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  • Sexual harassment is all over the news. Harvey Weinstein, the cinematic giant, has been exposed as a loathsome lothario, a serial abuser of women, and a poster child of male privilege and abuse in the movie industry. Weinstein and sexual harassment are now inextricably linked in the public imagination, and, it seems, never the twain […] The post Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview appe...

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  • Most, if not all, states have insurance fraud prevention statutes designed to punish those who defraud private insurers. California, however, has enacted a law that takes insurance fraud prevention a step further. The California Insurance Frauds Prevention Act (“IFPA”) contains qui tam provisions that allow individuals or entities, known as relators: i) to blow the […] The post Private Insurance W...

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  • You may remember that about a year a half ago, the Department of Labor, under President Obama, issued a rule that was going change what’s called the “salary level” for “white collar” workers. The salary level is part of the federal overtime rules. Those rules basically say: if you’re a white collar worker and you […] The post Weren’t More White Collar Workers Supposed to Be Eligible for Overtime P...

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  • Equal pay for equal work has been the law in the United States for over 50 years. Both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibit employers from paying women less than men for equal work. When Congress passed these important protections in the 1960s, women […] The post To Close the Gender Wage Gap, Close the Information Gap appeared first on Sanford Heisler Sh...

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  • We all know that resignations are not always by choice. For example, it is hardly voluntary if an employer tells a worker that she can either resign or be fired. But even resignations which at first blush appear voluntary may legally be no different than a firing. The term is “constructive discharge.” Contrary to the […] The post Constructive Discharge: When a Resignation is Really a Firing appear...

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  • For the past 16 years, America has paused each September to reflect on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001. And while we remember the lives lost and are forced to face our worst fears and vulnerabilities, we are also reminded of the many heroes – those who prevented a more horrific attack that day, […] The post The Importance of Whistleblowing in a Post-9/11 America appeared first on Sanford ...

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  • Beginning January 1, 2018, New York’s Paid Family Leave Program will provide employees in New York State with a range of new benefits. Here’s what you need to know: Under the Program, employees will receive paid leave and continuation of health insurance coverage (subject to the employee contribution) for 8 weeks beginning in 2018, increasing […] The post New York’s New Paid Family Leave Program: ...

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  • Several recent gender discrimination class action lawsuits illustrate that women in law firms face a number of additional hurdles not encountered by their male colleagues.  While women have made up more than 40% of law school students for more than three decades, the number of women diminishes at every level of advancement.  In last month’s […] The post Barriers to Success for Women in Law Firms a...

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  • We all have a general idea of what a kickback, or a bribe, looks like. We may imagine a bag of cash discretely changing hands. Or a corrupt politician freezing money in boxes of frozen pie crusts. But kickbacks may not always appear so seedy. Many healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have been found liable for […] The post How Healthcare Companies Use Kickbacks to Influence Medical Decisions ap...

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  • The Fourth Circuit’s decision in United States ex rel. Bunk v. Government Logistics N.V., 642 F.3d 261 (4th Cir. 2016) addressed whether a successor in interest remains liable for its predecessor’s False Claims Act liability. In other words, if a company is liable for penalties under the FCA, can it avoid liability by transferring assets […] The post Can Companies Transfer Assets to New Corporatio...

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  • In the landmark gender discrimination case, Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U.S. 228 (1989), the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination based on an employee’s failure to conform to gender role stereotypes is prohibited under Title VII. As the Supreme Court reasoned, “an employer who acts on the basis of a belief that a woman cannot […] The post Gender Bias in Performance Reviews appeared fi...

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  • The short answer is quite possibly. In many cases, law partners may be regarded as “employees” under Title VII, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other laws – and therefore eligible to sue their firms for employment discrimination, retaliation, and similar unlawful treatment. The issue of whether a […] The post Are Law Partners Covered by Employment and Anti-Dis...

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  • Because bribery cannot be conducted transparently without leaving a trail of breadcrumbs directly back to the wrongdoing, any scheme by a registered company to bribe foreign officials will almost certainly run afoul of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s (“FCPA”) record-keeping provisions. However, the FCPA’s record-keeping provisions reach well beyond bribery. The FCPA delineates far-reaching rul...

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  • President Trump made the “repeal and replacement” of the Affordable Care Act a centerpiece of his Presidential Campaign and Presidency. Thus, as Congress has attempted to “repeal and replace” “Obamacare,” the costs associated with health care have become a major focus of national attention.  Such costs, and which party will bear them, are crucial issues […] The post Healthcare Workers Are Needed A...

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  • Ever feel like you’ve received extra scrutiny because of your race?  Research suggests that these fears may be well founded.  A recent study indicates that supervisors are far more likely to overlook or forgive the mistakes of white employees – while African-American employees are far more likely to have their mistakes caught, criticized, and used […] The post Study Shows Implicit Bias against Afr...

