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|Cracking the Door? The Eleventh Circuit Again Considers When Out-of-Court FLSA Settlements Are Enforceable|
Flyn Flesher, Christopher C. Murray; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
August 14, 2013, previously published on August 12, 2013In 1982, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in Lynn’s Food Stores, Inc. v. United Statesthat employers and employees cannot settle claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) unless (1) the settlement is supervised by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, or (2) a court enters a...
|Employer May be Liable for Injury Caused by Employee Who Drank Too Much at Company Party, California Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
August 12, 2013, previously published on August 8, 2013An employer could be held liable for its employee’s off-duty accident as long as the proximate cause of the injury (here, alcohol consumption) occurred within the scope of employment, the California Court of Appeal has held, reversing summary judgment in favor of the employer. Purton v....
|FTC v. Wyndham: Wyndham Calls for Back-Up|
Adam M. Veness; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
August 7, 2013, previously published on August 5, 2013It appears that Wyndham Hotel & Resorts LLC (“Wyndham”) has received reinforcements in its defense against the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC”) case. A federal judge has agreed to allow the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations to file an...
|When OSHA Comes to Dine It Doesn't Make Reservations|
Joshua J. Sudbury; Ford & Harrison LLP;
July 30, 2013, previously published on July 29, 2013The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) establishes and enforces workplace safety regulations in several industries, including restaurants. Under the Obama administration, OSHA has undertaken several new enforcement initiatives that have a wide-ranging impact on employers in the...
|New York Court: Attorney General’s Determination Does Not Bar Common Law Claims Relating To The Same Dispute|
Morrison Cohen LLP;
July 29, 2013, previously published on July 25, 2013In a significant decision, Justice Billings of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held that a determination by the New York State Attorney General’s Office that putative co-op purchasers are not entitled to the return of their down payment in a dispute with the co-op sponsor does not...
|How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations|
Corby Cochran Anderson, John D. Cole, Dedria Harper Kolb; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 22, 2013, previously published on July 2013No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late - especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for roughly one-third of franchise systems. The Wage and Hour Division of...
|Tis the Summer Event Season: Reminders for Compliance with Signage and Event Permits|
Bose McKinney Evans LLP;
July 22, 2013, previously published on July 8, 2013Summer means special events and outdoor fun, and one of the biggest events of the season that drives business for the hospitality sector, as well as entertainment opportunities for corporations and non-profits, is the Brickyard 400.
|Introduction of Laws and Regulations Concerning Investment in the Tourism Industry in Taiwan by Mainland China Investors|
Melanie Lo; Lee Tsai Partners Attorneys-at-Law;
July 22, 2013Introduction of Laws and Regulations Concerning Investment in the Tourism Industry in Taiwan by Mainland China Investors
|Connecticut to Increase Minimum Wage in 2014 and 2015|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 17, 2013Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed legislation to increase Connecticut’s hourly minimum wage over two years by $.75 to $9.00 by January 1, 2015.
|NJ Court Clears Way for Class Actions Seeking Mandatory Statutory Penalties in Consumer Disputes|
Matthew J. Fedor; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP;
July 18, 2013, previously published on July 16, 2013On July 9, 2013, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision broadly interpreting a longstanding, but previously little-used, consumer protection statute that exposes companies to substantial mandatory statutory penalties for mere technical violations of a wide array of federal and state laws. ...