Fisher Phillips in the News
Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, is pleased to announce the addition of Benjamin M. Ebbink as Of Counsel in Sacramento.
In the article, "Kentucky Right-to-Work Law Gets Green Light," featured on SHRM Online, attorney Tom Birchfield weighs in on what Kentucky's right-to-work law means for businesses.
In the article, "Right-To-Work Battle Heating Up Early In 2017," featured on Law360, attorney Steve Bernstein comments on Kentucky's right-to-work law.
In the article, "Fisher Phillips Names Greco New Head of Denver Office," featured on Law Week Colorado, attorney Mike Greco discusses priorities for the Denver office in his new role of regional managing partner.
A term once used by few now takes the national stage on a regular basis. “Implicit bias” has made headlines in the past year; most recently when Hillary Clinton tied it to the shooting of an unarmed black man. The topic continues to be relevant, including in workplace matters. Even when employers are committed to diversity in the workplace, some social scientists claim that implicit bias and stereotypes may negatively influence employment decisions.
In the article, "Cop Says Female Boss Sexually Harassed Him, Sues County," featured in USA Today, attorney Scott Schneider comments on a case where a male officer files a lawsuit against a female boss that was allegedly sexually harassing him.
Jeffrey A. Fritz has become partner in the Boston office of the national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips, the firm announced today. An employment law litigator, Fritz joined Fisher Phillips in 2013 Of Counsel.
Fisher Phillips announced that Ted Boehm has been elected to partner. He is one of 13 attorneys in eight offices around the country who received equivalent promotions, all of which went into effect January 1, 2017.
Fisher Phillips announces associates Collin D. Cook, John A. Mavros, Tyler T. Rasmussen and Boris Sorsher in the Irvine office, associates Shaun J. Voigt and Raul E. Zermeno in the Los Angeles office and Of Counsel Aaron Olsen in the San Diego office have all been promoted to partner, effective January 1. Cook and Voigt will relocate from the Irvine office to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.
- Fisher Phillips Welcomes Eighth Partner to New Orleans Office1.3.17
Today, Fisher Phillips announced Michelle Anderson will be named partner in the New Orleans office. Recently honored as a Rising Star by Louisiana Super Lawyers, Anderson represents employers in all aspects of employment law in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Anderson is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Florida.
The Las Vegas office of Fisher Phillips LLP announced that David Dornak and Whit Selert were each elected as partners for the prominent labor law firm. Their promotions took effect Jan. 1. Across the firm nationally, an additional 11 new partners were named.
Fisher Phillips LLP announced today that Michael R. Greco has been named Regional Managing Partner of the firm’s Denver office.
Fisher Phillips announces Of Counsel Wendy McGuire Coats and Associate Collin D. Cook have been promoted to partner, effective January 1. Cook is currently in the firm’s Irvine office and will relocate to San Francisco in January.
In the article, "Recording Conversations at Work: Can You Record Remote Workers?" featured on Flexjobs, attorney Michael Marra provides details on recording rules in each state as well as federal vs. state rules.
In the article, "Are Doctors’ Notes Advisable for California Disability Accommodations?" featured on SHRM Online, attorney Christine Baran discusses the topic of whether or not doctor's notes are needed when an employee asks for a disability accommodation.
Attorneys Kathleen McLeod Caminiti, Cheryl Behymer and Cheryl Pinarchick discuss the firm's new Pay Equity Practice Group in an interview with Akron Legal News.
In the article, "After a Major Year of Scrutiny, Sharing Economy Will Continue to Raise Questions in 2017," featured in the Daily Journal, attorney Todd Scherwin comments on employee classifications for startups and technology companies like Uber technologies.
In her guest article “How Mental Health Testimony Revictimizes Plaintiffs” in the Dec. 14, 2016, edition of Law360 Expert Analysis, Chloe J. Roberts criticizes the defendant’s use of forensic psychiatric testimony in the recent sexual harassment trial involving SpaceX in Los Angeles.
In the article, "Defend Trade Secrets Act: Considerations for the Year Ahead," featured on Law.com, attorney Christopher Stief discusses issues that may emerge in 2017 as courts begin to interpret the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) that was enacted in May 2016.
In the article "OSHA Rule Stresses Maintaining Injury and Illness Records," featured Business Insurance, attorney Edwin Foulke discusses the new U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule and what it could mean for employers.
In the article, "Trump's Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Worries Businesses," featured in the Washington Examiner, attorney Kim Thompson weighs-in on President-elect Trump's promise of vastly stepped-up immigration enforcement and how employers might adjust.
