October 2014

Will a Rocky Mountain High Bring Employers Down?

The Colorado Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case brought by Brandon Coates, a quadriplegic who uses marijuana to ease muscle spasms, against Dish Network, his employer, for firing him after he failed a random drug test. Coates said he never u…

NLRB Takes on the Joint Employer Doctrine

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) authorized the filing of administrative complaints against McDonald’s USA, LLC (“McDonald’s”), the largest franchisor of restaurants in the United States. According to the NLRB, it has inv…

New OSHA Reporting Requirements

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its requirements for reporting fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. These reporting requirements commence January 1, 2015. (OSHA’s record keeping requirements remain the same, w…

June 2014

Insurer is responsible for defense costs incurred in suit against bank; Bank of R.I. v. Progressive Cas. Ins. Co., No. 13-0164 (D.R.I. May 15, 2014)

Michelin Can’t Escape Tire Price Discrimination Claims

May 2014

Co. can’t block employee from going to competitor

Restrictive covenants, such as noncompete and non-disclosure agreements, are widely debated and often litigated in the state of Massachusetts. Many consider these agreements as barriers to innovation, especially if they are too restrictive. Hinckley All…