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Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Apr 13

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest
                 Competition and innovation are key ideals in American society, and they were the main focus on March 5, 2014 when the CEOs of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (“ULA”) testified…
  • Apr 12

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer
                The Illinois’ Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Acts (ROT Acts) allows “municipal governments and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to impose a retail occupation tax…
  • Apr 12

    In-App Purchases: the classic game of bait-and-switch, now available on Google Play

    In-App Purchases: the classic game of bait-and-switch, now available on Google Play
    In February, a New York mother of a five-year-old boy did what many busy parents do to keep their kids occupied: she gave him a game. This particular game, Marvel’s “Run Jump Smash”, was on her tablet.2 She purchased the…
Rank this Week: 26

New York Public Personnel Law

New York Public Personnel Law

Provides summary and commentary on selected court and administrative decisions and related matters affecting public employers and employees in New York State. By Harvey Randall, Esq.

http://publicpersonnellaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 15

    Former Lt. Gov. Ravitch to Address Fiscal Challenges Facing Local Government

    Former Lt. Gov. Ravitch to Address Fiscal Challenges Facing Local Government
    Former Lt. Gov. Ravitch to Address Fiscal Challenges Facing Local GovernmentsFormer New York State Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch will deliver a talk on “The Fiscal Challenges Facing Local Governments” for the 2014 Edwin L.…
  • Apr 14

    Employee’s purported unresponsive answers to interrogatories used as a defense in disciplinary action

    Employee’s purported unresponsive answers to interrogatories used as a defense in disciplinary action
    Employee’s purported unresponsive answers to interrogatories used as a defense in disciplinary actionOATH Index No. 876/14The employer moved to preclude the employee from offering a defense to disciplinary charges based upon…
  • Apr 13

    Nonresident attorney's right to practice law in New York State

    Nonresident attorney's right to practice law in New York State
    Nonresident attorney's right to practice law in New York StateSchoenefeld v. State of New York, et al., USCA, 11-4283-cvThe U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, held that Section 470 of the Judiciary Law, which requires…
Rank this Week: 60

Wrongful Dismissal and Employment…

Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law Blog

Discusses wrongful dismissal and employment law issues affecting Canadian employers and employees. By Whitten & Lublin.

http://blog.toronto-employmentlawyer.com/
  • Apr 9

    Employee fired over an injury sets legal precedent in Ontario

    Employee fired over an injury sets legal precedent in Ontario
    A 2013 ruling in Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Ltd sets a new precedent, paving the way for employees to pursue human rights claims in court where the financial outcome can be largely unpredictable and inconsistent – yet rewarding.…
  • Apr 2

    Failure to investigate alleged misconduct can be costly

    Failure to investigate alleged misconduct can be costly
    It is not uncommon for employers to fire first and ask questions later, especially in instances of alleged employee misconduct. Stelcrete Industries Ltd., a rebar assembly plant in Welland, Ontario learned that impulsive actions can be…
  • Mar 28

    Court blocks executive’s move from Blackberry to Apple

    Court blocks executive’s move from Blackberry to Apple
    On March 24, 2014 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice prevented a senior executive at Blackberry from moving to its major competitor, Apple. In BlackBerry Limited v. Marineau-Mes, 2014 ONSC 1790, the debate centered on an employment…
Rank this Week: 67

Workplace Prof Blog

Workplace Prof Blog

Covers arbitration, disability, employment discrimination, labor law, public employment law and workplace safety. By Professors Richard Bales, Jeffrey M. Hirsch and Marcia L. McCormick.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/laborprof_blog/
  • Apr 15

    Travis on Changing the Gender-Pay Narrative

    Travis on Changing the Gender-Pay Narrative
    Michelle Travis (San Francisco) has just posted on SSRN her article (forthcoming Denver L. Rev.) Disabling the Gender Pay Gap: Lessons from the Social Model of Disability. Here's the abstract: As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Title…
  • Apr 14

    It's time for this year's edition of…

    It's time for this year's edition of Workplace Prof Faculty moves. Please let us know via the comment section what we missed. Appointments Stephanie Bornstein from visiting at Hastings to a tenure-track position teaching employment law and…
  • Apr 11

    SeaWorld’s Challenge to OSHA Citation Denied

    SeaWorld’s Challenge to OSHA Citation Denied
    The D.C. Circuit, by a 2-1 vote, has denied SeaWorld of Florida’s petition for review of an order finding a general duty clause violation related to the death of one of SeaWorld’s killer whale trainers, Dawn Brancheau. The OSH Act’s...
Rank this Week: 98

ERISA Lawyer Blog

ERISA Lawyer Blog

Covers employeee benefits, ERISA, and employment law. By Stanley D. Baum.

http://www.erisalawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 123

Ohio Employer's Law Blog

Ohio Employer's Law Blog

Provides updates and commentary on current employment law headlines and topics. By Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL.

http://www.ohioemployerlawblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Hypothetical violations doom employer confidentiality policy

    Hypothetical violations doom employer confidentiality policy
    A few months ago I posted on the NLRB’s veto of a workplace confidentiality policy. Late last month, the 5th Circuit court of appeals ruled on another employer confidentiality policy, and the results should trouble employers everywhere.…
  • Apr 14

