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Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees Under FLSA: Ultimate Test is Economic Dependence
Authors: Julia E. Judish, Erica N. Turcios
On July 15, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, adopting a very expansive interpretation of the definition of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under which many workers currently treated as independent contractors will need to be reclassified as employees. The Administrator’s Interpretation identifies the issue of a worker’s economic dependence as the most important factor in distinguishing between independent contractors and employees. The Administrator’s Interpretation puts employers on notice that “the FLSA covers workers of an employer even if the employer does not exercise the requisite control over the workers, assuming the workers are economically dependent on the employer.”
Starting September 1st, Texas Will Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards
Authors: Deborah S. Thoren-Peden, JiJi Park, Amy L. Pierce, Elsa S. Broeker
Commencing on September 1, 2015, Texas will join several other states in requiring that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash.
Supreme Court Affirms FHA Disparate Impact Claims
Authors: Deborah B. Baum, John Scalia, Julia E. Judish, David Stute
Late last month, the Supreme Court handed down a significant decision affecting rights and obligations under the Fair Housing Act. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. makes clear that “disparate impact” (unintentional discrimination) claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. While the decision’s full scope will be the subject of future federal court litigation, landlords, property managers, developers, lenders and others subject to the Fair Housing Act are well-advised to take affirmative steps to ensure that their policies and practices can withstand disparate impact claims of discrimination.
Cable and Satellite Royalty Claims Due to the Copyright Royalty Board by July 31, 2015
Authors: Scott R. Flick, Lauren Lynch Flick
This advisory is directed to television stations with locally-produced programming whose signals were carried by at least one cable system located outside the station’s local service area or by a satellite provider that provided service to at least one viewer outside the station’s local service area during 2014. These stations may be eligible to file royalty claims for compensation with the United States Copyright Royalty Board. These filings are due by Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 pm (EDT).
Perspectives on Insurance Recovery Newsletter - Summer 2015
Authors: James P. Bobotek, Tamara D. Bruno, Peter M. Gillon, Eric M. Gold, Geoffrey J. Greeves, Alexander D. Hardiman, Joseph D. Jean, Jeffrey A. Kiburtz, Vincent E. Morgan, Matthew F. Putorti, Vernon Thompson, Jr.
Pillsbury's Insurance Recovery & Advisory team is working on the most challenging issues – from cyber-insurance and complex claims arising out of major disasters, to coverage disputes arising from the explosion of merger-related litigation.