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Employment Law Toolkit for Cross-Border M&A Deals

Some years ago, a leading London corporate lawyer told The New York Times that in “merging two regular companies…you just do it and sort out the people issues  afterwards.” (A. Sorkin, “A Lawyer’s Lawyer: Bridging Borders,” March 26, 2000) If that was ever true, it no longer is. In any merger or acquisition between two employers, especially in ...
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New Employment Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors, U.S. Government

President Obama signed an Executive Order on July 21, 2014 that gave new protections against discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees of federal contractors and subcontractors, and the federal government. For the federal government, discrimination was already prohibited on the basis of sexual orientation and is now also prohibited on the basis ...
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New Jersey Joins NYC, DC, and Oregon in Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed

Joining New York City (see Employment Law Insider Alert, March 2013), Oregon and Washington, D.C., on July 1, 2014, New Jersey passed legislation to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of a job applicant’s unemployment status. This expands existing New Jersey law — the first law on the subject — that prohibits employers from creating ...
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Don’t Be Like Other Employers: Pay Your Interns

The Donald Sterling saga continues to teach employers—by way of bad example—important lessons for managing employees. While Sterling’s racist comments and desperate attempts to retain ownership of the L.A. Clippers continue to grab headlines, employers who hire unpaid interns may be facing a lawsuit similar to a less publicized lawsuit filed yesterday against the beleaguered ...
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Gender Expression in the Workplace: A Primer for Employers

As you may know, discrimination based on gender identity is unlawful in several states and many cities.  This includes both the State of Washington and the City of Seattle.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also taken the position that gender identity is protected under Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination based on sex. While the antidiscrimination laws that protect ...
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That Contractor May Be Your Employee

Employers tempted to outsource work to independent contractors in order to curb payroll costs should carefully consider the legal implications before doing so. Such arrangements are likely to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as federal tax and state laws. Employers who violate the FLSA face liability for payment of back wages ...
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Avoiding Pitfalls with Unpaid Internships

To Pay or Not to Pay? As the school year begins again, it is a great time for hoteliers to think about their unpaid internship programs.  Unpaid internships can be great symbiotic relationships.  College students or individuals trying out new fields are willing to work for free in exchange for real-life work experience and something ...
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Is There an Intern in Your Future?

There was a significant increase in the number of class-action lawsuits in 2012 brought by a former intern, many of whom were in unpaid positions working in the business sector.  But recently the educational community received a wake-up call when Hamilton College was hit with a class-action lawsuit involving its paid interns. The Facts In ...
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