On August 31, 2017, a federal district judge struck down Obama-era United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) revisions to rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) overtime exemptions. The revisions, known as “the Final Rule,” would have affected executive, administrative, and professional overtime exemptions. The Final Rule was scheduled to take effect on December…

Ross A. Hollander and Michelle Moe Witte of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been ranked among the state’s top Labor & Employment lawyers by Chambers USA 2017. This is the ninth consecutive year that one or more firm attorneys have held top rankings by Chambers. Using independent interviews with clients and lawyers, Chambers USA…

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was enacted on May 11, 2016. The DTSA created a private, federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation. Since its enactment, many have questioned whether common law doctrines, such as the inevitable disclosure doctrine, apply to actions under the DTSA. On the first anniversary of the its enactment,…

In November 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The EEOC characterizes national origin discrimination as discrimination because an individual (or his or her ancestors) is from a certain place or has the physical, cultural, or…

Employers are now armed with an avenue to pursue a federal civil suit for misappropriation of trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was enacted in May 2016 and creates a private civil cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. Misappropriation of trade secrets has been a federal crime for over…

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