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HTMLFederal Court Clarifies CAFA’s Jurisdictional Amount in State PAGA Cases
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
A judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently issued a pro-employer ruling with regard to the jurisdictional minimum amount in controversy required by the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005-an issue that has not been resolved by the Ninth Circuit Court of...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Rules Public Employee’s Sworn Testimony Is Protected
Hera S. Arsen, J.D., Ph.D.; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014
Declaring that “public employees do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment,” the Supreme Court of the United States held today that the First Amendment protects a public employee’s truthful sworn testimony, compelled by subpoena. According to Justice Sotomayor,...

 

HTMLNewark, New Jersey Sick Leave Poster Now Available— Employers Must Act by June 21
Robin Koshy, Steven J. Luckner, Evan J. Shenkman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 18, 2014
On June 21, 2014, the Newark, New Jersey Sick Leave Ordinance (which we previously discussed in the March 2014 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) will become effective. Beyond the primary requirements of the ordinance (i.e., 24 to 40 hours of paid sick leave to most Newark employees, described in...

 

HTMLIskanian v. CLS Transportation: California Supreme Court Gives Class Action Arbitration Waivers the Green Light
Douglas J. Farmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 25, 2014, previously published on June 23, 2014
Today, in a decision with significant ramifications for California employers seeking to use class action arbitration waivers as a deterrent to wage and hour class action litigation, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC,...

 

HTMLUSCIS Issuing Requests for Evidence for Expiring Medical Examinations
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 23, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
All applicants filing for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident, the final stage in the permanent residence or “green card” process, are generally required to file Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record, completed by a designated civil...

 

HTMLDHS Publishes Proposed Rules to Attract and Retain Highly-Skilled Immigrants
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the publication of two proposed rules that reflect the Obama Administration’s “continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants.” The first regulation would extend employment...

 

HTMLDHS Announces Chile’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Chile became the latest country to be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Although originally scheduled for May 1, Vice President Joe Biden announced that implementation would be moved up to March...

 

HTMLWatch Out! Telephone Scams Targeting Foreign Nationals on the Rise
Nicole Brooks; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 18, 2014, previously published on May 30, 2014
In recent weeks there has been an increase in telephone scams that are designed to fraudulently elicit money and personal information from foreign nationals.

 

HTMLRecent Changes to the U.K. Employment Tribunal System Bring New Penalties and Early Conciliation
Justin T. Tarka; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 10, 2014
There have been a number of significant changes in the United Kingdom’s employment tribunal system and employment dispute resolution rules over the last year. In this post, we outline two recent changes which, with the introduction in 2013 of fees for bringing tribunal claims, are likely to...

 

HTMLTenth Circuit Upholds Employer’s Inflexible Leave Policy
Trina R. Le Riche, Jacquelyn M. Meirick; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 12, 2014
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance provides that employers violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by enforcing inflexible policies with specified leave limits. The EEOC has filed lawsuits against many employers for discharging employees who were unable to return to...

 


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