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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

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Employer Finding That Required Mental-Health Examinations Did Not Violate the...

by FordHarrison on

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Painter v. Illinois Department of Transportation affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer in a lawsuit alleging a...more

SCOTUS: Only Appeal Filing Deadlines Prescribed by Statute are “Jurisdictional”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an unanimous opinion in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Case No. 16-658, clarifying that an appeal filing deadline prescribed by statute is “jurisdictional,”...more

California WARN Act Notice Requirements Apply to Temporary Layoff

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The California Court of Appeal has held that the California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) Act requires that employers notify employees of temporary layoffs, even if anticipated to last less than six...more

Interns Flunk The Class

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Second Circuit has upheld summary judgment against magazine interns seeking payment as “employees” under the FLSA. In an end-of-semester decision that may represent the final grade for unpaid interns...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds that Former Employee Breached Non-Compete Agreement Through Actions of His Subordinates

by Butler Snow LLP on

In November 2017, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a Nashville trial court’s determination that a former employee violated his noncompete agreement by managing employees who solicited competing business in the restricted...more

Be Fore-WARNed: California Really Is Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth synopsis: Companies contemplating a mass layoff must comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. In California, alas, companies must also consider the even more stringent requirements...more

California’s WARN Act Applies to Temporary Layoffs

by Fisher Phillips on

A California appellate court has ruled that California’s WARN Act, which requires 60 days advance notice of “mass layoffs,” applies to temporary layoffs and furloughs. The case (Boilermakers Local 1998 v. Nassco Holdings,...more

Are We at a “Tipping” Point for Wrongful Discharge Claims in Minnesota?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A bartender is told by his employer, in violation of state law, that he must share tips with other employees. He refuses to comply and is fired. The state law in question says he can sue for being required to share tips, but...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Fourth Circuit Says Mixed-Fleet Drivers Entitled to Overtime

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, certain drivers of commercial vehicles in interstate commerce are exempt from the law’s overtime provisions. In 2008, Congress amended the FLSA to apply the overtime requirement to drivers...more

Temporary Furloughs May Trigger California WARN Act Notice Obligations

by Littler on

A California Court of Appeals has held that temporary furloughs trigger notice obligations under the California Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (CA-WARN). Specifically, the appellate court in The...more

Temporary Furloughs May Trigger California WARN Act Notice Obligations

by Littler on

A California Court of Appeals has held that temporary furloughs trigger notice obligations under the California Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (CA-WARN). Specifically, the appellate court in The...more

New York Court Of Appeals Establishes Standard For Punitive Damages Under NYCHRL

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals, on a question certified by the Second Circuit, announced the standard for punitive damages in claims under the New York City Human Rights Law. ...more

New York’s Highest Court Establishes Lowered Threshold for Punitive Damages Under New York City Law

In Chauca v. Abraham, No. 113 (November 20, 2017), the New York State Court of Appeals clarified the standard for awarding punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Unlike Title VII of the Civil...more

Court of Appeals Denies Motion for Leave to Appeal in a Live-In Case

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals denied an application filed by Human Care LLC seeking leave to appeal the First Department’s April 11, 2017 decision that held that “live-in” aides must be paid for all 24...more

Sixth Circuit Provides Clarification On Legality Of Draw-On-Commission Policy

Last month, the Sixth Circuit revived a lawsuit brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) alleging that a retailer’s commission policy was unlawful in Stein v. hhgregg, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19908 (6th Cir....more

California Commissioned Salespersons May Be Entitled to Separate Compensation for Wide Range of Activities in Addition to Rest...

Commissioned salespersons are employed in a variety of industries. While “outside salespeople” are generally exempt from minimum wage and meal and rest break requirements, so-called “inside” salespeople working at a retail...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

Third Circuit: Imprecise Release Allows FMLA Claims to Survive

Imagine that an employee of yours gets injured at work. He files a claim for workers’ compensation, goes out on leave, and returns to work two weeks later. Two weeks after that, the employee is fired for a policy violation....more

Non-Compete News: Georgia Court of Appeals Confirms Lack of Geographic or Material Contact Limitation Does Not Invalidate...

by FordHarrison on

Georgia’s recent Restrictive Covenant Act, enacted in 2011, does not directly address non-solicitation of employees a/k/a non-recruitment covenants, thereby leaving such provisions subject to the principles developed by...more

Make Sure FMLA Forms Mailed to Employees Can Be Traced

Here is a nightmare scenario for human resources: The company sends an employee absent from work the required Family and Medical Leave medical certification form via regular mail. The employee fails to return the form within...more

A Broader View: Court of Appeal Confirms Holistic Approach for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in Alberta

Alberta’s highest court has clarified the parameters of the law on random drug and alcohol testing and emphasized that courts and arbitrators alike should take a holistic approach to safety when examining the enforceability...more

Employment News - November 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly newsletter on employment matters. In this weeks issue: - Open to non-members – rejection of job application because of previous union activities was unlawful. - Stevenson/Farmer review into mental health in...more

Employer’s Victory In Workers’ Compensation Proceeding Leads To Dismissal Of Discrimination Claims

A recent California Court of Appeal opinion reminds employers of the need to carefully monitor parallel workers’ compensation proceedings involving litigants who also have civil claims pending against the employer. Ly v....more

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