In a press release issued on September 7, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against ISS Facilities Services, Inc. (ISS), a Denmark-based workplace experience and facility management company with U.S. headquarters in San Antonio, alleging that it unlawfully denied one of its employees a reasonable request for an accommodation for her disability and then fired her for requesting it.
Since the early 1990s, criminal investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have focused on massive price-fixing cartels, resulting in billions of dollars in corporate fines and many years of prison time for top-level executives.
The cartels involved industries such as air and sea cargo, vitamins, dynamic random-access memory computer chips, liquid crystal display computer monitors, and most recently a wide array of automobile parts.
Virginia recently amended its wage law in a very significant manner by enacting the Overtime Wage Act (Act). The Act took effect on July 1, 2021.
Key takeaways from the amendment include the following:
On May 28, 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued new guidance explaining when employers can offer incentives to employees to (1) voluntarily receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by an employer; or (2) provide COVID-19 vaccination documentation without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”). The guidance answers questions related to who employers can offer incentives to and how they can do it.
In the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about non-disclosure agreements or “NDAs.” They are commonly used to protect against disclosure of confidential business information or financial data and similar types of highly sensitive information. Sometimes the question arises, what happens if someone breaches an NDA?
In a recent Maryland case, the answer had a whipsaw-like quality, as a jury returned a $20 million verdict only to see the trial judge reduce the award to $1.