Philip Gordon Co-Chairs the panel on class actions at the 37th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference of Massachusetts Bar Association on May 6, 2016 (View Article)
May 6, 2016Philip Gordon
Often touted as the great disruptor, big data has proven a valuable tool. But in the world of health and disability discrimination, big data may be driving some of the most serious and disturbing employment discrimination epidemics at every level. At its core, discrimination is the use of a known current ...
February 21, 2016Philip Gordon
Employed by more than one employer? Wondering whether they share liability for each other’s failures? The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a new interpretation regarding the practice, expanding the range of employers who are potentially liable for legal violations involving “jointly employed” workers. (view DOL interpretation) What is ...
January 22, 2016Philip Gordon
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to consider a long standing dispute in employment law regarding who is entitled to overtime pay, and service advisors are at the center of this latest question. The statute in question allows the exemption for any “salesman, partsman, or mechanic” who engages in ...
January 15, 2016Philip Gordon
Many New York employees will be seeing more money in their paychecks, thanks to new state legislation. The minimum wage was increased from $8.75 per hour to $9.00 per hour, as of December 31, 2015. This change now brings the New York minimum pay rate to an amount that is ...
December 30, 2015Philip Gordon
Philip served on the Faculty for the “18th Annual Employment Law Conference,” Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (December 4, 2015) (View Article)
December 4, 2015Philip Gordon
October was quite a month on the employment front in New York, as Governor Cuomo signed a number of bills signed expanding discrimination protections within the workplace. Five of the most notable bills include: Sexual harassment now prohibited across the board – Under previous legislation, employers with less than four employees ...
October 23, 2015Philip Gordon
A significant gender discrimination lawsuit recently reached a proposed settlement of $3 million for 101 women working for Publicis group. The lawsuit grew out of concern by women about the public relations giant’s practices concerning equal pay, promotion and opportunities, as well as specific allegations of open gender inequity. Specific claims ...
October 15, 2015Philip Gordon
Federal contractors are now required to provide their employees with up to 56 hours of earned sick leave per calendar year. Specific terms of the Executive order include: Use of leave allowed to care for the employee or a family member Unused leave can carry over to the following year Every 30 hours ...
September 9, 2015Philip Gordon
It was the biggest controversy of the 2014-15 football season: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were accused of purposely deflating footballs to gain an illegal throwing advantage. In the initial aftermath of “Deflategate”, the NFL made the decision to discipline Brady with a four-game suspension. The star quarterback ...
September 5, 2015Philip Gordon
Female faculty members at the University of Denver law school could be receiving a major payout if accusations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) prove accurate. In August, the agency sent the university notification that evidence of a gender pay gap was found during a recent investigation. According to ...
August 31, 2015Philip Gordon
The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering new rules and regulations for compensation claw back policies. If the proposal is adopted, it will implement specific requirements from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, where companies listed with national securities exchanges and associations will have to develop and ...
July 2, 2015Philip Gordon
The Massachusetts Attorney General released final clarifications regarding the state’s earned sick time (EST) law that goes into effect July 1, 2015. Under the new law, all employers within the state must allow workers to accrue and use up to 40 hours of earned sick time each calendar year. Some specific ...
June 19, 2015Philip Gordon
Uber is more popular than ever in large American cities, but a serious question exists: are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors? One California judge with several Uber cases on his docket may be on the verge of answering that question. Two of the cases currently before the judge include: An accusation ...
June 17, 2015Philip Gordon
New York recently joined the growing number of states that allow employers to pay workers with payroll debit cards. Instead of a paper check or direct deposit into a banking account, wages are placed on a payroll card for the employee to use at his leisure. Prior to this new legislation, ...
May 27, 2015Philip Gordon
Many employers consider credit ratings of potential employees when making hiring decisions, as well as decisions concerning promotion and pay rates. This practice often results in discrimination against lower income and minority applicants. The Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act bans the use of credit histories in employment decisions regarding ...
May 18, 2015Philip Gordon
Ridesharing company Uber is facing another court challenge. The owner of Celluride Wireless filed a lawsuit against the company for the alleged theft of his technology and ideas. According to the complaint, filed in the Superior Court of California, Kevin Halpern asserts that he first developed the concept of a peer-to-peer ...
May 15, 2015Philip Gordon
Has your employer punished you for insisting upon your rights? A recent court ruling makes it harder for courts to dismiss employee claims of retaliation. The case arose from the employment of an African American woman at a resort hotel. Shortly after her initial hire date, she alleges that she ...
May 12, 2015Philip Gordon