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Update: Equal rights to survivor’s benefits for civil partners?
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, February 2014

Last year, we reported on the Employment Tribunal’s decision in Walker v Innospec Limited (ET 2411316/2011) that a pension scheme’s failure to provide survivor’s benefits for civil partners equal to those provided for spouses was unlawful discrimination...

Your Contracts: a Systematic and Disciplined Approach is Called for
Lavery Lawyers, March 2008

Every day, and several times a day, we enter into contracts without knowing it or without considering and controlling their effects. This bulletin provides a brief and non-exhaustive summary to help you better understand, prepare for and monitor your contractual environment...

"Commission Free to Gag"
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, April 2011

Last week the Court of Appeal confirmed the extensive nature of the Commerce Commission’s (Commission) gagging powers. The scope of such powers may come as a surprise to many. On 10 March the Court of Appeal allowed the Commission’s appeal and rejected Air New Zealand’s (Air NZ) cross appeal in the “gagging orders” case...

"False" Self-Employment and the Gig Economy - Where are We Now?
A&L Goodbody, July 2018

The question of 'employment status', continues to concern many employers working within today's 'gig economy'. The UK Supreme Court recently provided guidance on the correct "label" to be bestowed on 'gig economy' workers. Pimlico Plumbers recently lost an appeal in the UK Courts against a finding that one of its plumbers was a "worker" for the purposes of relevant UK employment legislation – not a self-employed independent contractor...

"Hurricane Harvey" and the Winds of Change
TSMP Law Corporation, January 2018

Have we reached the tipping point in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace? In late August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Caribbean and the United States, causing unprecedented devastation and destruction. Less thantwo months later, a very different “Hurricane Harvey” followed, one that precipitated a renewed global consciousness over issues of sexual harassment...

"Opportunity Zone Benefits; Nuts and Bolts; and Loose or Missing Screws" By J Leigh Griffith and Shane P Morris Taxes - The Tax Magazine
Waller, February 2019

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) created a new tax incentive designed to encourage long-term investment in low income communities, as defined in Code Sec. 45D(e),1 which are specifically designated as “qualified opportunity zones” (“QOZs”) in accordance with procedures set forth in Code Sec. 1400Z-1...

"Text Me?" Proposed Electronic Disclosure Rule Would Allow Greater Flexibility for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2019

Under a new proposed rule, certain required disclosures could be provided electronically to all retirement plan participants, including former employees and beneficiaries. On October 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule intended to expand the use of internet technology to furnish ERISA-required disclosures to plan participants, and to reduce printing and mail expenses...

#MeToo: It May Be Happening in Your Workplace Too
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2017

The resurgence of the #MeToo campaign highlights that sexual harassment comes in all variations, affects all classes of people, and cuts across all industries. While employers could dismiss the social media moniker as a “them” not an “us” problem, they do so at their peril. People, some of whom may be your employees, are talking, posting, and tweeting, and employers would be wise to listen and revisit their anti-harassment policies...

#NotHere: 5 Steps to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace in Wake of the #MeToo Movement
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, November 2018

One year later, the #MeToo movement has caused a seismic cultural shift in American society and in the workplace. It continues to gain momentum and attracts wide-sweeping media coverage keeping the issue of sexual misconduct against women at the forefront of our national dialogue...

‘Do You Yahoo!’?
Springboard Corporate Finance, April 2016

So, I confess to being old enough to remember the ‘Do You Yahoo!’ television adverts of the 1990s… A certain comb over look that was replaced by a not insubstantial afro wig, a talking dolphin – ring any bells?Regardless, for many of us Yahoo! was the place where we started our online adventures...

“...firm steps to end cartels” —the criminalisation of cartel activity
ENSafrica, April 2016

South African Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, has announced that, from 1 May 2016, cartel conduct (price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering) comprises criminal activity. Directors or persons with management responsibility who participate in cartel conduct or who are aware of cartel conduct and fail to take appropriate action can be criminally prosecuted...

“Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD): Pros and Cons
Garrigues, July 2013

In the last few years, many multinationals are implementing in their organizations so-called “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies.  What is “BYOD”? It is a new trend in the management of technological infrastructure within companies where employees bring their own devices to the workplace, thereby reducing the number of devices that companies have to provide to employees, with the consequent reduction in costs...

“Control Person” Claim for Employee’s “Outside” Securities Transaction is Reinstated by Texas Appeals Court
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2011

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Third District, Austin, reinstated a “control person” claim under the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”) against Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. related to a former broker’s allegedly fraudulent outside sales transactions. David Fernea v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, Inc., No. 03-09-00566-CV (Tex. App. –Austin, Jan. 7, 2011). Allegations...

