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

San Jose’s Challenge to Major League Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption Likely Headed for the Supreme Court

January 15, 2015 –The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals easily disposed of the City of San Jose’s claim that Major League Baseball’s “franchise relocation” policy violates state and federal antitrust laws, setting the stage for the dispute to be heard … Continue reading

To Sever or Not to Sever? A Key Consideration in Drafting Your Arbitration Agreement

January 7, 2015 – California employment laws – especially those involving so-called “representative” actions and arbitration – create a potential minefield for unwary employers. A decision issued today by the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Four) highlights … Continue reading