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  • January 11, 2019

    Ex-Ford Worker's Race Discrimination Claims Shot Down

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday dismissed claims by a former Ford Motor Co. employee that he was discriminated against and endured a hostile work environment, finding that the alleged harassment against the African-American worker, including purportedly being called a monkey, wasn't "truly outrageous" and not based on race. 

  • January 11, 2019

    NLRB Extends Comment Period In Joint Employer Battle

    The National Labor Relations Board on Friday issued a surprise two-week extension of the public comment period on the board's proposal to roll back its controversial Browning-Ferris joint employer test, but the nearly 30,000 comments submitted so far make it clear there's a sharp divide between pro-business and pro-labor factions over how broad the standard should be.

  • January 11, 2019

    GrayRobinson Forms Religious Organizations Practice Group

    Florida law firm GrayRobinson PA has established a new practice group focused on representing the legal needs of religious institutions and other faith-based organizations.

  • January 11, 2019

    Ford, UAW Can't Shake Worker's Fair Representation Suit

    Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers must face claims that they mishandled a dispute with a stamping plant employee, who claims she was fired after filing multiple harassment complaints, by appointing a longtime Ford executive's sibling as an arbitrator, an Illinois judge ruled Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Ala. HS Hoops Star's Disputed Suspension Halted, For Now

    An Alabama judge on Friday issued an emergency order allowing a high school basketball player to return to the court amid nationwide criticism of the Alabama High School Athletic Association for suspending her for her senior season for cashing a check mistakenly sent by USA Basketball, even though she sent the money back. 

  • January 11, 2019

    Texas Hospital System Must Face Doc’s $19M Antitrust Suit

    A Texas federal judge refused Thursday to toss a doctor’s $19.2 million antitrust suit accusing Baptist Healthcare System Inc. of excluding him and 70 percent of pediatric anesthesiologists in the San Antonio, Texas, area from working at its hospitals.

  • January 11, 2019

    High Court Will Take Up Calif. Offshore Drilling Wage Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review a Ninth Circuit decision that California's wage-and-hour laws apply to offshore drilling workers in the Golden State, a ruling that industry claims conflicts with the Fifth Circuit's conclusion that federal law should apply to workers on the Outer Continental Shelf.

  • January 11, 2019

    'Path To Citizenship' In Sight For H-1B Holders, Trump Says

    Changes to a visa program for foreign workers with advanced U.S. educational degrees may soon include a "potential path to citizenship," President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Alphabet Board Hid Execs' Misconduct, 2nd Investor Suit Says

    Several executives from Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc., including its chief legal officer, were hit with another lawsuit from a shareholder in California state court Thursday, claiming that covered-up sexual misconduct has hurt the company’s value.

  • January 11, 2019

    Congress Greenlights Back Pay For Furloughed Fed Workers

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly agreed on a bill to give furloughed federal workers back pay after the government shutdown ends, sending the bill to President Donald Trump’s desk Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Cablevision Inks $1.4M Deal In Technicians' Wage Suit

    A $1.4 million settlement resolving claims that Cablevision Systems New York City Corp. flouted federal and state labor laws by making its field technicians work off the clock cleared its first hurdle Friday after a New York federal judge signed off on the deal.

  • January 11, 2019

    Supreme Court To Eye Title VII Exhaustion Requirements

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether federal courts can hear a workplace bias claim even if the worker making it didn't complain to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before suing, agreeing to review a Fifth Circuit ruling that revived a Texas worker's religious bias suit.

  • January 11, 2019

    Logistics Co.'s No-Hire Clause Invalid: Pa. Appeals Court

    A Pittsburgh logistics company can't enforce part of a contract that bars a shipping company from hiring its employees, in part because its business interests are already protected by another clause barring the shipper from poaching its customers, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled in a precedential opinion Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Greenberg Traurig Snags Employment Pro From Polsinelli

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has announced it has added a prominent employment attorney from Polsinelli PC with years of experience litigating class actions, making him a shareholder at its San Francisco office.

