1 Feb

Employment Litigation On the Rise In The Sports Workplace

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An abundance of recent litigation reveals the sports industry is becoming increasingly vulnerable to labor and employment claims previously reserved for more traditional employment arenas. Claims for alleged wage and hour violations, workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are among those on the rise across professional and minor league sports. Following are some recent examples. Teams should take notice and, if possible, implement measures to protect themselves from the rising tide of workplace-related claims. The Raiderettes. …

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8 Oct

Monumental Shift in California’s Workers’ Compensation Framework for Professional Athlete Claims

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On October 8, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that changes the workers’ compensation playing field for professional athletes nationwide.  The new law is a substantial victory for California employers, and it deals a major blow to many out-of-state claimants who would have otherwise qualified for California’s generous workers’ compensation benefits. California allows workers’ compensation for two types of injuries: “specific” injuries that stem from a single incident, and “cumulative” injuries …

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17 Feb

Two Recent Court Decisions May Negatively Impact California Employers and Retailers

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Court of Appeal Holds that Employers Can be Liable for up to Two Meal/Rest Premiums Per Day for Missed Meal & Rest Periods  On February 16, 2011, the California Court of Appeal considered the issue of whether, under Labor Code § 226.7, an employer can be held liable for one or two premium payments per day related to missed meal and rest periods. (UPS v. Superior Ct., 2/16/11 CA2/8). Unfortunately, it did so at UPS’ …

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1 Jul

U.S. Copyright Office Unveils Electronic Application “eCO” System, Effective July 1, 2008

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For the first time, applicants for copyrights can submit their applications directly to the U.S. Copyright office electronically. The electronic system has been in the works for some time, and was implemented in order to simplify the application process, improve processing time, and lower costs.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a similar system for searching (“TESS”) and applying (“TEAS”) for trademarks and patents several years ago.  In similar fashion, the U.S. Copyright Office’s …

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