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November 2017 Archives

Supreme Court to clarify whistleblower protections

An employee discovered that his boss was violating security procedures. Instead of rushing to report it to the Securities and Exchange Commission, he first alerted the company executives so they could handle the situation. As a result, he was fired. Does this case count as whistleblower retaliation?

FDA catches illegal ingredients in weight loss products

Many people have a goal to shed a few pounds, especially around the holiday season. Along with exercise and dieting, some people also choose to take supplements to facilitate the process. However, these weight loss products are not without risk.

Supreme Court Divided Over Class Waiver Ban

The Supreme Court began its fall 2017 term with three consolidated cases concerning Epic Systems Corp., Ernst & Young, and Murphy Oil USA Inc. (collectively, "the Companies"). The Companies require pre-employment agreements forcing employees to waive their right to pursue class action relief. Several justices are questioning the legality of this practice, worried that it contradicts the spirit of federal labor law.

Wyndham To Pay $1.5M To Settle Wisconsin Overtime Wage Dispute

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, a class of employees led by Thomas Bitner (collectively, the "Plaintiffs") asked the Honorable William M. Conley, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, to approve a $1.5 million settlement for claims that Wyndham Vacation Resorts Inc. ("Defendant" or the "Employer") had a policy of requiring employees to perform work off the clock, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA").

The aftermath of identity theft

The Equifax breach earlier this year—which enabled hackers to steal the personal information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses etc.) of nearly half the American population—is a large-scale example of identity theft. The personal impacts on you if you suffer this kind of violation can be even more devastating than you might suspect.