Category Archives: Employment Law

Update: Six National Retailers Agree to Stop Using On-Call Shift Scheduling

Attorneys general from eight states, including Massachusetts and New York, and the District of Columbia, announced in December that six major retailers—Aeropostale, Carter’s, David’s Tea, Disney, PacSun, and Zumiez—have agreed to stop scheduling employees for on-call shifts.  The retailers agreed to end the practice after receiving letters from the AGs last April that sought information about the companies’ utilization of on-call shifts and expressed concern about the negative effects the practice has on employees. … More

Illinois AG Targets Non-Compete Agreements for Sandwich Makers

Sandwich with prosciuttoNon-competition agreements are common — and commonly litigated — throughout several fields, such as sales, technology, and medicine.  Protection of trade secrets and the maintenance of long-term customer relationships are commonly cited as justifications for such agreements.  In a lawsuit filed on June 8, 2016 in Illinois state court, Illinois AG Lisa Madigan alleged that, by signing non-competition agreements with sandwich makers and delivery persons,… More

Several National Retailers Receive Requests for Information from New York Attorney General On Practice of “On-Call Shifts”

In what must have been a bad start to the day, more than 12 of the nation’s retailers recently received requests for information from the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman inquiring into their use of “on-call shifts.” The AG’s letter explains that “on-call shifts” require employees” to call in to work just a few hours in advance, or the night before, to determine whether the worker needs to appear for work that day or the next.” If the employee is not needed,… More