Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

  By:  Timothy M. Hoppe, Esq.

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board recently held that the production crew responsible for operating the Timberwolves’ center court video display were employees … Continue Reading

Lukewarm Is No Good – Turning Your Hobby into a Business In celebration of Roald Dahl Day  last Wednesday, someone posted the above quote from the multi-talented British novelist (and short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot) on r/GetMotivated on Reddit. This quote describes an approach to life that some have naturally, but most pursue through self-reflection, hard work, trial and error. I’m part of...
Spoiler Alert:  Court Plunges Dagger In Heart Of Obama-Era Overtime Regs, Setting Stage For Season II Fireworks Wow, this has been one crazy roller coaster ride. Season 1 of this overtime soap opera kicked-off with President Obama directing the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the “white collar” FLSA exemptions. In May 2016, the DOL published revised regulations that increased the exempt salary threshold from $455 per week ($23,600 annually) to...… Continue Reading
Structuring Your Cannabis Empire Market consolidation in the cannabis industry was always going to happen, and it is already starting to happen. States like Washington and California have or will have limits on the number of marijuana-licensed businesses that individuals can own, but those limits are likely to erode over time. The market simply puts too much value on...
China Employee Mutual Terminations: How to do it Right Terminating a China-based employee without severance is generally a difficult thing to do. Even terminating a probationary employee can be tricky. See China Employee Probation: All is NOT What it Seems. Mutual terminations with settlement agreements and claim releases are usually the safest route for employers to take. For a mutual termination to work well you should put...
Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early pioneer, the Detroit Three, Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and other manufacturers and suppliers are quickly making up ground. Meanwhile, in the...… Continue reading this entry
The term moral rights in the United States typically refers to the right or ability of creators of certain works of visual art (e.g., paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and photographs) to control the eventual fate of such works.  In Europe and elsewhere, an artist’s moral rights are much broader and not limited to visual art. ... Continue Reading