Legal

Macy’s Ordered to Restore Associates' Commission for In-Store Mobile App Sales
May 4, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Macy's cannot offer the use of its Scan and Pay app for purchases from departments where employees make commissions, and must pay back commissions on such purchases, a labor relations arbitrator has ruled, reports RIS News. The determination applies to three collective bargaining agreements between Macy's and employees at stores in Boston and other New…

Amazon Employees Vote Against Unionization in Alabama Warehouse
April 13, 2021 at 8:07 pm

Amazon.com workers in Bessemer, Alabama, voted by a wide margin not to unionize last week, reports CNBC. The result culminates months of a closely watched and hard-fought election to unionize a U.S. Amazon facility for the first time, delivering a blow to organized labor. Approximately 5,800 workers at the Bessemer warehouse were eligible to vote…

Starbucks Reaches Deal With EEOC Over Alleged Racial Bias in Promoting Employees
April 1, 2021 at 8:50 pm

Starbucks said Wednesday it has resolved allegations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about alleged racial bias in its employee promotions, based on data from 2007 through 2011. In a letter to employees, CEO Kevin Johnson said that Starbucks does not know what prompted the EEOC allegations and that the company’s analysis of its…

eBay, Etsy, Mercari, OfferUp, Poshmark Unite Against Seller Transparency
March 30, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Online marketplaces eBay, Etsy, Mercari, OfferUp, and Poshmark have launched "the Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers" or the PASS Coalition, in opposition to a federal bill aimed at curtailing sales of fake and stolen goods through online marketplaces, reports Yahoo Finance. The federal bill in question is the bipartisan INFORM Act, which was introduced in…

Former Gap CEO Art Peck Launches SPAC, Targets Fashion Brands
March 25, 2021 at 5:23 pm

Earlier this week, former Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise money for a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Peck’s SPAC, Good Commerce Acquisition Company, plans to buy companies that sell apparel, accessories, home goods, among other products. "Our objective is to create a next-generation consumer holding company by combining…

How Retailers Can Stem the Tide of COVID-19-Related Litigation
March 11, 2021 at 7:44 pm

In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Ashley Chiaradio and Kristina Stidham discuss an article recently published on Total Retail titled, “The Wave of COVID-19-Related Litigation for Retailers is Looking Like a Tsunami,” authored by Carrie Gonell and Kate McGuigan, partners at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The authors discuss how retailers can…

The Wave of COVID-19-Related Litigation for Retailers is Looking Like a Tsunami
March 4, 2021 at 3:45 pm

Retailers, in response to the global pandemic, have spent the last year in a balancing act to keep their employees safe, their businesses afloat, and their policies compliant with ever-changing and sometimes conflicting federal, state, and local laws and orders. Despite these efforts, employers are facing not only pre-litigation demands and threats, but also litigation…

Steps Retailers Can Take to Minimize Their COVID-19 Liabilities
February 24, 2021 at 2:48 pm

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many retailers to temporarily close their doors or operate at minimum capacity, proving to be the most trying year for retailers in recent memory.  However, as the first rounds of vaccines are being rolled out across the nation, there appears to be some positive news along with the expectation…

Department Store Chain Belk to File for Bankruptcy
January 28, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Belk, the North Carolina-based department store chain which has catered to generations of shoppers for nearly 190 years, announced Tuesday it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The chain's owner, private equity firm Sycamore Partners, said in a news release that Belk will continue with "normal operations" as it goes through bankruptcy, The Charlotte Observer…

Top Sales Tax Changes of 2021
January 28, 2021 at 4:35 pm

As one of the most dynamic sources of state and local revenue, sales tax is subject to frequent change. Each year, Avalara explores emerging trends in its annual sales tax changes report. In 2021, we expect to see additional COVID-19 tax relief programs, new economic nexus and marketplace facilitator laws, and more state efforts to…