How Employers Can Prepare For the DOL’s New Overtime Rules and Protect Against the Skyrocketing Number of Wage and Hour Claims

How Employers Can Prepare For the DOL’s New Overtime Rules and Protect Against the Skyrocketing Number of Wage and Hour Claims

Wage and hour claims are both skyrocketing in number and quickly becoming the largest source of employment-related liability. In 2015, employees filed three times as many wage and hour actions as they had just a few years earlier. These claims have cost employers significantly, with the average wage and hour ... Read More »

FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

FAA Changes to Section 333 Exemption Conditions Create New Opportunities for Utilities and Energy Companies

While the FAA has not announced a formal policy change with regard to the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), a review of recently approved Section 333 Exemptions indicates changes to the conditions and limitations included in most of the nearly 4,000 exemptions granted so far.  These changes ... Read More »

Administrative Measures Issued Applicable to Foreign Investors in the Inspection and Authentication Business for Imported and Exported Commodities In China

Administrative Measures Issued Applicable to Foreign Investors in the Inspection and Authentication Business for Imported and Exported Commodities In China

On 26 January 2016, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (“AQSIQ”) issued the Administrative Measures for Imported and Exported Commodities Inspection and Authentication Institutions (“Measures”), for implementation as of 1... Read More »

No Fooling: New FEHA Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016

No Fooling: New FEHA Regulations Go Into Effect April 1, 2016

Significant amendments to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations take effect on April 1, 2016. The amendments mandate detailed written policies against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, update sexual harassment training requirements, and provide new definitions for certain protected characteristics. Mandatory Written Policy Against Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation Under ... Read More »

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

A trademark that falsely suggests products are made of a specific type of material when they are not, can still be trademarked

Applicant applied to register HYDZ for “apparel not made of…animal hides, namely, sweatpants and sweatshirts for casual wear or for wear during exercise.” The TTAB over turned the Examiner’s refusal and allowed the trademark to be registered. This cases touches on two interesting and related technical trademark issues. FIRST: Descriptive ... Read More »

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