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|High Court Blows the Whistle on Private Employers|
Joel Matthew Bagby, Kevin Koronka; Husch Blackwell LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court extended the whistle-blower protections provided in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to include employees of privately held companies that are contractors or subcontractors of a public company. The high court’s ruling in Lawson v. FMR LLC, marks a significant expansion of the...
|ALJ Bullock Terminates Investigation In Certain Tires (337-TA-894)|
Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 4, 2014On February 24, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 35 in Certain Tires and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-894).
|Is An Employee On The Clock While Getting Dressed in Work Gear?|
Charla Bizios Stevens; McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton Professional Association;
March 3, 2014, previously published on February 2014Joe is the human resource manager for a manufacturing facility in New Hampshire. The company provides its employees, particularly those who work in safety sensitive positions, with personal protective equipment at no charge to them. For workers in the foundry, this equipment includes protective...
|Maybe There Is Such a Thing As a Free Lunch - Vermont Considers Allowing Drug and Device Makers to Again Provide In-Office Meals to Healthcare Professionals|
James C. Shehan; Hyman Phelps McNamara P.C.;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014Vermont law has banned manufacturers of prescription drug, device, and biologics products from providing most gifts to physicians and other healthcare professionals since 2009 and has required these manufacturers to report permitted gifts and payments to Vermont HCPs since 2002.
|Disability and Other Leaves of Absence: Employee Status at Time of Termination|
Clarence L. Bennett, Lara MacDougall; Stewart McKelvey;
February 17, 2014, previously published on Winter 2014You've made the decision, but before you communicate it to the employee you receive a note from a doctor putting the employee off work for medical reasons. Or, the employee arrives at your door ecstatic because she's pregnant and going on maternity leave. What happens when a leave of absence occurs...
|ALJ Shaw Grants Motions To Terminate Investigation In Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills (337-TA-895)|
John F. Presper; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014On February 6, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued the public versions of Order No. 19 and No. 20 in Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-895).
|Manufacturing Jobs Return to US. Skilled Workforce Missing (Maybe)|
Sonni Fort Nolan; Husch Blackwell LLP;
February 6, 2014, previously published on February 3, 2014Here is the good news, more than ever manufacturers are looking at reshoring manufacturing jobs to the U.S. A few years ago only 14% were looking at reshoring as a viable option. That number has climbed to 21% of large manufacturers actually reshoring or preparing to do so, according to a recent...
|OFCCP Sued by Manufacturers Association|
Cara Yates Crotty; Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP;
February 6, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014The National Association of Manufacturers and one of its affiliates has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Deparment of Labor and the OFCCP, challenging the requirement that federal contractors post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The plaintiffs...
|Fiat Deal for Full Ownership of Chrysler Further Evidence of Strong U.S. Automotive Market|
Omar A. Lucia; Foley & Lardner LLP;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 27, 2014When Fiat announced its $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group LLC, market approval came quickly as Fiat’s shares spiked to over 2 year highs. The deal, which recently closed, is viewed as an effort by Fiat to bolster its global auto position.
|Federal Circuit Holds that Prosecution History Estoppel Applies to Design Patents|
Melissa A. Anyetei; Mayer Brown LLP;
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014On January 8, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that defendants Malibu Boats, LLC, Marine Hardware, Inc., Tressmark, Inc., MH Windows, LLC, and John Pugh (collectively, Malibu Boats) were not entitled to a finding of non-infringement based on prosecution history estoppel of...