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IHOP Settles Harassment Case for $875k

The operator of two IHOP restaurants in Illinois has agreed to fire two managers and three cooks who the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says sexually harassed or assaulted at least a dozen employees, and pay $875,000 to the alleged victims. U.S. District Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis, Illinois on Thursday approved a consent

Managing Construction Risk through CGLI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Commercial general liability insurance (CGLI) is often used to manage risk on a construction project. However, CGL policies can contain gaps in coverage or exclusions that may leave a contractor or subcontractor without the anticipated protection. This Hartung Schroeder Practice Note addresses common business risk exclusions in CGL policies and provides guidance on how

Hybrid Test Determines Employee or Independent Contractor Status under FMLA, ADA and ADEA

BY CHARLIE WITTMACK Executive Summary By their own terms, the FMLA, ADA and ADEA apply only to employees and not independent contractors. However, since these laws were enacted, there has been an ambiguity regarding the appropriate test to use when determining whether an individual has been properly classified by an employer as an employee or

San Francisco Soda Warnings Cases On Hold Pending Supreme Court Ruling

San Francisco soda warnings case on hold pending Supreme Court ruling STORY BY: Nate Raymond (Reuters) – A federal appeals court will hold off on deciding whether to block a San Francisco law mandating health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a free speech case involving anti-abortion

Analysis: Arming Florida school staff could expose them to suits -experts

STORY BY: TINA BELLON (Reuters) – A bill passed by Florida lawmakers empowering some personnel in public schools to carry firearms to guard against attacks like last month’s massacre near Miami could expose these employees to potentially costly civil lawsuits, legal experts said. Public employees are generally immune to civil suits, but those authorized to

Uber Drivers Win Nationwide Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

STORY BY: DANIEL WIESSNER (Reuters) – A federal judge in California has ruled that Uber Technologies Inc violated its agreements with drivers by subtracting a one-dollar “safe rides fee” from their pay on some trips. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland on Thursday granted the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and said that

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