Fisher Phillips in the News Archive
In his byline article for Cascade Business News titled “Proposed Paid Family Leave Law Could Rattle Employers Statewide,” Portland Associate Stephen M. Scott reviews Oregon House Bill (HB) 3031, which as proposed would be one of the most aggressive paid family leave statutes in the country.
In an article about the Trump administration’s regulatory agenda, Law360 interviewed Mathew Parker about how a new head of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission will influence the outcome of the forthcoming wellness regulations.
KANSAS CITY (May 20, 2019) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, welcomes James (Jim) C. Sullivan as a partner in the firm’s Kansas City office. Sullivan joins from Polsinelli, where he practiced in the firm’s complex commercial and employment litigation practices for nearly 30 years.
With the current surge in workplace immigration raids and I-9 audits, many employers may be tempted to be overly aggressive in the screening of job applicants.
In Law360’s annual ranking of the 400 biggest law firms by U.S. attorney head count, Fisher Phillips landed the 117th spot for 2019, up from 124 in 2018.
According to a 2018 social-media-recruitment survey, 70 percent say they use social-networking sites to research job candidates. But are there risks for employers when using social media to determine hiring or firing decisions? In an interview with HR Executive, LaKisha Kinsey-Sallis says when it comes to candidate vetting, proponents of social-media monitoring suggest using a third-party vendor or someone not involved in hiring decisions to conduct these searches. “A better approach, however, is to have a solid."
The National Labor Relations Board said in a memo that Uber drivers are independent contractors who aren’t eligible to unionize. The memo declares that gig economy workers aren’t “employees” under federal workplace law. Rich Meneghello told Law360 that the memo is a strong one for gig economy employers looking to avoid unions.
- Pay Equity Partner Interviews with Law360 on how #Metoo Backlash Presents New Legal Problem for Employers5.14.19
The #MeToo movement has galvanized proponents of equal pay, but a backlash is also underway, as explained in Law360’s article, “#MeToo Raises Stakes On Efforts To Root Out Wage Gaps.” In the article Cheryl Behymer, co-chair of the firm’s national Pay Equity Practice Group, explains how some men’s response to #Metoo is giving rise to a new problem: gender discrimination based on pay and opportunity.
Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces the election of Christine E. Howard to a three-year term on the firm’s Management Committee. Howard is the first woman to serve on the three-member Management Committee – the equivalent of the board of directors for the 34-office, over 400-lawyer firm. Her term starts on June 1, 2019.
SAN FRANCISCO (May 10, 2019) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces the addition of Hassan A. Aburish as an associate in its San Francisco office.
ATLANTA (May 9, 2019) – Fisher Phillips announces eleven Practice Group and Industry Team leaders. This follows a blockbuster year of growth as the firm continues to expand its labor and employment services across the U.S. The appointment of the eleven is a step in the firm’s plan to create and sharpen practice groups and industry teams to better meet client interests and needs.
- Danielle Moore Honored for her Unwavering Commitment to Advancing Gender Diversity5.8.19
SAN DIEGO (May 8, 2019) – Danielle Hultenius Moore, partner in Fisher Phillips San Diego office and chair of the firm’s Development Committee, has been shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: USA 2019. Moore, who is also the former co-chair of the firm’s nationwide Women’s Initiative Leadership Council (WILC), was shortlisted for Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year for her dedication and commitment to gender diversity programs that help further the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Los Angeles Partner Cheryl L. Schreck has been recognized in the Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” awards. Cheryl was one of 75 women attorneys in California honored in the award series, which features women across the state who have made a significant impact on the legal community.
- San Francisco Regional Managing Partner Interviews with Local and National Media on Retroactive Application of Dynamex Test5.2.19
The Ninth Circuit ruled that the Dynamex test – a standard used to decipher when workers should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors – applies retroactively.
Are gig economy workers contractors or employees? That was the question addressed by a Department of Labor (DOL) Opinion Letter released on April 29, 2019 that said in this particular instance, the workers are independent contractors. Rich Meneghello spoke with Wired about the opinion.
