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SCC Integrates Reasonable Accommodation Concept into Assessment of the Right to Return to Work

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recently rendered judgment in Québec (Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail) v. Caron (Caron Judgment), integrating the concept of reasonable...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

Court Certifies Class In Duke-UNC No-Hire Workplace Antitrust Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 1, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina entered an order granting in part, and denying in part, the plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a no-hire...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Holds Sick Pay is Not a Wage Under the Massachusetts Wage Act

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Mui v. Massachusetts Port Authority that payment for accrued, unused sick time is not a “wage” under the state wage act, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 148, and therefore a...more

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

by Littler on

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018. ...more

Ten Simple Steps to Avoid Employment Lawsuits

by Baker Donelson on

You're striving to operate as efficiently as possible to increase your company's competitive advantage and, ultimately, its profit margin. But then someone in the company steps on a legal landmine and you spend $50,000 to win...more

EEOC's Background Check Guidance Suffers Loss in Texas Federal Court

by Littler on

On February 1, 2018, a federal judge enjoined the EEOC and U.S. Attorney General from enforcing against the State of Texas the EEOC’s 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Volvo Reaches $70k Settlement In Disability Discrimination Suit After Refusing To Hire Applicant On Suboxone

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Volvo Group North America, LLC will pay $70,000 and institute a three-year consent decree to resolve a federal disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). According to...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Applies Non-Compete Law To Invalidate Anti-Poaching Covenant

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 19, 2018, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court held that an employee non-solicitation covenant was overly broad and unenforceable under state law. In the decision, entitled The Manitowoc Company, Inc. v. Lanning, Case...more

Workstation Relocation Creates Viable Claim For Retaliation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently permitted a Title VII retaliation claim to proceed to trial based on allegations of retaliatory relocation of a worker’s workstation. In Massaquoi v....more

Fiscal Year 2017 EEOC Statistics are Here (and So Is Retaliation!)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the EEOC released its annual report breaking down charges received during the fiscal year. In fiscal year 2017, the agency received 84,254 charges and took in $398 million between voluntary resolutions and...more

Religious Discrimination Against One of "Your Own"? Yes, It Can Happen.

It's possible to discriminate against someone of your own faith. And illegal. Carl Smith, a Catholic, was a trainee in Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspection. ...more

Employer Vaccine Programs: A Case Where Religion is NOT a Factor

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

This year flu season came early and with a vengeance. As we mentioned in our October post, The Rise of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims, mandatory flu vaccines present a common pitfall for employers. As employers seek...more

Spokeo v. Robins: The U.S. Supreme Court Declines An Encore Performance

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In deciding to deny certiorari to review Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 17-806 (U.S. 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to reconsider the standing principles it announced in its landmark 2016 Spokeo...more

California’s Salary History Ban: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

As discussed in our previous article, “California Governor Signs Law Banning Salary History Inquiries,” as of January 1, 2018, California employers are required to comply with California Labor Code Section 432.3, which...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

Federal Appeals Court Breathes New Life Into Pay Equity Claim, While Imposing Higher Standard On Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just forced a public employer back into court to defend itself against a pay equity claim after a lower court had dismissed the lawsuit and cleared the employer from wrongdoing. In...more

DOL Bids Adieu to Six-Factor Internship Test

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Labor has scrapped its 2010 Fact Sheet on internship status and adopted the more flexible and employer-friendly test devised by Second Circuit....more

N.Y. Decision May Hinder Early Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The decision of the New York Court of Appeals, in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC., and in Vasquez v. Nat'l Sec. Corp., has created a potential obstacle to early class action settlements in cases filed in New York...more

Back to the Future: California Employment Bills Likely to Resurface in 2018

by Littler on

As discussed in a prior article, unsuccessful bills proposed in the California legislature in 2017 can carry over into the 2018 session. State lawmakers may revive measures that did not make it through both chambers of the...more

No Religious Bias Against Hospital Employee Who Refused to Get Flu Shot

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Mandatory vaccines and flu shots present challenges to employers attempting to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees. In this case, a hospital worker claimed that he was terminated...more

Failure to Investigate and Fat-Shaming Permit Employment Claims to Proceed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Under California law, obesity can qualify as a disability if it has a physiological cause and limits a major life activity. Proving such a claim has been difficult. The First District Court of Appeal’s...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules That Hearst Interns Are Not Employees

In a decision issued earlier this month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that participants in unpaid internship programs offered by the Hearst Corporation could not be classified as “employees” of Hearst and...more

Sixty-Day Grace Period for Nonimmigrant Workers after Loss of Employment

by Wilson Elser on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has promulgated a regulation affecting highly skilled foreign workers when they lose their jobs. The stated purpose of the regulation is to improve the ability of U.S. employers to...more

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