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Did the California Supreme Court Instantly Poison the Gig Economy?

On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v Superior Court that will make classification of workers more complex and threaten the gig economy business model. The Court ruled that employers must now rely on the standard commonly referred to as the “ABC” test in order to determine whether workers are employees or independent contractors. More >

Court Rules Unintentional Age Discrimination Can Occur During Application Process

On April 26, 2018, the 7th Circuit ruled that job applicants—not just employees—can assert age discrimination claims arising from facially neutral hiring policies. In Kleber v. CareFusion Corporation, the court departed from recent rulings by other courts—most recently the 11th Circuit in Villareal v. R.J. Tobacco Co.—which have held that only employees can claim that a company’s activities or policies had a “disparate impact” due to age. More >

DOJ Signals There Are Lawful “No-Poaching” Agreements

In January 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) communicated that it would ramp-up criminal enforcement actions against companies that have no-poaching agreements, which in past years have been seen by the DOJ as a hall-pass allowing employers to avoid competing for workers, stifle demand in a market, and keep wages lower. A recent settlement with three employers, however, has reinforced the notion that not all no-poaching agreements are the same and helped define which kinds of no-poaching agreements may or may not lead to civil or criminal liability. More >

Ninth Circuit Rules that Salary History Cannot Justify Pay Disparities

The Ninth Circuit ruled that employers may not consider a new employee’s prior salary when setting his or her pay, either on its own or with other factors such as years of experience. The Court ruled that allowing employers to rely on prior salaries is incompatible with the broad principal of the Equal Pay Act, which states that men and women should receive equal pay for work. More >

Nilan Johnson Lewis Welcomes Case Assistant Mike Manerowski

Nilan Johnson Lewis announced the hire of Mike Manerowski as case assistant for the Minneapolis-based firm’s labor and employment group. Manerowski has worked with law firms for more than 15 years, with several years of experience in case management. As the firm has expanded its national labor and employment practice, it has created a need for Manerowski’s organizational expertise, ensuring cases are even more efficiently managed and communication is maintained across attorney and client teams. More >

What Makes Minnesota Tip-Pooling Laws Unique

Joel O'Malley's article, "What makes Minnesota tip-pooling laws unique*," was published on Minnesota Lawyer. In the article, Joel outlines the complex laws leading to the large settlement Surly Brewing Co. recently paid in the tip-pooling lawsuit. More >