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|Supreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes|
Fisher Phillips LLP;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) payroll taxes. The Court’s decision resolves a split of...
|President Seeks To Curtail FLSA "White Collar" Exemptions|
Edward N. Boehm, John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 26, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014President Obama has instructed the U.S. Labor Department to revise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's so-called "white collar" exemptions in a "Presidential Memorandum" released on March 13. This effort is intended (as the New York Times put it apparently in light of a White...
|School-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?|
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's requirements. Our caution includes situations in which the intern receives academic credit for the time so...
|Supreme Court: Arbitrators, Not Courts, Decide Whether A Suit May Proceed To Arbitration|
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an arbitration panel’s award and broadened arbitrators’ authority to determine preliminary issues in arbitration agreements. Although the case concerned a treaty dispute between a corporation and a sovereign nation, the Court’s...
|Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection|
Fisher Phillips LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014Yesterday, in a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision greatly expanding the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to cover employees of private entities contracting with publicly traded companies.
|Partying In The Store|
Edward F. Harold, Jaklyn Wrigley; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014The cost of bad behavior in the workplace can be significant and assorted. Bad behavior damages morale, results in a loss to a company’s profits, jeopardizes safety, and diminishes productivity. Use of drugs and alcohol - or partying in the workplace - can greatly contribute to bad behavior.
|Distracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?|
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014Long before cell phones, drivers faced various distractions: eating, grooming, attending to children, changing the radio station, rubbernecking someone else’s accident, becoming absorbed in a conversation, or arguing. These distractions created safety hazards and, of course, still do. So just...
|Tenth Circuit Rules On "Termination By Committee"|
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014On January 21, a federal appeals court addressed whether an employee terminated by group decision (six managers) can be considered “similarly situated” to employees who were disciplined less severely by a different decisional group, consisting of some but not all of the same managers.
|Top 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers|
Bethanie E. Barnes, John A. Mavros; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014.
|Cross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations|
Danielle S. Urban; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. The U.S. attitude toward drug testing does not necessarily translate to other countries, however, where...