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Is Showing Up for Work a Job Requirement?

Associating Woody Allen with employment law is not exactly intuitive, but retired litigator Gregory McClune aptly used a quote from Allen to summarize a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a post for Labor and Employment Perspectives. “Woody Allen is credited with the observation that ‘showing up [...]

Department of Labor Rolls Back Joint Employment Guidance

Earlier this month, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alex Acosta announced that the agency is withdrawing two guidance letters calling for tighter standards for determining joint employment. The first letter, issued in 2015, sought to restrain the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The second, issued in 2016, called for greater scrutiny of situations [...]

Is Pregnancy Alone a Disability Under the ADA?

When an employee is pregnant, employers are understandably concerned about discrimination. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) prohibits employers with 15 employees or more from discriminating on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.” Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the act explains an employer’s responsibility under the PDA, including examples [...]

Preparing for Immigration Agents at the Workplace

As the administration’s crusade to tighten immigration enforcement continues, employers may wonder how to handle government visits to the workplace. Although we’ve seen no directives regarding worksite enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), immigration authorities have arrested hundreds of unauthorized immigrants in recent raids of areas with [...]

EEOC Stands By Position That Title VII Protects Transgender Employees—So Far

Gender identity issues are still in the news, and based on activity in the Trump administration and the Texas legislature, discrimination against transgender individuals is alive and well. The EEOC, however, is holding strong to the position that Title VII forbids employment discrimination based on gender identity, a stance affirmed during the Obama administration. A [...]

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Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wen Hair Products Gets Preliminary Settlement Approval

CBS Los Angeles (CBSLA.COM) – Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wen Hair Products Gets Preliminary Settlement Approval LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A federal judge in Los Angeles gave preliminary approval to a $26.3 million settlement for a class-action lawsuit against celebrity stylist Chaz Dean and marketer Guthy-Renker over Wen hair care products. That means some six million people may be [...]

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Wen Hair Care Lawsuit

GLAMOUR (GLAMOUR.COM) – 4 Things You Need to Know About the Wen Hair Care Lawsuit by Petra Guglielmetti Maybe you’ve been sucked into the oddly hypnotizing infomercials featuring Alyssa Milano. Maybe you have a friend who swears by it, or you’ve even given it a try yourself. Either way, chances are you’ve heard of Wen, the cleansing conditioner developed [...]

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FDA launches WEN by Chaz Dean hair loss investigation

  TODAY (TODAY.COM) – FDA launches WEN by Chaz Dean hair loss investigation by Rheana Murray Update: The FDA is investigating 127 reports from customers who complained of “adverse” effects from using WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products. That’s the largest number of reports ever associated with a hair-cleansing product, according to the statement. The agency will [...]

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The Class-Action Settlement Against Wen Hair Care Is Officially Moving Forward

GLAMOUR (GLAMOUR.COM) - The Class-Action Settlement Against Wen Hair Care Is Officially Moving Forward by Deanna Pai Even if you’ve never used Wen Hair Care in your life, you’ve probably seen the infomercials—and, by now, heard rumblings about the recent class-action lawsuit filed last December. Users of the brand’s scented cleansing conditioners (the hero product of the line, [...]