In the article, "Pieces of Blacklisting Law on Hold," featured in Colorado Real Estate Journal, attorney Susan Schaecher discusses the law often referred to as the "blacklisting" law and how it effects prospective and existing federal contractors.
Fisher Phillips Philadelphia Partners Lori Armstrong Halber and Rick Grimaldi presented Temple University's Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnne Epps with the Business Leadership in Diversity Award.
In the artcile, "Bias Under Immigration Law Needn't Rest on Hostility," featured on Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, attorney Kim Thompson weighs in on a final rule on enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.
In the article, "Use the Holiday Office Party to Help, Not Harm, Your Career," featured on Cleveland.com, attorney Melissa Dials counsels employers to hold training in advance of the holiday office party.
In the article, "The Pay Equity Law Firm," featured on the Boston Globe announced the new Pay Equity practice group. Cheryl Pinarchick, one of the three national chairpersons was quoted.
In the article, "Is Tech Sinking Your Business? Here's How You Can Protect Your Company," featured on AZBIGMedia, Partner Pavneet Uppal discusses how companies can protect trade secrets and confidential information.
In the article, "Louisville Law Firm Quadruples in Size, Will Move to Bigger Space," attorney Tom Birchfield talks about the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips and how its grown since its inception in 2009. They will be moving to a new space after the holidays.
In the article, "Overtime Regulation Strike-down will Affect Hundreds of Coast Workers," featured in SunHerald, attorney Steve Cupp discusses how the strike-down of an overtime regulation by a Texas judge will affect hundreds of workers along the Coast just in time for the holidays.
Attorney Cheryl Pinarchick appeared in a segment on New England Cable News on December 8, 2016. In the segment, Cheryl discusses the Do's and Don'ts of office holiday parties.
In the article, "Giving Gifts To Your Coworkers? NJ Experts Say Follow These Rules," featured on NJ 101.5, attorney Chris Capone gives his advice on the best approach to holiday gift-giving while on the job.
In the article, "5 Seasonal Worker Hiring Blunders Employers Should Avoid," attorney Ed Harold weighs in on what employers should do during the holidays when hiring temporary and seasonal employees.
Sidney Minter was featured on WBTV on December 4, 2016. In the segment, Sidney provides tips for surviving your office holiday party.
The article, "National Labor and Employment Firm Starts Pay Equity Practice," featured in American Lawyer, announces the formation of the new Pay Equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.
In the article, "Uber Driver Fight Helps to Shape Sharing Economy," featured in Bloomberg BNA, attorney Rich Meneghello weighs in on Uber Technologies Inc. and its legal fights over whether it should treat its drivers as full-fledged employees instead of less expensive independent contractors.
- Attorneys address employer concerns over pay equity issues12.5.16
Fisher Phillips announced today the formation of its Pay Equity Practice Group, launched in response to recent legislative and regulatory initiatives and subsequent employer concerns over pay equity issues.
Just as employers were scrambling to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) overtime wage regulations that were set to go into effect on December 1, a federal court in Texas blocked its implementation.
In the article, "Will Trump's Immigration Audits Help U.S. Workers?," featured in Bloomberg BNA, Partner David Jones provided insight into Trump's immigration plans and the impact on U.S. workers.
In the article, "Texas Labor Union Files For Bankruptcy," featured in The Wall Street Journal, attorney Kevin Troutman comments on the Texas arm of the Service Employees International Union filing for bankruptcy after a jury found it responsible for a campaign to bully a holdout janitorial firm into accepting the union’s organizing terms.
In the article, "Overtime Rule on Pause," featured in Law Week Colorado, attorney Todd Fredrickson, comments on the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule after a Texas federal judge blocked it.
In the article, "Triple Play: Dealing with Sexual Harassment Issues," featured featured in NJBiz, attorney Rosemary Gousman gives advice to employers for dealing with sexual harassment issues.
- Six Others Listed as Rising Stars12.2.16
Six attorneys from the Cleveland and Columbus offices have been listed in the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers.
In the article, “Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Now,” featured in SHRM, Attorney Corey Goerdt discussed what HR professionals need to be aware of with emerging technology. These technologies such as machine learning may unlawfully discriminate a protected category, like race, gender or age.
In the article, "Employer Alert: OSHA free to enforce anti-retaliation rule," featured on Safety.BLR.com, attorney Howard Mavity discusses a judge's decision on OSHA's anti-retaliation provisions. The rules are now on the books and enforceable.
In the article, "How To Keep Trade Secrets Safe," featured in Law360, Partner Bob Yonowitz provided tips on how companies in any industry can keep their trade secrets safe and what to do if theft occurs.
