• July 22, 2014

    RLI Skirted Shareholder Vote On Stock Options, Suit Says

    A pension fund on Monday launched a proposed class action accusing RLI Corp. of lowering the strike price of its employee stock options without first getting the go-ahead from shareholders, potentially diluting the value of their shares in the specialty insurer.

  • July 22, 2014

    AlliedBarton To Pay NYC Guards $1.3M In Wage Settlement

    AlliedBarton Security Services LLC has agreed to pay $1.3 million in wages and interest due to New York City transportation security workers after failing to pay prevailing wages for more than two years, the city comptroller's office said Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Hinshaw Expands Its Phoenix Office With Ogletree Hire

    National law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has hired an employment litigator from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC as partner to continue the expansion trend at its Phoenix office, the firm has announced.

  • July 22, 2014

    Retirees Vote In Support Of Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit Plan

    The creditor vote on Detroit’s proposal to restructure $18 billion in debt revealed broad worker and retiree support Monday for the city's momentous bankruptcy exit plan ahead of a highly anticipated confirmation trial.

  • July 21, 2014

    Kilpatrick Snags IP, Employment Experts From K&L Gates

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP said Monday it has lured two lawyers from K&L Gates LLP with expertise in intellectual property, employment and competition matters, as well as class actions, to round out its California office in Silicon Valley.

  • July 21, 2014

    Religious Pushback Expected On LGBT Executive Order

    Although President Barack Obama is no stranger to using federal contracts as a testing ground for employment reform measures, religious employers may be more resistant to Monday's executive order banning discrimination against gay and transgender contractor employees than to other recent efforts, attorneys say.

  • July 21, 2014

    $7.8M Deal Gets Court OK In Tyson Foods Wage Action

    A Tennessee federal judge gave a green light Friday to a $7.75 million class action settlement between Tyson Foods Inc. and thousands of current and former workers who said they should have been paid for donning and doffing time as well as work allegedly performed during meal breaks.

  • July 21, 2014

    Feds Seek 41-Month Sentence For Boeing Subcontractor

    The federal government recommended a 41-month sentence for a Boeing Co. subcontractor's technical writer, who, after being fired, blackmailed his company Corsair Engineering by threatening to sell proprietary drone manuals to foreign powers.

  • July 21, 2014

    SEC Needs Stronger Whistleblower Rules, Ex-Official Says

    A former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official on Friday urged the agency to ramp up protections for whistleblowers against retaliation by their employers, saying that those who alert the SEC to wrongdoing are increasingly being targeted for wrongful retaliation.

  • July 21, 2014

    Bass Pro Slams EEOC Investigation Before Bias Suit

    Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC on Friday urged a Texas federal court to dismiss the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's allegations that the retailer discriminated against black and Hispanic job applicants, saying the agency didn't do enough internally before filing a lawsuit.

  • July 21, 2014

    Biggest Health Care Cases Of 2014: Midyear Report

    Courts during the first half of 2014 handed down a number of important rulings that will shape the hottest topics in health care, including provider consolidation, employee benefits under the Affordable Care Act and the availability of attorney-client privilege in False Claims Act litigation.

  • July 21, 2014

    Paralegal Says Margolis Law Firm Fired Her Over Pregnancy

    A one-time paralegal for a New Jersey law firm has sued her former employer for alleged disability discrimination, contending that the firm refused to accommodate a temporary leave that she was forced to take because of pregnancy complications.

  • July 21, 2014

    Calif. Appeals Court Sends Redfin RE Agents To Arbitration

    A real estate agent who brought an employment class action in California court alleging Redfin Corp. cheated agents out of pay will have to take his fight to arbitration, an appellate court ruled Monday.

  • July 21, 2014

    Minn. Appeals Court Tosses UnitedHealth Exec's Fraud Claims

    A Minnesota appeals court on Monday ended a former UnitedHealth Group Inc. executive's bid to sue the company and former colleagues after his insider trading conviction, saying the executive waited years too long to file his claims that other executives falsely promised him aid.

  • July 21, 2014

    EEOC Urges 6th Circ. To Keep Ford Telecommute Ruling

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday urged the Sixth Circuit to deny Ford Motor Co.’s bid to rehear claims that it didn’t accommodate a worker with irritable bowel syndrome when it refused to let her work from home most days, saying the decision to revive the suit won’t negatively affect businesses.

  • July 21, 2014

    NLRB Judge Faults Bakery For Threats To Union Members

    A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday that Arkansas-based Southern Bakeries LLC violated federal labor law through a number of actions, including interrogations of union employees and threats of a plant closure during an effort to oust a union.

