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HTMLProposed "Independent Misclassification" Law
Ted Boehm; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
Government efforts aimed at cracking down on perceived independent-contractor misclassification show no signs of slowing down as 2014 begins. On November 12, 2013, the “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013” (PFPA) was introduced in the U.S. Senate. According to one of the bill’s...

 

HTMLEmployee Fired For Facebook Rant Doesn't Like Status
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 03, 2014
There’s no doubt about it - Facebook is the 21st Century water cooler. Workers who used to gather in the break room to talk about the latest sports news, the newest outrageous celebrity scandal, or the latest office gossip are now sharing this communication online. In some cases that’s...

 

HTMLCourt Upholds Forum Selection Clause Over Plaintiff's Claims of Inconvenience and Expense
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 7, 2014
A senior manager alleging claims against his former employer arising out of the early termination of an incentive plan will have to take his case abroad. In Wolf v. TBG Limited, C.A. No. 13-3315 (Jan. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently...

 

HTMLSometimes Noteworthy Non-Compete Decisions Have No Non-Competes
Michael R. Greco; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014
As a non-compete litigator, I often scan the case reports looking for noteworthy non-compete decisions. In doing so, I look for the usual buzzwords of interest -- non-compete, trade secret, preliminary injunction, etc. But every once in a while, I come across a case that has nothing to do with...

 

HTMLFast-Food Chain Employers: Take Steps Now to Avoid Being the Next FLSA Headline
J. Hagood Tighe; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014
On almost a daily basis, we read articles about class action lawsuits and settlements against fast-food chains. Almost all chains have had them. Fisher & Phillips has defended many of these lawsuits for different chains in all parts of the country.

 

HTMLNew U.S. Guidance On Expatriate Health Plans
Steven A. Witt; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014
As discussed in a prior post, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is currently in the process of finalizing its regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) “Employer Mandate.” The Employer Mandate, which becomes effective January 1,...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Rules On Donning/Doffing Under The FLSA
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014
Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp. paves the way under collective bargaining agreements for the possibility of excluding time spent donning and doffing many kinds of personal protective items from the scope of federal Fair Labor Standards Act "hours...

 

HTMLSOTU "Minimum Wage" Announcement: What Does It Mean?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on January 30, 2014
Considerable concern and confusion has arisen from President Obama's State of the Union announcement that he will raise the minimum wage for individuals working on federal contracts to $10.10 per hour. Until it is possible to study any Executive Order(s) he issues on the matter, the precise...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Clarifies Meaning Of "Changing Clothes" Under The Fair Labor Standards Act
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 6, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014
On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the time spent by employees donning and doffing (putting on and taking off) certain protective gear is not compensable under Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This ruling will significantly impact the ability of employees to...

 

HTMLRussian Employment Law: Recruitment and Hiring
Celia M. Joseph; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014
Russia, also known as the Russian Federation, is a country with over 143 million citizens. Its capital is Moscow, and its official language is Russian, although there are nearly 30 other languages spoken throughout the country. Russia has the eighth largest world economy and its major businesses...

 


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