Employment

  • April 20, 2018

    4 Tips To Help Employers Fight Unconscious Bias

    Starbucks’ plan to hold training addressing implicit bias after the arrests of two black men at one of its Philadelphia stores stoked widespread outrage underscores how unconscious prejudice on the part of employees can have disastrous consequences. Here, experts share four tips for scrubbing implicit bias from the workplace.

  • April 20, 2018

    Auto Parts Chain Must Face Store Manager's ADA Suit

    O’Reilly Auto Parts cannot exit a former store manager’s suit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation after the store failed to accommodate his need for a reduced work schedule due to mental health issues, with a Maine federal judge finding Thursday that there is a genuine question as to whether he faced discrimination.

  • April 20, 2018

    NHL Teams, Insurers Renew Bid To Nix Head Injury Suit

    The New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues hockey teams and their insurance companies renewed their calls for a Minnesota federal court to dismiss concussion claims from former NHL “enforcer” Michael Peluso on Thursday, two months after both sides asked to put the case on hold.

  • April 20, 2018

    Food Co., Nurse Must Face Suit Over Worker’s Death

    A Kansas appeals court Friday reinstated a woman's lawsuit against her late husband's employer after the food processing company's nurse diagnosed him with acid reflux shortly before he suffered a fatal heart attack, with the panel finding that the state’s ever-evolving workers' compensation law no longer applies.   

  • April 20, 2018

    Jackson Lewis Nabs Kaufman Dolowich Litigator In SF

    Jackson Lewis PC has announced its hiring of a former Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP employment lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience as a litigator, saying she has joined the firm's San Francisco office as a principal.

  • April 20, 2018

    Models, Management Cos. Spar In NY Over Wage Suit

    A New York judge on Friday put tough questions to a fashion model who seeks to lead a class action over low pay by three management firms, telling her that her claims may be too vague but also telling the defendants that the suit may make it to discovery.

  • April 20, 2018

    Whistleblower Claim Window Would Quadruple In Pa. Bill

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would quadruple the window for claims brought under the state’s whistleblower law and allow for punitive damage awards to workers.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOJ, Texas Co. Settle Immigration Status Discrimination Row

    Texas-based information technology consulting and staffing services company Themesoft Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled claims that the company violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against workers on the basis of their citizenship status.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dean Foods Wants $45M Disgorged By Gambler Billy Walters

    Dairy company Dean Foods Co. wants the disgorgement of nearly $45 million in profits it says prominent gambler Billy Walters earned in an insider trading scheme with the company’s former chair, Tom Davis, from whom Dean is also seeking millions in damages in a Texas state court suit.

  • April 20, 2018

    Senate Dems Press For Info On Koch Ties To Trump Policies

    Senate Democrats have demanded information from President Donald Trump and several federal agencies including the EPA and the U.S. Department of Labor concerning the alleged “sweeping infiltration” of the current administration by the Koch brothers and their affiliates, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., announced Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Will High Court Ever End Circuit Split Over FCA Pleading?

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest refusal to tackle the enduring and highly consequential circuit split over how precisely False Claims Act suits must be pled has left lawyers wondering whether justices will wade into the legal morass anytime soon.

  • April 20, 2018

    Dentons Under Scrutiny After UK Maternity Leave Spat

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is looking into the conduct of some Dentons UKMEA LLP human resources managers that came to light during a gender discrimination dispute last year, a spokesperson for the U.K. legal regulatory body confirmed on Friday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Puerto Rico Fed Board Approves Pension-Cutting Fiscal Plan

    The federal panel empowered to restructure Puerto Rico's debts and shore up its finances certified six-year fiscal plans for the island on Thursday, bucking the resistance by the territory’s government to pension reform and other austerity measures in an effort to fix the island’s debt crisis and instill investor confidence.

  • April 19, 2018

    NCAA Says 'Spiritual Coercion' Case Backs Wage Suit Denial

    The NCAA on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to look at a recent decision denying a wage suit over a televangelist whose followers were allegedly coerced into volunteering for his church’s for-profit restaurant, citing it as further reason not to revive a proposed wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California football player.

  • April 19, 2018

    AMC Can Update Bid To Kill Ex-'Walking Dead' Exec's Suit

    A New York court ruled Thursday that entertainment giant AMC could add to its arguments to defeat a $280 million suit brought by former "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont and others over royalties from the smash hit program.

  • April 19, 2018

    Liberty Mutual Hits Ex-Sales Lead With Trade Secrets Suit

    Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. sued a former lead sales rep in an upstate New York office for allegedly taking customers to a competitor, according to court papers filed Thursday in federal court.

  • April 19, 2018

    Uber Ducks Lyft Driver's 2nd Attempt At Spying Class Action

    A Lyft driver accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of illegally tracking drivers bungled his second shot at proving the ride-hailing giant violated wiretapping and privacy laws, a California federal judge said Wednesday in dismissing the bulk of the amended suit, finding he had done little to fix the deficiencies in his original claims.

  • April 19, 2018

    Honda Dealer Dodges Bias Suit As Judge Scolds Attys

    The new proprietor of a Honda dealership won’t have to face racial discrimination claims from a worker employed by the dealer’s previous management since he didn’t prove an employment relationship with the new ownership, a Maryland federal judge ruled Thursday, also chiding the parties’ counsel for bad behavior.

  • April 19, 2018

    Texas Atty Gets 10 Years For $26M Workers' Comp Fraud

    A Dallas-area attorney was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday following his admission to a scam under which he fraudulently obtained more than $26 million from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs.

  • April 19, 2018

    High Court's Whistleblower Ruling Kills Ex-UBS Exec's Claim

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday trimmed a claim from a fired UBS Financial Services Inc. executive’s whistleblower suit following a U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that Dodd-Frank Act protections only extend to those who report alleged wrongdoing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Know About NY Workplace Harassment Legislation

    Laura Sack

    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 Tax Rules For Termination Payments In UK

    Justin Tarka

    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.

  • GDPR And HR: 8 Steps To Compliance For US Companies

    Sam Rayner

    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.

  • NFL Cheerleader's Title VII Claim May Face Legal Hurdles

    David Lisko

    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.

  • Anatomy Of An FLSA Collective Action Conditional Cert.

    Frederick Warren

    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.

  • Why Bankruptcy Lawyer's Trade Secret Cases Failed

    James Morsch

    Peter Francis Geraci — owner of a large consumer bankruptcy firm based in Chicago — recently lost two trade secret cases, illustrating just how difficult it can be to win a lawsuit for misappropriation against individuals employed by a rival, says James Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

  • Navigating The Circuit Split Over Reasonable ADA Leave

    Allison Oasis Kahn

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied the petition for certiorari in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, where the Seventh Circuit put significant restrictions on the length of leave considered reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Given the inconsistent approaches among various courts, employers may find it challenging to create and follow best practices, says Allison Oasis Kahn of Carlton Fields.

  • 4 Nettlesome Issues For Private Equity Management

    Benjamin Ferrucci

    Tax reform's modification of the carried interest rules received a lot of attention. However, reform did little else to alter the private equity landscape, and private equity portfolio managers still must address four particularly troublesome compensation issues, says Benjamin Ferrucci, a partner at Locke Lord LLP in Boston.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.