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Work Commute Is Not Within Scope Of Employment

Work Commute Is Not Within Scope Of Employment

Employers routinely have to grapple with defining and understanding where duties relative to their employees begin and end, particularly in situations when the employee is…










Self-Help Discovery May Be Protected Activity

Self-Help Discovery May Be Protected Activity

As a matter of first impression, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that self-help discovery may constitute “protected activity” under Massachusetts’ anti-retaliation statute. The…










President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act

President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act

For many employers, trade secret information can be the lifeblood of their business.  Trade secrets are generally information that gives the employer an economic advantage…








Ninth Circuit Rules Against Mandatory Tip-Pooling

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Mandatory Tip-Pooling

Some employers, including many Nevada casinos, require their employees to participate in tip-pooling arrangements whereby customarily tipped employees have to share their tips with employees…








Managers Can Be Sued For FMLA Violations

Managers Can Be Sued For FMLA Violations

The threat of incurring personal liability is becoming an increasingly dangerous reality for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel.  On March 17, 2016, in Graziadio…






New Procedures For Responding To EEOC Charges

New Procedures For Responding To EEOC Charges

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“the EEOC”) has implemented new procedures for employer position statements that apply to all EEOC requests for position statements made on or…







EEOC Releases 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data

EEOC Releases 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal civil rights and discrimination in employment watchdog, released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace…



EEOC Proposes Retaliation Guidelines

EEOC Proposes Retaliation Guidelines

Retaliation actions are sure to be on the rise.  You can thank the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for that.  On January 21, 2016,…



Sexual Orientation Not Protected Under Federal Law

Sexual Orientation Not Protected Under Federal Law

Despite sweeping new legal protections for gay and lesbian individuals throughout the country, a court in Illinois recently ruled that federal law permits sexual-orientation discrimination…