    It's illegal to ask employees to give up overtime payment

    It's illegal to ask employees to give up overtime payment
    If a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a work week that employee is entitled to overtime at the required rate of 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. What if, however, an employee says they’d rather forego the overtime…
  • Apr 11

    WIRTW #316 (the “en francais” edition)

    WIRTW #316 (the “en francais” edition)
    From Mashable: Employers’ federations and two unions in France signed a “new, legally binding” labor agreement on Thursday that encourages some staff to turn off their phones after 6 p.m., in an effort to curb burnout and…
Rank this Week: 177

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Doorey's Law of Work Blog

Covers Canadian labour and employment law. By Professor David Doorey.

http://lawofwork.ca/
  • Apr 4

    Unifor’s Toyota Campaign Demonstrates Flaw in Labour Law Model

    Unifor’s Toyota Campaign Demonstrates Flaw in Labour Law Model
    You may have seen in the media that Unifor (the old Canadian Auto Workers) applied this week to represent employees at Toyota’s three plants in Cambridge and Woodstock.  The media stories said there is approximately 6500 employees…
  • Apr 3

    Union Security and the Law (links)

    Union Security and the Law (links)
     Labour Relations Act Canadian Laws on Union Dues and Membership Rand’s Arbitration Decision (Ford, 1946) Right to Work and Bullshit in Labour Policy Debates Has anything changed with Hudak’s New claim that he is dropping…
  • Mar 27

    Are University Football Players “Employees” and Entitled to Unionize?

    Are University Football Players “Employees” and Entitled to Unionize?
    There was a big decision from the Illinois region of the National Labor Relations Board yesterday, finding that Northwestern University football players are “employees” and therefore entitled to unionize.  Here’s the…
Rank this Week: 160

The Word On Employment Law

The Word On Employment Law

Covers legal issues affecting the workplace. By Dave Whitlock, Chris Parker and Jimmy Daniel.

http://www.wordonemploymentlaw.com
  • Jun 7

    Retaliation Claims Increase

    Retaliation Claims Increase
    Recent trends reveal that employment retaliation claims are on the rise.  Further, courts are taking a hard line on offending employers accused of retaliation in employment.  A review of United States Supreme Court decisions in retaliation…
  • May 19

    Nuclear Fallout

    Nuclear Fallout
    But not in Japan.  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn are making headlines they probably wish they had never made.  While I’m not a man and can, therefore, only surmise that the root of the problem somehow goes back to The…
  • May 17

    There’s An App for That

    There’s An App for That
    And it’s exhibit one to the wage and hour lawsuit that has just been filed against your company.  The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the release of its first smartphone app – a timesheet that allows employees to keep track of…
Rank this Week: 153

Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Focuses on issues of interest to adjunct law professors, including labor law, employment law, employee benefits law and education law issues. By Adjunct Law Professor Mitchell H. Rubinstein.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/adjunctprofs/
  • Apr 8

    NY Court of Appeals Issues Major Duty of Fair Representation Decision

    NY Court of Appeals Issues Major Duty of Fair Representation Decision
    Palladino v. CNY Centro, ___N.Y.3d___(April 8, 2014), is a major decision. In a 5-2 decision the New York Court of Appeals affirms the dismissal of a duty of fair representation case brought against a labor union that refused to take...
  • Apr 7

    Review of Litigation: Rule 91a Seminar

    Review of Litigation: Rule 91a Seminar
    The Review of Litigation (Texas) is hosting a 1-hour seminar on April 10 titled, "Motions to Dismiss Under New Texas Rule 91a: Practice, Procedure and Review." Attendees will earn one hour of MCLE credit. Click on the link for…
  • Apr 1

    Attorneys and Depression

    Attorneys and Depression
    Brian Clarke (Charlotte) has written an extremely important and ultimately courageous post, "Law Professors, Law Students and Depression . . . A Story of Coming Out (Part 1)" at The Faculty Lounge on depression and anxiety's…
Rank this Week: 272

Whistleblower Law Blog

Whistleblower Law Blog

Covers legislation, news and cases for whistleblowers and those who represent them. By The Employment Group.

http://employmentlawgroupblog.com
  • Apr 1

    March Whistleblower Rewards Include $500,000 in Cargo Price-Fixing Case

    March Whistleblower Rewards Include $500,000 in Cargo Price-Fixing Case
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced settlements in three large qui tam cases during March — including a price-fixing case where the whistleblower earned a half-million-dollar reward. The False Claims Act (FCA) penalizes fraud…
  • Apr 1

    March 2014 FCA Rewards: $500,000 in Cargo Price-Fixing Case

    March 2014 FCA Rewards: $500,000 in Cargo Price-Fixing Case
    The U.S. Department of Justice announced settlements in three large qui tam cases during March — including a price-fixing case where the whistleblower earned a half-million-dollar reward. The False Claims Act (FCA) penalizes fraud…
  • Mar 5

    Supreme Court Says SOX Can Fit Almost Anyone

    Supreme Court Says SOX Can Fit Almost Anyone
    NOTE: A version of this post first appeared on Law360.com.  The author, R. Scott Oswald, was counsel of record on an amicus curiae brief filed in this case. In deciding Lawson v. FMR LLC, the first whistleblower case they have heard…
Rank this Week: 296