“Gardening leave” and the enforceability of restraints of trade
ENSafrica, March 2016

The South African Labour Courts have, until now, not had the opportunity to consider what impact, if any, a so-called “gardening leave” provision may have on the enforceability of a restraint of trade. This issue, among others, came before the Labour Court in Johannesburg in the case ofVodacom v Godfrey Motsa and MTN Group (J74/16). Judgment was handed down by Van Niekerk J on 9 February 2016...

“Get off your ass” isn’t offensive
ENSafrica, May 2016

ENSafrica successfully represented Virgin Active in a South African Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) matter, regarding a Virgin Active TV advertisement that used the expression “get off your ass”. The case in question is S Jack & others v Virgin Active South Africa (Pty) Ltd, and the ruling was handed down on 26 February 2016. The point of the advertisement was to persuade people to start working out at Virgin Active gyms...

“No Rehire” Language in Settlement Agreement Found Unlawful Where Not Narrowly Tailored
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, October 2018

When negotiating a settlement agreement in an employment dispute, “no rehire” language is often a standard term. This language typically bars the litigating employee from seeking re-employment with the former employer. However, in California, at least one “no rehire” provision was invalidated because it was not narrowly tailored to the employer at issue. In Golden v. California Emergency Physicians Medical Group (“CEP”), CEP terminated Dr...

“Ruff” Days at the Office: Service Dogs (and Other Animals) in the Workplace
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, March 2017

With everything from alpacas, pigs and turkeys, to even a snake being claimed as service animals, it is not surprising that many business owners are asking what truly qualifies as a “service animal” under the law. Just last fall, a Wisconsin McDonald’s encountered a situation where a patron wanted to dine with her service kangaroo...

“Second-Hand” Harassment: Can an Employer Get Burned?
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2005

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of second-hand smoke. But what about the employment-related danger of “second-hand” harassment? Consider this scenario: Mr. Jerk, a bank manager in the credit department, repeatedly harasses his administrative assistant, Gina. He invites Gina to have drinks with him, repeatedly touches her shoulders, and brushes up against her. Gina never complains to anyone in bank management about Jerk’s conduct...

“Seismic Shifts in Digital Technology:” Supreme Court Creates Exception to Third-Party Doctrine for Cell-Site Location Information
Dykema, June 2018

After not disturbing the Third-Party Doctrine for more than 40 years, the Supreme Court created a significant exception to it inCarpenter v. United States. Slip Op., 16-402 (Jun. 22, 2018). Under the Third-Party Doctrine, individuals who voluntarily provide personal information to third parties are deemed to relinquish their legitimate reasonable expectation of privacy in that information...

“Shareholders' rights in private and public companies in Argentina: overview” (article published in Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, July 31, 2015).
Beccar Varela, September 2015

TYPES OF LIMITED COMPANIES AND SHARES1. What are the main types of companies with limited liabilityand shareholders? Which is the most common? Which typedo foreign investors most commonly use?The most common types of companies that enjoy limited liabilityare the Sociedad Anónima (SAs) and the Sociedad deResponsabilidad Limitada (SRLs), and these are the main types ofcompanies with limited liability. Joint stock companies (Sociedaden Comandita por Acciones) are also common...

“Text Me?” Proposed Electronic Disclosure Rule Would Allow Greater Flexibility for Retirement Plans
Hanson Bridgett LLP, November 2019

Under a new proposed rule, certain required disclosures could be provided electronically to all retirement plan participants, including former employees and beneficiaries. On October 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule intended to expand the use of internet technology to furnish ERISA-required disclosures to plan participants, and to reduce printing and mail expenses...

“Waive” Goodbye to Employer Liability Under the ADA for Voluntary Accommodations of Essential Job Functions
Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, May 2014

An employer faces a difficult situation when a temporarily disabled employee who cannot perform his or her essential job functions requests an accommodation. This situation becomes significantly more complicated when the employee receives the “accommodation,” but never recovers enough to resume performing the essential job functions...

“Weingarten” Rights - Flip Flop
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, November 2004

In a far-reaching decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) recently ruled that the right of an employee to have a representative or co-worker present at a investigatory meeting that the employee reasonably believes might result in discipline covers unionized workplaces only...

“Who's Afraid of The Big Bad Wolf?” The Portuguese Competition Authority Recent Activity
PLMJ, April 2006

The Portuguese legal system has had a competition law regime in force for more than two decades. Nonetheless, only recently did economic agents begin to show more awareness towards its existence, that is to say, to feel its effects...

“Why Cooperate with the SEC?” Recent Settlements Shed Light
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2012

Until recently, individuals considering cooperating with an SEC investigation had a difficult time determining whether a tangible benefit would result from cooperation. Two releases issued by the SEC in the past month demonstrate how the SEC has begun to apply its Cooperation Initiative and give new insight into how the SEC evaluates and credits cooperation in determining sanctions against individuals...

 

 

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