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HTMLSchool-Facilitated Internships: No Worries, Right?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014
We 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...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014
Yesterday, 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.

 

HTMLSupreme Court: Arbitrators, Not Courts, Decide Whether A Suit May Proceed To Arbitration
Bethanie E. Barnes; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLTenth Circuit Rules On "Termination By Committee"
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
On 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.

 

HTMLDistracted Driving: What's In Your Policy?
Jennifer B. Sandberg; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
Long 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...

 

HTMLTop 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers
Bethanie E. Barnes, John A. Mavros; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
There 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.

 

HTMLPartying In The Store
Edward F. Harold, Jaklyn Wrigley; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
The 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.

 

HTMLCross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations
Danielle S. Urban; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014
Many 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...

 

HTMLBasics Of Employment Law In Italy: Part II
Amanda K. Caldwell; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 17, 2014
This article is the second in a series which provides a brief overview of the some of the key elements of employment law in Italy. This article will focus on the specific laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace and potential employer liability for violations of those laws.

 

HTMLPresident Signs Federal Contractor "Minimum Wage" Order
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014
The White House Press Office reports that President Obama has now signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts, as he announced he would do in his recent State of the Union speech. His intentions are clearer than they were, but the document is not a...

 


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