Expert Analysis

Starbucks 'Memphis 7' Ruling Shows Retaliation Is A Bad Idea

Starbucks’ unsuccessful attempts to quash unionization by retaliating against organizing employees — illustrated b... (more story)

How To Create A California-Compliant Piece-Rate Pay Policy

Piece-rate compensation can encourage worker efficiency and productivity, but California has special rules for emp... (more story)

3 Employer Considerations In Light Of DOL Proposed OT Rule

A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Stan... (more story)

Labor More

Chevron Doctrine Supporters Flock To High Court In Key Case

Health groups, scientists, a labor union, small businesses and environmentalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to strike down a nearly 40-year-old precedent that allows judges to defer to federal agenc... (more story)

Broncos Player Can't Keep Injury Claims In Court, Judge Says

A Denver Broncos player can't continue litigating his negligence and liability claims in court against the National Football League and Los Angeles Chargers, a California federal judge ruled, saying the player... (more story)

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DC Circ. Doubts PR Hospital's 'Successor Bar' Challenge

A D.C. Circuit panel seemed resistant Thursday to a Puerto Rican hospital's claim that the National Labor Relations Board rule requiring employers to recognize existing unions after acquiring the operations of... (more story)

Ex-Michigan State Rep. Can't Dodge Bribery Retrial

A former Michigan state lawmaker was denied a federal court bid this week to escape a second trial on charges that he sold his vote while in office for campaign contributions.

Starbucks Must Rehire Worker, Rerun Union Vote In St. Louis

Starbucks' crackdown on the union drive at its St. Louis-area cafes has rendered it liable for a slew of federal labor law violations, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, ordering the company to ... (more story)

NY Forecast: NY Judge Hears Hospital's Bid To Toss Bias Suit

A New York federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a hospital's attempt to toss a former resident's lawsuit claiming the hospital discriminated against him based on his ADHD diagnosis, culminat... (more story)

Calif. Forecast: Delta Flight Attendants Seek Class Cert.

In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a potential ruling on whether flight attendants in a long-running wage case against Delta Air Lines Inc. can proceed as a class, and whether Delta can a... (more story)

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Boston Univ. Pushed Out Worker For 'Long COVID,' Suit Says

Boston University failed to provide reasonable accommodations that would allow a maintenance worker with "long COVID" symptoms to return to work, instead telling him to apply for long-term disability benefits ... (more story)

Off The Bench: MSU Coach, Olympian Abuse, DC Stadium Bill

This week's Off The Bench features a college football coach accused of sexual harassment fighting to keep his job, an Olympic medalist claiming that a U.S. team doctor sexually assaulted her, and Congress help... (more story)

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5th Circ. Revives Mississippi Teacher's Race Bias Suit

The Fifth Circuit reopened a Black educator's lawsuit claiming a Mississippi school district refused to pay for her to attend leadership training because of her sex and race, finding that the refusal she alleg... (more story)

Amazon Liable For Nooses Found At Job Site, Suit Says

Amazon and two of its construction contractors allowed Black and Puerto Rican workers to endure a racially hostile work environment before and after they found nooses at their Connecticut job site in 2021, and... (more story)

Cuomo Seeking 'Revenge' With Subpoena, Accuser Says

A woman who says she was sexually harassed by Andrew Cuomo told a federal judge this week the former New York governor is seeking "revenge" by requesting her phone records and other materials in a separate cas... (more story)

Amazon Settles Suit Alleging Refusal To Hire Sex Offenders

Amazon told a California federal court that it reached a deal to end a former seasonal associate's lawsuit accusing the e-commerce giant of illegally using information about his prior rape conviction to deny h... (more story)

EEOC Weekly Recap: New Strategic Plan; Walmart Sued Twice

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new strategic plan defining its priorities for the next four years, and the agency also hit Walmart with two lawsuits in separate federal courts: one a... (more story)

Wage & Hour More

Golf Course Wants Caddies' Wage Suit Driven Out Of Court

The operators of a New York golf course urged a federal court to toss caddies' claims for unpaid minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, arguing that caddies are not employees and that they earned we... (more story)

'Woeful' Puerto Rico Dispute Fit For Congress, Judge Says

A First Circuit judge said Thursday that Puerto Rico's concerns about the "democratically abhorrent" situation created by the fiscal oversight board's control of the territory's lawmaking abilities is a matter... (more story)

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Saltz Mongeluzzi Seeks $125K In Fees From Post-Hack OT Suit

Attorneys from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC are seeking more than $125,000 in fees and expenses for more than 150 hours of representation for a class of rehab facility workers who claimed they were underpaid... (more story)

Deal In Bloomberg OT Suit Passes Muster, Worker Tells Court

A former Bloomberg LP human resources employee told a New York federal court that the more than $11,000 deal she is expected to receive from the company to settle her overtime suit matches the percentage of re... (more story)

CBD Cos. Want Supreme Court Review Of RICO Decision

Two CBD companies say they plan to appeal a Second Circuit decision to revive a racketeering suit from a former commercial truck driver who alleged he lost his job after consuming products containing detectabl... (more story)

Employer Can't Get Atty Fees Despite Partial Win In Wage Suit

An employer that partially defeated an ex-employee's wage dispute may not compel the worker to pay its attorney fees, a California appeals court ruled, saying the employer could only seek recovery of fees rela... (more story)

Calif. Panel Says Shipbuilder Can't Arbitrate Wage Claims

A nonunionized worker's suit claiming he wasn't paid for time spent putting on and taking off gear should remain in court, a California state appeals court ruled, denying a shipbuilding company's request to ma... (more story)