Employment

  • February 8, 2018

    Bankrupt Cumulus Gets OK To Pay Employee Bonuses

    Hundreds of employees of bankrupt radio giant Cumulus Media Inc. will see 2017 incentive bonuses paid out after a New York bankruptcy judge approved four bonus programs on Thursday.

  • February 8, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Costco’s $1.5M Wage Deal With Workers Nears OK

    A $1.5 million settlement with Costco to resolve wage-and-hour claims from part-time special events workers inched toward approval on Thursday, when a California judge said he intends to give an initial OK to the deal after changes are made to the class notice.

  • February 8, 2018

    Blurry BigLaw Definition Of 'Partner' Fuels Gender Bias Suits

    BigLaw’s embrace in recent decades of a top-down management style and ever-looser definitions of what constitutes a true “partner” have emerged as key questions in a handful of pay and gender discrimination cases brought by female lawyers, and the answer could decide the scope of such suits and whether they end up in arbitration.

  • February 8, 2018

    Fox News Slams Ex-Host's New Cyberstalking Complaint

    Fox News hit back Wednesday at a former host who says the network cyberstalked her after she complained about sexual harassment, saying accusations added in a new complaint she filed last week don’t support her legal claims.

  • February 8, 2018

    1st Circ. OKs Explaining Bias Suit Burden-Shifting To Jury

    The First Circuit on Wednesday denied a new trial to a former Rhode Island municipal social worker who alleged she was fired because of a disability, rejecting her argument that the district judge confused the jury by instructing them on the federal courts’ burden-shifting framework for proving bias claims.

  • February 8, 2018

    Ill. Women’s Clinic Hit With OT, Retaliation Suit

    The Women’s Health Institute of Illinois got slapped with a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Wednesday by a woman who claims the company is not paying its employees proper overtime wages and fired her in retaliation for requesting a medical leave of absence.

  • February 8, 2018

    Pa. Judge Wants Sexual Misconduct Complaint Axed

    A Pennsylvania state judge is pushing for dismissal of a lawsuit that alleges he used his position to coerce a female probation officer into carrying out a sexual affair and that she ultimately faced discrimination and retaliatory conduct after she ended the relationship.

  • February 8, 2018

    Ogletree Deakins Adds 2 Attys From Putney Twombly

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has announced it has expanded its presence in New York City with the addition of two new shareholders, both of whom have come over from Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP.

  • February 7, 2018

    Google Co-Founder Mentor Then Rival, Ex-Uber CEO Testifies

    Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told a California federal jury on Wednesday that he’d considered Alphabet Inc. CEO Larry Page a mentor before he heard Google was planning to jump into the ride-hailing business, recounting a professional rivalry in Alphabet unit Waymo’s trade secrets case against the company he co-founded.

  • February 7, 2018

    Firms At Odds Over $22.5M In Fox News Settlement Fees

    A rare public fight has broken out among co-counsel as attorneys for Fox News shareholders traded blows over $22.5 million in proposed attorneys’ fees, their cut of a $90 million settlement to end Delaware Chancery claims triggered by the network’s workplace harassment saga.

  • February 7, 2018

    Judge Caps Escobar FCA Claims, Tells Attys 'Get On With It'

    A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday trimmed a False Claims Act lawsuit against Universal Health Services Inc. and ordered "full steam ahead" on the case that was bogged down in appellate disputes for years.

  • February 7, 2018

    Uber Deal Over Workers' Comp Class Action Hits Speed Bump

    A California judge on Wednesday refused to preliminarily approve Uber's settlement that would provide drivers with occupational accident insurance in exchange for ending putative class claims that the ride-hailing company improperly denied them workers’ compensation, saying the contract terms between the drivers and the insurance company are unclear.

  • February 7, 2018

    Muslim Engineer Can't Prove Sikorsky Fired Him For His Faith

    A Connecticut federal judge on Tuesday axed a former Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. engineer’s suit alleging he was laid off due to his Muslim faith, Balkan heritage and dark complexion, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to show he was treated differently than his colleagues.

  • February 7, 2018

    10th Circ. Clears Denver Fire Department In ADA Suit

    A Tenth Circuit panel on Wednesday backed a lower court’s decision giving a quick win to the Denver Fire Department in a firefighter’s suit claiming a supervisor violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by inappropriately divulging he had post-traumatic stress disorder after serving as a Marine in Iraq.

