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HTMLProtection Against Sexual Harassment by Customers
Duncan A. W. Abate, Anita W. C. Lam, Hong Tran; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
June 30, 2014, previously published on June 19, 2014
The Hong Kong government will gazette this Friday, 20 June 2014, a bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap 480) to protect service providers from sexual harassment by their customers.

 

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.

 

HTMLWage Deduction From Final Paycheck Narrowly Allowed by Ninth Circuit
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 5, 2014, previously published on January 31, 2014
Ward v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 11-56757 (January 9, 2014): In a recent unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial court’s decision that Costco Wholesale did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or the California Labor Code when it deducted the...

 

HTMLFavorable Outcome for Starbucks in Tip Pool Class Action
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work. A group of plaintiffs sued on behalf of a class of more than 5000 baristas, alleging that Starbucks’ policy requiring...

 

HTMLRetail Sales of Marijuana Legal in Colorado, but Employers May Still Test, Fire Employees for Use
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 6, 2014, previously published on January 2, 2014
Effective January 1, 2014, state-licensed retail establishments are permitted to sell marijuana to the general public under Colorado’s “Amendment 64: The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012,” which on November 6, 2012, Colorado voters approved as an amendment to the state...

 

HTMLIndiana Court Finds Employee’s Attempt At Humor Was Not Protected Religious Expression
Brian L. McDermott; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 17, 2013, previously published on December 13, 2013
Ronald Ogle worked as a Community Employment Specialist for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IDWD). On November 10, 2012, he forwarded to his coworkers an email that included a picture of a barbeque restaurant named “Little Pigs Genuine Pit.” The restaurant’s...

 

HTMLNew Year's Resolutions: Five Areas Of Focus For 2014
Edward F. Harold; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 9, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013
The Affordable Care Act has dominated the headlines of employment newsletters (justifiably) for the last six months. It will continue to be an area of focus for all employers. But don’t lose sight of the fact that all the other employment laws remain on the books and continue to pose...

 

HTMLDeep-Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al.
Craig A. Cowart; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013
The whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen was roasted over the lawsuit filed by a former general manager of a Deen-affiliated restaurant. Now that the media storm is starting to fade, what lessons can employers and human resources professionals learn from what happened? Keep reading...

 

HTMLWhen Is A Union Not A Union? When It's a "Worker Center.”
Steven M. Bernstein; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 6, 2013, previously published on December 3, 2013
In recent weeks, the fast-food industry has fallen prey to coordinated demonstrations by a number of loosely affiliated groups, rallying around wages, benefits and other conditions. The strategy invoked by these so-called "worker centers" (or "alt-unions") is not altogether new,...

 

HTMLHotels, Motels Still Drawing USDOL Attention (Updated 11 21 13)
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 25, 2013, previously published on November 20, 2013
One of the U.S. Labor Department's continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels. Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as presenting a "high risk" for non-compliance.

 


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