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Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2007

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  1. GENDER, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND RETALIATION UNDER TITLE VII
    1. Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
      1. Schiano v. Quality Payroll Sys. Inc., 445 F.3d 597 (2d Cir. 2006)
      2. Arbaugh v. Y & H Corp., 546 U.S. 500 (2006)
      3. Schroer v. Billington, 424 F. Supp. 2d 203 (D.D.C. 2006)
      4. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. LJAX, Inc., 442 F. Supp. 2d 267, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50214 (D. Md. July 10, 2006)
    2. Race Discrimination
    3. National Origin Discrimination
    4. Pregnancy Discrimination
    5. Retaliation
  2. AGE DISCRIMINATION: AGE DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACT ("ADEA")
    1. EEOC v. Sundance Rehabilitation Corporation, 466 F.3d 490 (6th Cir. 2006)
    2. Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, 461 F.3d 134 (2d Cir. 2006)
    3. Mock v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 21660 (11th Cir. Aug. 23, 2006)
  3. DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION: AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ("ADA") (including claims for failure to reasonably accommodate)
    1. Buck v. Hampton Township, 452 F.3d 256 (3d Cir. 2006)
    2. Timmons v. General Motors Corp., 469 F.3d 1122 (7th Cir. 2006)
    3. Summerfelt v. Wawa, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4944 (E.D. Pa. 2007)
    4. Walsh v. Nevada Department of Human Resources, 471 F.3d 1033 (9th Cir. 2006)
    5. Greathouse v. Westfall, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 27882 (6th Cir. 2006)
    6. Payne v. Fairfax County, 2006 U.S. Dist. 79725 (E.D. Va. November 1, 2006)
  4. FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT ("FMLA")
    1. Engelhardt v. S.P. Richards, Co., 472 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2006)
    2. Burnett v. LFW, Inc., 472 F.3d 471 (7th Cir. 2006)
    3. Repa v. Roadway Express, Inc., 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 4131, No. 06-2360 (7th Cir. Feb. 26, 2007)
  5. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT ("NLRA")
    1. Guardsmark LLC v. NLRB, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 2263 (D.C. Cir. 2007)
    2. Sacred Heart Medical Center and Washington State Nurses Association, 347 NLRB No. 48 (2006)
    3. Road and Rail Servs., 348 NLRB No. 77 (2006)
    4. SNE Enters. Inc., 348 N.L.R.B. No. 69 (2006)
    5. Healthcare Association of New York v. Pataki, 471 F.3d 87 (2d Cir. 2006)
    6. Planned Bldg. Servs Inc., 347 N.L.R.B. No. 64 (2006)
    7. NLRB v. Alpha Associates, 195 Fed Appx. 138 (4th Cir. 2006)
    8. Randell Warehouse of Ariz. Inc., 347 NLRB No 56 (2006)
    9. Fineberg Packing Company Inc., 349 NLRB No. 29 (2007)
    10. Five Star Transp. Inc., 349 NLRB No. 8 (2007)
    11. U-Haul Company of California, 347 NLRB No. 34 (2006)
    12. Progressive Electric, Inc. v. NLRB, 453 F.3d 538 (D.C. Cir. 2006)
    13. STAR, Inc., 346 NLRB No. 8 (2006)
    14. Endicott Interconnect Technologies, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, No. 05-1371 (D.C. Cir. July 14, 2006)
    15. Cintas Corp. v. NLRB, No. 05-1305, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 6075 (3d Cir. Mar. 16, 2007)
    16. Media Gen. Operations Inc. d/b/a Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4th Cir., Nos. 06-1023, 06-1061, 06-1213, unpublished opinion March 15, 2007
  6. FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT ("FLSA")
    1. Cheatham v. Allstate Ins. Co., 465 F.3d 578 (5th Cir. 2006)
    2. DOL Opinion Letter FLSA 2006-43
    3. DOL Opinion Letter FLSA 2006-7
    4. DOL Opinion Letter FLSA 2006-11
    5. DOL Opinion Letter FLSA 2006-24
    6. DOL Opinion Letter FLSA 2006-41
  7. SARBANES-OXLEY ACT
    1. Fraser v. Fiduciary Trust Company International, et. al. (S.D.N.Y. 2006)
    2. Bishop v. PCS Administration (USA), Inc., et al. (N.D. Ill. 2006)
  8. MISCELLANEOUS FEDERAL ISSUES AND LAWS
    1. Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act ("WARN")
    2. Arbitration
  9. DEVELOPMENTS IN STATE LAW
    1. California
      1. Wage and Hour
      2. Discrimination/Harassment
      3. Privacy
      4. Hiring
    2. Georgia
      1. Employment Agreements
      2. Restrictive Covenants
      3. Employment-at-Will
    3. Illinois
      1. Punitive Damages
      2. Workplace Violence
      3. Worker's Compensation
      4. Morning-After Pill
      5. Wage and Hour
    4. Massachusetts
