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A longtime employment defense lawyer and her business partner are hoping to change the way employees and employers communicate via a third-party cellphone app, which launched Monday and allows workers to confidentially report sexual harassment or other perceived problems in the workplace to management.
The Second Circuit on Monday upheld a jury determination that an African-American union electrician was not an employee of a Long Island college he performed work at and that the school could not be liable for claims it illegally fired him after he reported finding racist graffiti.
Massachusetts’ top court held Monday that accrued, unused sick time does not count as wages under a state employment law, dealing a blow to a former Massachusetts Port Authority electrician who alleged the agency had taken too long to give him his sick time payout.
The D.C. Circuit on Monday remanded most of a restaurant chain’s appeal of a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a slew of the chain’s workplace rules violated federal labor law, granting the board’s request to reconsider whether several of those rules are still illegal under a new standard the NLRB created last month.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing of a former Locke Lord LLP information technology engineer, who was found guilty of felony computer intrusion for attacks on the firm’s network in 2011 and ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution and serve 9½ years in jail.
A D.C. federal judge on Friday declined to let the U.S. Department of Labor off the hook in a suit alleging it denied a black career employee a promotion because of his race, saying that interview notes a retired official shredded on her way out may have shown the worker was fit for the job.
WAGE & HOUR
McDonald’s received support on Friday in its bid to keep the Ninth Circuit from reviving a proposed class action accusing eight franchise restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area of violating wage laws, with two trade associations saying that making franchisers liable for a franchisee’s wage-and-hour violations would likely have negative effects.
A California federal judge certified three classes of janitors on Friday in a suit accusing the facility management company ABM Industries Inc. of forcing them to use their personal cellphones for work-related purposes without reimbursement, finding that the single class that the janitors originally proposed is too broad.
The state of Florida and several business groups urged the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to decline jurisdiction in Miami Beach’s appeal of a lower court’s decision blocking the city’s proposed minimum wage increase, arguing there are no conflicting decisions that would warrant Supreme Court review.
The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that an Oregon school district illegally stifled pro-union messaging by banning picketing and signage on all school property ahead of a teachers strike, affirming a lower court’s conclusion that the policies led to both union members and students having their free speech rights violated.
The National Labor Relations Board unanimously ruled Friday that the organization governing high school sports in Pennsylvania illegally refused to, and must now, bargain with the union representing a unit of lacrosse referees who were previously found to be employees.
Days after an ex-Fiat Chrysler executive pled guilty to his role in an alleged scheme to pay off a union official, a proposed class of autoworkers sued the car maker and United Automobile Workers in Michigan federal court Friday, saying the company and the union colluded to sacrifice workers’ interests at the bargaining table.
A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed on Monday to certify a subclass of Prudential beneficiaries pursuing Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims after being promised life insurance payouts “in one sum” but who were instead allegedly signed up for accounts that allowed the company to retain assets until their withdrawal.
CSX Corp. asked the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a lower court’s decisions finding the railroad holding company owed the IRS almost $1.8 million in tax on employee relocation expenses and nearly $2.4 million on stock options, arguing the plain text and legislative history of railroad law favored not taxing those benefits.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday refused to let a Christian college and an anti-abortion group intervene in the commonwealth’s suit against Trump administration rules that dialed back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate by allowing employers to claim religious or moral objections.
Electric vehicle startup Faraday & Future sued rival Evelozcity Inc. for trade secret misappropriation in California federal court Monday, claiming its former CFO solicited employees to leave and join his new company, encouraging them to copy and steal Faraday’s intellectual property on their way out.
The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board must hear a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent’s claims that his superiors retaliated against him for reporting alleged wrongdoing by a fellow agent, a Seventh Circuit panel ruled Monday.
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday refused to revive an aviation company executive’s whistleblower claim that he got canned after voicing safety complaints about the company’s communications, ruling that the employee never detailed exactly what he found unsafe.
A California federal judge on Monday tentatively ruled to give the U.S. Department of Justice another shot at amending a whistleblower False Claims Act suit against UnitedHealth Group Inc. alleging Medicare Advantage fraud, although the insurer argued the claims should be tossed for good.
A former Lehman Brothers employee wants another chance to prove she was fired and harassed for trying to blow the whistle on the company’s prebankruptcy conduct, telling the First Circuit that a lower court was wrong to dismiss her suit on narrow procedural grounds.
A Texas appeals court on Friday affirmed that, under the plain terms of a contract, well services company Basic Energy Services LP will have to defend and indemnify Exco Resources Inc. and several other energy companies for litigation costs tied to the death of a Basic worker in an accident at a well Exco was operating.
Bankrupt cancer treatment chain 21st Century Oncology on Friday again asked a New York bankruptcy court to dismiss a whistleblower claim that it falsely charged a Florida health system for services under a dirty contract, saying the whistleblower still hasn’t made his case.
The #MeToo movement has created a new and unfamiliar category of risk for potential investors in or acquirers of businesses that are heavily reliant on a small number of key individuals, the retention of top talent and public goodwill. A cautious buyer, however, can take a number of steps to mitigate these risks, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called “On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy,” by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.
Data security and regulatory shifts are the two biggest concerns of corporate counsel, according to a new survey of chief legal officers. Here, we look at what that means for in-house lawyers in 2018.
Advising general counsel to include an international arbitration clause in an important contract can get dicey if the latest gossip about an arbitration gone wrong or a lack of familiarity with the process has caused certain misconceptions to take root. Here, Law360 lays out three common misconceptions GCs may hold about this dispute resolution method.
Kristin Sverchek joined the transportation network company Lyft as its first legal hire and general counsel in November 2012, nearly six months after its two co-founders launched the platform. She spoke with Law360 about how she responds now to friends who doubted her decision to join a company that was part of an unfamiliar industry and how that industry continues to grow.
The U.S. Senate appeared to buck a decades-old tradition Monday by slating President Donald Trump’s pick for an Eighth Circuit vacancy for a final vote despite opposition from a senator in the nominee’s home state.
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