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    Gap Reports Labor, Safety Issues At Myanmar Factories

    Workers at two Gap Inc. garment factories in Myanmar have been subjected to verbal abuse and forced to work excessive hours without adequate pay, though the factories have taken steps to remedy the issues, according to an internal audit recently submitted by the retailer to the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar.

    Pressure Grows For Statewide Paid Sick Leave In NJ

    Paid sick leave measures pending in several New Jersey towns are increasing the pressure for a uniform statewide standard, and while a bill poised for consideration in September currently calls for more time off for workers compared with in local proposals, that could be a tough sell to Gov. Chris Christie.

    The 5 Most Fearsome EEOC Regional Offices

    Employers should beware of aggressive U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regional offices that are leading the agency's efforts to limit the use of criminal background checks and eradicate pregnancy discrimination, among other areas, attorneys say. Here's a look at five EEOC district offices on the leading edge of enforcement efforts.

    EEOC Says Ga. Farm Gave Short Shrift To American Workers

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday sued a Georgia farm in federal court, alleging the company had a widespread practice of favoring foreign-born workers over white and African American workers born in the U.S.

    SEC Awards First Whistleblower Award To Compliance Pro

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday said it has granted its first whistleblower award to a compliance and audit professional when it agreed to pay $300,000 to an employee of an unnamed company who brought the agency information that led to an enforcement action.

    Monitoring Employees: How Far Can Employers Go?

    It is increasingly important for employers to know their legal limits when monitoring employee conduct since employees may question the legality of employer's monitoring their off-site conduct, especially when they are off-duty, says Michael Abcarian of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

    5 Reasons Large Companies Are Turning To Boutique Firms

    The departure of attorneys from large firms is a trend that has increased as a result of the Great Recession and its aftermath, and boutique firm partners who previously worked at large firms understand the potential large-firm pitfalls, say attorneys with Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.

    Domino's Case Shields Franchise Parents, Boosts Industry

    The California Supreme Court’s decision Thursday clearing Domino’s Pizza from a sex harassment case by a franchisee’s ex-worker strengthens the popular franchise business model, in which the franchisor imposes a uniform marketing plan while the franchisee handles the day-to-day operations, by making it tougher for franchisee workers to go after corporate parents in employment disputes, experts say.

    Winners In 10th Circ. Marriage Ruling Seek High Court Review

    The couples who won a Tenth Circuit decision striking down Utah’s law against same-sex marriage joined their legal foes in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision in an unusual move intended to prompt the high court to make the decision apply nationally.

    Uber Tells Judge To Put Brakes On Drivers' Tips Fight

    Uber Technologies Inc. urged a California federal judge on Thursday to end drivers' proposed contract class action accusing the car service company of tricking passengers into paying a 20 percent tip that isn't fully paid to drivers, arguing there's no evidence the drivers relied on any of Uber's alleged misrepresentations.

    EEOC Pregnancy Light-Duty View Points Way For Calif. Suits

    While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent pregnancy discrimination guidance is likely to have more influence on states that lack pregnancy rules as comprehensive as those in California, the guidelines could spur Golden State cases by workers looking to champion the idea that employers already offering light-duty positions make them available to pregnant workers.

    EEOC Panned For Announcing Deal In Hawaii Farm Worker Suit

    A Hawaii federal judge who criticized the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for improperly submitting settlements meant to resolve national origin bias claims against four Hawaiian farms has given the agency until Friday to hold a press conference clarifying that the deals aren't finalized.

    IRS Delivers Guidance, Forms For ACA Employer Mandate

    The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday released draft forms and guidance instructing employers on how to comply with reporting requirements arising from the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

    Fla. Judge Who Took Bench Drunk Fights Removal Bid

    A Florida state judge who has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of an inquiry over allegations of drunk driving and taking the bench while intoxicated urged the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission on Wednesday not to remove her from the bench. 

    3rd Circ. Says UAW Can't Recoup Visteon Retiree Benefits

    The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court’s ruling that Visteon Corp. retirees formerly belonging to the United Auto Workers were not entitled to a reinstatement of health care benefits, saying the union made the “calculated choice” to not appeal a bankruptcy court order allowing the company to terminate the benefits.

    10-Day Termination Triggered Time On Noncompete: Ind. Court

    An Indiana appeals court ruled Thursday that an in-home health care company couldn’t hold a former employee to a two-year noncompete agreement after he was fired for ten days in 2009, finding the clock had started ticking on the contract even though he was rehired. 

    NYC Kicks $42M To School Bus Drivers

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed legislation that grants up to $42 million to school bus drivers, represented by Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, whose employers signed contracts under the previous mayor that did not guarantee protections including job security.

    Calif. High Court Rejects Rite Aid's Appeal Of Seating Class

    The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to hear an appeal from Rite Aid Corp. seeking to decertify a class of cashiers who allege the retailer had denied them suitable seating during their work shifts.

    Calif. High Court Clears Domino's In Harassment At Franchise

    The owner of a California Domino’s Pizza franchise was the sole employer responsible for handling a sexual harassment complaint in his store, the California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that shifted liability away from the pizza chain’s corporate headquarters.

    Calif. High Court Should Back Workers In Seating Row: AARP

    AARP urged the California Supreme Court to back former employees in seating suits against CVS Pharmacy Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, saying in an amicus filing submitted Wednesday that the court should accept the workers' proposed interpretation of California's suitable-seating requirement.

    Tesco Bid For Rig Accident Coverage Revived In Texas Court

    A Texas appeals court ruled on Thursday that Texas law applies in a suit brought by oilfield services provider Tesco Corp. against insurer Steadfast Insurance Co. after Steadfast refused to cover a $1.5 million punitive damages verdict over a Colorado drilling rig accident, reversing the insurer's summary judgment win. 

    CarMax Denied In Bid To Block Workers' PAGA Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to bar plaintiffs in a federal putative wage action against CarMax Auto Superstores California LLC from pursuing a separate but similar state court suit against the retailer, saying the filing of the state action doesn’t mean the plaintiffs are attempting to dodge an arbitration order.

    DOL Take On SOX Getting Fed Court Deference, Lawyers Say

    Employers will have a tougher time getting Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower claims thrown out because of a string of federal court rulings — including one involving Fannie Mae — that have deferred to the U.S. Department of Labor's worker-friendly Sylvester v. Parexel ruling from 2011, lawyers say.

    NYC Fire Inspector With Asperger's Loses ADA Appeal

    The Second Circuit on Thursday cleared the New York Fire Department of allegations it discriminated against a former employee with Asperger's Syndrome, saying the worker was fired for legitimate business reasons after a string of misconduct, not because of his disability.

    Education Corp. Looks To Shake Whistleblower FCA Suit

    For-profit university system Education Corp. of America asked an Alabama federal court Thursday to toss a False Claims Act suit brought by two former adjunct instructors alleging one of its member schools falsified student grades as part of a scheme to secure federal grants.