California Labor & Employment…

California Labor & Employment Law Blog

Covers arbitration agreements, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, hiring, termination, employee leave, and wage and hour issues. By Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger.

http://www.callaborlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 266

Hunton Employment & Labor Law…

Hunton Employment & Labor Law Perspectives

Analyzes and covers developments in employment and labor issues. By Hunton & Williams.

http://www.huntonlaborblog.com/
  • Apr 16

    IRS Guidance Issued On The Effect of The Windsor Decision On Retirement Plan

    IRS Guidance Issued On The Effect of The Windsor Decision On Retirement Plan
    Plan sponsors now have additional answers to some of their questions about the effect of the Windsor decision on retirement plans. Notice 2014-19, released on April 4, 2014, provides guidance concerning the application (including retroactive…
  • Apr 9

    Fifth Circuit Delivers Some Bad News For Employer Confidentiality Policie

    Fifth Circuit Delivers Some Bad News For Employer Confidentiality Policie
    We have been reporting in this space for the better part of a year about the uptick in NLRB enforcement activity in non-union workplaces.  One of the Board’s most noteworthy – and controversial – areas of focus has been…
  • Apr 3

    Banning the Criminal Background Check Box in San Francisco

    Banning the Criminal Background Check Box in San Francisco
    On February 14, 2014, San Francisco passed the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and became the latest national municipality to “ban the box” and limit the use of criminal background checks in employment hiring decisions. …
Rank this Week: 724

Iowa Law Blog

Iowa Law Blog

Covers business, employment, trust & estates family, real estate, regulatory compliance and utility law. By Sullivan & Ward, PC.

http://www.iowa-lawblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.

    Cats, Dogs and No Contact Orders.
     In the coming months, victims of domestic abuse may have one less deterrent from seeking out necessary help and protection. Under Senate File 2118, "pets or companion animals owned or held" by the parties to a domestic abuse protective…
  • Apr 11

    Conducting an Investigation

    Conducting an Investigation
    An employee just made a complaint of harassment or discrimination. You know you have a duty, as the employer, to investigate the employee’s complaint, but aren’t entirely sure how to conduct the investigation. Here are a few…
  • Mar 17

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way

    How to Navigate Divorce in a Healthy Way
    Making the decision to end your marriage can be a very emotional experience.  Oftentimes, the emotions associated with ending your marriage result in anger and/or resentment toward your soon-to-be ex-spouse which in turn can make a…
Rank this Week: 411

ACA Review

ACA Review

Covers labor and employment, tax, employee benefits and healthcare law issues associated with the Affordable Care Act. By Balch & Bingham LLP.

http://www.acareview.com/
  • Apr 15

    CBO Updates ACA Impact Estimate

    CBO Updates ACA Impact Estimate
    Concurrently with its April 2014 update of February 2014 projections of federal revenues and spending through 2024, the Congressional Budget Office revised its projection of how the Affordable Care Act will change insurance coverage, federal…
  • Apr 14

    Is The Full-Time Employer Mandate Causing Employers to Cut Weekly Work Hours?

    Is The Full-Time Employer Mandate Causing Employers to Cut Weekly Work Hours?
    Probably not yet, on net, this year, seems to be the correct answer, though temp staffing is trending upward.  Here are three charts that we created from data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHANGE IN % OF…
  • Apr 10

    Who’s At Risk for Non-Payment During the ACA Subsidy “Grace Period”?

    Who’s At Risk for Non-Payment During the ACA Subsidy “Grace Period”?
    It’s buried deep, in small type, in a set of rules issued almost a year, and thousands of Federal Register pages ago.   Here’s the setup.  Jimmy has a chronic medical problem, and knows it, but he cannot afford…
Rank this Week: 646

HR Watchdog

HR Watchdog

Covers California employment laws. By the California Chamber of Commerce.

http://hrwatchdog.calchamber.com/
  • Apr 15

    Maids Fired for Cooperating in Wage Theft Investigation; Company Hit with Fine

    Maids Fired for Cooperating in Wage Theft Investigation; Company Hit with Fine
    California’s Labor Commissioner Julie Su recently fined a maid service company $394,944 in unpaid wages and premiums to be paid back to affected workers, plus civil penalties. After a lengthy investigation, the Labor Commissioner…
  • Apr 14

    IRS Releases More Same-Sex Marriage Guidance

    IRS Releases More Same-Sex Marriage Guidance
    The IRS recently released new guidance to address remaining questions relating to its treatment of same-sex marriages after last year’s U.S. v. Windsor decision. The Windsor decision invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act…
  • Apr 10

    CalChamber Releases 2014 Job Killer List

    CalChamber Releases 2014 Job Killer List
    The California Chamber of Commerce released its annual list of “job killer” bills yesterday, calling attention to the negative impact that 26 proposed measures would have on California’s job climate and economic recovery if…
Rank this Week: 640

Workplace Class Action Blog

Workplace Class Action Blog

Covers class action litigation issues, including class certification, discovery and defense strategies. By Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

http://www.workplaceclassaction.com/
Rank this Week: 422

Lawffice Space

Lawffice Space

Covers employment laws and cases. By Philip Miles.

