Legal Update

  • Northern Nevada Business Weekly Article on Nevada State Legislative Day and SHLC Attorney Brett Sutton

    By SHLC on March 20, 2017
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    Human resources professionals get primer on legislative session
  • Texas Roadhouse Age Discrimination Case Provides Important Lessons

    By SHLC on March 13, 2017
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    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) intends to re-try a case against Texas Roadhouse after the largest age discrimination lawsuit brought to trial in more than three decades ended in a mistrial. The EEOC claimed that Texas Roadhouse, a national restaurant chain, engaged in blatant age discrimination in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). At trial, the […]
  • OSHA Issues Guidelines for Anti-Retaliation Programs

    By SHLC on March 3, 2017
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    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released guidelines for employer anti-retaliation programs. In a January 2017 report, OSHA outlined “five key elements” to an effective anti-retaliation program. Retaliation is taking adverse action against an employee for engaging in a protected activity. Protected activities may occur when an employee reports a workplace injury, raises a concern about a […]
  • Ninth Circuit Allows “Hugging” Sexual Harassment Case to Continue

    By SHLC on February 24, 2017
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    A recent case from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that hugging can create a hostile work environment and the case should proceed to trial. The case is Zetwich v. County of Yolo. For more on this case, please see this L.A. Times article: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-hugging-9th-circuit-20170223-story.html. This case will also be discussed during SHLC’s February 28th Webinar: Sexual Harassment and […]
  • Brett Sutton Quoted in Nevada Independent Minimum Wage Article

    By SHLC on February 21, 2017
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    SHLC Attorney Brett Sutton was quoted in today’s Nevada Independent on whether pending legislation in the Nevada Legislature that would raise the state minimum wage by statute, as opposed to constitutional amendment, is permissible under the Nevada Constitution.  (https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/indy-explains-can-nevada-legislature-raise-minimum-wage) The minimum wage legislation as well as other pending legislation of interest to Nevada employers will be addressed by Brett at […]
  • Jury Finds Costco Failed to Prevent Sexual Harassment of a Female Employee by Customer; Hit With $250k Verdict

    By SHLC on February 3, 2017
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    In December 2016, an Illinois federal court awarded $250,000 in damages to a former employee of Costco who was sexually harassed by a Costco customer. The employee worked for Costco between 2009 and 2012. She claimed that a frequent customer repeatedly touched her without her permission, tried to hug her, and regularly followed her around the store, where the customer […]
  • SHLC Files Amicus Brief in Nevada Supreme Court on Behalf of Nevada Restaurant Association

    By SHLC on December 9, 2016
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    The Nevada Restaurant Association (“NvRA”) retained Sutton Hague Law Corporation (“SHLC”) to submit an amicus brief to the Nevada Supreme Court on its behalf in the case commonly known as Neville, Jr. v. Eighth Judicial District Court. This case will determine whether or not employees have a private right of action to bring a lawsuit directly against their employer for […]
  • Key Information About California School Activities Leave

    By SHLC on December 7, 2016
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    California law provides employees with several different types of protected time-off. It is important that employers know that employees may be permitted to take time-off in certain situations and what those situations are. Employers could face liability through a retaliation claim if employees are wrongfully disciplined or discharged when they ask for and/or take protected time-off. The DLSE website provides […]
  • New Overtime Rules Blocked

    By SHLC on November 23, 2016
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    Today a federal court issued an injunction to block the DOL’s new overtime regulations. The regulations, including the new salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees, were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The so-called “White Collar” exemption’s annual salary threshold was to increase from $23,660 to $47,476 under the now-blocked regulations. This SHLC Blog post previously detailed the […]
  • NEVADA SUPREME COURT ISSUES IMPORTANT MINIMUM WAGE RULING; SHLC WILL DISCUSS WITH NV LABOR COMMISSIONER AT NOV. 2ND WEBINAR

    By SHLC on October 27, 2016
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    Today, the Nevada Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in MDC Restaurants LLC v. District Court, which resolves two critical issues related to interpretation of and compliance with Nevada’s 2006 Constitutional Minimum Wage Amendment (“MWA”). The MWA established a two-tiered minimum wage to encourage employers to make health benefits available to Nevada employees. A copy of the court’s decision can […]