In the article, "How Will Education Be Shaped Under Trump," featured in Akron Legal News, attorneys Sarah Moore and Jim Patrick discuss how the education system will be shaped under a Trump presidency.
In the article, "New Overtime Wage Rules Could Face Long Delay," featured on Memphis Daily News, attorney Rob Ratton discusses the decision of a federal court judge in Texas to to block the new U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) overtime wage regulations that were set to go into effect on December 1.
In the article, "Labor Department's Persuader Rule 'a dead duck,' Attorney Says," featured on Legal NewsLine, attorney David Hiller discusses the permanent injunction issued by a federal judge against a rule that would have made attorney and client talks on union issues on the record.
Attorney Ed Harold was interviewed on WDSU, New Orleans local NBC affiliate, discussing top workplace law changes to expect under Trump’s presidency.
In the article, "Court Injunction Kills Overtime Pay Rule Change," featured in San Antonio News Express, attorney Robert Kilgore discusses the national halt of the pending overtime pay rule.
In the article, "How To Keep Trade Secrets Safe," featured in Law360, attorney Bob Yonowitz provides tips on how companies in any industry can keep their trade secrets safe following a recent lawsuit filed by America’s Test Kitchen.
In the article, "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule," featured on WLRN Miami, attorney Christine Howard comments on the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule after a Texas federal judge blocked it.
In the article "Oregon Employers Rocked as Judge Blocks Obama-backed Rule Extending Overtime Pay," featured in Portland Business Journal, attorney Rich Meneghello comments on how the recent block of the proposed new overtime rule will effect Oregon businesses.
The article, “Texas Judge Expected to Rule Tuesday on Overtime Regulation,” featured in the Dallas Business Journal, discusses how a Texas federal judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether to halt the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on Dec. 1.
The article, “Philadelphia Prevailing Wage Law Expanded, Impact on Employers to be Determined,” featured in Penn Record, discusses whether a prevailing wage ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on Oct. 27 will force any affected employers in the city to resort to layoffs. The new law took effect immediately after the mayor signed the legislation.
The article, “Medical Marijuana Accommodation Optional For Businesses,” featured on WUWF, discusses the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida and what this means for businesses that have employees who want to use it at work.
In the article, "A Mixed Bag for Colorado Cannabis," featured in Law Week Colorado, attorney Danielle Urban weighs in on the legal marijuana industry and what it means for employers.
The article, “Trump's Picks for Labor Board Could Raise Conflicts Issues,” featured in The National Law Journal, discusses how President-elect Donald Trump takes office with the unusual situation of ownership of companies that are involved in disputes with federal agencies including the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), two of whose members he will get to appoint.
Ten attorneys from the Louisville office of Fisher Phillips have been listed in 2017 Kentucky Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.
The article, “Court Permanently Bars New Persuader Rule,” featured in SHRM, discusses how lawyers and consultants may continue to advise employers on labor relations and train managers on what to say to educate employees about employers' stands on unionization, in light of a federal district court permanently barring a new persuader rule from taking effect.
The article, “OT Rules Set But Could Shift with New President,” featured in Hotel News Now, discusses how the new overtime-exemption rule will still go into effect at the beginning of next month, but many wonder what will happen to the rule under a Donald Trump presidency.
The article, “EEOC Tops $482M for Bias Victims, Cuts Charge Backlog,” featured on Bloomberg BNA, reports that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained more than $482.1 million for victims of alleged discrimination during fiscal year 2016 while reducing its inventory of pending bias charges.
The article, “Trump Victory Puts OSHA Rules on Unsure Footing,” featured in Business Insurance, discusses how the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) signature regulatory initiatives of 2016 are likely in jeopardy following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, according to experts.
In the article, "Focusing on Temp Workers' Safety," featured in Human Resource Executive Online, attorney Howard Mavity discusses concerns over temp worker safety as the U.S. staffing market has grown over the past couple of years and continues to grow. Howard focuses on what this means for the growing number of temp workers.
In the article, "Artificial Intelligence: The Future Is Now," featured on SHRM, attorney Corey Goerdt discusses how artificial intelligence is transforming the workplace.
The article, “Arizona and Washington Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measures,” featured in SHRM, discusses how voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures that will require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers beginning in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The article, “'Pragmatic Conservative' Reportedly up for Labor Cabinet Position,” featured in the Washington Examiner, discusses how President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering Victoria Lipnic, a commissioner at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), for labor secretary in his administration.
The article, “At Harvard, Union Organizing In The Ivory Tower,” featured on WGBH News, discusses how Harvard University will be the first school to vote on a graduate student union following the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in August, which determined that students who are research and teaching assistants at private universities do have the right to unionize.