http://www.lawfficespace.com/
  • Apr 15

    Fired for What!? - Topless McDonald's Rampage

    Fired for What!? - Topless McDonald's Rampage
    Have you ever seen a woman wearing nothing but a thong trash a McDonald's? Probably not . . . until now. Feel free to check out the video (censored for your protection) here. Wanna guess who got fired? Yup, the McDonald's employees who leaked…
  • Apr 9

    Update: Obama's "Equal Pay" Orders Now Available

    Update: Obama's "Equal Pay" Orders Now Available
    As I blogged yesterday, President Obama issued orders addressing "equal pay" issues yesterday. I incorrectly stated that they would both be executive orders. There is actually one executive order, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of…
  • Apr 8

    Coming Today: Obama "Equal Pay" Executive Order

    Coming Today: Obama "Equal Pay" Executive Order
    President Obama is expected to sign two executive orders designed to combat wage inequality today. Based on reports (Washington Post,  U.S. News, Huffington Post, and more), the two executive orders will generally provide that:Federal…
Rank this Week: 410

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We…

JOTWELL - The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)

Edited by University of Miami School of Law Professor Michael Froomkin, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)–JOTWELL–invites law professors to join us in filling a telling gap in legal scholarship by creating a space where legal academics will go to identify, celebrate, and discuss the best new legal scholarship.

http://jotwell.com/
  • Apr 15

    Employer Retaliation Policies and the Retaliation Catch-22

    Employer Retaliation Policies and the Retaliation Catch-22
    Deborah L. Brake, Retaliation in an EEO World, 89 Ind. L.J. 115 (2014).Alex B. LongWhistleblowers and workplace retaliation victims continue to make headlines in the national media. From Edward Snowden to NFL players Chris Kluwe and…
  • Apr 14

    The Supreme Court Flunks Again

    The Supreme Court Flunks Again
    John H. Langbein, Destructive Federal Preemption of State Wealth Transfer Law in Beneficiary Designation Cases: Hillman Doubles Down on Egelhoff, Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming, 2014), available at SSRN.Tom GallanisNearly twenty-five years ago,…
  • Apr 11

    Vanishing into the Ether: Link Rot and Disappearing Precedent

    Vanishing into the Ether: Link Rot and Disappearing Precedent
    Raizel Liebler & June Liebert, Something Rotten in the State of Legal Citation: The Life Span of a United States Supreme Court Citation Containing an Internet Link (1996-2010), 15 Yale J.L. & Tech. 273 (2013).Kristina…
Rank this Week: 483

Workplace Privacy, Data Management…

Workplace Privacy, Data Management & Security Report

Covers data security, HIPAA, identity theft and workplace privacy. By Jackson Lewis.

http://www.workplaceprivacyreport.com
Rank this Week: 599

San Antonio Employment Law Blog

San Antonio Employment Law Blog

Discuss labor and employment law issues for the San Antonio, Texas community. By Thomas J. Crane.

http://www.sanantonioemploymentlawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    Fifth Circuit Panel Ignores Evidence of Racism

    Fifth Circuit Panel Ignores Evidence of Racism
    In Willis v. CLECO Corp., No. 13-30217, (5th Cir. 4/8/14), the Fifth Circuit panel reverses summary judgment regarding a disciplinary write-up, but affirms summary judgment regarding the termination of an African-American worker. Gregory…
  • Apr 8

    How to Avoid Sanctions in a Discrimination Lawsuit

    How to Avoid Sanctions in a Discrimination Lawsuit
    In federal court, the parties are subject to sanctions for any number of offenses, ranging from discovery abuse to filing frivolous claims. Sanctions can include everything from money to a prohibition of certain evidence. Federal Rule of…
  • Apr 1

    Fifth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment

    Fifth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment
    In a recent unpublished decision, the Fifth Circuit reversed the grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer. Monica Hague formerly worked for the University of Texas Health Science Center t San Antonio. Ms. Hague worked in the…
Rank this Week: 715

Illinois Sexual Harassment…

Illinois Sexual Harassment Attorney Blog

Covers employment discrimination, constructive discharge, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment. By Peter M. LaSorsa.

http://www.illinoissexualharassmentattorneyblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    Sexual Harassment By A Professor

    Sexual Harassment By A Professor
    So you are attending college in Chicago and your professor seems to be taking an unusual interest in you. He begins to ask personal questions and singles you out from the other students. He now asks for your cell-phone number under the…
  • Apr 12

    Sexual Harassment Case At The Illinois Human Rights Commission

    Sexual Harassment Case At The Illinois Human Rights Commission
    So you filed your sexual harassment case and it is now before an administrative law Judge at the Illinois Human Rights Commission ("IHRC"). What can you expect to happen now that the case is moving forward? Well the IHRC has its' own set of…
  • Apr 10

    Sexual Harassment Investigation

    Sexual Harassment Investigation
    So you are working hard and minding your own business but the boss keeps engaging in sexual harassment. He won't leave you alone. You are tired on putting up with it and finally you report the conduct to human resources. What can you…
Rank this Week: 597

Tennessee Employment Lawyer Blog

Tennessee Employment Lawyer Blog

Covers Tennessee age discrimination, minimum wage, overtime, qui tam and workplace discrimination. By the Higgins Firm.

http://www.tennesseeemploymentlawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    Equal Pay for Equal Work … Seems Fair, Right?

