Employment

  • February 25, 2009

    Supreme Court Hears Immigrant ID Theft Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case of an illegal immigrant appealing his conviction of aggravated identify theft for presenting his employer with forged Social Security and permanent resident cards.

  • February 25, 2009

    10th Circ. Reinstates Nacchio Conviction

    The insider trading conviction of former Qwest Communications International Inc. executive Joseph Nacchio has been reinstated by a federal appeals court, clearing the way for Nacchio to begin serving a six-year prison sentence.

  • February 25, 2009

    Workers' Suit Against Dallas Transit, DOL Dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a case brought against the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority and the U.S. Department of Labor by more than 400 plaintiffs who said DART breached the employee protective arrangements of its contracts with the Federal Transit Administration for grant money.

  • February 24, 2009

    High Court Upholds Ban On Union Payroll Deductions

    The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an Idaho state law that blocks school districts and local government employers from deducting a portion of union members’ paychecks to fund union political efforts, reversing a lower court's ruling that the law violates the unions' right to free speech.

  • February 24, 2009

    Bimbo Bakeries Drivers Seek Class Cert. In OT Suit

    A group of former and current Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. drivers in California has asked a federal court to certify a class alleging the bakery giant did not comply with the state’s meal and rest break laws.

  • February 24, 2009

    6th Circ. Revives Unlawful Firing Suit V. Court, Judge

    A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a case brought by three former employees of a Michigan state trial court who claim their constitutional rights were violated when they were fired after being caught up in a power struggle between two judges.

  • February 24, 2009

    Conductors Union Suit V. CSX Sent To Arbitration

    A federal judge has ordered CSX Transportation Inc. and a union representing its conductors to enter arbitration in a dispute over how temporary vacancies are filled when freight train conductors are unavailable to carry out their regular assignments.

  • February 24, 2009

    Caesars Settles Sex, Age Bias Suit Over Hiring Plan

    Caesars Atlantic City, a Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. hotel and casino, has reached a settlement with a group of mostly male bartenders who claimed that the casino’s hiring practices for its Toga Bar discriminated against them.

  • February 24, 2009

    3rd Circ. Upholds OSHA Chromium Limit

    A federal appeals court has mostly upheld a rule governing hexavalent chromium in the workplace, coming down against petitioners that argued the rule was too lax and against an electric utility trade group that contended the regulation applied to too many employees.

  • February 24, 2009

    Logger Overtime Suit Certified As Collective Action

    A suit brought by a logger who says he routinely worked from about 5 a.m. until after 6 p.m. without being paid a premium rate for overtime hours has won collective action certification, and an attorney for the logger says he predicts more logging-industry overtime suits in the next year.

  • February 24, 2009

    D&O Insurance Rates Spike For Financial Firms

    Caught in the eye of the economic storm, U.S. financial services companies now are also paying the highest premiums for liability insurance that covers their directors and officers, a forthcoming survey shows.

  • February 23, 2009

    Class Status Nixed In FLSA Case V. Erie Indemnity

    A judge has refused to give conditional class certification in a lawsuit brought by a claims adjuster who alleges that he and his peers were not properly paid overtime while working for Erie Indemnity Co.

  • February 23, 2009

    Greenberg Traurig Scores Veteran Labor Litigator

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has snagged shareholder Michael D. Karpeles from Goldberg Kohn to serve as the chair of its Chicago labor and employment department.

  • February 23, 2009

    House Ups EEOC Budget By $15M, NLRB By $6M

    With the Obama administration thought to be placing more of an emphasis on enforcing the rights of workers, the House Appropriations Committee proposed nearly $344 million for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as almost $262.6 million for the National Labor Relations Board, as part of an omnibus funding bill.

  • February 23, 2009

    Sales Rep Class OK'd In OT Suit V. Time Share Co.

    A judge has conditionally certified a class of commission-only sales representatives who have accused their employer, vacation time share vendor Bluegreen Corp., of willfully misclassifying them as exempt from federal law governing overtime wages.

  • February 23, 2009

    Cuomo Pushes For More Answers On Merrill Bonuses

    New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is seeking to force former Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. chief executive John Thain to provide more detailed answers to questions about bonus awards made just before the investment bank merged with Bank of America Corp.

  • February 23, 2009

    High Court To Review Union Pacific Arbitration Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal that will address the question of whether courts can set aside decisions by the National Railroad Adjustment Board for violations of due process.

  • February 23, 2009

    Staples Ordered To Pay $2.5M In FLSA Suit

    Staples Inc. is considering an appeal after a jury ordered the company to cough up $2.5 million in damages, finding in favor of 343 plaintiffs who claimed the company misclassified them as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and failed to pay them the required premium rate for overtime hours.

  • February 23, 2009

    Wal-Mart, Drivers Settle Race Bias Suit For $17.5M

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will fork out $17.5 million to settle a class action alleging the retail giant discriminated against black candidates when recruiting truck drivers.

  • February 23, 2009

    Calif. Court Kills $31M Malpractice Award V. Seyfarth

    A California appeals court has overturned a jury verdict and trial court ruling awarding Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks more than $31 million in damages and fees from Seyfarth Shaw LLP and one of its attorneys on legal malpractice claims, remanding the case after finding that the trial court committed two prejudicial errors.