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Appeals Court Expands Definition of ‘Joint Employer’ in Wage Claims

Employers in several states are facing a new definition of “joint employment” under federal wage and hour law. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has adopted a broad test for determining whether two employers are jointly liable for back pay and damages in those claims, making it easier for workers to show a joint […]

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EEOC’s Position on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Yesterday we looked at how the 7th U.S. Circuit Court begrudgingly decided that banning sexual orientation discrimination isn’t guaranteed by law. Today we’ll take a look at how the EEOC looks at the same issue. EEOC’s Position The Hively court also said it was noteworthy that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces […]

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The Intern: delightful movie—risky employment practice

Well, the Golden Globes were Sunday night and all of Hollywood tuned it to celebrate the best of film and television. One movie that was noticeably absent from the nominations (at least in my opinion) was The Intern, a heartwarming film starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, that tells the story of a lovable retiree […]

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Report: Fewer FLSA Cases Filed in 2011 than 2010

The number of Fair Labor Standards Act civil lawsuits filed in 2011 declined 7.2 percent, according to a recent report by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. In all, 6,335 FLSA cases were commenced in district courts nationwide during the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2011, down from 6,825 during the same period in […]

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Blue-Pencil Correction of Noncompete Gets Red Light from Canadian Court

By Marisa Victor and Yael Wexler Noncompetition clauses in employment contracts are difficult to enforce in Canada. Courts tend to regard them as unreasonable restraints on trade. Any ambiguity usually will be fatal. Nor will the courts generally use a “blue pencil” to remove ambiguous words. This was made clear in the recent appellate decision […]

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Labor Arbitrators Have More Scope than Courts, Supreme Court Says

By Brian P. Smeenk Canadian labor arbitrators are not legally bound to court-made legal rules. Rules of evidence, for example, are more relaxed. Rules of contract interpretation may also vary. But just how far arbitrators can deviate from general rules of law has been an open question. A recent decision by the Supreme Court of […]

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Expansive Interpretations of Occupational Health and Safety Laws Changing

By Rosalind Cooper Recently, courts across Canada seem to be expanding the application and coverage of occupational health and safety legislation, providing broad and liberal interpretations of legislation. But that may be changing. The decision in Ontario (Ministry of Labour) v. Sheehan’s Truck Centre Inc. is being welcomed by many as an indication that the […]

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