    Equal Pay for Equal Work … Seems Fair, Right?
    On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Senate Republicans blocked—for the third time—the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill proposing to close the pay gap between men and women. The goal of the bill—the attainment of equal pay for equal…
  • Feb 27

    Genetic Information Discrimination

    Genetic Information Discrimination
    While it sounds like something that would be an issue in a science-fiction, futuristic movie, cases involving discrimination due to genetic information are popping up across the country. On May 21, 2008 the President signed in to law the…
  • Jan 8

    Class-Action Settlement Protecting Female Worker

    Class-Action Settlement Protecting Female Worker
    Back in 2002, a woman named Shirley Ellis filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In her complaint she alleged that Costco Wholesale Corporation denied her a promotion from assistant manager to store manager…
Rank this Week: 686

Delaware Employment Law Blog

Delaware Employment Law Blog

Covers national headline employment law news and updates. By Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.

http://www.delawareemploymentlawblog.com/
  • Apr 14

    Is It Time to Reconsider Your Personal Email Policy?

    Is It Time to Reconsider Your Personal Email Policy?
    The Heartbleed Internet-security flaw has compromised the security of an unknown number of web servers.  This is just one story in a string of recent headlines involving the vulnerability of the Internet sites.  But consumers…
  • Mar 30

    Management Monday: Quit Oversharing

    Management Monday: Quit Oversharing
    Supervisors and their direct reports are not equals.  If you are a supervisor, I advise that you keep this golden rule in mind.  When you are required to communicate a decision to your subordinate, understand that communicating does…
  • Mar 25

    Registration Now Open for Annual Employment Law Seminar

    Registration Now Open for Annual Employment Law Seminar
    The wait is over!  Registration is now open for YCST’s Annual Employment Law Seminar.  This year’s seminar will be held on May 8, 2014, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.   Check out the…
Rank this Week: 653

Workplace Dignity: Where Dignity…

Workplace Dignity: Where Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Reigns Supreme

Covers employment law, human resources best practices, and how to use alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms to help ensure a happy and productive workforce. By Kendall Isaac.

http://www.workplacedignity.com/employment-law-and-dispute-resolution-blog.html
Rank this Week: 737

Chicago Small Business Lawyer Blog

Chicago Small Business Lawyer Blog

Covers Business Law and Employment Law. Published By The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.

http://www.chicagosmallbusinesslawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 13

    6 Legal Mistakes Most Small Business Owners Make: Are You Guilty?

    6 Legal Mistakes Most Small Business Owners Make: Are You Guilty?
    It can be tough to wrap your head around all the laws and policies that apply to your business, especially when you're busy taking it to the next level. As a result, small business owners make many legal mistakes, some major and some minor.…
  • Mar 19

    Protecting your Brand

    Protecting your Brand
    By: Amit Bindra Starting a company brings a lot of risks. Startups and small businesses have to worry about hiring productive employees, selling a great product, and providing an excellent service. Another concern for companies is their…
  • Jan 3

    Misclassification Issues: If it looks like an employee...

    Misclassification Issues: If it looks like an employee...
    Hiring independent contractors used to be a way for businesses to reduce payroll costs. Now, it is a potential landmine of fees and penalties. Having a Independent Contractor Agreement does not prevent government agencies from deciding that…
Rank this Week: 448

Employers' Lawyers

Employers' Lawyers

Provides best practice tips, checklists and updates designed to keep organizations of all sizes in compliance with federal and state employment laws. By Holland & Hart.

http://www.employerslawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 10

    Top 3 Tips for Preserving Documents When Facing Employment Litigation

    Top 3 Tips for Preserving Documents When Facing Employment Litigation
    By Scott E. Randolph If an employee or former employee has sued or threatened to sue your company alleging an employment claim, one of the first things you need to do is initiate steps to preserve all documents that potentially may be…
  • Apr 8

    Keep Good Payroll Records to Defend Wage Claim

    Keep Good Payroll Records to Defend Wage Claim
    By Jason Ritchie An employee can prove a wage claim based on his or her own records if the employer does not keep records of the employee’s pay and hours. Think about that for a moment. Your company’s liability for unpaid wages may rest…
  • Apr 3

    Severance Payments Are Wages Subject to FICA Tax

    Severance Payments Are Wages Subject to FICA Tax
    By Arthur Hundhausen and Mark Wiletsky Employers offer severance payments to separating employees for numerous reasons, including rewarding long-time employees affected by a plant closure, to maintain goodwill, to secure a release and waiver…
Rank this Week: 672

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Whistleblower Protection Blog

Covers legal issues related to corporate malfeasance and protection of whistleblowers. Published by the National Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund.

http://www.whistleblowersblog.org/
Rank this Week: 368

The Kielich Law Firm Blog

The Kielich Law Firm Blog

Covers employment law, personal injury and family law issues related to Texas and federal law.

