Employment

  • October 24, 2007

    Skilled Labor Shortage Breeds EU Blue Card

    As part of an ongoing effort to remedy a skilled labor shortage, the European Union has unveiled a new work visa policy that will harmonize the admissions procedures for skilled workers across member states.

  • October 23, 2007

    Maternity Benefits Suit Stayed As AT&T Eyes High Ct.

    A dispute between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Lucent Technologies Inc. over how to calculate retirement benefits for women on maternity leave has been stayed in light of a similar suit possibly making its way onto the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.

  • October 25, 2007

    Toxic Tort Settlers Sue Conoco Managers Over Firings

    A group of former employees at ConocoPhillips Inc.'s Lake Charles, La. refinery has filed a purported class action accusing the company's managers of giving the boot to scores of workers who received settlement funds for participating in separate lawsuits over chemical releases at the oil giant.

  • October 24, 2007

    BP To Pay $50M Fine For Refinery Blast

    British Petroleum PLC will reportedly plead guilty and pay $50 million to resolve criminal environmental charges related to a deadly Texas City, Texas, refinery explosion, in a move viewed as the company's biggest step toward admitting liability.

  • October 25, 2007

    JPMorgan Trader Hits Co. With $3M Inducement Suit

    A former top trader at JPMorgan Chase & Co. has accused his former employer of failing to live up to promises it made in order to coax him to turn down a job offer from a rival bank.

  • October 23, 2007

    Countrywide Hit With Another Overtime Suit

    Two former home loan consultants have filed a putative collective action against Countrywide Home Loans Inc., claiming the nation’s largest mortgage lender denied overtime to a class of home loan consultants and other non-exempt salaried employees.

  • October 23, 2007

    Willis Group Settles Sex Discrimination Suit For $8.5M

    A class of 180 current and former women officers at Willis Group Holdings Ltd. has secured initial court approval for an $8.5 million settlement over charges that the insurance broker discriminated against them on the basis of gender.

  • October 23, 2007

    Morgan Stanley Settles Discrimination Suit For $23.5M

    Morgan Stanley has agreed to to pay $16 million to black and Hispanic financial advisers and to dole out an additional $7.5 million for diversity programs to settle a class action that claimed the firm overlooked minorities for advancement opportunities.

  • October 22, 2007

    At Impasse, Labor, Mgmt. Increasingly Look To Courts

    Two recent legal developments underscore what some lawyers say is an emerging trend: Disputes between labor and management are increasingly moving from the negotiating table and the picket line into the courtroom.

  • October 22, 2007

    Subcommittee Seeks Details Of OSHA's Cintas Probe

    Concerned that the March 2007 death of a worker at a Cintas Corp. facility might be a symptom of a nationwide problem, the House subcommittee on workforce protections is pressing the Occupational Safety & Health Administration for details of OSHA's investigation into safety hazards at industrial laundries.

  • October 22, 2007

    Delphi Creditors Oppose Class Action Settlements

    Five of Delphi Corp.'s creditors objected on Friday to agreements the company reached earlier this year to settle securities and employment class actions pending in a multidistrict litigation, saying the proposed settlements were unfair to senior creditors.

  • October 22, 2007

    Chrysler Deal Losing Ground, Needs Worker Approval

    A deal reached just hours after a nationwide walkout at 48 Chrysler plants teetered on the brink of a breakdown on Monday, after workers at four of eight local United Automobile Workers unions reportedly voted against it.

  • October 23, 2007

    Appeals Court: Calling Police Not Grounds For Firing

    An appeals court has reversed a lower court's summary judgment in favor of Florida A&M University in a case brought by a former academic adviser who claimed he was fired after rejecting a female supervisor's sexual advances, ruling that there are issues of material fact in dispute that must be resolved by a jury.

  • October 22, 2007

    Judge Reverses Ruling In Continental Pilot Case

    A federal judge has overturned an arbitration award that reinstated a Continental Airlines Inc. pilot who was fired after refusing to submit to a random blood-alcohol test.

  • October 22, 2007

    Orrick Catches Two Heller Ehrman Stars

    Two former Heller Ehrman labor and employment attorneys have jumped ship to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in a bid to boost the firm’s global team of lawyers handling high-value matters and class actions.

  • October 23, 2007

    Q&A With Debevoise & Plimpton's Mary Beth Hogan

    As our society continues to struggle with the opposing forces of secularity and religiosity, employment cases involving religious observance will become even more of a trend, says Debevoise & Plimpton's Mary Beth Hogan in our series of chats with high-profile employment lawyers.

  • October 24, 2007

    Q&A With Littler Mendelson's Scott McDonald

    Non-compete and unfair competition claims will increase in tandem with skill shortages, says Littler Mendelson's Scott McDonald in our series of chats with high-profile employment attorneys.

  • October 22, 2007

    Ex-Weil Gotshal Employee Denied New Trial

    A district court judge has refused to give a former Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP employee a second shot at recouping damages for the emotional pain she claims to have suffered after being harassed and fired from the firm.

  • October 19, 2007

    Professors Say Law School Ousted Them In Retaliation

    Three law professors have lobbed a whistleblower lawsuit against the young Ave Maria School of Law, claiming that they were suspended and banned from campus after they put up a fight against the board of governors' plans to move the school from Michigan to Florida.

  • October 19, 2007

    Union Targets USPS' Use Of "Casual" Workers

    A local branch of the National Postal Mail Handlers union has fired back at the United States Postal Service, seeking to force the post office to comply with an earlier arbitration ruling concerning the use of full-time versus "casual" employees.