Starbucks wins California Tip-pooling Case Appeal

An appeals court in California sided with Starbucks Corp. and on Tuesday reversed a lower-court ruling that the Seattle coffee giant’s tip-sharing policies violated California labor law. The court agreed with Starbucks that shift supervisors may share in customers’ tips.

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Costco Accused of Abusing Wage Law

Costco Wholesale, the warehouse club, was sued by a California worker alleging false imprisonment because, she says, employees are locked in stores against their will for 15 minutes after they are off duty.

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Changes to COBRA benefits

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created changes to COBRA benefits which impact employers, like Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners.

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Swine flu: A proactive Response

Nixon Peabody LLP issued this OSHA Alert on 4/28/2009

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, the U.S government declared a public health emergency concerning the outbreak of swine influenza A (H1N1; “Swine Flu”)

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Starbucks Lawsuit May be Class-action

The lawsuit of a Starbucks store manager in Florida who claims the company violated federal law by not paying overtime was granted conditional class-action status this week by a U.S. District Court judge in Broward County.

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Md. Appeals Court Protects Anonymous Web Posters

Maryland’s Court of Appeals today issued a decision protecting the identity of three anonymous Internet posters and, for the first time, offering guidelines for state courts to follow in libel cases before unmasking online commenters.

The opinion and instructions stem from a defamation lawsuit filed by Eastern Shore developer Zebulon Brodie against three unknown Internet posters and Independent Newspapers Inc., which runs an online community forum. The posters had written critical comments about the cleanliness of a Dunkin’ Donuts that Brodie owns in Centreville.

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