Author Archives: UMBLR

Construction Contractors Beware: The New Test for Classifying Independent Contractors

Ryder Kaplan – On January 10, 2024, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor promulgated a new rule on how to distinguish independent contractors from employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). This rule, known as the “Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” updates and […]

Saving the Soul of Music City: The King Inspires Battle Against Voice-Cloning Robots

Roselyn Castillo – Watch out, AI, because Music City has just laid down the law with the ELVIS Act –a game-changing, first-of-its-kind statute aimed at protecting musicians from the perils of voice cloning. Named after the legendary Elvis Presley, this landmark legislation marks Tennessee’s pioneering stance in safeguarding the integrity of musical voices in an […]

Starbucks’s Proxy Contest Highlights Deep-Rooted Labor Relations Problem and Single-Issue Activist Campaigns Under the Universal Proxy Rules

Matthew Mallon – Since 2021, Starbucks locations across the country have elected to be represented by the Starbucks Workers United union, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”). Over 380 locations have voted to unionize, but despite this, no location has been able to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the company. Starbucks, […]

Tesla’s Governance Challenges: Navigating the Complex Intersection of Relationships and Fiduciary Duties

Amelia White – On January 30, 2024, a Delaware judge struck down Elon Musk’s compensation package of $56 billion, criticizing the close relationships between Tesla’s board of directors and Musk’s influence over them. Boards must be largely independent to be publicly traded on Nasdaq. Nasdaq defines an independent director as someone “who is not an […]