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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Employment Agreements Requiring Arbitration On An Individual Rather Than Class Or Collective Basis.

06/11/2018 by Anne G. Bibeau

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis on May 21, 2018, holding that employers and employees can agree in arbitration agreements that claims must be brought on an individual, rather than class or collective, basis. This decision reaffirms the federal policy favoring arbitration and a long line of cases requiring courts… Read more »

Agreements Not to Hire Another Business’s Employees And Sharing Wage Information May Violate Antitrust Laws

05/10/2018 by Anne G. Bibeau

By agreeing not to poach another business’s employees, or by sharing information with another business about your employees’ wages, you may be violating antitrust laws. The U.S. Justice Department’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are taking an aggressive stance against such business practices and warning that they may trigger civil and… Read more »

THE SUPREME COURT RULES THAT AUTOMOBILE SERVICE ADVISORS ARE FLSA EXEMPT.

04/10/2018 by Anne G. Bibeau

The Supreme Court ruled on April 2, 2018, that automobile service advisors are exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and therefore not entitled to overtime pay. The Court’s opinion, in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, ends a long-running controversy over the extent of the FLSA’s overtime exemption (29 U.S.C. § 213(b)(10)(A)) for “any… Read more »

RESTAURANT AND HOTEL INDUSTRY ALERT: SIGNIFICANT CHANGES FOR TIP POOLING ARRANGEMENTS

04/09/2018 by Anne G. Bibeau

Buried in the recently passed budget reconciliation bill, Congress addressed a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) dispute regarding tip pooling arrangements. Restaurant and hotel owners with tipped staff need to be aware of these changes and to reevaluate their tip-pooling arrangements accordingly. The FLSA permits employers to require employees who are customarily and regularly tipped… Read more »

DON’T ASSUME A DESIGN ROLE UNLESS YOU’RE THE DESIGNER

04/03/2018 by George M. Nicholos

Recent weather conditions highlight the importance of avoiding unintentional design responsibility. This first quarter of 2018 has seen persistent periods of wind-driven rain; which often expose building envelope weaknesses. Uncontrolled rainwater penetration, condensation, and moisture related damage commonly result and threaten both structural integrity and building envelope performance. Indeed, virtually 90 percent of such sources… Read more »

CORPORATE ENTITIES FOR DESIGN PROFESSIONALS: ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL

03/27/2018 by Ashley G. Moss

You have a license to practice engineering or architecture and want to start your own business.  You’re already licensed – the hard part is behind you, right?  Not entirely.  There are many options to choose from when creating your own company:  a corporation (“Inc.”); a professional corporation (“PC”); a limited liability company (“LLC”); a professional… Read more »

EFFECTS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S NEW 25% TARIFF ON STEEL

03/26/2018 by Gretchen M. Ostroff

On March 8, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation formally ordering tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The proclamation states that starting March 23, 2018, all “steel articles” imports “entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption” will be subject to an additional 25% duty (essentially, a tax). The proclamation defines “steel articles” to include flat-rolled… Read more »

YOU LOST, NOW WHAT? MAKING THE DECISION TO APPEAL

03/25/2018 by Andrew P. Selman

Whether expectedly or not, there may come a time when you find yourself on the losing side of a legal battle. Your first reaction might be to consider pursuing an appeal. Below are some points that are helpful to keep in mind as you evaluate your options. Think early about the possibility of an appeal:… Read more »

What Type of Entity is Right for Your Business?

03/16/2018 by Richard J. Crouch

You may have noticed that various real estate acquisition firms, developers, builders, landlords, tenants, and leasing and management firms conduct business in a wide range of entities, but why do they do so and what are the important issues to consider when choosing an entity for your business?  The factors you should always consider before… Read more »