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Avoid misclassification quagmires by understanding differences between contractors and employees

by DLA Piper on

When engaging a worker to perform paid work services, a first and critical step in the hiring process is the determination of the worker's status as an employee or independent contractor. Classification missteps can translate...more

Judge Holds UberBLACK Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 11, Judge Michael Baylson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania became the first judge to grant summary judgment on the issue of whether UberBLACK drivers are employees or independent...more

GrubHub Prevails in Driver Classification Case, Ruling Offers Insights for On-Demand Economy

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a long-awaited decision, a San Francisco federal judge ruled that GrubHub properly classified a delivery driver as an independent contractor. The Feb. 8 ruling sheds meaningful light on the prominent and heavily-litigated...more

Seventh Circuit Preaches on the Ministerial Exception

For the first time since a 2012 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals elaborated on and applied the Supreme Court’s four-factor analysis to determine whether a position is...more

Louisiana Court Upholds Ruling That House Painters Are Independent Contractors

The Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has held that painters may be treated as independent contractors if they bring some of their own tools, control their own schedules, and make decisions on how to complete the work...more

DOL Throws in Towel on Standard for Unpaid Internships

Last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the fourth appellate circuit to reject the Department of Labor’s six-part test for determining whether internships at for-profit companies must be paid. The DOL test...more

Paving the Way for Unpaid Interns: Trump Administration Relaxes the Standards

by Bryan Cave on

Internships are often a great way for students and young people to get their foot in the door and land their first job. But employers must ask themselves: is your unpaid intern actually an intern, or is the “intern” really an...more

U.S. Department of Labor Adopts New Test to Determine if Interns Are Really Employees

As summer approaches, many employers are considering “hiring” summer interns, as well as what to pay them, if anything. Some employers will consider engaging the services of unpaid interns, sometimes at the request of eager...more

The DOL Abandons Rigid Six-Factor Intern Test and Adopts Court-Favored Approach

by Benesch on

On January 5, 2018, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) adopted a more lenient standard for assessing whether interns qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Previously, in 2010, the DOL promulgated...more

DOL Gives Credit to Unpaid Student Interns After Getting Schooled by the Courts

Over the last few years, several federal courts—and, most recently last month, another appellate court—rejected the Obama administration’s mandatory six-prong test for whether someone can properly be classified as an unpaid...more

USCIS Establishes New Five-Prong Test for “Function Managers”

Multinational companies that wish to transfer managerial employees to the United States now have clarification on the criteria required to do so. A new five-prong test adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...more

Second Circuit Momentive Decision Adopts Two-Step Test for Cramdown Rate; Creates Make-Whole Circuit Split

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC (“Momentive”) holding that, with one important exception, that the plan of reorganization...more

PTAB Makes Precedential Its Multi-Factor Approach To Assessing Follow-On Petitions

by Jones Day on

Serial IPR or CBM petitions challenging the same patent claims have been a recurring issue for the PTAB. On October 18, 2017, the PTAB designated as precedential a portion of a decision by an expanded panel that addressed...more

Are Head Lice a Disability? Navigating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

by Bryan Cave on

What if you had an employee who kept coming to work with head lice? What should you do? Employment lawyers get all kinds of questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act—and some of these can give you a serious case...more

Dabbling in Distress: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Two Important Bankruptcy Issues Next Term

by Hogan Lovells on

Despite a modest uptick in recent years, it is still a relatively rare occasion for the Supreme Court of the United States to tackle issues involving bankruptcy. This term, however, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in...more

California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

Texas Legislature Clarifies and Expands the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 19, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law several amendments to the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUTSA”), located in Chapter 134A of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code. The amendments go into...more

How Much Fame Is Enough?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In its recent decision in Joseph Phelps Vineyards, LLC v. Fairmont Holdings, LLC, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit clarified the proper interpretation of the fame of the mark factor in determining whether there...more

Medical Negligence - The new legal test in Singapore to determine the standard of a doctor's duty in advising his patient - A...

by Dentons on

The Singapore Court of Appeal has in its recent judgment in the case of Hii Chii Kok v Ooi Peng Jin London Lucien and another [2017] SGCA 38 (Hii Chii Kok v London Lucien Ooi) delivered on 12 May 2017, decided that the Bolam...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 61 - Regardless of Status (Broker/Motor Carrier): Contract & Control Still Matter

by Benesch on

Courts continue to review the circumstances surrounding the degree of control exercised over transportation service providers. This has held true in several different segments of the transportation industry whether it is home...more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Some time ago, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a focus on what it saw as a workplace trend, namely the characterization of people performing functions that are an integral part of the employer’s business (not plumbers...more

New, Even Broader, Joint Employer Test Adopted

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers may think the concept of joint employer being pushed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is overly broad, but a recent decision by a federal appellate court in Richmond, Virginia adopts the most expansive...more

The Fourth Circuit’s New Test for Joint Employment Under the FLSA and Why You Should Care

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent articulation of a new test for joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets a challenging standard for general contractors and others that seek to minimize labor...more

Infused oils, investment managers and one combining factor: confidential information

by Dentons on

Cases involving confidential information have been keeping the High Court busy over the last few months. In this article, we look at two such recent cases: Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd v. Bakkavor Group Ltd and Marathon Asset...more

We’ve Got the Copyright, How ‘bout You? Supreme Court Protects Cheerleader Designs

We previously wrote about the copyright battle between two of the largest cheerleader uniform manufacturers. Plaintiff Varsity Brand, Inc. claimed that Star Athletica, LLC had infringed its copyrights by manufacturing...more

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