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Trends in Paid Parental Leave Come to the Legal Industry: A Call to Action for Law Firms?

Ogletree Deakins • January 23, 2018
As Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer at Ogletree Deakins, I have seen that law firms specifically, and the legal industry, generally, face external pressures from clients, outside counsel, and diversity groups to maintain diversity initiatives. Recently, some of that pressure has been coming from sources internal to law firms—namely, their own attorneys. As more companies offer their employees attractive leave benefits, law firms are following suit by offering their attorneys robust parental leave benefits. Here are some cutting-edge questions for companies promoting a work-life balance to consider in terms of their parental leave allowances, and trends in the promotion and advancement of women in law, including the Mansfield Rule and how it can positively impact the legal profession.

A Protocol On Life Support – Financial Industry Assesses The Aftermath Of Major Defections From Broker Recruitment Pact

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 23, 2018
In the fourth quarter of 2017, two major financial firms dropped out of an industry-wide Protocol for Broker Recruiting (the “Protocol”), an agreement designed to reduce litigation surrounding the movement of stockbrokers between competing firms. While those departures do not necessarily seal the fate of the Protocol, they do portend an increase in litigation to enforce customer non-solicitation covenants against departing brokers.

SCOTUS Ruling Helps Plaintiffs Get Second Bite At The Apple Through Supplemental State Claims

Fisher Phillips • January 23, 2018
In a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that any statute of limitations applicable to an employee’s state law claims are suspended during the pendency of a federal lawsuit in which the state law claims are included. This decision gives employees additional time to refile claims in state court once a federal court declines to decide them.

Just How Loud Does the Drumbeat Have to Get? Or, Can I Get An “Amen” For Governmental Action To Help The Gig Economy?

Fisher Phillips • January 23, 2018
An international crowd of approximately 60,000 people attended the Web Summit Lisbon last month where one of the most pressing questions posed during the conference was: “How do we create a future of work that works for everyone?” As it relates to the gig economy, a three-person panel attempted to answer that question. And one of the panel members (Richard Socarides, the Head of Public Affairs at Gerson Lehrman Group) recently wrote an article highlighting the six big picture takeaways from the panel discussion.

New Tax Law, and Other Potential Reforms, May Change How Harassment Claims Are Resolved

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • January 23, 2018
Bruce Sarchet and Corinn Jackson, both with Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, discuss how the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects the terms of settlement agreements used for sexual harassment claims. They address how the new law alters business expense tax deductions related to such settlements. They also review several additional federal and state initiatives that would curtail the use of nondisclosure or arbitration agreements in the harassment context.

Class Action Trends Report Winter 2018

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 23, 2018
Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims.

Data Privacy Day: Top 10 for 2018

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 23, 2018
In honor of Data Privacy Day, we provide the “Top 10 for 2018.” While the list is by no means exhaustive, it provides key issues organizations should consider in 2018.

Maryland’s New Sick and Safe Leave Law Scheduled to Take Effect in February

Ogletree Deakins • January 23, 2018
On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s May 25, 2017 veto of legislation requiring Maryland employers to provide sick and safe leave to their employees. By overriding the governor’s veto, the general assembly made Maryland the ninth state to adopt a mandatory sick leave statute. Maryland’s legislation, known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, provides employees with up to 40 hours of sick and safe leave annually. Unless the general assembly delays the Act’s effective date, employers will need to conform their leave policies on or before February 11, 2018.

California’s Salary History Ban: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Ogletree Deakins • January 23, 2018
As discussed in our previous article, “California Governor Signs Law Banning Salary History Inquiries,” as of January 1, 2018, California employers are required to comply with California Labor Code Section 432.3, which prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. Below are the answers to some common questions being raised by employers as they review their hiring practices.

South Dakota May Become 49th State to Pass a Data Breach Notification Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 23, 2018
Only two states in the United States lack data breach notification statutes, but that may change in 2018. If legislation pending in South Dakota passes, Alabama would be the only state without a data breach notification law.
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