  • July 21, 2014

    Union Denies Blocking CareOne's Access To Dying Witness

    A Service Employees International Union group has bristled at CareOne LLC's bid for sanctions in its racketeering case against the union, urging a New Jersey federal court to ignore claims it intentionally blocked the deposition of a key witness who was dying of cancer.

  • July 21, 2014

    Amazon Says High Court Case Will Affect Calif. Wages Claims

    Amazon.com Inc. told a Kentucky federal judge on Friday that an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether employees deserve pay for time spent passing through security checks will “absolutely” affect wage claims brought against Amazon by California warehouse workers.

  • July 21, 2014

    8th Circ. Set To Consider Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Scope

    A Nebraska federal judge has granted COR Clearing LLC’s bid to ask the Eighth Circuit to weigh in on whether a former executive qualified as a whistleblower under the Dodd-Frank Act despite having never provided information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • July 21, 2014

    Hair Transplant Doc Sues McDonald Hopkins Over Bosley Suit

    An Illinois doctor has sued McDonald Hopkins LLC for legal malpractice, claiming the firm botched his defense of a noncompete lawsuit brought by his former employer, the hair transplant surgery provider Bosley Medical Group SC.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Terminate Employees You're 'Just Not That Into'

    Joanne A. Buser

    The obvious and inherent risk in using a vague “wrong fit” explanation when terminating an employee is that any judge can construe this reason as having multiple interpretations, making it a ripe disputed issue for a fact finder at trial, says Joanne Buser of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.

  • NY Wage Theft Law Puts The Squeeze On Employers

    Cindy S. Minniti

    Once signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a revitalization of the Wage Theft Prevention Act presents a mixed bag for employers. While elimination of the annual wage notice requirement helps employers, a majority of the bill's remaining provisions are employee-friendly, say Cindy Minniti and Mark Goldstein of Reed Smith LLP.

  • States Cracking Down On Pregnancy Discrimination

    Celina R. Joachim

    The Illinois legislature recently passed HB 8, the latest in a flurry of state and local legislation requiring employers to provide accommodations for pregnant employees and paid family leave. Employers, adjust your summer to-do lists, say attorneys at Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • 3 Recent Labor Developments Likely To Affect Franchises

    Matthew D. Austin

    Labor unions are targeting franchisees and the restaurant industry as a whole, and they are not alone. Large corporate entities could see a domino effect in which the actions of a small group of employees open the doors to unionization among millions of workers under the corporate umbrella, says Matthew Austin of Roetzel & Andress LPA.

  • How Hobby Lobby Ruling Impacts Calif. Employers

    Mary P. Antoine

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby offers no ammunition to those seeking to challenge state-enacted contraception mandates, nor is it likely that a closely held California corporation could try to duplicate the results of the ruling. While some states have enacted copycat statutes based off the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, California is not among them, say attorneys at Nossaman LLP.

  • NLRB Poised To Change The Game At Private Schools

    Bryan R. Bienias

    Over the last few years, the National Labor Relations Board has stockpiled cases and solicited briefing on issues involving both religious schools and unionization efforts among adjunct faculty, graduate students and scholarship athletes. The NLRB's ultimate decision in these cases could fundamentally alter labor relations at private colleges and universities and spur organizing activity, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • 5 Lessons For Employers From California V. Riley

    Philip L. Gordon

    Employers should note that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in California v. Riley does not affect their ability to search company-owned mobile devices. Because they own those devices, employers can establish as a condition of use that employees waive any expectation of privacy in information — whether business or personal — stored on the device, says Philip Gordon of Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Employer Takeaways From High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

    Alana K. Ackels

    Because the U.S. Supreme Court in Burnwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. so clearly narrowed its holding to four abortifacient contraceptive methods, it will be difficult for employers to argue that the holding should be expanded to warrant denying coverage for other medical procedures or drugs on the basis of religious beliefs, says Alana Ackels of Nunnally & Martin LLP.

  • Legal Forms And IP Rights: Yours, Mine, Ours Or Theirs?

    Linda Kaufman Gollub

    The practice of law has changed dramatically due to the mobility of employees, the consolidation and disintegration of firms, and the easy transfer of data with computerization and the Internet. While the need to create a contract to protect a client’s rights and interests is still paramount, the lawyer’s rights in the created document itself are becoming less protected, say Linda Kaufman Gollub of Kaufman Gollub LLC and Robert Pay... (continued)