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HTMLIndependent Contractors for Global Organizations
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks...

 

HTMLUSDOL Brief Elaborates Upon "Intern" Views
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 19, 2014
We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court's determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were "employees" for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes.

 

HTMLFLSA "Per Diem" Claims On The Rise
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
A recent U.S. Labor Department press release highlights a growing area of scrutiny under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act: Paying "per diem" amounts to non-exempt employees.

 

HTMLCourt Awards Fees and Costs against USDOL
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 25, 2014
A Texas federal court has ordered the U.S. Labor Department to pay more than $560,000 in attorney's fees, paralegal fees, and travel expenses growing out of litigation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

HTMLKeep Your (Employees) Cool This Summer
Shayna H. Balch; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Last year, some parts of the country experienced the hottest summer on record. This year may well be record breaking as well, at least in some parts of the country. Keeping employees safe and cool during the next four months should be of paramount importance for all business owners and employers.

 

HTMLCan You Link Insurance Premiums To Smoking?
F. Kytle Frye; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Rocked by soaring costs, including skyrocketing increases in health insurance premiums, employers are desperate to manage, and hopefully limit, whatever costs they can. Many employers have begun to look to the lifestyle choices of their employees and how those choices might influence their cost of...

 

HTMLIf You Didn't Write It Down, It Didn't Happen
Suzanne K. Bogdan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
As education and employment lawyers, we experience schools’ collective challenges at a far greater rate than any individual institution. This year, the issue that schools have struggled with most is the failure to document employee-performance challenges, leading to a higher risk in making...

 

HTMLDuran v. U.S. Bank: When Class Certification Goes Wrong
Shaun J. Voigt; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
The California Supreme Court recently handed down a landmark decision on class actions. The trial judge lost control of the certification and evidentiary presentation of the case resulting in a $15 million verdict against U.S. Bank National Association (USB). In this long-awaited decision, the...

 

HTMLSeverance Agreements: The New Lightning Rod
Janet A. Hendrick; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Remember 2010? Not that long ago, yet as of that year, employers could rest pretty comfortably at night knowing that their garden-variety workplace rules would instill peace and control at the plant, store, or office, not subject them to monetary penalties, governmental oversight, and a...

 

HTMLAre Further Increases In California Minimum Wage Laws On The Horizon?
Hillary Thornton; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014
Existing law requires that California’s minimum wage for all industries be no less than $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014 and $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Even before the second-tier increase goes into effect, new legislation has been introduced seeking to further increase...

 


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