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October 12, 2021

California Further Restricts "Non-Disparagement" Provisions in Employment Settlement and Severance Agreements

As part of a trend in California, SB 331 broadly limits the use of non-disclosure provisions in various types of employment agreements, including settlement and separation agreements. It takes effect on January 1, 2022.

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October 11, 2021

Here We Go Again! California's Latest Crop of Employment Laws

California is at it again – adopting a host of new labor and employment laws that will further regulate and complicate business operations in the Golden State. This article briefly summarizes the new laws, most of which take effect on January 1, 2022.

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September 15, 2021

Florida Adopts the Apex Doctrine in the Corporate Context

Late last month, the Florida Supreme Court codified into Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.280(h) the “apex doctrine” and declared the doctrine applies with equal force to high-ranking corporate and government officials.

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July 22, 2021

Maine Legislative Update: Back to Work Incentives, Ban the Box, Tip Minimum, and Other Developments Affecting Employers

In a special session that ended on July 19, 2021, the Maine legislature enacted several new laws that will significantly impact almost all employers in the Pine Tree state. This article briefly summarizes key measures considered this session.

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June 24, 2021

Alberta Court of Appeal Confirms Complainants Need Not Prove Reasonable Efforts to Self-accommodate to Establish Family Status Discrimination

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently confirmed that the applicable test for establishing family status discrimination in Alberta is the test established in Moore v. British Columbia (Education), which applies to other enumerated grounds of discrimination.

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June 21, 2021

Ontario, Canada Court of Appeal Upholds Jury’s $150,000 Punitive Damage Award Against Employer

In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a jury’s $150,000 punitive damage award against an employer, where inadequate training and a supervisor's misconduct evidenced a company culture that did not sufficiently stress safety practices.

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June 21, 2021

Pandemic-Born Rules: Nevada’s Newest Employment Laws

In its 81st Session, the Nevada Legislature passed and Governor Sisolak signed into law approximately 140 pieces of new legislation. This article highlights key labor and employment laws that will soon take effect, or already are in effect.

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June 17, 2021

Texas Enacts New COVID-19 Liability Protection Law

On June 14, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Pandemic Liability Protection Act, which provides liability protections for health care providers, businesses, non-profits, religious institutions and schools that follow certain safety protocols.

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March 1, 2021

New Wisconsin Law Provides Immunity from COVID-19 Liability, With Limited Exceptions

On February 25, 2021, Wisconsin enacted a law that gives certain entities broad immunity from civil liability related to COVID-19 unless they acted recklessly or engaged in wanton conduct or intentional misconduct.

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January 13, 2021

Oregon Supreme Court Limits Employers’ Tools for Avoiding Excessive Attorney Fees for Minor Pay Violations

The Oregon Supreme Court recently held that an arbitrator's award of attorney fees, approved by a court, cannot be categorically limited where a defendant’s offer of judgment exceeds plaintiff’s ultimate recovery at trial.

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