The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust chief said Friday that the division has a handful of criminal cases in the works over agreements by companies not to hire each other's workers, signaling that a focus of the Obama administration is continuing.
A California federal judge on Thursday put to rest claims by a proposed class of Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. workers that they weren’t given adequate meal breaks and rest periods, saying the company was exempted from liability by a valid collective bargaining agreement.
In 2017, King & Spalding LLP helped secure a settlement for Bass Pro in an EEOC systemic discrimination suit, win a Sixth Circuit appeal for Meritor in retiree health benefits litigation and defend Peabody Energy from an ERISA stock drop suit, earning the firm a spot among Law360’s Employment Practice Groups of the Year.
Littler Mendelson PC bolstered its bench in San Jose, California, with the addition of a seasoned benefits attorney as a shareholder from GCA Law Partners LLP, where she was of counsel, the labor and employment firm has announced.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from the Texas Workforce Commission to review a ruling that an employee taking an absence from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act can’t get unemployment benefits under the Texas Labor Code.
A Missouri federal court on Thursday dismissed a $35 million suit by a former naval aviator over an allegedly career-ruining bipolar misdiagnosis by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital, saying that the suit was filed too late.
The Seventh Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a former BNSF Railway conductor's suit alleging it fired him in retaliation for reporting a superior for a physical altercation, affirming the jury verdict in BNSF's favor.
The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed Weyerhaeuser's loss in a suit over who had to pay some $9 million in workers' comp costs for retired workers after the $3.3 billion sale of a business unit to Domtar Corp., saying Weyerhaeuser spent years acting like it was the one responsible, and that was enough to make it the one responsible.
A South Carolina strip club can’t force dancers who opted into a minimum wage and overtime collective action to arbitrate their claims, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday, saying the club only tried to enforce "sham" arbitration agreements after coming up short in court.
The National Labor Relations Board urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to uphold its finding that a Las Vegas show production company unlawfully retaliated against a dancer for engaging in protected speech by refusing to renew her contract, saying the company failed to adequately support its claim that a bad attitude and poor performance cost the dancer her job.
Two IHOP restaurant operators say the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has not met its obligations to discuss and remedy claims that several employees were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment, urging an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to deny the commission’s request to find requirements were met before the complaint was filed.
The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday voted to push back a potential vote on whether to move forward with a proposal to change a transfer rule to allow athletes to play immediately after transferring, an issue that has been at the center of multiple lawsuits against the NCAA.
A Wisconsin federal judge on Wednesday dissolved a Fair Labor Standards Act collective of hospital workers bringing wage and hour claims against ThedaCare Inc. and also refused to certify a proposed class in the same suit after finding that the workers’ situations weren’t similar enough.
A California federal judge Thursday denied Waymo LLC's motion to close the courtroom for the trial over its claim that Uber Technologies stole its plans for self-driving cars, saying Waymo has agreed less severe restrictions are sufficient to protect the company's trade secrets.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a trial court judge’s ruling setting aside a $3.5 million jury award won by a group of San Francisco firefighters who alleged that the city’s exam for promoting them to lieutenant discriminates against applicants over 40 years old.
The recent expansion of New Jersey’s anti-bias law to include female employees at companies of any size who need time and space to breastfeed or pump milk could create logistics and operations hurdles for small businesses that had enjoyed exemption from a similar federal law if it posed a hardship.
In the past year, Outten & Golden LLP has gotten results for workers across the U.S. that include a pair of settlements for police and airline pilots in respective class actions brought under a federal law aiding veteran employees, earning itself a nod as one of Law360's Employment Groups of the Year.
Railroad giant CSX Transportation Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to conclude that the state’s entire earned sick time law is preempted by the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act and cannot be enforced against railroads, arguing for the expansion of a previous circuit court ruling.
Two key employment developments took place recently, with Pennsylvania’s governor proposing on Wednesday a sweeping expansion of overtime coverage for salaried workers while Maryland became the latest state to adopt a paid sick leave program.
C&J Energy Services, a company that specializes in drilling, completing and servicing wells, filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston Tuesday against three former employees and a new company those employees launched, alleging the trio has poached engineers and customers in violation of noncompete agreements.
Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research concludes his series on statistical sampling by addressing several common misperceptions about random sampling requirements.
In their final article discussing New York's new paid family leave law, attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP address common employer questions regarding the definition of "wages," how the law interacts with other federal, state and local leave and benefits laws, and recent updates to official paid family leave forms.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
In the third of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research uses the example of a hypothetical Medicare reimbursement case to address various solutions for dealing with missing sample selections so that statistical inferences remain valid.
A new year means new compliance concerns for employers in New York. In particular, the New York State Paid Family Leave Benefits law went into effect this month. Attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP address employers’ frequently asked questions about the complex requirements of the new law.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
In the second of four articles on statistical sampling in practice, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research offers a method for constructing confidence intervals when the sample size is relatively small.
Last year employers watched as a variety of regulations were rolled back to pre-Obama administration status. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC discuss what happened in 2017, the developments employers should be alert to this year, and the resolutions they should make to protect their company and employees.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.