More Employment Coverage

  • June 17, 2022

    McMahon Steps Back From WWE Amid Misconduct Probe

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. founder and CEO Vince McMahon has stepped down while outside lawyers investigate misconduct allegations against him and a fellow executive, the company announced Friday.

  • June 16, 2022

    Steptoe & Johnson Hires ERISA Pro Away From Winstead

    Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is continuing its rapid expansion in Texas with the recent hiring in Dallas of a former Winstead PC shareholder specializing in advising clients on employee benefit plans.

  • June 16, 2022

    Partner's Estate Seeks $1M In Pay Suit Against NJ Firm

    The estate of a deceased partner of now-defunct Hack Piro PA has called on a New Jersey state court to award it about $1 million in a suit against the firm and two former partners over claims they breached a compensation agreement.

  • June 16, 2022

    Pa. Workers Get Full Benefits For Year Cut Short By Sale

    Former union employees at the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, must be paid for unused vacation and sick days that disappeared when the company was sold to Pennsylvania American Water, terminating their contract two weeks before their benefits vested, a state appeals court ruled.

  • June 16, 2022

    AIG Unit Says No Coverage For Pet Store's BIPA Suit

    An AIG unit told a Michigan federal court it doesn't owe coverage to a pet supply store for a putative class action accusing the company of violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, saying the claims are not covered under a commercial general liability policy.

  • June 15, 2022

    5th Circ. Says COVID Doesn't Exempt Cos. From WARN Notice

    The COVID-19 pandemic is not a "natural disaster" that employers can use as an exception to a federal law requiring businesses to give workers advance notice of mass layoffs, the Fifth Circuit determined Wednesday, in what may be the first such ruling by a federal appellate court.

  • June 15, 2022

    DaVita Must Return Rather Than Destroy No-Poach Docs

    A Colorado federal judge on Wednesday ordered DaVita to return rather than destroy confidential documents produced by the U.S. Department of Justice in its failed criminal no-poach case against the dialysis giant, giving a minor win to follow-on civil plaintiffs who hoped the documents would be preserved for possible use in their litigation.

  • June 15, 2022

    Zuora Says Ex-VP Can't Have Co.'s Secrets And His Fees Too

    A departing executive's final two weeks at Zuora Inc. became the focus of his advancement suit in the Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday, with the cloud-subscription company arguing it had told him not to work and that he had used that time to steal confidential data, putting him on the hook for his own legal fees.

  • June 15, 2022

    Insurer Won't Defend Pet Supplies Chain In BIPA Violation Suit

    An Illinois insurer said it shouldn't have to defend a pet supplies retail chain in an ex-employee's proposed privacy class action, telling a Michigan federal court Wednesday that the claims are either not covered or explicitly excluded in the company's insurance policy.

  • June 15, 2022

    6th Circ. Upends Ex-CEO's Victory In Severance Suit

    The Sixth Circuit gave an auto parts manufacturer a chance to redeem itself after a trial court loss to a former CEO who sued the company for withholding his severance, saying the district court misapplied Wisconsin law when it limited the evidence PendaForm Co. could use.

  • June 15, 2022

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-FBI Agent's Retaliatory Firing Claim

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a former FBI agent's claim he was fired for being a whistleblower, saying the U.S. Congress hadn't provided the courts any avenue to review security-clearance decisions.

  • June 15, 2022

    Property Damage Firm Says Ex-Consultant Stole Data 'Library'

    Young & Associates, a national property damage consulting company, sued one of its former consultants and his new rival business in Georgia federal court on Tuesday, alleging the consultant stole confidential files and misappropriated trade secrets in order to make his company more competitive at launch.

  • June 15, 2022

    NJ Worker Says UFCW Health Fund Must Cover Wife's Surgery

    A union-represented employee of the Northeast grocery store chain Acme Markets sued the health care fund run by his United Food and Commercial Workers local in New Jersey federal court, saying an improper denial of coverage saddled his family with over half a million dollars in medical bills.

  • June 15, 2022

    Vaughan Baio Brings On Trio In NJ, NY

    Philadelphia-based firm Vaughan Baio & Partners is continuing its expansion in New Jersey and New York with two new partners and an associate whose additions follow the hiring of four attorneys in those states last month.

  • June 15, 2022

    Judge Trims CEO's Bonus Pay At His Last Purdue Hearing

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday wound down more than two and a half years presiding over Purdue Pharma LP's contentious Chapter 11 with a ruling approving a trimmed-down incentive payment package for the opioid maker's CEO.

  • June 15, 2022

    Venable Adds Partner To NY Labor And Employment Practice

    Venable LLP added a partner in the labor and employment practice group in New York who said the firm's vibrant and growth-oriented environment pushed him to make the move.

  • June 15, 2022

    Bar Is On Its Own In Workers' Comp Coverage Suit, ADP Says

    ADP and its insurance agency affiliate aren't liable to a New Orleans bar seeking coverage for a workers' compensation claim, they told a Louisiana federal judge, saying the bar "has no one to blame but itself" for allowing its policy to lapse by not paying premiums.

  • June 15, 2022

    Companies Face Uphill Battle For Pandemic Layoff Coverage

    Businesses facing putative class actions over workforce reductions spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic are unlikely to obtain insurance coverage for the suits, legal experts say, pointing out that exclusions in general liability, directors and officers and employers' liability policies could relieve carriers of their obligations. 

