On May 12, 2016 President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The new law basically does two things of significance: first, it gives Federal District Courts original jurisdiction over trade secret disputes, and second, it provides procedures that will a
The California Labor Commission recently ruled that an Uber driver from San Francisco is an employee of the Company and not an independent contractor because, although Uber did not control her schedule, she performed services integral to Uber’s business and Uber controlled other criti
On March 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that automobile service advisors – those friendly faces that evaluate your car troubles and recommend services and repairs – are not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements
On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. refused to rule in favor for either Plaintiff, Peggy Young, or Defendant, United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), and instead, vacated the Fourth Circuit’s ruling and remanded the case back
On Thursday, February 19, 2015 a unanimous jury in Arizona District Court returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Kingman Hospital, Inc., d/b/a/ Kingman Regional Medical Center (“KRMC”). During the three-day trial, Plaintiff Chappell Grant-Willis alleged that KRMC violated
There has been a lot of buzz about the gigantic punitive damages award recently handed down in a pregnancy and sex discrimination case in California. For us, it is an opportunity to examine what lessons can be learned. Lesson No. 1: Employers must thoroughly train their managers and
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court handed a considerable win to employers with the unanimous decision that businesses are not required to pay workers for time spent waiting for mandatory security checks. In Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, the Ninth Circuit had previously
The Ninth Circuit decided a matter of first impression on Wednesday, which could make it easier for employers to defeat wage and hour collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Greg Landers v. Quality Communications, Inc., et al., employees argued that QCI (a ca
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