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No tax deduction for sexual harassment payments subject to NDAs

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Parts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that took effect January 1, 2018, have amended Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate tax deductions for settlements, payouts and attorney’s fees “related to sexual harassment...more

Court Refuses to Enforce "Misleading" and "Sham" Arbitration Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Courts usually enforce mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context if the agreements are not too one-sided. But last month, in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon & Restaurant, 2018 WL 456905 (4th Cir. Jan. 18,...more

Supreme Court Decides CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese, No. 17-515

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On February 20, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court decided CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese, holding in a per curium opinion that collective-bargaining agreements are to be interpreted according to ordinary principles of contract law,...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

Has The “Outer Limit” Contract Reached Its Expiry Date?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

It is common for employers to bring on employees for limited term employment, where work may not be ongoing. Traditionally, “outer limit” contracts have allowed for the employment to end on an agreed date without a...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: February 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Deceptive Trade Practices - Meat Exporter Had No Duty Under FCA to Pay for Beef Inspection - In United States ex rel. Barrick v. Parker-Migliorini Int'l, LLC, 878 F. 3d 1224 (10th Cir. 2017), the court affirmed...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — Another Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a series of articles over the past several months, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of the Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable in U.S....more

[Podcast]: Severance Pay Plans & ERISA

In this benefits law edition of The Proskauer Brief, senior counsel Anthony Cacace and partner Robert Projansky discuss how severance plans can be subject to ERISA. We will discuss the key advantages of having severance pay...more

Second Circuit Permits Longer Look-Back Period for Repeat OSHA Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Second Circuit offered no valentines to employers on Wednesday when it affirmed a citation issued to Triumph Construction Corporation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a repeat violation of...more

Recreational cannabis in the workplace: A guide for California employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Do your employees think they can smoke cannabis in the workplace because it’s legal? Are your employees telling you that even though they failed a drug test you have to keep them on as employees? Although cannabis usage is...more

Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Compel Arbitration Where It Actively Litigated Merits Of Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration in a labor dispute between a gentlemen’s club (“Crazy Horse”) and a putative class of entertainers because of Crazy Horse’s extensive...more

Multiple Artificial Intelligence Bills Introduced in House and Senate

Over the last two months, the United States legislature has introduced three new bills intended to establish a Federal Advisory Committee on the rapidly-evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI) and to analyze and report...more

Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale at Pennsylvania Dispensaries This Week

As you may recall, we wrote late last month that Pennsylvania’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary opened in the Lehigh Valley and expected to have products for sale by February or March of 2018. In the following...more

S.D.N.Y Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Action

On February 5, 2018, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendant Khan Funds Management America, Inc.’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim under Dodd-Frank on the...more

Legal Advisor Newsletter - First Quarter 2018

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The topics in the Legal Advisor focus primarily on corporate and business matters, federal contracting, employment law, intellectual property and electronic commerce. We encourage our readers to communicate their views to us...more

Pumping the Procedural Brakes: Arbitration Clause Stays Potential Uber Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Will an arbitration provision in a services agreement between Uber and its drivers prevent the drivers from bringing a class action for being misclassified as contractors? The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed this...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

Employees Again Sue Jimmy John's Based on Hiring Restriction

A few years ago, the Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant chain ran into problems over noncompetition agreements entered into with hourly workers at its franchisees’ stores. Several state attorneys general contended that...more

Lessons From The Waymo v Uber Trade Secrets Trial

by Fisher Phillips on

Just hours after the Eagles clinched their upset Super Bowl win over the Patriots, a different battle royale began in a San Francisco courtroom between an established juggernaut and its upstart rival. For techies and trade...more

Late Notice Under Claims-Made Policy Torpedoes Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A recent ruling by a North Carolina federal district court highlights the different treatment the courts give to the late notice defense under a claims-made liability insurance policy versus an occurrence-based policy. The...more

Antitrust Attacks on “No-Poach” Agreements Between Employers Accelerating

As we reported in an earlier blog post, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice issued guidance in the waning days of the Obama administration reminding HR professionals and others that the antitrust laws could...more

Uber and Waymo Settle Trade Secret Dispute

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 9, 2018, Uber and Waymo agreed to settle their closely watched trade secret dispute related to self-driving car technology. As part of the settlement, Uber has agreed not to use any Waymo confidential information...more

Selling Your Winery? 7 Issues to Consider Before Putting Your Winery on the Market

Having decided to sell your winery, you have hired a broker or adviser to help you market the property, circulated marketing materials to prospective buyers, and invited those buyers to submit an expression of interest....more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Turns Out Attempting To Insert New Term Into Collective Bargaining Agreement Not Agreed To In Negotiations Violates The Law…Who...

As we have noted previously, the make-up of the Board currently stands at four out of five total members, divided evenly between two warring factions making it pretty much impossible to change the law which requires a...more

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