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HTMLSupreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie In Case Of Religious Accommodation
Andrew J. Hoag; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
In an 8-1 opinion authored by Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. is liable for refusing to hire an applicant who wore a hijab for religious reasons despite the fact that she never informed Abercrombie why she was wearing the...

 

HTMLMassachusetts Attorney General Offers "Safe Harbor" to Employers on Earned Sick Time, But Certain Conditions Apply
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
June 10, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015
On May 18, 2015, with just over six weeks until the earned sick time law is set to go into effect on July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office announced that it would be creating a “safe harbor” provision for employers with existing paid time off policies. Under...

 

HTMLERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices
Sandra Mills Feingerts, Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 20, 2015, previously published on May 18, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments in the first place. The Court overturned a decision by the U.S....

 

HTMLMultiemployer Pension Reform
Robert C. Christenson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 19, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015
Employers and unions locked into failing multiemployer pension plans received an 11th-hour reprieve in late December when Congress passed legislation revising laws that had hobbled these plans for years. Titled the “Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014,” the reforms give...

 

HTMLItaly's Jobs Act Creates Significant Labor Reforms
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2015, previously published on April 10, 2015
On February 20, 2015, Italy approved significant but controversial reforms to Article 18 of Italy’s Workers’ Statute of 1970 in an attempt to combat soaring unemployment, currently 42% among workers under the age of 29 and 12.8% overall, and facilitate growth in an otherwise stagnant...

 

HTMLIndonesia Part II
Robert Fallah; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 8, 2015, previously published on April 8, 2015
This article is the second in a series which will provide an introduction to employment law in Indonesia and will cover the basic laws applicable to terms of employment, specifically wage & hour law, medical leave, and termination of employment.

 

HTMLMassachusetts AG Issues Proposed Regulations Concerning Earned Sick Time
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 4, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015
On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative requiring that all employees be entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of earned sick time in a calendar year. There were significant ambiguities in the law (as discussed in our previous alert), but the law also enabled the...

 

HTMLSupreme Court (Sort of) Allows Courts To Review EEOC Mediation Efforts
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
May 4, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015
Today, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s statutory duty to conciliate to remedy a Title VII violation prior to filing a lawsuit on the violation is subject to some level of judicial review. Mach Mining v. EEOC.

 

HTMLConference Attracts Industry-Focused Lawyers And Hospitality Leaders
Andria Lure Ryan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Fisher & Phillips lawyers joined hundreds of industry executives, lawyers, and security experts in Houston for the 13th Annual Hospitality Lawyer Conference. The three day conference featured general sessions and workshops aimed at the most pressing legal issues in the hospitality field from...

 

HTMLFCRA Class Actions
Mathew A. Parker; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 22, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015
The slowly rising waves of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class-action litigation are beginning to crash against employers. And if you thought that the FCRA only applied to credit bureaus and creditors, it’s time to think again.

 


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