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New Legislation Threatens to Further Erode Market Share of Non-Trade Union Contractors in California

USA - December 9 2015 In January 2016, two new laws go into effect that will change the face of various public and private construction projects in California. These new...

Andrew D. Bluth, Robert A. James, Eileen J. O'Connor, John R. Heisse, Chris R. Rodriguez.

New FCC regulations to take effect regarding telemarketing robocalls: all businesses marketing by telephone or text must prepare

USA - October 3 2013 On October 16, 2013, revised rules adding further restrictions on telemarketing "robocalls" (telemarketing calls or texts that are autodialed or...

Andrew D. Bluth, Lauren Lynch Flick.

EEOC raises the bar on employers to show that employment actions are job-related

USA - May 8 2012 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently issued an Enforcement Guidance on employers’ use of arrest and conviction records in hiring, as well as published a final rule clarifying the “reasonable factors other than age”(“RFOA”) defense under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”)....

Julia E. Judish.

California employers get a break on meal and rest claims but still face class action filings

USA - April 18 2012 In a highly anticipated decision, on April 12 the California Supreme Court in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court held that employers are not obligated to ensure that nonexempt employees take their meal breaks....

Erin C. Carroll, Thomas N. Makris, Kathryn A. Nyce, Paula M. Weber.

Ninth Circuit ruling leads to spike in class actions over text messages from retailers

USA - November 11 2009 In Satterfield v. Simon & Schuster, Inc., 569 F.3d 946 (9th Cir. 2009), the Ninth Circuit held that unsolicited text messages to mobile phones sent by a retailer may constitute a “call” in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”)....

Andrew D. Bluth, Greg L. Johnson.