http://kielichlawfirm.com/blog
  • Apr 9

    Dismissal Notice and Notice of Right to File a Civil Action

    Dismissal Notice and Notice of Right to File a Civil Action
    If you filed a charge of discrimination with the Texas Workforce Commission related to employment discrimination then at some point you are likely to receive a Dismissal Notice and Notice of Right to File a Civil Action. Often the reason…
  • Apr 7

    A peek into employment background checks from the employer’s perspective

    A peek into employment background checks from the employer’s perspective
    I’ve written in the past about employee background checks and the laws that pertain to them here in Texas, particularly with regard to criminal background checks. Employment background checks are a big issue because right now it’s…
  • Apr 1

    Tort Reform Garbage: “Judicial Hellholes”

    Tort Reform Garbage: “Judicial Hellholes”
    I practice plaintiff-side litigation in both my employment law and personal injury work from my Bedford office and as a plaintiff’s lawyer I hear a lot of the support “tort reform” nonsense that goes around. Tort reform…
Rank this Week: 612

When the Abuser Goes to Work

When the Abuser Goes to Work

Offers legal resources for victims of workplace bullying, mobbing and workplace abuse and for employers who are interested in having a workplace where all employees are treated with dignity and respect.

http://abusergoestowork.com/
  • Apr 8

    More than Half of Women in Workplace Bullied

    More than Half of Women in Workplace Bullied
    More than half of women are bullied at work– often by members of their own sex, according to the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in the United Kingdom. The gender equality group, Opportunity Now, and PwC, an…
  • Apr 7

    Workplace Bully Targets Suffer Without Law

    Workplace Bully Targets Suffer Without Law
    New Jersey – Kevin M. Costello,  a New Jersey attorney, said he turns away more than 2,000 people a year who are seeking his help to combat workplace bullying. “These are people who have panic attacks.  Their hair is…
  • Mar 31

    Scholarships and Bootleg Play

    Scholarships and Bootleg Play
    A bootleg play occurs when a quarterback pretends to pass off the ball in an effort to misdirect the defense, and then runs with it. For years, universities have been engaged in a bootleg play with respect to elite football and basketball…
Rank this Week: 478

Fair Employment Legal Update

Fair Employment Legal Update

By Khorrami, LLP.

http://fairemploymentlegalupdate.com/
  • Apr 8

    Same-Sex Harassment Suit Settled By the EEOC

    Same-Sex Harassment Suit Settled By the EEOC
    Roy Farms Inc., one of the largest hop producers in the world, has agreed to settle a same-sex harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Roy Farms will pay $85,000 to four male farm workers that…
  • Apr 7

    $4.4 Million Settlement in Canon Wage and Hour Class Action

    $4.4 Million Settlement in Canon Wage and Hour Class Action
    The wage and hour class action lawsuit against Canon Business Solutions has reached a preliminary settlement in the amount of $4.4 million. Preliminary approval was granted by the court for the plaintiffs, which consisted of service…
  • Mar 25

    City of Los Angeles Employees Awarded 3 Years of Double Overtime for Willful Misclassification

    City of Los Angeles Employees Awarded 3 Years of Double Overtime for Willful Misclassification
    On March 18, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court award of three years of double overtime to City of Los Angeles fire department dispatchers and aeromedical technicians (paramedics in air ambulance helicopters)…
Rank this Week: 436

Understanding Your Rights

Understanding Your Rights

By the Law Offices of Maya Risman, P.C. Focuses on employment issues in New York.

http://www.risman-law.com/blog/
Rank this Week: 596

Trade Secrets and Noncompete Blog

Trade Secrets and Noncompete Blog

Covers the law of restrictive covenants, unfair competition and trade secrets. By Epstein Becker Green.

http://www.tradesecretsnoncompetelaw.com/
Rank this Week: 531

Legal Developments In…

Legal Developments In Non-Competition Agreements

Reviews recent cases involving non-competition agreements and related claims. By Kenneth J. Vanko.

http://www.non-competes.com/
  • Mar 21

    "Embedded Knowledge" and the Trade Secret Gap

    "Embedded Knowledge" and the Trade Secret Gap
    For anyone (lawyer or otherwise) interested in the tensions associated with employee mobility, a truly must-read is Talent Wants to Be Free, by Orly Lobel.Professor Lobel discusses a wide range of issues associated with talent and knowledge…
  • Mar 7

    The Janitor Analogy, Once Again

    The Janitor Analogy, Once Again
    "The agreement is so broad that it would prohibit my client from working for his new company even as a janitor!"- Comment attributed to every defense attorney in every non-compete case, generally accompanied by arms flailing up…
  • Mar 6

    Fifield, Federal Style

    Fifield, Federal Style
    "The law is an ass. But it's not that big of an ass..."U.S. District Court Judge - Northern District of Illinois on March 5, 2014, discussing holding of Fifield v. Premier Dealer Services.***In the past several weeks, two federal district…
Rank this Week: 605

Overtime Law Blog

Overtime Law Blog

Reviews FLSA cases. By Andrew Frisch.

http://flsaovertimelaw.com/
Rank this Week: 344

Jones & Jones Blog

Jones & Jones Blog

Covers personal injury trial law and labor and employment law .

http://www.joneslawyers.com/blog/
  • Mar 17

    GM Ignition Switch Recall

    GM Ignition Switch Recall
    GM Safety Recall General Motors has issued a safety recall 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5, 2003-2007 Saturn Ion, 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR, 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada), 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles…
  • Mar 7

    Fatal Car Accidents, Texas Lawyer

    Fatal Car Accidents, Texas Lawyer
    Traffic  Fatalities One cannot turn on the news without learning of another fatal car accident.  Thankfully, we are usually comforted to know that none of our family members or people we know were involved in the fatal…
  • Dec 22

    Impersonating Someone Online, Joke or Crime in Texas?

