Glass Houses: Photographer Did Not Invade Apartment Residents’ Privacy By Photographing Them in Their Homes

April 9, 2015 – The case of Foster v Svenson highlights the inadequacy of New York state laws for protecting privacy. At issue in Foster was the work of Arne Svenson, “a critically acclaimed fine art photographer whose work has appeared … Continue reading

National Labor Relations Board Protects Employees’ Use of Employers’ Intellectual Property

March 20, 2015 – In a report issued earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) discussed the intersection of companies’ copyrights and trademarks, on the one hand, and employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations … Continue reading

Labor Department Extends Family and Medical Leave Act Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses – in Most States

March 27, 2015 – A new Department of Labor regulation took effect today, expanding the definition of “spouse” in the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to include same-sex partners who were married in states – regardless of whether the … Continue reading

Supreme Court Announces New Test for Analyzing Disparate Treatment Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

March 25, 2015 – In a decision garnering support from both liberal and conservative Justices, the Supreme Court today in Young v. United Parcel Service interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (the “Act”) as creating a balancing test unique to pregnancy … Continue reading

National Labor Relations Board Issues Report on Employee Handbook Policies Likely to Violate Labor Laws

March 18, 2015 – The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) today released a 30-page report “concerning recent employer rule cases.” The report discusses a variety of provisions in employee handbooks that have led to complaints being … Continue reading

Iconic Nike Logo Alleged to Infringe Photographer’s Copyright

January 22, 2015 – Photographer Jacobus “Co” Rentmeester filed suit in Oregon District Court, claiming Nike ripped off his photograph – the “Jordan Photo” – to create the “Jumpman” Air Jordan logo. Mr. Rentmeester is not playing small ball; he … Continue reading

High Court Refuses to Strike Down California Rule on Representative Claims for Wage and Hour Penalties

January 20, 2015 – The United States Supreme Court today rejected an employer’s request for review of the California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. This action could represent a major victory for California plaintiffs … Continue reading