April 2024

9th Circuit Offers New Guidance for Employers on Music in the Workplace

In today’s workplace, many employers allow employees to play music. While this is generally a cost-effective way to improve culture, morale, and productivity; it also creates potential exposure for hostile work environment and sexual harassment claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This is particularly true given a recent decision from […]

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Disclosing Tracking of Company Vehicles

Q:    Are we obligated by law to disclose that our company vehicles are geographically tracked? If so, what is the best practice when advising employees their company cars will be trackable at all times? A:    As a general rule, employers aren’t required to provide notice or obtain consent to install tracking devices on company-owned vehicles. There are

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New Overtime Rule Nearing Publication

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule—Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees—proposed last Fall, is nearing the final stages of review and is likely to be issued by April 2024. OIRA Completing Final Review of Regulation On March 1, 2024, the draft regulation was sent to the

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Internal, External Communications Could Be Open to Discovery in Lawsuit

The significance of documenting employment decisions can’t be overstated and should come as no surprise to employers. Indeed, employment decisions that aren’t supported by documentation—such as poor performance reviews preceding a performance improvement plan—pave the way for lawsuits. Equally important and more often overlooked, however, are internal and external communications and associated documentation that may

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