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Offit Kurman Telebriefs | A New Name and A Significant Win

On April 24th the Supreme Court, in a significant “win” for employers decided in Lamps Plus that an employer need not arbitrate class-based employment claims unless its arbitration agreement expressly provides for such arbitration. In other words, an arbitration agreement that is either silent or ambiguous on the obligation of an employer to permit class-based employment claims will preclude such arbitration, absent the employer’s consent.

On April 29th the Department of Labor issued a significant decision concerning whether individuals working in so-called “gig economy” jobs would be considered to be independent contractors rather than employees. Utilizing a traditional 6 factor test the DOL determined that the individuals covered by the Opinion Letter were independent contractors and not employees. The DOL’s analysis is useful for all employers (gig economy employers or not) in order to analyze whether their characterization of particular individuals as independent contractors is legally correct.

On April 25th a federal district court in DC ordered covered employers to submit by September 30th so-called “category2” data (pay and hours data) on its employees, in addition to the traditional EEO-1 data that has been historically required by the EEOC. Such Category 1 data is actually due by May 30th.

Finally, as of July 1st, the Maryland Department of Licensing, Labor and Regulation will now be officially called the “Department of Labor”.

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Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.


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