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  • In May of this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a $100,000 settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case against a Florida insurance broker. Why? The company revoked a woman’s job offer “20 minutes after she asked her would-be supervisor about its maternity policy.” Citing an “urgent” need to have someone in the […] The post Motherhood & The Gender Pay Gap appe...

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  • New York City workers and employee advocates cheered as the city last week passed legislation designed to protect some of its most vulnerable workers.  After being approved by the City Council on May 24, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Fair Work Week legislative package into law on May 30, 2017, stating that “thousands of […] The post New York City Fast Food and Retail Workers Look Forward to Fair...

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  • For the second time in just two months, the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued a ground-breaking ruling that will have an enormous impact on countless gender discrimination cases involving LGBTQ people. In April, the Seventh Circuit overturned itself and broke ranks with its sister by holding that employment discrimination […] The post Groundbreaking cases in th...

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  • The fact that women, and black and Hispanic employees of all genders, continue to be paid less for the same work is gaining increasing national attention and is the focus of a variety of new laws, regulations, and lawsuits.[1] Evidence of Continuing Pay Disparities Data from the census show that large racial and gender pay […] The post Continuing Race and Gender Pay Gaps Prompt New Responses appea...

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  • 美国人口正日趋老龄化。人们在变老的同时,心智能力也会随之减弱,包括变得孤立、依赖于他人以及常感惊恐。而一些倾其一生积累了一定财富的老年人很容易成为一些不法分子的侵害目标。 这个侵害过程通常开始得很简单。一位投资知识有限或是英语能力有限的老年人开了一个投资账户并买入了一些固定收益股票。他希望得到一些可靠的投资建议,这样就能靠这些股票的收益安然度过余生。然而,在开户后的几个月时间里,开户券商就擅自把这位老人的账户类别设置成了激进型并批准该账户进行融资融券交易和期权交易。 紧接着该账户频繁进行针对于高风险股票和其他不当投资产品的高速当日交易。这些不当投资包括细价股、期权合同以及与大宗商品和珍稀金属的价值相关联的杠杆交易买卖基金。这个拥有50万资产的账户进行了超过2000万数额的交易额。因为这位老年人的投资知识和英语能力有限,很明显这些交易并不是他自己操作的。实际情况是他的证券经纪人违反了经纪义务...

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  • Click here to read the Chinese version of this post America’s population is aging. As people age, their mental faculties can diminish. They can become isolated, dependent, and frightened.  Seniors who accumulated wealth over their lifetimes become attractive targets for unscrupulous people who prey on their vulnerabilities. It generally begins rather simply. A senior citizen […] The post Californi...

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  • On May 15, 2017, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act went into effect in New York City, providing freelance workers with a statutory basis to recover in court for late or unpaid wages, retaliation, or other violations of the Act. Subject to a few exceptions, the Act applies to any individual (regardless of immigration status) who […] The post Under NYC’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act, Freelance Workers Can Re...

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  • The Supreme Court handed a major victory to voting rights plaintiffs on May 22, with a decision that struck down the boundaries of two congressional districts in North Carolina as impermissibly affecting race discrimination.  Cooper v. Harris, with a majority decision written by Justice Kagan, takes aim at the practice of diluting the power of […] The post Supreme Court Update:  Justices Send Raci...

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Bank of America v. City of Miami (decided the same day as a companion case, Wells Fargo & Co. et al. v. City of Miami, Florida) has been declared a mixed bag by many legal commentators. While the Court confirmed years of precedence in finding that cities, like […] The post Supreme Court Rules Cities Can Sue Banks Over Racially Discriminatory Lending Prac...

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  • Medicare Advantage, or Medicare Part C, is a government-funded healthcare program that contracts with private health insurers in order to provide Medicare benefits to Americans over the age of 65. The program covers about 18 million seniors. The private insurance companies, or Medicare Advantage Organizations, submit bids to CMS offering to insure members at a […] The post Medicare Advantage Organ...

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  • Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve and arguably the most powerful woman in the world, is best known for her role in U.S. monetary policy.  But in a recent speech, she tackled a totally different subject – women’s economic progress over the past century.  Her speech, So We All Can Succeed: 125 Years of […] The post Lessons on Women’s Economic Progress and Policies from the Fed Chair appeare...

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  • If you have ever purchased a car, you already know the many headaches associated with price negotiation. You may purchase the car of your dreams only to find out two days later that a friend bought exactly the same car from the same dealer for thousands less. After a bit of internet research, you may […] The post GSA Pricing Fraud Basics: What is it and what should you look for? appeared first on ...

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  • Employees around the country who are being discriminated against on a prohibited basis, such as sex or race, may bring race discrimination, sex discrimination, age discrimination, and disability discrimination claims in federal court under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Americans with Disabilities […] The post What Are My Rights ...

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