    Impersonating Someone Online, Joke or Crime in Texas?
    Online Impersonation Is it a joke or a crime to impersonate someone online in Texas?  We have all seen social media accounts pretending to be someone else and heard stories of people on dating sites pretending to be someone else. …
Rank this Week: 702

Connecticut Employment Law Blog

Connecticut Employment Law Blog

Features developments in labor and employment law. By Daniel A. Schwartz.

http://www.ctemploymentlawblog.com/
  • Apr 16

    Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law

    Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law
    Since the last time I published a list of labor & employment law lawyers to follow back in 2012, there are just a bunch of you out there now using Twitter. (And I presume you’re already following me @danielschwartz, right?) So,…
  • Apr 14

    Could Telecommuting Be Deemed a “Reasonable Accommodation” Under the ADA?

    Could Telecommuting Be Deemed a “Reasonable Accommodation” Under the ADA?
    My colleague, Gabe Jiran, (go read his impressive background here, I’ll wait) recently gave a presentation on telecommuting and I asked Gabe to share his thoughts on a notable topic that came up for discussion there.  Thus, in this…
  • Apr 11

    A New “CAR” And Other Proposed Changes to CHRO – Can They Get It Right?

    A New “CAR” And Other Proposed Changes to CHRO – Can They Get It Right?
    Last year, the General Assembly considered changes to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. That bill did not receive a final vote. This year, it’s back but recently died in the Judiciary Committee, according to…
Rank this Week: 1031

Chicago Overtime Lawyer Blog

Chicago Overtime Lawyer Blog

Covers the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime, class actions, and wage and hour cases. By Chicago Overtime Law Center.

http://www.chicagoovertimelawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    Hotel Chain Sued for Alleged Overtime and Minimum Wage Violation

    Hotel Chain Sued for Alleged Overtime and Minimum Wage Violation
    The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandates that all employers have to pay their employees working within the United States at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and pay them one and one half times their normal hourly…
  • Apr 8

    Illinois Supreme Court Resolves Appeal on Illinois Employee Classification Act

    Illinois Supreme Court Resolves Appeal on Illinois Employee Classification Act
    Even after a law is passed, it is possible for citizens to challenge that law as unconstitutional. However, anyone who does so should make sure that they have good reasons for making such a claim and can back up their argument. The Employee…
  • Apr 1

    Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud Sued for Alleged Wage and Hour Violation

    Celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud Sued for Alleged Wage and Hour Violation
    The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows employers to pay certain employees who receive tips a lower minimum wage. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to employers trying to cut costs by paying workers who do not normally receive…
Rank this Week: 2688

SourcingSpeak

SourcingSpeak

Provides news and analysis of outsourcing, insourcing and beyond. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

http://www.sourcingspeak.com/
  • Apr 15

    How Significant is the Wyndham Case to the US Cybersecurity Legal Landscape?

    How Significant is the Wyndham Case to the US Cybersecurity Legal Landscape?
    The security community has been abuzz this week with the US. District Court of New Jersey's April 7 ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, et al. (see…
  • Apr 4

    Why Indemnities Matter

    Why Indemnities Matter
    Most business clients would rather be in the dentist's chair than sit through negotiation of the indemnity and liability provisions of their agreement. Admit it: your eyes glaze over, time appears to visibly slow down, and you wonder at how…
  • Mar 25

    Court of Appeal confirms that information is not property

    Court of Appeal confirms that information is not property
    In a recent judgement, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales held that an electronic database was not a chose in possession or a chattel but a chose in action (see our earlier blog regarding the grant of leave to appeal in this case). In…
Rank this Week: 3063

WKL&B WOrkDay Blog

WKL&B WOrkDay Blog

Covers labor and employment law developments. By Wolters Kluwer.

http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/blog
Rank this Week: 4406

Virginia Employment Law Journal

Virginia Employment Law Journal

Summarizes important developments in employment law. By Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.

http://www.virginiaemploymentlawjournal.com/
  • Apr 15

    Fairfax Circuit Court Strikes Down Noncompete as Overbroad - Part 1

    Fairfax Circuit Court Strikes Down Noncompete as Overbroad - Part 1
    On March 6, 2014, a Fairfax Circuit judge denied a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by Wings LLC to enforce a noncompete against two defector employees. In a letter opinion, Judge Bruce D. White said the noncompete was unenforceable…
  • Apr 2

    U.S. Department of Labor Further Delays Publication of its Final "Persuader" Rule

    U.S. Department of Labor Further Delays Publication of its Final "Persuader" Rule
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has once again delayed publication of its final rule on “persuader activities.” The DOL’s final rule was initially scheduled for publication in November 2013. As that date approached,…
  • Mar 20