Kathleen Caminiti, partner at Fisher Phillips and co-chair of the firm’s Pay Equity Practice Group, was featured in an extensive article by CNBC on the rise in pay equity litigation and the steps employers are taking to increase compliance with pay equity laws to mitigate the risk of lawsuits and retain important talent.
Commissioner Cynthia Attwood will leave the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) at the end of April, leaving the commission without the numbers needed to form a quorum.
Attorneys Darcey Groden and Megan Walker answered questions from SHRM, Law360 and Daily Journal, about the U.S. Supreme Court’s employer-friendly ruling in Lamps Plus v. Varela.
- Firm Also Ranked Among the Best in the U.S. for Labor & Employment Law4.25.19
ATLANTA (April 25, 2019) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, earned 40 individual attorney rankings in Chambers USA 2019. The firm is also ranked as one of the top labor and employment law firms in the United States. In addition, the Fisher Phillips offices in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas City, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas are ranked among the top labor and employment law firms in their respective states, with Georgia also receiving high marks in immigration.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed into law legislation that would offer employers immunity from workplace-bulling lawsuits if they adopt the state’s model anti-bullying policy. The law, HB 856, expands the state’s Healthy Workplace Act to include private employers.
Can employers require vaccinations? That is the question SHRM posed to Atlanta partner Howard Mavity as the measles outbreak spreads across states.
The Compassionate Care Act, H.3660 is making its way through the South Carolina legislature. The Act, if passed, would allow the use of medical marijuana and would also prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire, or otherwise discriminating against an employee or candidate solely on the basis of their status as a legally authorized marijuana user. Ben Dudek spoke with Columbia Regional Business Report and South Carolina Lawyers Weekly regarding the impact The Act would have on state employers.
Low unemployment numbers and labor shortages across the country have providers looking at creative ways to attract and retain workers, but they must exercise caution if their strategies involve hiring underage employees such as high school students.
- U.S. Supreme Court Case Could Curtail Information Shared with Government Agencies, Says Fisher Phillips Attorney4.19.19
A U.S. Supreme Court case could require the public disclosure of additional information that employers share with the Official of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
COLUMBIA (April 17, 2019) – Sheila Willis, an associate in the Columbia office of Fisher Phillips, has been named as a University of South Carolina School of Law 2019 Compleat Lawyer award recipient. She is one of nine honorees to receive the award.
In the Daily Journal article titled “New owners might get out of a union agreement, NLRB says,” Christopher Conti discusses the NLRB’s decision in Ridgewood Health Care Center, where the board narrowed the terms under which new management must adhere to a standing collective bargaining agreement after acquiring a company with a unionized workforce.
In his bylined article for the Sacramento Business Journal titled “California proposal would prohibit employment race discrimination based on hairstyles,” Sacramento Of Counsel Benjamin M. Ebbink discusses California Senate Bill 188, which would amend the definition of race under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include “traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles.”
In the race to go public, ride-share companies Uber and Lyft are offering employees bonuses that can be used to purchase stock. But these stock bonuses could come up in state and federal litigation over whether their drivers are employees or independent contractors.
Roger Quillen spoke with the Daily Report regarding the legal developments in labor and employment law that fueled growth for Fisher Phillips in 2018. He said: “The firm has been very busy in states with aggressive enforcement regimes, because the federal regulatory framework for labor and employment issues continues to lag.
In a move that is the first of its kind in the U.S., the New York City Council passed a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use. The bill would impact public and private employers in New York City, including companies with headquarters elsewhere. Melissa Osipoff, partner in New York, spoke with The New York Times about how and why employers use drug testing and how the legalization of marijuana has shifted these policies and attitudes.
- Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Co-Chair Interviews on Employer Obligations for Supplying Personal Protective Equipment4.11.19
NASA’s recent snafu with the fit of space suits brought forth a renewed focus on employer requirements for providing personal protective equipment (PPE). Ill-fitting equipment and clothing can pose safety hazards and can make some employees feel discriminated against if proper sizes aren’t provided.