  • February 7, 2018

    HP Workers Can Fight Arbitration Together In Age Bias Row

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected HP Inc.’s bid to make a group of laid-off workers alleging age discrimination fight arbitration clauses in their severance agreements individually rather than together, saying a class waiver provision in their deals doesn’t apply because they don’t comprise a class.

  • February 7, 2018

    Bankrupt Solar Panel Installer Hit With WARN Suit

    A pair of ex-employees of bankrupt solar panel installer Level Solar Inc. on Wednesday took their claims that the company laid off them and hundreds of other workers without notice to New York bankruptcy court, filing an adversary claim alleging the company broke state labor law.

  • February 7, 2018

    Allianz Retirement Fund Plan, Holders Strike $12M Deal

    Allianz Asset Management has agreed to pay $12 million to settle allegations the company imprudently managed its workers’ retirement funds by keeping everything in the Allianz family of funds without considering alternatives, according to a deal signed by a California federal judge Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2018

    Macaroni Grill Plan Confirmed Over WARN Class Objection

    The Chapter 11 plan of bankrupt restaurant chain Romano's Macaroni Grill received court approval Wednesday in Delaware after a judge overruled the objections of a proposed class of terminated employees who said the plan wasn't feasible.

  • February 7, 2018

    Mass. Gaming Regulator Says Wynn's Exit Won't Halt Probe

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Wednesday it will “aggressively” continue investigating why a $7.5 million settlement paid to a Wynn Resorts employee alleging Steve Wynn forced her to have sex was not divulged when a subsidiary sought a license for a $2.4 billion casino resort, regardless of the founder's resignation.

  • February 7, 2018

    Dems Say NLRB Member Likely Violated Ethics Rules

    Congressional Democrats have asked National Labor Relations Board member Bill Emanuel to explain his participation in Browning-Ferris Industries Inc.’s closely watched appeal of the board’s joint employer standard, saying he likely violated an ethics pledge since his former firm Littler Mendelson PC represented BFI’s contractor.

Expert Analysis

  • Back To The Future For The NLRB

    Stephen Roppolo

    The National Labor Relations Board recently overturned several fairly short-lived, Obama-era precedents during the last week of outgoing Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s tenure. Of those decisions, two in particular stood out: Specialty Healthcare and DuPont, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.

  • Preparing For Potential Cuts To Certain H-1B Extensions

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be considering new measures that would potentially reduce or eliminate specific H-1B extensions granted under the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act of 2000. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP offer guidelines to assist employers in advising their workforce about the potential impact if DHS does take action.

  • Employers Must Note Major Tax Law Changes For 2018

    Peter Salomon

    The recently signed tax reform law will affect nearly every aspect of the American economy, and includes several changes to employee benefits and compensation arrangements. Employers must thoroughly review the law's updates to the tax treatment of stock options, compensation of top executives, retirement plan loans, IRA conversions and other activities, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.

  • NJ Bill Could Make Resolving Employment Disputes Tougher

    Maxine Neuhauser

    Legislation recently introduced in New Jersey would effectively prohibit prospective arbitration agreements and jury trial waivers with respect to employment discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims. Although less than two pages long, it has the potential to substantially limit employers’ options for defending and resolving workplace conflicts, says Maxine Neuhauser of Epstein Becker Green.

  • The Broader Implications Of Sessions’ Marijuana Move

    Markus Funk

    Beyond what it heralds for the marijuana industry, Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana enforcement signals a new era of increasingly decentralized federal prosecutorial power, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP, including former Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender.

  • Employment Visas: 2017 Changes And What To Expect Ahead

    Daniel Berner

    In line with campaign promises made by President Donald Trump, in 2017 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security imposed added burdens on employers seeking employment-based visas for foreign nationals. Daniel Berner of Berner Law PLLC discusses some of the principal changes and the policies DHS has indicated it will pursue for employment-based visas in 2018 and beyond.

  • Conducting Harassment Investigations With Outside Counsel

     Jackie Ford

    This week, Time’s Up — a legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment — emerged as another highly visible support system for asserting harassment claims. As the new year begins, employers and their counsel should take a moment, take a breath and prepare to respond quickly and thoroughly to any and all allegations of sexual harassment, says Jackie Ford of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Exploring The Future Of China's Belt And Road Initiative

    Bo Zhou

    Improvements in global trade inevitably impact labor, and it’s expected that China's Belt and Road Initiative will undoubtedly impact labor conditions in the U.S. However, from a legal perspective, predicting how the law could evolve as a result of those changes may be more difficult, says Bo Zhou of Fangda Partners.