    OFCCP's Final Rule On Employing People With Disabilities Takes Effect March 24

    OFCCP's Final Rule On Employing People With Disabilities Takes Effect March 24
    On March 24, 2014, the final rule published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to undertake affirmative action for individuals with…
Rank this Week: 1758

Youth and Work

Youth and Work

Covers workplace law for young people in Canada.

http://www.youthandwork.ca/
  • Apr 15

    The School to Wage Theft Pipeline

    The School to Wage Theft Pipeline
    Below is the text and video from a talk that I gave at York University on October 3, 2013, as part of a panel on the intern economy. It was part of the Global Labour Speaker Series put on by the Global Labour Research Centre. I wasn't…
  • Apr 3

    Forging A New Future In Nova Scotia: Youths, Employment, and Intergenerational Equity

    Forging A New Future In Nova Scotia: Youths, Employment, and Intergenerational Equity
    Two weeks ago I was out in Halifax to give a keynote address at Students Nova Scotia’s Summit on Youth in the Nova Scotia Economy. Typically I don’t post my speeches online, but in this case I feel it’s important to put…
  • Mar 6

    The Growing Influence of Canada's Intern Rights Movement

    The Growing Influence of Canada's Intern Rights Movement
    It has been awhile since I've written about my marquee issue, unpaid internships, and there have been some major developments within Canada. I thought that I would take this opportunity to write about these developments as I'm sure many of my…
Rank this Week: 3683

Texas Workers Rights Blog

Texas Workers Rights Blog

Features employment law updates and discussions for Texas workers. By John A. Wenke.

http://www.johnwenke.com/category/texasworkersrightsblog/
  • Apr 15

    Psst. . . How much are you making?

    Psst. . . How much are you making?
    This month, President Obama signed an Executive Order barring federal contractors from discriminating or retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries.    The impetus behind this executive order was to specifically…
  • Mar 21

    Employer’s Prompt Response Rebuffs Discrimination Claim

    Employer’s Prompt Response Rebuffs Discrimination Claim
    As an employment attorney representing workers, I often focus on the actions, or inactions, of management or human resources officials after an employee complains of discrimination or sexual harassment.  Oftentimes a plaintiff’s…
  • Feb 10

    Thank You For Reporting Illegal Conduct: You’re Fired!

    Thank You For Reporting Illegal Conduct: You’re Fired!
    Recently, the Texas Supreme Court decided a case originating from El Paso, reminding us that whistleblowers in Texas still face difficult challenges in receiving protections from retaliation. In Canutillo I.S.D. v. Farran, the Plaintiff…
Rank this Week: 3397

Hawaii Labor and Employment Law

Hawaii Labor and Employment Law

Covers labor and employment issues affecting Hawaii employers. By Ryan E. Sanada.

http://www.hilaborlaw.com
  • Apr 15

    2014 Legislative Session: The End is Near(ing)

    2014 Legislative Session: The End is Near(ing)
    Let the conference games begin! Just last week, we passed the Second Crossover deadline, which is the date that the Senate must complete its review of bills submitted by the House of Representatives, and vice versa.  Bills that have…
  • Apr 1

    2014 Legislative Session – Running Update

    2014 Legislative Session – Running Update
    Each year, the Hawaii Employers Council provides its members with updates on labor and employment law bills that are being addressed by the legislature. One of those documents, the Legislative Digest, is actually currently available to the…
  • Jan 10

    2014 Legislative Forecast

    2014 Legislative Forecast
    The 2014 Legislative Session begins on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 and runs through May 1, 2014. This year, the legislature will likely address several labor and employment law bills that could have a significant impact on companies doing…
Rank this Week: 4047

Employment Class Action Blog

Employment Class Action Blog

Covers employment class action cases affecting employers. By Baker Hostetler.

http://www.employmentclassactionreport.com/
Rank this Week: 4630

Employee Benefits Legal Blog

Employee Benefits Legal Blog

Covers employee benefits related to labor and employment matters. By Keith R. McMurdy of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://employeebenefits.foxrothschild.com/
  • Apr 15

    PPACA Compliance: It Is Not Just About Taxe

    PPACA Compliance: It Is Not Just About Taxe
    In today’s New York Times online, there is an article titled “Tax Preparers’ New Role: Health-Coverage Advisers.”  In it, there is a quote from a tax preparation professional who says “[w]e’re the…
  • Apr 9

    April is a Busy Month: IRS Releases Guidance on Same Sex Marriage and Retirement Plan Rollover

    April is a Busy Month: IRS Releases Guidance on Same Sex Marriage and Retirement Plan Rollover
    We are less than halfway into April and already the IRS has issued two notices that provide some long awaited guidance related to retirement plan administration.  One addresses treatment of same-sex marriages post-Windsor and the other…
  • Apr 3

    Why It’s Not Too Late for Your Employees to Get on the Exchange—Special Enrollment Period

    Why It’s Not Too Late for Your Employees to Get on the Exchange—Special Enrollment Period
    Now that we’ve passed the important deadline of March 31, 2014 for signing up on the Health Care Exchange/Marketplace (“the Exchange”), employers are asking questions about options for employees who did not get into the…
Rank this Week: 1176