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Apple and Facebook to Pay For Female Employees to Freeze Their Eggs

Many companies offer family-friendly benefits such as extended maternity leave, paid paternity leave, or on-premises daycare.  These perks have become almost standard in certain high-paying industries, and likely stem from employers’ recognition that happy, respected, and fulfilled employees are more likely to be productive employees.  Facebook and Apple have taken this concept even further with […]

All-Star FanFest Volunteers Seek Unpaid Wages From MLB

Volunteers at Major League Baseball’s 2013 All-Star Game FanFest have filed a putative class action against the MLB in New York state court alleging that the league violated state wage and hour laws by failing to pay them minimum hourly wages.  John Chen, the named plaintiff, alleges that he and other “hospitality volunteers,” who served […]

Use of Employees’ Names and Pictures in Company Marketing Materials—Is It Legal?

It is common today for businesses to feature the names and pictures of their employees in trade and advertising materials, including on their business and recruitment websites and in social media marketing.  While companies may assume this is harmless, the use of employees’ names and pictures for these purposes without their written consent could result […]

EEOC Files Two Lawsuits Alleging Sex Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

On September 25, 2014, the EEOC filed two separate lawsuits alleging that employers violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminatorily terminating transgender employees. These lawsuits are the first of their kind in federal court. In the first case, EEOC v. Lakeland Eye Clinic, (Case No. 8:14-cv-2421, M.D.Fla.), the EEOC alleges […]

NLRB GC’s McDonald’s Ruling May Have “Super-Sized” Consequences

In an announcement that sent shockwaves through the business community this summer, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) determined that McDonald’s, USA, LLC, the parent company of the McDonald’s franchise, was a “joint employer,” along with its franchisees, for purposes of liability under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and, as […]

New York Executive Order 38 and State Agency Regulations on State-Funded Executive Compensation

New York Executive Order 38, “Limits on State-Funded Administrative Costs and Executive Compensation,” which Governor Cuomo issued in May 2013, promises to affect both business and non-profit entities that receive taxpayer dollars to provide healthcare services to New Yorkers. Executive Order 38 required thirteen State agencies to promulgate regulations, all of which took effect July […]

Threatening Discipline for False Complaints

Employers sometimes wonder what recourse they have against a current employee who’s filed a false claim of discrimination against the company. The answer tends to be very little. This isn’t because the law favors false discrimination claims, but because it’s very hard to prove malicious intent, government agencies are seldom moved by a company’s protestations […]

New Sick Leave Laws Create Challenges for Many Employers

On August 30, the California legislature passed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act, which requires most employers in the state to provide a minimum of three paid sick days to covered employees. Governor Scott Brown has publicly endorsed the bill and is expected to sign it. California joins Connecticut as the second state to mandate […]

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