rules! Esports Grows up and Goes to Work

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This week, the Washington Post reported that a professional sports team in Dallas had released one of its star players for committing multiple violations of the league’s player conduct rules, specifically its rules...more

Katy Perry Kissed a Boy on American Idol and He Didn’t Like It: #MeToo Works Both Ways

by FordHarrison on

In a move as tone-deaf as some of the singers vying to compete on American Idol, pop princess Katy Perry cajoled a kiss from 19-year-old contestant Benjamin Glaze without his permission. Perry, who serves as one of the three...more

March Madness for Employers - Revisited - Embrace the Fun and Enjoy the Party?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

With the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament kicking off this week, there will be the inevitable dour reports that bracket filling, live streaming and fun (or even higher stakes) wagering will cost employers billions of...more


I’m counting down the minutes to leaving my office later today to begin my favorite weekend of the year – the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament! Even though my bubble was bursted on Selection Sunday – my team didn’t make...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a...more

Will & Grace: New Run, Same Naughty Karen

by FordHarrison on

Back in March, I wrote about the revival of Will & Grace, though we all know it is really the Jack & Karen show. Over the years, we have seen the softer side of Karen Walker, which lies far (really far) below the surface of...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Would Lyle Case Decision Be Same Today?

by FordHarrison on

What if I told you that the California Supreme Court has ruled that under certain circumstances, an employee being exposed to lewd conduct in the workplace – including sexual discussions, sexually explicit pictures, and...more

Philly Off-Duty Employee Did WHAT? Some Tips So Employer Doesn’t Step in It, Too

by FordHarrison on

For the first time since 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Inspired play from backup quarterback Nick Foles and some gutsy moves from coach Doug Pederson propelled the Eagles past the favored Patriots in...more

Dark Day For Hollywood – Law Prohibiting Online Publication Of Actors’ Ages Is Unconstitutional!

A federal court has struck down as unconstitutional a California law (AB 1687) that prohibits commercial online services from publishing actors’ ages without their consent. The law, which the California legislature enacted in...more

Where is the Line? Options for Professional Leagues and Teams Facing On-Field Player Social Activism

In July 2016, four players on the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team wore black shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement. The WNBA fined the players, but later rescinded the fines. In August 2016, San...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 2 - The More Things Change, The More They … Change: Recent Developments In...

by Dickinson Wright on

Executive Summary and Takeaway: Trade secrets and confidential information are receiving increasing protection in many states, and as more states perceive this as a "business friendly" issue, this trend will continue and...more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018

“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cooooold out there today.” Here is your Groundhog Day Beltway Buzz...more

Female Coaches Cite Pay Disparity in Case Alleging Title IX Violation

• Three female coaches at two California community colleges allege that unequal pay violates Title IX. • All three claim that they are paid less than their male counterparts despite having similar duties and that the pay...more

FMLA Leave: Tom Brady Plays Through the Pain–Why Can't You?

by FordHarrison on

It’s no-pain, no-gain for Tom Brady, but pressuring employees to work while injured may violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Tom Brady–the man is dedicated to his...more

All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and wage disparity issues

by FordHarrison on

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came...more

Time’s Up: I am woman, hear me roar

by FordHarrison on

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight,...more

Time’s Up: Hollywood Activism May Soon Lead To Pay Equity Scrutiny At Your Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

The issue of gender equality in the workplace is staying firmly in the public eye with the creation of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Supported by over 300 actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and...more

“Royal” additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

by FordHarrison on

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable...more

NLRB General Counsel Rescinds Controversial Memo Regarding Section 7 Rights of University Faculty, Student Assistants, and...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On December 1, 2017, the newly-confirmed General Counsel of the National Relations Board, Peter Robb, issued a memorandum to the NLRB regional offices listing legal issues that should be submitted for...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

by FordHarrison on

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its cross-hairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course,...more

The Legal Pitfalls Inherent in Using “Works Made for Hire” in California

by LeClairRyan on

Labor and employment issues are frequently triggered in the entertainment space, particularly in California. Some of these issues are well-known by practitioners in both areas of practice, while others can be a bit more...more

After Schiano: Lessons For Athletic Directors from Tennessee’s Coaching Search

The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win...more

Coaching reVOL-UTion: Schiano, Currie, and what school’s lawyers are analyzing right now

by FordHarrison on

The Tennessee coaching search has produced high drama over the past two weeks. For Vol fans like myself, it has felt at times like absolute torture and at other times like just a little bit of torture. While things seem to...more

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