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Could the World Cup Produce a GOAALLLL in Your Workplace?

Did World Cup fever infiltrate your office this summer?

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2017-2018 Term

The United States Supreme Court concluded its 2017-2018 term with a bang, issuing decisions in several highly publicized cases impacting labor and employment, including Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and Janus v. AFSCME. This term marked the first full term for Justice Gorsuch after last year’s dramatic appointment battles. Not surprisingly, with the addition of Justice Gorsuch to the Court, many of the labor and employment decisions this term were employer friendly.

Fitness Industry Legal Update - Summer 2018

Social media can be a great way for companies in the fitness industry to build and engage their communities. The hazards of social media as to employees, companies, and privacy, however, should not be ignored. This is especially true if social media is key to a business’s marketing or employee-recruitment goals. In this issue, we cover three common hazards fitness industry employers may face when it comes to social media.

Mechanical Managers: Replacing Human Managers With Programming In The Gig Economy

Although legal tests for determining employment status have taken center stage with numerous recent high-profile cases, lurking in the background is a question that may also have implications beyond the gig economy space: what happens if and when traditional “manager” roles are filled by automated systems?

Will SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh Treat Employers Well? The Magic 8-Ball Says: “You May Rely On It”

Late yesterday, President Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) bench. Assuming he is confirmed by the Senate, Justice Kavanaugh would solidify the pro-business bloc of Justices on the Court, seemingly creating an impenetrable five-Justice majority of conservative jurists. The question on the mind of employers: how would Justice Kavanaugh treat workplace law cases that come before the Supreme Court? To answer that question, we once again turn to the Magic 8-Ball.

6 Degrees of Brett Kavanaugh: Fast Facts About the Newest SCOTUS Nominee

On July 9, 2018, President Trump announced his nominee to be the next justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, replacing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who, on the last day of the October 2017 term, announced that he would retire from the Court. Long known as a Washington insider, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh's Past Rulings Signal Employer-Friendly Approach

Brett Kavanaugh will likely maintain the pro-employer approach of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose impending vacancy he has been nominated to fill, should he be confirmed by the Senate.

You’re Gonna Need a Warrant for That....

On June 22, 2018, in Carpenter v. United States, the United States Supreme Court decided that the federal government would need a warrant in order to obtain historical location data from cellular service providers, based on cell tower “pings.”

Is Your Institution Doing Enough to Reduce Disruptive Physician Behavior?

Disruptive physicians are staple characters on television shows about the medical field. Some of the most recent T.V. doctors of this vein that come to mind are Dr. Gregory House of House and Dr. Perry Cox of Scrubs. While Dr. House and Dr. Cox present entertaining caricatures of disruptive physician behavior (“DPB”), in “real life” DPB has long presented many significant workplace challenges for health care institutions.

Supreme Court Year in Review: Union Agency Fees, Travel Restrictions, and the Retirement of Justice Kennedy

The U.S. Supreme Court closed out its most recent term, which began in October 2017, with a number of high-profile and ground-breaking decisions. Yet aside from the typical court fanfare, perhaps the most significant news from the latest Supreme Court term is the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice Kennedy has often provided the deciding vote in a Supreme Court that is largely split along party lines. Justice Kennedy cast the swing vote and wrote the majority opinion in Citizens United, for example, siding with the other conservative Justices and removing election spending limits for corporations and unions.
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