      1. The Massachusetts Wage Act
      2. Privacy
      3. Sexual Harassment
      4. Disability Accommodation
    5. New Jersey
      1. New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("NJLAD")
        1. Disability Discrimination
        2. Pre-Judgment Interest
        3. Retaliation
      2. Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA")/Whistleblowing
        1. Definition of Employee
        2. Retaliation
        3. Effect of Unemployment Compensation Ruling
    6. New York
      1. Stray Remarks
      2. Undocumented Workers and Lost Wages
      3. Payroll Deductions
      4. Non-Competition Agreements
      5. Automatic Contract Extensions
      6. Form U-5 Liability
      7. Electronic Mail, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Attorney Work-Product Immunity
    7. Pennsylvania
      1. Wrongful Discharge
      2. Workers' Compensation Benefits
      3. Age Discrimination
      4. Unemployment Compensation
      5. Restrictive Covenants
  10. RECENT EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION AND ANTICIPATED DEVELOPMENTS IN FEDERAL LAW
    1. E-Discovery
      1. New Federal Rules Governing E-Discovery
      2. The Practical Impact of the Proposed Revisions
      3. The New E-Discovery Rules
        1. Rule 26(f) - Early litigant conference to plan discovery and prepare proposed case management and scheduling orders
        2. Rule 16 - Incorporating realistic discovery provisions into the initial case management or scheduling orders and planning for e-discovery
        3. Rule 26(a) - Changes to self-executing disclosures by the parties
        4. Rule 26(b)(2) - When is electronically stored information "not reasonably accessible?"
        5. Rule 26(b)(5) - The "clawback" of privileged material inadvertently disclosed in the production of e-discovery
        6. Rules 33 and 34(a) and (b) - Interrogatories and document requests involving electronically stored information
        7. Rule 37(f) - Sanctions for the loss or destruction of electronically stored information
        8. Rule 45 - Conforming changes to the Subpoena Rule to allow for the production of electronically stored information
      4. E-Discovery Cases
    2. HR 19: Employment Eligibility Verification
    3. HR 138: Employment Eligibility Verification and Anti-Identity Theft Act
    4. HR 324: Working Families Wage and Access to Healthcare Act S 347: Minimum Wage Act of 2007
    5. HR 493: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 S 358: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007
    6. HR 800: Employee Free Choice Act
    7. HR 1902: Healthy Families Act S 932: Healthy Families Act
  11. RECENT EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION AND ANTICIPATED DEVELOPMENTS IN STATE LAW
    1. California
      1. AB 1835: Minimum Wage Update/AB 71: Minimum Wage Adjustment
      2. AB 124: Meal and Rest Periods
      3. AB 147: Discrimination: Persons With Disabilities
      4. AB 174: Civil Service: Employment Discrimination
      5. SB 48: Healthcare Coverage: Employers and Employees
      6. Section 12950.1: Sexual Harassment Training Regulations: Amendment to California Government Code
      7. 8 CCR 3395: Cal OSHA Heat Stress Regulations
      8. Section 23123: Ban on Hand-Held Cell Phones by All Drivers ? New California Vehicle Code
      9. 6 CCR 13700 ? 13706: Travel Expense Reimbursements
      10. San Francisco Mandatory Paid Sick Leave
    2. District of Columbia
    3. Illinois
      1. Illinois Minimum Wage Law Amendments
      2. Illinois Mines Safety Law
      3. Tax Incentives to Hire Ex-Offenders and Veterans
    4. New Jersey
      1. Amendment to CEPA, New Jersey's Whistleblower Statute
      2. Minimum Wage Increase
      3. Worker Freedom from Employer Intimidation Act
      4. New Jersey Civil Union Law
    5. New York
      1. Military Spouses Leave
      2. Identify Theft
      3. Minimum Wage
    6. Pennsylvania
  12. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
    1. Overview of the Pension Protection Act
    2. Defined Contribution Plans
      1. EGTRRA
      2. Accelerated Vesting Requirement
      3. Hardship Rules
      4. Diversification of Employer Securities
      5. Investment Advice
      6. Automatic Enrollment
      7. Safe Harbor Default Investment Options
      8. Blackout-Related Safe Harbors
      9. Benefit Statements
      10. Bonding Increase
      11. Rollovers by Non-Spouse Beneficiaries
      12. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders ("QDROs")
      13. Distributions to Active Duty Reservists
    3. Pension Plan Provisions