The article, “Voters Approve Minimum-Wage Hikes in Four States,” featured in SHRM, highlights how residents in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington all approved gradual minimum-wage increases that will start in 2017 and end in 2020.
The article, “Will the New President Trump the FLSA Overtime Rulings?” featured in The Huffington Post, discusses why business owners should maintain and renew a focus on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) compliance — or risk a costly lawsuit in 2017 and beyond, despite Trump taking office.
In the article, “The Morning Risk Report: What a Trump Victory Could Mean for Labor Laws,” featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fisher Phillips attorneys spell out some areas where the firm thinks changes will come, in light of Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Some of these areas include immigration, labor relations and workplace safety.
The article, “Florida Medical Marijuana Passage Opens Doors for Firms, Raises Employment Law Questions,” featured in the Daily Business Review, discusses how in Florida, some lawyers’ phones will be ringing off the hook, in light of the legalization of medical marijuana.
The article, “Business Optimistic on Trump,” featured in Sun Sentinel, discusses how South Florida business leaders are expressing cautious optimism that Donald Trump’s election will further bolster the healthy economy they’ve enjoyed since recovering from the Great Recession.
The article, “Employers Likely to See Regulatory Relief from Trump Administration,” featured in San Antonio Express-News, discusses how the specter of a Donald Trump presidency promises a change in direction in employer-worker relations, at work sites everywhere.
In the article, “Three Costly Mistakes That Could be Lurking in Your Documentation,” featured on HR Morning, employment law attorneys share some of the most expensive mistakes they’ve spotted in employers’ documentation.
The article, “More States Legalize Recreational and Medical Marijuana,” featured in SHRM, discusses how voters overwhelmingly approved state ballot measures to permit marijuana use.
In the article, “Number of Foreign Work Visas Will Likely Shrink Under Trump,” featured in the Memphis Business Journal, Partner David Jones weighs in on Trump's plans to tighten U.S. borders and protect American jobs.
The article, “New OSHA Rules Set to Take Effect,” featured in Akron Legal News, highlights the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new final rule that takes effect on Jan. 1, which will require certain businesses to electronically submit some of their workers’ injury and illness incidents for posting to its website.
The article, “Unions Brace for Pro-business Shift in Labor Policy Under Trump,” featured on KWSN Sports Radio, discusses how unions in the United States face sweeping changes to labor law and regulations under a new Republican administration that is expected to tilt policy toward employers.
In the article, “BigLaw Reacts To Trump's Election To The White House,” featured in Law360, attorneys discuss how they think a Trump presidency may impact the regulatory landscape and what it will mean for their practices and their clients.
The article, “California to Confront Regulatory Hurdles After Pot Vote,” featured in The Recorder, discusses how Californians voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize recreational use of marijuana, opening the doors to a new, multibillion-dollar marketplace and launching a scramble to create regulations within a year.
The article, “Trump Win Puts Labor Regulations on Life Support,” featured in Bloomberg BNA, discusses how the lengthy list of workplace regulations finalized in the past year are now in jeopardy, in light of Donald Trump's victory.
The article, “From Banking to Manufacturing, What Will Trump Win Mean for NC Businesses?” featured in The Charlotte Observer, highlights some of the changes that could be in store for North Carolina businesses under a Donald Trump presidency.
The article,” Ga. Firm Leaders Say Trump Win a Boon to L&E, Regulatory Practices,” featured in the Daily Report, discussed how law firm leaders are trying to figure out what the surprise electoral victory of Donald Trump plus a Republican-controlled Congress will mean for the future.
In the article, "Employers Should Formalize Marijuana Policies Now," featured in Business Insurance, attorney Danielle Urban discusses the eight states that recently approved marijuana-related initiatives and what that means for employer policies.
The article, “Local Executives Track the Polls, Anticipate Changes Under New Administration,” featured in the Memphis Business Journal, discusses how as the U.S. presidential election results are tabulated, Memphis executives are already thinking about its effect on their respective industries.
Fisher Phillips today announced that two of its Memphis attorneys, senior counsel Jay Kiesewetter and managing partner Jeff Weintraub, were selected for inclusion in the 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers by their peers. Attorneys Courtney Leyes, Gabriel McGaha and Robert W. Ratton III were also listed in Rising Stars.
- Named Among Best Young Lawyers in Mississippi for Fourth Consecutive Year11.8.16
Local Attorney Jaklyn Wrigley, an associate of Fisher Phillips LLP in Gulfport, has been included in the Mid-South Super Lawyers’ 2015 Rising Stars list, an honor bestowed to less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the area. This year marks the fourth year Wrigley has been designated as a Rising Star.
