Monthly Archives: March 2013

In California, Pregnancy Leave May Be Longer Than You Think…

California employers take note: the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law provides up to four months of leave, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give pregnant employees more time if they need it. That’s what the state’s Court of Appeal ruled in Sanchez v. Swissport. The background, from Andrew Satenberg and Jessica Rosen of law firm… Read more »

Microbrewers: The Recipe for Craft Beers Includes Trademark Protection…

There’s not enough beer on this blog. Let’s change that. [Link: The Ska / DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over EUPHORIA, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer] First, Brian Gregg from law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick gives an overview of the basic steps every craft brewer should take to protect their trademarks. One key takeaway: one… Read more »

Social Media Policies Make Good Business Sense – Just Ask Edcomm

[Video Link: Social Media Law Report] “Social media law is in its infancy but, as time goes on, more parties will litigate to test its boundaries. ” (Mintz Levin) Who owns an executive’s social media account: employer or employee? According to a recent Pennsylvania court ruling, it’s the person whose name appears on the account.… Read more »

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

What’s new for employers? Plenty. Like gender discrimination lawsuits, EEOC investigations, Facebook firings, FMLA developments, employment visa news, whistleblower claims, healthcare reform, and much more. For your information, here’s a roundup of recent employment law updates from lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: Second Circuit Vindicates Concepcion in Gender Discrimination Case (Sedgwick LLP): “In… Read more »

NYC Bans “Unemployment” Discrimination – What Does This Actually Mean for Employers?

“New York City will soon become one of only a handful of jurisdictions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of ‘unemployment’ status and, in doing so, has adopted arguably the most stringent such law in the United States.” (Ogletree Deakins) Earlier this month, the New York City Council amended the city’s Human Rights Law to include… Read more »

New FTC Rules for Digital Ads – Does Your Online Marketing Pass the Test?

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission updated guidelines for advertising and marketing on the Internet. Entitled “.com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising,” it’s the first revision to the country’s online marketing rules in nearly 13 years, writes Neil Austin at law firm Foley Hoag, and is intended to adapt regulations… Read more »

NLRB To Supreme Court: A Little Help, Please?

“In Noel Canning v. NLRB, a DC Circuit panel held that President Barack Obama improperly exercised his recess appointment power by nominating a majority of the NLRB in January of 2012 while Congress was technically still in session. The ruling calls into question every action taken by the board in the past year, including many… Read more »

Funding Your Startup: You Should Know…

“You’ve even formed a company to develop your concept into a working technology. Now what? You’ll need money to support yourself, recruit a team, rent space, obtain equipment, and build your technology.” (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) Entrepreneurs know that a great business idea doesn’t get very far without funding. But what to know about funding… Read more »

Revised I-9 Form Must Be Implemented by May 7, 2013

“An employer’s Forms I-9 are subject to inspection by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure compliance with various immigration, anti-discrimination, and wage and hour laws.” (Snell & Wilmer) On March 8, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it… Read more »

What Goes Into a Social Media Policy? 5 Essentials

Social media policies are essential to every workplace manual. But what to include in your policy (which we bet you haven’t written yet)? Five recommendations from lawyers who know what they’re talking about: 1. Establish “ownership” of work-related social media accounts: “…these cases illustrate the importance of creating clear policies regarding the treatment of business-related… Read more »

Need to Know: Several New FMLA Rules Take Effect March 8, 2013

“The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations that … include revisions to the required postings and optional use forms, and may require changes in your timekeeping system for tracking and calculating intermittent FMLA leave. There are additional substantive changes related to military exigency and caregiver leave,… Read more »