Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC on Monday added the second new shareholder this year to its New York office, hiring a former Blank Rome LLP partner who has four decades of experience in labor and employment law.
King & Spalding said Tuesday that an ex-law professor at John Marshall Law School and a 13-year veteran of the firm experienced in defending employers against harassment and discrimination suits has rejoined its Atlanta office.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC has landed a labor and employment attorney who previously worked in-house at national defense contractor L3 Communications Systems-East to join its Philadelphia office as a partner, the firm announced Tuesday.
International law firm Winston & Strawn LLP has tapped former Clyde & Co. partner Matthew Durham to lead its China employment practice as a partner in its Shanghai office, the firm announced Friday.
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC has added a former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner specializing in labor and employment law as a shareholder at its Santa Barbara, Calif., office, the firm announced on Wednesday.
BakerHostetler has added a former Kutak Rock LLP partner specializing in employment, health care and real estate law to its litigation group, the law firm announced Wednesday.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has landed an experienced partner to strengthen its employee benefits and executive compensation practice group in Chicago, the firm said on Monday.
Baker Botts LLP has landed an employee benefits and executive compensation veteran from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP to join its Dallas office as a partner in its tax department, the firm announced Monday.
A series of recent National Labor Relations Board rulings applying federal labor law to worker conduct on Facebook is a product of social media's popularity, not the NLRB trying to increase its influence in nonunion workplaces, a regional director told Law360 Wednesday.
A 22-year veteran of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP who left the firm in May 2010 for Littler Mendelson PC has returned to chair Kelley Drye’s labor and employment practice with an eye to expanding its footprint, the firm said Monday.
Jackson Lewis LLP has nabbed the former co-chair of Severson & Werson's labor and employment practice group to bolster the ranks of its San Francisco office, the firm announced on Monday.
Epstein Becker & Green PC has bolstered its New York employee benefits practice by landing a former Clifford Chance LLP partner with vast experience in executive compensation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act issues, the firm said Monday.
Littler Mendelson PC confirmed Friday that it had lured six attorneys from fellow labor and employment boutique Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, in addition to the seven laterals it snagged last week in the wake of a bitter break between Ogletree and the former managing partner of the firm's Kansas City, Mo., office.
The roster of Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Atlanta location grew to 23 attorneys with the addition of a former Burr & Forman LLP partner who joined the office Wednesday as a partner in its labor and employment law department, the firm announced.
Armstrong Teasdale LLP has landed a labor relations partner as well as an employment law associate from Missouri law firm The Lowenbaum Partnership LLC to join its employment and litigation practice groups in St. Louis.
Reed Smith LLP has hired two new partners in the employment and commercial litigation groups at its newest office in Houston from Jones Day and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, bringing the total number of partners in Houston to 16, Reed Smith announced Thursday.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP announced Wednesday that an international labor law expert has joined the firm as a partner from Baker & McKenzie LLP, adding his expertise to its expanding labor and employment practice.
National labor and employment firm Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP has lured a former Stark & Stark PC shareholder with expertise in wage-and-hour disputes and discrimination prevention and defense to join its Princeton, N.J., office, the firm said Tuesday.
Polsinelli PC has landed a seasoned labor and employment partner from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP to join its Dallas office as a shareholder specializing in the energy, health care, financial services and defense contracting sectors, the firm announced Thursday.
The White House on Thursday nominated Federal Trade Commission official and former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorney Howard Shelanski to head the government oversight body that reviews all agency draft regulations before they are published.
While the questions in Bakoss v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London were plainly important and the circuit splits were clear, the issues may well have been too vexing for the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservatives to support taking the case. It is, however, simply a matter of time before these issues will demand the court’s resolution once again, says Robert Loeb of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
In the past few weeks, there have been several noteworthy decisions regarding employers' use of criminal background information to make hiring decisions — including EEOC v. Peoplemark, which shows that whether a case is handled internally or by outside counsel, employers should be extremely cautious about overstating policies, says Melissa Siebert of Baker & Hostetler LLP.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform has proposed reforms that would improve the fairness, rationality and effectiveness of the False Claims Act. For example, instituting a descending set of award ranges applicable to increasing recoveries will reduce the prevalence of enormous jackpots that spur frivolous suits and needlessly drain away funds more properly reserved for taxpayers, say David Ogden and Jonathan Cedarbaum of WilmerHale.
Workplace bullying can expose employers to liability under various federal and state laws and dampen workplace productivity. Therefore, states should consider drafting and passing bills similar to those in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, while employers should implement anti-bullying policies, says Jennifer Burdick with Community Legal Services and attorneys with Dechert LLP.
A recently passed California bill on employee recovery periods, during which a worker cools down to prevent heat illness, gives the plaintiffs' bar a new toy, and messy litigation over an employer's failure to provide such periods is sure to follow. Something to monitor is how employment practices liability insurance will respond to recovery-period claims, says Joseph Balice of Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP.
The Florida Senate is considering joining a multitude of states that have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Indeed, using social media sites to vet a candidate generally provides employers with access to personal information that can expose the employer to a potential lawsuit, says Lillian Chaves Moon of Jackson Lewis LLP.
Relying on advances in technology that increase efficiency allowed firms during the past few years to reduce the ratio of lawyers to legal assistants from as low as 1-1 to as much as a 4-1. Now is not the time to stress about negative publicity that often results from staff layoffs. Your attention to your bottom line easily translates into an appropriate concern for your clients’ bottom lines, says Allan Colman of The Closers Group.
As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission continues to resort to administrative subpoenas and actions to enforce those administrative subpoenas, especially in its systemic discrimination matters, the recent opinion in EEOC v. HomeNurse Inc. could prove to be useful to employers caught in the EEOC’s crosshairs, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
When is it safe to rely on the research of a junior associate? You may have seen this coming, but it is almost never entirely safe. The law is simply too riddled with dangerous twists and turns that are hard to spot. And these are not traps that can be avoided with common sense. Indeed, attorneys who follow what is normally considered the sensible path of trusting in their judgment of what is reasonable are apt to be betrayed by the law, says Andrew Jarzyna of Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Most employers are aware of the prohibitions against pregnancy discrimination under Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the leave rights of new mothers, but they may not be as familiar with the often overlapping legal issues that may arise before, during and after pregnancy, says Alia Wynne of Fisher & Phillips LLP.