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FCC Keeps Blocking Hospitality Wi-Fi Blocking >
January 19, 2016
By: Abraham J. Rein and Charles W. Spitz
In a January 19 article for Law360, Hospitality Co-Chair Charles W. Spitz and White Collar Associate Abraham J, Rein look at the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) aggressive, ongoing campaign against Wi-fi blocking. The authors note the FCC's campaign is of particular concern for hotels, resorts, and convention centers.

Employees Must Be Paid for Short Workday Breaks, Court Finds >
January 16, 2016
By: Sidney R. Steinberg
Sid Steinberg examines the outcome in Perez v. American Future Systems, where the court found that an employer must always pay employees for breaks of 20 minutes or less under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Will Volkswagen Executives Be the Yates Memo's First Casualties? >
January 4, 2016
By: Aaron S. Mapes
Michael C. Gross, Carolyn H. Kendall and Aaron S. Mapes examine the Yates Memo, the Volkswagen emissions scandal, federal investigations and the higher standards the new policy sets for the prosecution of corporate crime.

Preparing for DOL's Final Rule on FLSA's "White-Collar" Exemptions >
January 4, 2016
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum
In her January 4, 2016 Wage and Hour column for The Legal Intelligencer, Employment & Employee Relations Principal Andrea M. Kirshenbaum examines the anticipated changes the Department of Labor (DOL) will make in 2016 to the salary level for "white collar" exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime requirements.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Expands Wrongful-Discharge Law >
December 9, 2015
By: Sidney R. Steinberg
In his Decmeber 9, 2015 column for The Legal intelligencer, Employment & Employee Relations Chair Sidney R. Steinberg looks at how a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision in Roman v. McGuire Memorial, No. 239 WDA 2015, 2015 Pa. Super. Lexis 739 (Nov. 9, 2015) expanded PA wrongful-discharge law.

$3.9M Refund to Sprint Subsidiary Signals Potential Relief for Corporate Taxpayers >
December 5, 2015
Bloomberg BNA's Daily Tax Report
By: James R. Malone, Jr.
In the December 5 article, "$3.9M Refund to Sprint Subsidiary Signals Potential Relief for Corporate Taxpayers," James R. Malone, Jr. provides analysis of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision in Nextel Commc'ns of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. v. Commonwealth. The 5-2 decision, made by an en banc panel of the court, "held that a statutory limitation on Pennsylvania's net loss carryover (NLC) deduction, as applied to a former Sprint subsidiary, violated the state's uniformity clause."

Federal Pre-emption of State Products Liability Law >
November 17, 2015
By: Patrick C. Lamb and Amanda R. Hammar
In The Legal Intelligencer's November 2015 Personal Injury Supplement, Casualty Principal Patrick C. Lamb and Associate Amanda R. Hammar examine the factors that have impacted federal pre-emption of state regulations products liability laws. Typically, these laws "dictate how manufacturers, distributors, suppliers and retailers are to produce, package, distribute and sell merchandise to consumers through the stream of commerce."

MLB Strikes Out Seeking Minor-League Wage-and-Hour Suit Dismissal >
November 11, 2015
By: Sidney R. Steinberg
In his November 2015 column for The Legal Intelligencer, Sidney R. Steinberg looks at a class action wage-and-hour suit filed in the Northern District of California by minor-league baseball players alleging violations of the FLSA.

Square Peg of Sharing Economy, Round Hole of Wage-and-Hour Law >
November 2, 2015
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum
In her November 2 column for The Legal Intelligencer, Andrea M. Kirshenbaum examines recent cases filed across the country challenging worker classification of sharing-economy workers, as well as the Department of Labor's Misclassification Initiative and recent Administrator's Interpretation on “The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act's ‘Suffer or Permit Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors.”

Oil and Natural Gas Legal Services >
October 21, 2015

Independent Contractor Misclassification Presents DOL/IRS Dual Threat >
September 9, 2015
By: Andrea M. Kirshenbaum
In a September 10 article for The Legal Intelligencer, Employment Principal Andrea M. Kirshenbaum and White Collar Principal Peter D. Hardy look at the Department of Labor's (DOL) recent interpretation of how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to the misclassification of independent contractors.

PharMerica Settlements Highlight Potential for Dual False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act Liability for Invalid Prescriptions >
August 29, 2015
The American Society for Pharmacy Law's (ASPL) Rx Ipsa Loquitur
In the July/August 2015 issue of Rx Ipsa Loquitur, the newsletter publication of the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL), Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Principal Barbara Rowland, and Principal Matthew T. Newcomer, examine potential dual False Claims Act and Controlled Substances Act liability for Medicare Part D and Medicaid providers.

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