IAML Insights

April 02, 2015

As we reported in a previous post, “SEC Investigating Companies’ Employment Contracts That Restrict Whistleblowing,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been vocal about its concerns regarding the effects of confidentiality provisions on the agency’s enforcement efforts and on the rights of whistleblowers, and has even asked...

April 02, 2015

As we previously reported, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a law earlier this year that replaces its maternity leave statue with one affording both women and men with up to eight weeks of unpaid job-protected parental leave. The new laws takes effect April 7, 2015. While FMLA-eligible employees (both male and female) may already be...

April 01, 2015

California's State Legislature is now producing the labor and employment bills that will be the subject of its attention this year.  This year’s primary effort to raise the state’s minimum wage is again set for a hearing in the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee on April 8 (SB 3).  Another bill set for hearing would regulate...

April 01, 2015

In February 2013, we reported on a federal court in Idaho that followed the NLRB’s D.R. Horton decision and ruled that agreements to arbitrate all claims solely on an individual basis were unenforceable. (Click here to read the post.) Here’s the rest of the story. After failing to compel arbitration, the employer appealed the arbitration issue....

April 01, 2015

We recently blogged about the Department of Labor’s new rule that extended FMLA rights to same-sex married couples. The DOL’s rule was set to take effect nationwide on March 27, 2015. A day before the rule was set to take effect, however, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the DOL’s enforcement of the...

March 31, 2015

A CNN op-ed piece caught my eye recently as it discussed some of the difficulties the so-called millennial generation is having in Silicon Valley and elsewhere when it comes to finding gainful employment. It paints a very grim picture about “sharing economy” jobs like Uber, Lyft, or Instacart. The writer opines that “[t]he sharing-economy jobs are...