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HTMLA New Latitude: Charting a Course for Cuba
J. Scott Maberry, Fatema K. Merchant, Reid Whitten; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014
Today President Barack Obama made a stunning speech announcing steps the United States will take to reduce U.S. sanctions against Cuba. The announcement followed the release of two U.S. citizens held by the Cuban government. Alan Gross was detained by Cuban authorities in 2009 while working as a...

 

HTMLDrop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” These changes complement a pre-existing U.S. arms embargo...

 

HTMLFTC Takes Action Against Unsubstantiated Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Weight-Loss Claims
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 13, 2015, previously published on October 24, 2014
Wacoal America and Norm Thompson, both manufacturers of women’s shapewear, recently entered into consent orders to pay sums of $230,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, and agree to not make any false and misleading future claims that their products cause weight loss, fat loss or eliminate...

 

HTMLEmployers Beware! Employees are Permitted to Use Employer’s Email Systems for Non Work Purposes, Including Union Organizing
Morgan Forsey, JeAnne Reyes; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
Overturning existing precedent, the NLRB has ruled that certain employees have a right to use employer email systems for protected communications, unless special circumstances exist. This decision potentially has far-reaching implications and all employers who allow employees to access their email...

 

HTMLAn In-Depth Analysis of the NLRB’s Decision to Permit Employees to Use Employer Email Systems for Union Organizing and Other Non-Work Purposes
Kevin M. Cloutier, Mikela T. Sutrina; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
The rights of employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act have been given quite the digital treatment over the last few years. In its newest decision issued on December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that “employee use of email for statutorily protected...

 

HTMLU.S. Supreme Court Rules that Security Screening Time is Non-Compensable Under Federal Law and The Portal-to-Portal Act
Gregg A. Fisch, James R. Hays, Jonathan Sokolowski; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
In a decision issued on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that employees are not entitled to compensation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) for the time they spend waiting to undergo, and actually do undergo, security screenings. The...

 

HTMLMajor Shakeup at NYC Commission on Human Rights
Christopher J. Collins; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
On November 21, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major shakeup at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, replacing all eight Bloomberg-appointed Commissioners and the Commission Chair.

 

HTMLSan Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights
Jennifer G. Redmond, Alicia Marie Simmons; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014
On November 25, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed two ordinances that are collectively referred to as the San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights: (1) the “Hours and Retention Protections for Formula Retail Employees” ordinance and (2) the “Fair...

 

HTMLBrinke for Dummies
Thomas R. Kaufman; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 9, 2015, previously published on November 14, 2014
On November 13, 2014, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, issued a decision in Walgreen Co. Overtime Cases. The opinion explains the meaning of Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court as it applies to the duty to “provide” a meal period in a style that is so simple...

 

HTMLNinth Circuit Rules That Twombly Standard of Specificity Applies to FLSA Pleadings
Ryan Duffy, Gregg A. Fisch; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 9, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
On November 12, 2014, in Greg Landers v. Quality Communications Inc., the Ninth Circuit clarified a previously unsettled point of law by confirming that Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pleadings must meet the specificity requirements established in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Bell...

 


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