Employment

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-KBR Worker Urges DC Circ. To Revive FCA Kickbacks Suit

    A former KBR Inc. employee asked the D.C. Circuit on Thursday to rescue his False Claims Act suit against the defense contractor, saying a lower court improperly ignored crucial evidence when it dismissed the case in March.

  • July 21, 2017

    EEOC Says Manufacturer Would Only Hire Hispanic Workers

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Texas-based fiberglass conduit and strut manufacturer on Thursday of discriminating against a class of applicants seeking laborer jobs by declining to hire them because they are not Hispanic.

  • July 21, 2017

    Greenberg Traurig Adds OSHA Expert To Employment Team

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is beefing up its labor and employment practice by bringing on former general counsel to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the firm announced this week.

  • July 21, 2017

    Miners, Travelers Reach Deal In Wage Claim Coverage Row

    Travelers Indemnity Co., formerly bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources LLC and others asked a West Virginia federal court on Friday to remand a wage suit by former coal miners, saying they've reached a settlement that belongs in state court.

  • July 21, 2017

    Pharma Co. Fails In DQ Bid Against Ex-CEO's Counsel

    The attorneys for a pharmaceutical company’s former CEO can keep representing him in his suit against his old employers, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting a bid by the company and its old attorneys from a previous suit against the ex-CEO to kick his counsel out of the instant suit.

  • July 21, 2017

    Citing Deal, Texas Justices Toss Bus Monitor's Disability Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a joint request from Dallas County Schools and a fired bus monitor who alleged disability discrimination, and vacated its May ruling that had reinstated a $160,000 jury award for the monitor citing a settlement between the parties.

  • July 20, 2017

    Ill. County Public Defender’s Office Beats Bias Claims At Trial

    An Illinois federal jury has rejected a former assistant public defender’s claims that he was discriminated against because of his age, gender and race when denied a promotion within the Cook County Public Defender's Office.

  • July 20, 2017

    Ill. Man Planned To Take Trade Secrets To China, Gov't Says

    An employee of a McHenry County manufacturing firm was indicted in Illinois federal court on Wednesday on 13 counts of attempting to steal trade secrets to bring to a rival firm in China, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Wis. Court Nixes Doctor’s Win Over Health Clinic Firing

    A Wisconsin appellate court on Thursday reversed a jury verdict in favor of a doctor claiming he was unlawfully fired following a health clinic operator’s internal probe of allegations of inappropriate touching of patients, saying his contract allows for termination without cause and therefore the suit should’ve been tossed.

  • July 20, 2017

    Disney Sued For Unpaid Costume Dress Time, Rounded Hours

    Walt Disney Parks & Resorts US Inc. failed to pay non-exempt workers for the time they spent getting into their costumes, rounded hourly wages unfairly and didn’t provide employees with accurate wage statements, according to a putative class action removed to California federal court on Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Lighting Co.'s Immigration Rechecks Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    An entertainment-industry lighting rental company violated the National Labor Relations Act when it ordered immigration status rechecks for its workers ahead of a union election, a National Labor Relations Board judge found Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    House Appropriations Committee OKs Cuts To DOL, NLRB

    The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill that includes a roughly 11 percent cut to the U.S. Department of Labor and a 9 percent cut to the National Labor Relations Board, and rolls back some controversial policies.

  • July 20, 2017

    EEOC Hits Tim Hortons Franchisee With Discrimination Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has slapped the operator of a Michigan franchise of Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop with a suit alleging it violated a federal civil rights law by firing an employee who wore a skirt to work because of her religious beliefs, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    USPS Violated Ban On Political Favoritism, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Postal Service violated a federal ban on political favoritism by government institutions by letting union members use weeks of leave to join an AFL-CIO canvassing effort to get Hillary Clinton and other pro-worker candidates elected, the U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said in a report released on Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Ogletree Adds Employment Atty From Morgan Lewis

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has boosted its Boston employment litigation practice with the addition of a shareholder who was most recently a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • July 20, 2017

    Rising Star: Citizens Bank's Joel Barras

    Citizens Bank’s Joel Barras has accumulated many successes in representing major corporations and nonprofit organizations in the employment realm, including helping Verizon work through last year’s strike, earning him a spot as one of five employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 20, 2017

    Justices To Hear NLRB Class Action Waiver Cases In October

    The U.S. Supreme Court has set Oct. 2 as the date for oral arguments in a closely watched battle over the legality of arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their rights to file class or collective actions against their employers, according to a notice filed Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Health Data Co. Owner Gets 10 Years For Investor, Tax Frauds

    The CEO and founder of health care data company VitalSpring Technologies Inc. will serve 10 years in prison and hand over nearly $58 million in restitution and back taxes after pleading guilty to defrauding his investors and not paying employment taxes, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Tweaked ACA Repeal Still Means 22M More Uninsured: CBO

    Revised legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would still cause 22 million fewer Americans to have health insurance, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis Thursday that didn’t even examine the bill’s most controversial provision.

  • July 20, 2017

    Uber Fights Waymo Bid For Kalanick Letter In IP Dispute

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday asked a California federal court to deny a request by Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car unit Waymo LLC for a letter in which Uber’s board reportedly urged then-CEO Travis Kalanick to resign, saying that it is irrelevant to the suit’s questions of whether Uber stole trade secrets or violated a patent.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Calif. Aims To Raise Bar On Overtime Salary Test

    Gina Roccanova

    The California Senate is poised to act on a bill that would require a higher salary threshold for categorizing employees as exempt from overtime requirements. Many employers pay their exempt employees, and many of their nonexempt employees, more than the proposed minimum, but this legislation will have a greater impact on certain categories of businesses, says Gina Roccanova of Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson PLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Using The Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine In DTSA Cases

    Robert Duda Jr.

    In its recent decision in Molon Motor & Coil v. Nidec Motor, an Illinois federal court opened the door for applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine to claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act — at least in the context of a motion to dismiss at the outset of a case, say Robert Duda Jr. and Terry Smith of Smith O’Callaghan & White.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • When Text Messages To Employees Become A Liability

    Stephen Roppolo

    Supervisors using texts as a way to communicate with employees can find their words scrutinized by judges, jurors and government agencies. A New York demolition and concrete company recently discovered this the hard way when the National Labor Relations Board ruled that one of its supervisors engaged in unlawful interrogation of an employee, says Stephen Roppolo of Fisher Phillips.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 3

    Andrew Greenfield

    In the final part of this series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP examines a new regulation that clarifies when a new employer can take advantage of a prior employer’s sponsorship without incurring the cost and risk of new sponsorship.

  • Opinion

    Why 'Class Action Attorney Fees' Are Such Dirty Words

    Dan Karon

    What drives disdain for plaintiffs class action lawyers getting paid? While stupid class actions filed by feckless lawyers are a disgrace, good class actions are essential. Without risk-taking plaintiffs lawyers, there would be no defense lawyers, and corporate cheaters would run amuck, ravaging consumers and victimizing well-behaving companies, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 2

    Andrew Greenfield

    In part 2 of this three-part series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP explores some of the questions surrounding a new type of temporary U.S. work permit designed to bridge a gap in employment authorization while the employee seeks alternate green card sponsorship.