  • June 14, 2022

    Coinbase Legal Chief Backs Layoffs As 'Prudent Decision'

    Shortly after Coinbase's CEO announced a decision to lay off about 1,100 employees, the company's Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal said Tuesday it was a "tough but prudent decision to ensure that Coinbase will emerge from this down cycle as a stronger company."

  • June 14, 2022

    Texas Court Orders New Trial In $2.2M Offshore Injury Dispute

    A Texas appellate court on Tuesday determined that a new trial is needed in a personal injury dispute that had resulted in a $2.2 million jury verdict in favor of an injured mechanic because of an error in the jury charge.

  • June 14, 2022

    Hirschler Snags Employee Benefits And Exec Comp. Partner

    Hirschler said it added a benefits and executive compensation partner to its Richmond office from another Virginia-based law firm, Vandeventer Black LLP.

  • June 14, 2022

    Houston Firm To Pay Former Lawyer $2.8M

    An arbitrator ordered Williams Hart Boundas Easterby LLP to pay a former lawyer at the firm $2.8 million in a dispute over a payout from his capital account when he left the firm, the parties told a Harris County District Court.

  • June 14, 2022

    Truck Broker Asks 11th Circ. To End Widow's Negligence Suit

    A freight broker has asked the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a Georgia federal court's finding that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act preempts a widow's claim that it negligently selected, hired and retained a truck driver who caused her late husband's fatal crash.

  • June 14, 2022

    Weiss Serota Picks Up Education Boutique In North Fla.

    South Florida-based firm Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman has acquired a Florida education law boutique, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 13, 2022

    6th Circ. Denies Bank Exec's Bid To Review FDIC Penalties

    A split Sixth Circuit panel has denied a petition for review from the former CEO of Northwestern Bank over the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. removing him from his position, with the majority rejecting his argument that he didn't get a proper hearing.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 FCA Settlements Highlight Gov't Cyber Liability Focus

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    Recent False Claims Act settlements with Comprehensive Health Care Services and Aerojet Rocketyne illustrate government contractors' growing cybersecurity liability, and underscore how important it is for companies to comply with new incident reporting regulations and live up to standing contractual obligations, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • After High Court Ruling, Arbitration May Lose Its Luster

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Morgan v. Sundance, holding that prejudice is not required to waive a party’s right to arbitration, could make arbitration less desirable for defendants, compelling employers to opt for the predictability, safety and cost-effectiveness of the courts, say attorneys Richard Faulkner and Philip Loree.

  • Tips For Employers Preparing For Del. Family Leave Law

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    The recently passed Healthy Delaware Families Act guarantees paid parental, medical and military leave for private sector workers, so employers should take steps to prepare before the law takes effect in 2026, like identifying covered employees and training management, say Michael Truncellito and Monica Simmons at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • How To Protect Health Care Trade Secrets With Covenants

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    Post-employment restrictive covenants such as noncompetes are an effective way for health companies to protect confidential information and trade secrets, but employers must be cognizant of the rapidly changing state laws governing the enforceability of such agreements, say Erik Weibust and Katherine Rigby at Epstein Becker.

  • Lateral Candidate Screening Steps To Prevent Bad Behavior

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    Bullying and harassment are among the root causes of stress, anxiety and substance abuse in the legal profession, so law firms should take four actions to effectively screen lateral candidates and ensure they are not recruiting individuals who could jeopardize the well-being of their people, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • Preventing Workplace Violence Is Not Just For The Oscars

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    Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars holds important legal lessons for companies seeking to maintain a safe workplace and mitigate liability risk as occupational violence continues to rise, say Sarah Sawyer and Russell Berger at Offit Kurman.

  • A Look At The Legal Profession Since Murder Of George Floyd

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    Little has changed for Black attorneys since law firms promised to combat discrimination within the profession following George Floyd's murder, but on this second anniversary of his death, law firms can recommit by adopting specific strategies that set their Black lawyers up for success, say Lisa Davis and Khasim Lockhart at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Guides On Noncompete Agreement Timing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Rouses Enterprises v. Clapp, holding that an employment relationship must be official before an employee is required to sign a noncompete agreement, highlights employer best practices for drafting and executing restrictive covenants that are enforceable under varying state laws, says Andrew Albritton at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • NY Ruling Correctly Deems Legal Finance Docs Irrelevant

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    A New York appeals court's recent decision in Worldview Entertainment v. Woodrow joins a growing trend of decisions denying discovery of litigation funding documents, highlighting that commercial legal finance should be treated just like any other financing in commercial litigation, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Addressing Low Response Rates In Expert Surveys

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    While expert witnesses are receiving dwindling responses to the surveys they conduct to gauge public beliefs and attitudes, recent cases show that a low response rate need not make a survey inadmissible in court, say Kristen Backor and Yamimi Jena at Charles River Associates, and Brandon Duke at Winston & Strawn.

  • 10 Tips For An Effective BYOD And Remote Access Policy

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    Jason Pill at Phelps Dunbar lays out considerations for employee bring-your-own-device and remote access policies, particularly as remote work becomes more common and in light of new standards set by the recently passed Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act.

  • Worker Migration Calls For Fla., NY Employment Law Review

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    Newly remote employees who left New York for Florida during the pandemic should consider the applicable state noncompete laws, because restrictive covenants in employment agreements can seriously affect an employee's post-termination options, say Yaniv Adar and Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Employer Travel Benefits Options For Abortion Care Post-Roe

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    Given the likelihood that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, and with the proliferation of state legislation restricting abortion access, employers may want to consider the legal implications of several options to expand travel reimbursement benefits for employees who seek abortion services, say Danita Merlau and Ben Conley at Seyfarth.

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