Monthly Archives: June 2018

Eight State Attorneys General Urge Eighth Circuit Not To Expand Scope of Title VII

State attorneys general from Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and South Dakota have joined Arkansas (collectively the “States”) in an amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit, urging the court not to join the Seventh Circuit and Second Circuit in interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.

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Continued Enforcement of New York’s Ban the Box Law

Yesterday, the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) announced a settlement with national retailer Aldo Group Inc. (“Aldo”) for violation of New York City’s ban the box law, which, among other things, prohibits employers from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal history on an initial employment application. The NYAG’s investigation revealed that (i) Aldo’s employment applications impermissibly inquired into the applicant’s criminal history and (ii) Aldo lacked consistent policies and procedures for evaluating the criminal records of applicants and employees, leading store-level managerial employees to believe they had wide latitude in how they could consider the criminal records of applicants and that they could bar applicants with a felony conviction from employment.

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State and Local Minimum Wage Increases Going Into Effect on July 1, 2018 Continue Reading…

A number of states and localities are about to implement mid-year hikes in the minimum wage. Below is a summary of the minimum wage increases (and related tipped minimum wage requirements, where applicable) that go into effect on July 1, 2018.

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WILL THERE BE TRADEMARK TROLLS IN CANADA OR ARE THEY ALREADY HERE?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canadian Trademarks Act amendments, which are allegedly coming into force in early 2019, include the removal of the requirement that a trademark applicant declare that it has been using its trademark before it files the application or before registration in Canada. The amendments are meant to bring Canada’s laws in line with international treaties. The Canadian government wants these changes to simplify the registration process.

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Supreme Court Prevents Successive Class Actions from Reviving Time-Barred Claims

Our colleague  at Epstein Becker Green has a post on the Wage & Hour Defense Blog that will be of interest to our readers in the hospitality industry: “Supreme Court Prevents Successive Class Actions from Reviving Time-Barred Claims.”

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ILN Today Post

HOWARD & HOWARD WELCOMES BACK JON ROBERT STEIGER

Royal Oak, Michigan, June 19, 2018:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Jon Robert Steiger has re-joined the firm, after 15 years as a partner with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the largest litigation specialty firm in the world, where he was involved with some of the most significant litigation matters in any U.S. courts.  He now brings that experience to the lower cost Howard & Howard platform.  Mr. Steiger was previously with Howard & Howard in Michigan before joining Quinn Emanuel and relocating to Los Angeles in 2003.  He is licensed in California, Illinois and Michigan, and will practice primarily out of the firm’s Metro Detroit offices, and also nationally, as well as from the firm’s other offices as needed.

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Court of Appeal decides cap and collar does not fit

The NSW Court of Appeal delivered judgment on 16 May 2018 in Weir Services Australia v AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance [2018] NSWCA 100. The Court considered the nature of a cap and collar agreement between Weir Services Australia (Weir) and AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance (AXA) and the characterisation of a liability to be indemnified pursuant to broad form liability insurance policy.

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A small step forward – the ATO’s new practice statement on fraud or evasion

On 17 May 2018, the Commissioner issued an updated version of Practice Statement Law Administration PS LA 2008/6 ‘Fraud or Evasion’ (2018 Statement). The practice statement was previously updated in 2012 (2012 Statement).

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World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations, every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has written that more than 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced because of conflict or persecution. That is equivalent to the population of the world’s 20th largest country.

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The USA and other foreign countries sanctions law has come into effect

The Federal law No. 127-FZ “On   measures (countermeasures) in response to the hostile acts of the USA and other foreign countries” (“the Law”)1 has come into effect on June 04, 2018.

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