On May 29, 2019, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 25. The bill now moves to the state senate for a vote. If the state senate passes the bill, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) would be amended to specifically exclude job applicants, employees, agents, and contractors from the definition of “consumer,” thereby alleviating substantial obligations for employers whose only relationship to the new law were its employees.
On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) request to extend the deadline to finalize the new set of Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations for international students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Prior to this ruling, the current STEM OPT regulations were set to expire on February 12, 2016.
Ralphs Grocery Company v. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 8, S185544 (December 27, 2012): The California Supreme Court recently held that although a supermarket’s privately owned entrance area is not a public forum where a union could assert free speech rights under the state Constitution, there is statutory protection for picketing activities under
Revisiting Rochow: The Sixth Circuit Rejects Earlier $3.8 Million Equitable Award in Recent En Banc Decision
Just over a year ago, a panel decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Rochow v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 737 F.3d 415 made big news when the court upheld the district court’s award of $3.8 million in equitable relief on a theory of unjust enrichment and held that an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plan participant can seek disgorgement of profits from an insurer in addition to a claim for denied benefits. The Sixth Circuit later granted the petition for hearing en banc and recently vacated the earlier panel opinion.