FTC Bans Marketing Company’s Pyramid Scheme, Conflicts of Interest 22:16, January 23, 2017

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Author: Steve Treagus

Most companies, including multilevel marketing companies, use commissions or similar incentives to compensate sales associates. Many incentive programs provide effective, ethical, and legal means of motivating sales. But poorly planned incentive structures court conflicts of interest and liability. Worse, systems built on false promises of high-income prospects can backfire, as one multilevel marketing company recently […]

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During a rare rehearing of the sexual orientation discrimination case Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College before a full-court panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Posner reportedly asked the lawyer defending a college’s decision to deny full-time employment to a lesbian employee: “Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a […]

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On December 6, 2016, the US Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion upholding a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the conviction of a grocer for insider trading based on a tip by a member of his extended family was proper. As we wrote in the “Update” section of a recent post, the Court […]

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Between the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to grant certiorari to US v. Newman, and signals the Justices gave during oral arguments in Salman v. US, it is unclear whether anyone other than close relatives and friends will be liable for insider trading based on information obtained from a tip, and to what extent the […]

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On November 18, 2016, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech covering the SEC’s enforcement strategy at the New York University School of Law. Considering the admitted results of the “bold and unrelenting” SEC enforcement strategy White had first promised in her Congressional nomination hearings, a fitting alternative title […]

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The simple answer to the question proposed by the title of this article is, of course, “whenever the employee is treated poorly or denied opportunities at work because of sex stereotyping.” While this answer is true, it doesn’t tell us a lot about what sex stereotyping is, and what kind of behavior employers must avoid […]

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On November 3, 2016, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division delivered prepared remarks at The George Washington University Law School which treated the audience to a high-level federal prosecutor’s interpretation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The prepared remarks were followed by a panel discussion […]

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We have previously written that employment law for the LGBT community is moving toward greater inclusiveness and stronger protections. For example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s landmark settlement of a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit, along with prior precedent-setting cases establishing transgender protections under Title VII, seem emblematic of the direction LGBT law is heading. Here […]

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A new report by travel-industry group Project: Time Off (PTO) cautions that millennial work martyrs could redefine vacation culture for the US workplace of the future. That’s because, despite the stereotype of the “entitled” millennial, 48% of workers born between 1981 and 1997 reportedly want their bosses to consider them to be work martyrs who […]

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Knowing general antitrust law principles is indispensable to anyone who does business in the global market. However, when it comes to the particulars, different legal standards mean that an action that violates antitrust law in one jurisdiction may be legal in another. This can make antitrust law a complex and sometimes unpredictable realm to negotiate […]

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