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Protecting the Collected Knowhow of an Assembled and Trained Workforce

The notion of protecting knowhow is strange to those who think of intellectual property as comprising patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Knowhow is not associated with agencies of the US federal government that issue “Letters Patent” and Trademark and Copyright Registration Certificates. Knowhow has no federal agency to give it sovereign gravitas. However, public and private schools issue documents, such as diplomas, degrees and certificates, that indicate particular students have demonstrated knowhow by meeting defined requirements.

Mass Shootings Demand “Stop the Bleed” Training for Workplaces.

There is no easy solution to preventing and responding to mass shootings. (Comprehensive data on mass shootings).We should debate legal changes and provide regular employee training and drills, such as Run-Hide-Flight. However, we need to take IMMEDIATE concrete steps to minimize deaths as we wrestle with stopping these deadly events.

Workplace Romance and Top Employer Mistakes in the #Metoo Era

With Valentine’s Day upon us, love is in the air and very much in the workplace. In today’s society, it seems rather natural for individuals to meet at work and form close friendships as well as romantic relationships.

Three Technology Trends That Will Change the Gig Economy in 2018

Bill Gates once said “Information Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.” The advent of the gig economy along with the integration of technology has changed the traditional job market. Employers may view technology as an obstacle, but it is crucial they get on board given the increased mobility of today’s workforce.

Does Being Fit Increase Your Company’s Risk of Security Breaches?

As we are early into the new year, for many, hope springs eternal to get in shape during 2018. Many of us wear some kind of fitness activity tracker that monitors steps, heart rate, calories, sleep patterns, etc. Recent news coverage of Strava, the running and cycling fitness tracking app, has caused concern for the United States military. But might it cause concerns for some businesses that operate under high levels of security, as well?

Grubhub Notches Victory for Gig Economy in Big Classification Win in California Federal Court

In a recent classification case involving the “gig” or shared economy, a U.S. magistrate judge handed down a significant win for Grubhub, concluding that a driver who sued the company under California’s minimum wage, overtime and employee expense reimbursement laws was not covered by those laws because he was an independent contractor, not an employee.

Gig Worker Found to Be Independent Contractor in First-of-Its-Kind Ruling

A restaurant delivery driver for the online food-ordering company Grubhub was properly classified as an independent contractor under California law, a federal court has ruled.

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries are reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. With the recent surge in sexual harassment allegations, evolution of the #MeToo movement, and ongoing legislative reform, it is crucial that employers remain proactive in setting boundaries around interoffice relationships. Employers can minimize liability associated with interoffice relationships by establishing clear policies, providing annual training for employees and managers, improving procedures to report sexual harassment complaints, and monitoring developments in relevant legislation and case law.

Why International Payroll, Learning and Development, and the Gig Economy Heart Blockchain

2018 seems to be the year in which HR gets serious about blockchain applications in the workplace. In fact, four of the first five emails I opened today had some mention of blockchain, including a range of communications from tech industry blogs to established, white-shoe law firms promoting a new practice area.

New Scams Target Employees' Payroll Direct Deposits

The FBI is warning employers of new email phishing scams targeting employees to gain access to their direct deposit information on the company's self-service payroll platform. Many employers use direct deposit for payroll because it is generally a more secure, efficient and inexpensive method than paying employees in cash or with paper paychecks. In January, the IRS warned about Form W-2 scams aimed at HR and payroll departments.
Human Resources ARTICLE INDEX

Ogletree Deakins | California | The Opportunities and Obligations of Venture Capital and Private Equity in the #MeToo Environment (February 01, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Glimmers of Hope? Pair of Recent PAGA Cases Provide Rare Procedural Victories for California Employers (January 31, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | California’s Salary History Ban: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (January 23, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate (January 22, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Trial Court Properly Denied Attorneys’ Fees To Plaintiff Who Proved His Termination Was Substantially Motivated By His Disabilities, But Was Not The Prevailing Party At Trial (January 21, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Long-Awaited Housekeeper Injury Prevention Regulations (January 24, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice (February 11, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Cal/OSHA Approves Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard – Likely to Go Into Effect Later This Year (January 21, 2018)

Ogletree Deakins | California | As Marijuana Shops Thrive, California Employers Revisit Drug Policies (January 18, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Reminder! California Employers Must Provide Notice of the Federal and California Earned Income Tax Credit (January 15, 2018)