The California Supreme Court changed the misclassification standard with its infamous Dynamex decision, which ushered in the notorious ABC test to determine who qualifies as an independent contractor.
In the Daily Journal article titled “New state law could raise burden for employers, attorneys say,” Irvine Partner Colin P. Calvert discusses the recent changes to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act under SB 1300, which took effect Jan. 1, 2019. The law made a number of changes to the FEHA statute that could signal a higher bar for defending claims.
SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2019) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces the addition of Robert C. Rodriguez as an associate in its Sacramento office.
As developments continue to evolve surrounding when and how employers will need to report their pay data, Columbia partner Cheryl Behymer answered questions from SHRM regarding how to report the right information.
- Fisher Phillips Continues 2019 Expansion with Six Attorneys to Build One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Workplace Safety PracticesNational Labor & Employment Law Firm Opens Pittsburgh Office; Adds Team in Denver4.8.19
PITTSBURGH & DENVER (April 8, 2019) – Fisher Phillips announced today it has opened an office in Pittsburgh and expanded its capabilities in Denver with the addition of six attorneys who focus their practices on workplace and mine safety. The attorneys join the national labor and employment firm from the law firm Jackson Kelly and include partners R. Henry “Hank” Moore, Arthur M. Wolfson, and Patrick W. Dennison who open the Fisher Phillips office in Pittsburgh, and partners Kristin R.B. White and Christopher G. Peterson, and associate Benjamin J. Ross in the firm’s Denver office.
Orlando (April 5, 2019) – Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, announces the addition of Justin McConnell as an associate in its Orlando office.
In the Daily Journal article titled “Department of Labor aligns with NLRB in proposed joint employer rule,” Irvine Partner John M. Polson breaks down the Department of Labor’s recently proposed joint employer rule. The rule lays out four factors for determining joint employer status: hiring or firing; employment conditions; rate of pay; and maintenance of employee records.
The Department of Labor has proposed a new joint employer rule that would align with the rule of the National Labor Relations Board, narrowing the definition of a joint employer and limiting a business’s employment law liability.
Retaining and advancing women in law has been a longstanding priority for Fisher Phillips. In an interview with Crain’s Cleveland, Melanie Webber, partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council (WILC) spoke with reporters regarding the firm’s efforts to retain top female talent and develop the firm’s future leaders.
In the Vancouver Business Journal article titled “Protectable Interests,” Seattle Partner Catharine Morisset discusses a proposed law in Washington state that narrow the restraints of noncompetition covenants.
In the Daily Journal article titled “Bill will cause deluge of equal pay class actions as it passes US House, attorneys say,” Irvine Partner John K. Skousen discusses the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill passed on Mar. 27 that amends the Equal Pay Act and changes defenses for pay disparities from “any factor other than sex” to “bona fide factors.”
Discriminatory and hostile work environments can, at times, be treated as a health and safety issue. Recent cases allege that discriminatory symbols of racial animus are showing up in the workplace.
Fisher Phillips is pleased to announce the addition of Jazmyn J. Stover as a partner in its Cleveland office.
- Fisher Phillips Partner Richard Meneghello Named to JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards for Third Straight Year3.26.19
PORTLAND (Mar. 27, 2019) – Fisher Phillips Partner Richard R. Meneghello has been recognized as a Top Author in JD Supra’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.
In a case that employers are watching, the Fifth Circuit ruled that an employer must again show why it shouldn’t have to reinstate an employee who prevailed on a workplace bias case, kicking the case back to the lower courts.
Fisher Phillips announces the addition of Kelly N. Oki as an associate in its Los Angeles office.
It remains to be seen whether employers will have to include pay data in their EEO-1 reports, which are due May 31.
New Jersey (March 21, 2019) – Fisher Phillips announces the addition of Holly Wintermute as an associate in its New Jersey office.