  • January 11, 2019

    Lyft Driver Cannot End Suit To Trigger Appeal, Judge Rules

    A Lyft driver fighting his status as an independent contractor will have to proceed to arbitration, rather than having his case dismissed so he can appeal to the First Circuit, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Friday in agreeing with the ride-sharing company's argument that the former path will resolve the putative class action more quickly.

  • January 11, 2019

    DOJ's Slumping FCA Hauls Cloud Future Recovery Prospects

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s ho-hum performance last year in False Claims Act litigation marked its second straight year of sagging recoveries, sparking questions about whether the DOJ can revive its glory days of blockbuster FCA hauls.

  • January 11, 2019

    11 AGs Tell NLRB Not To Narrow Joint Employment Standard

    A coalition of attorneys general from 10 states and the District of Columbia urged the National Labor Relations Board on Friday not to revert to its past definition of a "joint employer," saying the move would weaken workers' ability to organize and hold their employers accountable.

  • January 11, 2019

    Air Traffic Controllers Union Sues Feds Over Shutdown Pay

    A union representing thousands of U.S. air traffic controllers sued the federal government on Friday for forcing its members to work without pay since December, joining a number of other labor unions that have taken the Trump administration to court over the ongoing shutdown.

  • January 11, 2019

    NFL Concussion Firms Seek $3.2M From Common Fund

    Seeger Weiss LLP has asked the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the NFL concussion settlement to distribute $3.2 million from a common benefit fund to pay itself and a handful of other firms for their work on class-related matters, with Seeger Weiss itself requesting $2.7 million.

  • January 11, 2019

    Walgreens Cashier Can Sue After Settlement, 9th Circ. Says

    A Walgreens cashier’s participation in a $23 million settlement with the pharmacy chain over wage-and-hour claims doesn’t prevent her from pursuing a state court case alleging the company wrongly denied her and others suitable seating, the Ninth Circuit has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating E-Discovery In Employment Litigation: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kim Leffert

    Kim Leffert and Michael Downey of Mayer Brown LLP explain how to make the e-discovery process for employment litigation easier and more cost-effective by providing practical guidance on the key issues involved with handling electronically stored information.

  • Is A Federal Shutdown Your Next Holiday Surprise?

    J. Chris Haile

    If the federal government shuts down on Friday, the issues contractors face will vary depending on their government counterparts and individual agreements, but all should assess the likely impacts on their operations and make contingency plans, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Questions Follow 9th Circ. Solidification Of Escobar Test

    Jessica Westerman

    By declining to reconsider U.S. v. Stephens Institute, the Ninth Circuit forfeited an opportunity to outline the contours of the so-called Escobar test for claiming implied false certification liability under the False Claims Act, and to explain how it differs from the test that came before it, say attorneys at Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • EB-1 Backlogs: The New Reality

    Courtland Witherup

    If a recent U.S. Department of State prediction concerning final action dates for EB-1 visas proves true, the category will never become current this fiscal year. Such a prolonged backlog is not only unprecedented but alarming, say Courtland Witherup and Adam Rosser of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • New Reimbursement Obligations For Ill. Employers In 2019

    Christopher Hennessy

    Under an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, starting in 2019 employers in the state must meet new employee reimbursement requirements. There are a number of proactive steps companies can take now to mitigate against violations, say Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Calif.'s Top Employment Law Developments In 2018

    Mellissa Schafer

    Following an influx of new employment laws enacted in California this year, employers in the state once again have their work cut out for them when it comes to addressing and complying with new legislation that mostly takes effect at the start of 2019, says Mellissa Schafer of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • The Good News For Nonprofits On Transit Benefit Compliance

    George Constantine

    Nonprofit organizations struggling to comply with a new tax on parking and public transit benefits for their employees received three pieces of somewhat good news on Dec. 10. Attorneys at Venable LLP provide the details.

  • Opinion

    Copay Accumulator Plans Put Employers In Legal Jeopardy

    Stacey Worthy

    Health plans that prevent patients from applying any form of drug manufacturer copay assistance toward their deductible — known as copay accumulator programs — not only increase the cost of health care, but have the potential to put businesses in significant legal peril, says Stacey Worthy of Aimed Alliance.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.