The article, “New OSHA Injury Reporting Rule Delayed, Won’t Ban Certain Drug Tests,” featured in MH&L, discusses how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed enforcement of its new injury and illness record-keeping rule to Dec. 1 to try to clear up confusion it created over post-accident drug testing of employees.
The article, “New Jersey Employers Don’t Have to Let You Vote,” featured on NJ 101.5, highlights how in New Jersey there is not a state law that entitles employees to time off to cast their vote on Election Day.
The article, “Sex Orientation Protected Civil Right, Court Says,” featured in Bloomberg BNA, discusses Federal Judge Cathy Bissoon's recent ruling in Pittsburg that workplace bias based on sexual orientation is prohibited by federal civil rights law.
The article, “High Court Set To Clarify Presidential Appointment Limits,” featured in Law360, discusses how on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the National Labor Relations Board’s argument that Lafe Solomon's three-year tenure as acting NLRB general counsel was legitimate.
The article, “Attorneys Discuss How the Election May Impact Laws,” featured in Akron Legal News, discusses how it still remains unclear exactly how a Clinton or Trump presidency would impact residents in Ohio and across the country.
Jim Holland, managing partner of the Kansas City office of Fisher Phillips, and partners Greg Ballew, J. Randall Coffey and Brian Finucane, are listed in the 2016 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.
The article, “EEOC's Expanding Priorities,” featured in HR Executive Online, discusses the recent unveiling of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Strategic Enforcement Plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021, where its commitment to "advancing equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in the workplace,” was reaffirmed.
The article, “Report Shows Continued Decline in Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” featured in SHRM, examines the many factors that may have contributed to a drop in reported workplace injuries.
- U.S. News - Best Lawyers Recognize Firms Across U.S.11.1.16
Fisher Phillips announced today that the law firm has been named to the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News - Best Lawyers. The firm received “Tier 1 Rankings” for its Employment and Labor Law Practices as well as its Labor and Employment Litigation Practice. Additionally, 18 of the firm’s offices received “Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings” for Employment Law, Labor Law, Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment Litigation, and/or ERISA Litigation. They are Atlanta, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland, San Diego, and Tampa.
The article, “New Overtime-Exemption Rule Looms: Are Hotels Ready?” featured in Hotel News Now, discusses how there’s still time for hoteliers to prepare for the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime-exemption rule, which is set to take effect one month from now.
The article, “HR Must Determine Overtime Strategies, Communications ASAP,” discussed why human resources departments should be well on their way to implementing strategies for compliance and communicating those changes with affected employees, as the Dec. 1 effective date for the Department of Labor's overtime rule approaches.
The article, “Wrong Halloween Costume Can Be Party Pooper,” featured on 11 Alive, addresses why office Halloween parties can be scary for employees if they choose a costume that's too risqué or offensive.
The article, “Halloween Decorations Catch Manager in Legal Web — and Other Frightening Concerns,” featured in The Business Journals, addresses why managers should be especially sensitive to employees' feelings and religious beliefs, as they prepare for what they might be doing for Halloween this year.
The article, “SLC 2016: More than 60,000 Workers Per Day Are Harassed or Are the Victims of Workplace Violence,” featured in EHS Today, addresses why employers need to create programs to address workplace violence given the fact that on a daily basis 43,800 employees are harassed; 16,400 threatened, and 723 workers are attacked.
The article, “Defense Department Suspends National Guard Bonus Clawbacks,” featured in SHRM, discusses how at the urging of Congress members, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has suspended efforts to recoup bonuses the Department of Defense (DoD) had maintained were overpayments to veterans of the National Guard.
The article, “Hard Hats Required,” featured in Law Week Colorado, breakdowns of some of the most impactful OSHA changes to hit the construction industry and examines what their ultimate effect might be.
The article, "'Blacklisting Rule' Blocked," featured in SHRM, discusses how federal contractors were given reprieve on the eve of when the Blacklisting Rule was to take effect, thanks in part to the federal court blocking most of the rule on Oct. 24, determining that the regulation likely violated a host of federal labor laws as well as the First Amendment and due process rights.
The article, “At Work, Application of Pot Laws Remains Hazy,” featured in the Albuquerque Journal, addresses the blurred lines of marijuana laws in the workplace.
The article, “Texas Judge Consolidates Challenges to Overtime Rule,” featured in SHRM, discusses how a federal judge in Texas has agreed to consolidate two lawsuits aimed at stopping the overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1.
The article, “GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week,” featured on Law360, highlights the top corporate legal news from this past week.