Government

A New (Again) Standard for Joint-Employer Liability

Earlier this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tossed out its previous ruling concerning joint-employer liability due to a Trump appointee’s conflict of interest. The decision to vacate reinstates an Obama-era rule expanding corporate liability by allowing companies that offer franchises to be held accountable for a franchisee’s violations of labor law. The NLRB…

Fed’s Consumer Protection Agency Sheds Outside Advisory Boards

The Consumer Financial Protection Board has jettisoned its principal outside advisory group, an action widely interpreted as a sign of the financial regulator’s diminishing interest in championing strong consumer rights in the financial sector. In a letter dated June 6, CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney informed current members of the Consumer Advisory Board, a panel…

Can Technology Be Used To Limit Who Sees An Employment Ad?

Plaintiffs allege targeted job ads discriminate against them. Amazon, T-Mobile, Cox Communications and Media Group, Ikea, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the University of Maryland Medical Center are defendants in an age bias suit. These companies are among the defendants sued by the Communication Workers of America and three others claiming they were subjected to age discrimination…

the U.S. Supreme Court ruled workers may not come together in class action suits to contest federal labor law violations.

How a Recent Supreme Court Ruling Affects Workers’ Rights

In a decision that could impact roughly 25 million employees, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled workers may not come together in class action suits to contest federal labor law violations. The issue divided the court in a 5 to 4 vote, with the more conservative justices siding with the majority. The debate centered around two…

#MeToo Legal Landscape

How the #MeToo Movement Is Impacting the American Legal Landscape

Civil Rights lawyer Gloria Allred says impact goes beyond Bill Cosby’s conviction. According to Exchange Magazine, the #MeToo hashtag has been posted more than 12 million times since January 1, 2018. The Movement has spread worldwide, to more than 70 nations. Time magazine has taken notice, too, naming the #MeToo Movement its 2017 Person of…

General Data Protection Regulation

U.S. Lawyers: Should Your Firm Be GDPR-Compliant?

Beginning May 25, a new European privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation takes effect in Europe and, possibly, around the world. The GDPR is significantly more demanding than U.S. law, creating new privacy rights and compliance obligations unknown on this side of the Atlantic — all backed up by the threat of…

Exposing Sexual Harassment of Men in Power

Consider the following familiar timeline of events: a news outlet published explosive accounts from women accusing a man in power of sexual misconduct; the man in power released a statement regarding the accusations; the man in power left his position. It is the #MeToo movement in action, and Eric Schneiderman, the now-former New York State…

New York Seeks Power to Prosecute Individuals Pardoned by the President

New York Seeks Power to Prosecute Individuals Pardoned by the President

New York lawmakers proposed a bill that allows prosecutors to bring state charges against people pardoned by the president. State Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, both Democrats, introduced the legislation after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested a change to an existing law that precludes people from being charged a second time for the…