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Does Your Internship Program Pass the Test?

As employers begin to prepare for spring semester and summer break internships, their first step should be to review the “primary beneficiary test” adopted by the Department of Labor (DOL) on January 7. The test will be used to determine whether new hires are bona fide interns or employees. More >

Top Ten Laws Affecting California Employers in 2018

The California legislature and governor have had another busy year adding new laws and regulations for California employers. The changes hit virtually every aspect of the employment relationship – including applications, leaves of absence, wage-and-hour, discrimination, retaliation, immigration, and workplace notice requirements. Many new laws expand existing requirements to a broader array of employers. Here are the top ten laws requiring immediate attention for employers to comply. More >

Are Your Social Media Recruitment Practices Discriminatory? Employers Facing Age Discrimination Class Actions

Plaintiffs’ lawyers currently are threatening employers that recruit new employees via social platforms—Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.—with age discrimination class action lawsuits. The plaintiffs’ lawyers aggressively demand an immediate response to their letter, production of information related to the online recruitment efforts, and a quick resolution of their alleged claims (i.e., pay a substantial settlement). Class-wide liability, were the claims to be successful, could be substantial, so this issue warrants immediate attention even if you have not yet been threatened with litigation. We have analyzed the possible legal claims and have developed a method to assess an employer’s potential liability. More >

One Resolution Employers Don’t Want for the New Year

Heightened by an increase in social activism and the #metoo movement, many publically traded companies – especially those in the technology and retail sectors – may find themselves facing a New Year’s resolution they’d rather not have in 2018: a shareholder resolution demanding public disclosure of detailed information about gender pay differences. More >

Minnesota Restaurateurs: Get Compliant with Tip Statutes Before Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium presents a great opportunity for Minneapolis restaurateurs to generate significant income from parties hosted before and during the big game. With that opportunity, though, comes the challenge of complying with Minnesota’s unique tip-pooling statute—unlike federal laws and those of other states—and avoiding the potential for greater liability. Restaurants planning Super Bowl parties should prepare now to meet the law’s requirements and avoid litigation after the Super Bowl LII victor is crowned. More >