Facing Bankruptcy, Hertz Paid Executives $16 Million in Bonuses

Hertz, the major rental car company, has struggled to stay afloat since the arrival of the coronavirus. Its business model is heavily reliant on tourism, and with most people staying at home, their revenues have plummeted. However, these financial difficulties did not stop the company from paying its executives $16 million in bonuses right before filing for bankruptcy, a move that has received criticism from employees and shareholders alike. Continue reading “Facing Bankruptcy, Hertz Paid Executives $16 Million in Bonuses”

Small Business Owners Seek Essential Status to Remain Open

With the stay-at-home order in New York now extended to May 28 for some parts of the state, many small business owners are increasingly seeking ways to survive what will soon be an entire Spring under quarantine. While many businesses have moved to telework arrangements where possible, many other “nonessential businesses” have been forced to remain closed for the duration of the quarantine. For some businesses seeking to survive, they have come up with a novel approach: finding a way to shift to be considered an “essential” business. Continue reading “Small Business Owners Seek Essential Status to Remain Open”

Employers Brace for Employee Coronavirus Exposure Suits

Businesses are eager to reopen after the coronavirus quarantine, but employees are less so.
Businesses are eager to reopen after the coronavirus quarantine, but employees are less so.

The coronavirus has occupied the attention of America for months now, with people quarantined in their homes to avoid contracting or spreading the disease. This effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, however, has had a deleterious effect on the economy, and businesses are eager to return to normal so they can begin making money like they did before. Employees, however, are less than enthusiastic about returning to work in the middle of a pandemic, and they have been turning to the courts for a remedy. Continue reading “Employers Brace for Employee Coronavirus Exposure Suits”

NY PAUSE Extended to May 15 by Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York’s coronavirus quarantine measures, known more formally as the New York PAUSE (Police that Assures Uniform Safety of Everyone), will be extended until May 15. The PAUSE, which began on March 22, has heavily restricted most business operations and shut down all non-essential government functions. While it was initially intended to last only a few weeks, it has since been extended twice to deal with the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading “NY PAUSE Extended to May 15 by Governor Cuomo”

PETA and Beyond Meat Face TCPA Suit

The nonprofit animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the vegetarian meat substitute manufacturer Beyond Meat may seem like odd bedfellows at first glance, but they both share an interest in getting people to eat less meat and more vegetarian products and have teamed up to that end. However, their efforts may have put them in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). Continue reading “PETA and Beyond Meat Face TCPA Suit”

Mandatory Arbitration Clause Backfires Against DoorDash

A mandatory arbitration clause placed into its employment contracts may have backfired for DoorDash, the on-demand food preparation and delivery service. DoorDash put the clause into the contract to avoid class and collective action suits by its employees, forcing the employees into private arbitration instead. However, as a result, DoorDash may now be financially responsible for the costs of more than 5,700 individual arbitrations, bound by that same arbitration clause. Continue reading “Mandatory Arbitration Clause Backfires Against DoorDash”

Explaining the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

Most people have had to deal with the irritation of “robocalls,” phone calls that are made by automated systems, usually for the purposes of marketing or political advocacyNew York business lawyer. Robocalls became so prevalent for a time that many asked Congress to ban them, or at least to regulate their use. To that end, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, which has remained a source of litigation ever since. Continue reading “Explaining the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)”

CDC Issues Guidance That Coronavirus Does Not Justify Discrimination

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued legal guidance with respect to people’s reactions to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China. Namely, they wish to remind businesses that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of national origin and race, and that such rules are still in effect. In particular, they want to emphasize that the coronavirus can infect anyone, and people of Asian descent should not be singled out as being more likely to carry the disease. Continue reading “CDC Issues Guidance That Coronavirus Does Not Justify Discrimination”

Proposed Law Would Invalidate Most Non-Compete Agreements

breach of contractA bill currently sitting in committee in the United States Senate would make most non-compete agreements invalid. Known as the Workforce Mobility Act, the bill would broadly prohibit non-compete clauses in employment contracts, with a handful of exceptions. While the bill is currently sitting in committee, if passed, it would have a major impact on employment contracts around the country. Continue reading “Proposed Law Would Invalidate Most Non-Compete Agreements”

Former Nissan Executive Ghosn Escapes House Arrest, Flees to Lebanon

stock chartCarlos Ghosn, a former executive at auto manufacturer Nissan, has fled to Lebanon after apparently escaping house arrest in Japan. Ghosn was arrested in 2018 after, it was alleged, he committed numerous financial crimes, including misusing company assets and embezzling company money for his own personal investments. The exact details of his escape remain unclear, but his flight to Lebanon has made it unlikely he will return to face prosecution in Japan. Continue reading “Former Nissan Executive Ghosn Escapes House Arrest, Flees to Lebanon”