A recent lawsuit against Morrison & Foerster alleging discrimination against women who have children illuminates a question looming over the legal industry: Are law firms truly welcoming to mothers, or are their parental leave policies merely lip service?
The U.S. tax overhaul scrapped employer deductions for the cost of business-related entertainment but kept a partial deduction for meals, prompting practitioners at a tax conference hosted Saturday by the American Bar Association in Washington to ponder when, exactly, a meal might become entertainment.
A recent lawsuit accusing Morrison & Foerster LLP of giving pregnant women and working mothers short shrift on pay and promotions showed that even the most sophisticated employers can get tripped up by parental leave issues. Whether you're a high-powered law firm or a smaller business, here are five tips for creating parental leave policies that can help keep you out of hot water.
Two federal employee unions have urged the D.C. Circuit to revive multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions stemming from a headline-grabbing data breach, saying the case should “unquestionably” go forward despite a ruling the breach was not enough to establish standing.
Axis Reinsurance Co. on Thursday urged the First Circuit to uphold a Massachusetts federal judge’s ruling that it doesn’t have to cover BioChemics Inc.’s costs to defend against U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenas and an enforcement action, saying the lower court properly found the claim predated the insurer’s policy.
The Ninth Circuit affirmed a federal jury's finding for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. in an action alleging a failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act, rejecting a worker's argument in a published opinion Friday that he should have only had to identify a potential accommodation.
Glassdoor Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday to dismiss a suit brought by a craft beer retail company over negative comments posted on the website, which allows workers to review their jobs, saying they are immune under federal communications law.
The University of California Board of Regents won a quick toss of a former University of California, Berkeley administrator's retaliation and sexual harassment claims against the school’s former vice chancellor for research, after a California federal judge ruled Friday that the allegations were time-barred.
An Irish consulting company has accused a German medical device manufacturer in New Jersey federal court of shorting it nearly $2 million by terminating its contract without proper notice and hiring many of the individual consultants without paying the agreed upon employee conversion fee.
A California judge on Friday said he’d preliminarily approve Google’s $875,000 deal to end class claims alleging hundreds of security guards and other employees were shorted on overtime and breaks, after the parties agreed to make it easier for workers to object to the settlement.
A former employee of the casino company Harrah’s told a North Carolina federal court Friday that a magistrate judge got it flat wrong when he recommended that a proposed class action over wages be dismissed because a tribal entity couldn’t be joined, arguing that the entity wasn’t relevant.
An Alabama federal judge on Thursday nixed oilfield services firm Core Laboratories Inc.'s claims that rival AmSpec LLC stole trade secrets by poaching several former Core affiliate employees, a day after refusing to hand AmSpec a quick win on its allegations that Core Laboratories did some poaching of its own.
A California federal judge ruled Friday that Walmart had violated the California Labor Code by not including start and end dates on certain pay statements or hourly rate information for overtime wages, siding with an employee who requested summary judgment on his Private Attorneys General Act claim in a class action suit.
A New York state judge on Friday said the co-founder of an artisan distillery may ask a jury for up to $11 million in damages after he was allegedly set up and then ousted from a state-of-the-art company that was once hailed as the next big thing in spirits.
The en banc Eight Circuit on Friday reversed a panel decision reviving a former UPS Inc. worker's Americans with Disabilities Act allegations that the company unfairly denied him a less strenuous job after he suffered an injury that his doctor said limited him to eight-hour shifts, saying the job he claims he was denied exceeded that limit.
The DC Circuit has dampened the hopes of a group of airline unions, ruling Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation had no reason to deny a foreign air carrier permit to a Norwegian Air subsidiary.
Former National Hockey League "enforcer" Michael Peluso on Thursday asked a Minnesota federal court for permission to file an amended complaint in his concussion suit against his former teams, saying he has new evidence the teams knew he did have a brain injury and not just a risk of one.
A California federal judge on Friday tentatively dismissed a significant portion of a derivative suit claiming the Bank of Internet’s board of directors engaged in multiple schemes that led to a steep stock drop when they were revealed, saying most of the claims rely on the outcome of a pending whistleblower suit and are thus “unripe.”
The University of California, San Diego will pay a penalty for discriminating against work-authorized immigrant employees as part of a settlement signed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Garfunkel Wild PC, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Dechert LLP, K&L Gates LLP and Polsinelli PC are among the latest firms to have grown their health and life sciences abilities.
The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in T-Mobile v. National Labor Relations Board reminds employers there is no selective negotiation during union status challenges, likely incentivizing them to withdraw recognition, and suggesting changes to the board’s blocking charge policy, say Kevin Brown and Hollis Peterson of Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.
Massachusetts' attorney general recently issued helpful guidance on the state's new Equal Pay Act, including some safe harbor defenses against this strict liability law. But to enjoy full protection, employers need to act soon, as the law goes into effect on July 1, says Sonia Macias Steele of Goulston & Storrs PC.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.
In the wake of national media coverage of sexual harassment claims and the #MeToo movement, New York state and New York City lawmakers have proposed legislation placing more obligations on employers to address sexual harassment in the workplace and to restrict mechanisms for resolving claims of sexual harassment, say attorneys with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
New rules aim to simplify the taxation of termination payments and mean that income tax and national insurance contributions must now be paid on all payments which relate to the notice period, says Justin Tarka of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
American organizations with a European workforce, or presence, should not assume that they can ignore the General Data Protection Regulation in favor of a self-regulatory approach to employee privacy, as is often favored across the U.S., say Sam Rayner and Tom Mintern of Bird & Bird LLP.
A recent gender discrimination claim made by a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints football team is the first (at least in the modern era) brought under Title VII by an NFL cheerleader and raises a number of unique issues and legal challenges, say David Lisko and Paul Punzone of Holland & Knight LLP.
A New York federal court recently granted a conditional certification of the Fair Labor Standards Act collective action claims in Julian v. Metropolitan Life Insurance. The case is being litigated hard and well by experienced FLSA counsel on both sides. As such, it is a useful vehicle to analyze cases of this nature and some of the issues that arise, says Frederick Warren of FordHarrison LLP.