A recent decision by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office has held that drivers for Uber, the popular online ride-hailing service, are employees of the company rather than independent contractors.
In Berwick  v. Uber Technologies, LLC, the office ordered Uber to pay Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in expenses and other costs for the roughly eight

On February 7, 2014, the EEOC filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago against the large prescription and healthcare related services provider, CVS, contending that its actions concerning severance benefits violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, this law provides the

Last February, Representative Joe Atkins introduced a bill, HF 506, which, if passed, would prohibit noncompete agreements in Minnesota.  This bill was recently the subject of discussion at a Minnesota House Commerce  and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy committee hearing on August 29, 2013.  Currently, California and North Dakota are the only other two

I recently wrote an article for the International Association of Defense Counsel committee newsletter on Ethical Issues for Defense Counsel in Employment Practices Liability Insurance Litigation.  The article addresses: (1) identifying the client; (2) determining who controls the selection of defense counsel; (3) analyzing whether a reservation of rights changes who controls the selection

I recently published an article entitled “Electronic Privacy Concerns in Single-Plaintiff Employment Litigation and Employment Class Actions” in the Summer 2011 issue of Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Quarterly.  The article addresses issues such as:

  • Whether employee emails are protected by the attorney-client privilege;
  • Compliance with state and federal laws regarding electronic communications;