      1. Funding Standards
      2. New Reporting Requirements
      3. Actuarial Assumptions ? Lump Sum Distributions
      4. Average Compensation Limit under 415(b) of the Code
      5. Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuities
      6. Increased Deductions for Employer Contributions
    4. Multiemployer Pension Plans ? Collective Bargaining Issues
      1. Pension Plans Funded Status
      2. Impact of Funded Status
      3. Funding Improvement Plans
      4. Rehabilitation Plans
      5. Amortization Periods
    5. Prospective Relief for Cash Balance and Other Hybrid Plans
      1. Vesting Requirements
      2. Whipsaw
      3. Age Discrimination
      4. Interest Credit
      5. Conversions
    6. Amendments Required by the PPA
    7. Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on HRA and Health FSA Transfers to HSAS
      1. Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
      2. IRS Notice 2007-22
      3. Conclusion
    8. Code Section 409A
      1. Clarification of What is a "Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan"
      2. Some Basic Rules Expanded and Added
      3. 2007 Action Items
        1. Plan Document Compliance
        2. Plan Administration
        3. Stock Options
      4. Severance Arrangement
        1. 2005 Transitional Relief under Notice 2005-1
        2. Short-Term Deferrals
        3. The Safe Harbor Exemption
        4. Union Separation Arrangements
      5. Interim Guidance or Reporting and Wage Withholding Requirements
    9. Proposed Legislation: Small Business and Work Opportunity Act of 2007
      1. Aggregate Limitations on Deferred Compensation ? Code Section 409A
      2. Limitation on Deductions ? Code Section 162(m)
  13. DEVELOPMENTS IN IMMIGRATION LAW
    1. H-1B Quota Cap Problems Continue in Fiscal Year 2007
    2. Strategy for Dealing With H-1B Quota
    3. H-1B Requirements ? LCA Compliance
      1. What is a Labor Condition Application (LCA)?
      2. Document Retention and Public Access Files
      3. Enforcement and Penalties
    4. Special Discussion of B-1 Visas for Business
    5. Spousal Employment Authorization
    6. Ability to Pay
      1. Incomplete Form 1-140
      2. Missing Initial Evidence
      3. Decision on the Record
      4. Financial Statements and Additional Financial Evidence
      5. When Company is Showing a Net Loss
    7. Travel: Visa Stamp and Passport Requirements Updates
      1. Visa Applications Update
      2. Passport Changes ? Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
    8. US-VISIT
    9. Labor Certifications
      1. The PERM Process
        1. "Blind" Ads Are Not Permitted
        2. The Definition of a "Qualified" U.S. Worker is Expanded
        3. Higher Wages Required
        4. Clarification on Use of Experience Gained With Sponsoring Employer
        5. Important Note
      2. Conversion of Traditional Applications to RIR Processing
    10. Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing
      1. Convenience
      2. Documentary Requirements
      3. Remain in the U.S. While Security Background Checks are Completed
      4. Employment Authorization for Principal Applicant and Family Members
      5. Extensions of H-1B Status Beyond the Maximum Limit
      6. Up to 180 Days of Unauthorized Employment is Waived
      7. Portability of the Application
      8. Concurrent Filings
      9. 245(i) Waiver
      10. Legal Representation
      11. Status Inquiries
    11. Regression of Immigrant Visa Numbers for Employment-Based Categories
    12. Social Security No-Match Letters
    13. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Proposed Rule Regarding Social Security No-Match Letters
    14. I-9 Electronic Storage and Execution
    15. I-9 Verification and Retention
      1. I-9 Record Retention and Re-verification Tickler
      2. Corrections to the I-9
      3. Additional Criminal Sanctions
    16. CIS Launches Online Change of Address Function
    17. President's Proposal and Legislative Developments
      1. President Bush's Proposal
        1. Border Security
        2. Temporary Worker Program
        3. Worksite Enforcement
        4. Bring Undocumented Workers Already in the U.S. Out of the Shadows
        5. Changes in Green Card Rules
      2. Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (Strive Act of 2007)
        1. Certification Requirements
        2. Strengthens Interior Enforcement
        3. New Employment Verification System
        4. New Worker Program
        5. Earned Legalization for Undocumented Workers
        6. Reform a Broken Visa System
        7. H-1B Cap Modifications