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Even though Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror, a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that a police officer can pursue claims that she was illegally fired for having an extramarital affair with a colleague is the latest proof that legal questions about interoffice romances are here to stay. Here, lawyers share five things employers should bear in mind when crafting workplace fraternization policies.
National Labor Relations Board member and former Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Bill Emanuel’s participation in a recent case altering the board’s joint employment standard calls into doubt both the validity of that ruling and the adequacy of the board’s recusal procedures, the agency’s inspector general said in a report obtained by Law360 Saturday.
A confederation of waiters, bartenders and other service workers got a second shot Friday at claims they’re underpaid for tasks that don’t garner tips, when the Ninth Circuit agreed to revisit its decision favoring restaurant owners who’d challenged a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor administrative guidance.
Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested.
Google Inc. did not violate federal labor law when it fired a software engineer after he wrote a divisive memo that criticized the company’s inclusion and diversity policies and argued that women are less biologically suited for tech jobs, the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s office has said in an advice memorandum.
A Florida federal judge on Friday tossed an Uber driver’s proposed class action alleging the rideshare giant’s rule prohibiting drivers and passengers from carrying a gun violates their constitutional rights, finding that the driver has not claimed he’s been harmed by the policy and therefore can’t sue.
A Florida federal judge tossed EEOC claims that a Massage Envy franchise owner illegally fired an employee with plans to visit Ghana on fears she would return with the Ebola virus, finding Thursday she did not qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Trucking companies American Driver Resource and Navistar International Corp. subjected a female driver to sexual harassment, used racial epithets in her presence and then ignored her when she complained, according a suit filed in Illinois federal court Friday.
A New York attorney claims he is owed more than $385,000 in legal fees from a New Jersey lawyer stemming from their joint representation in an employee bias suit that settled for $2.9 million, but says the lawyer is using a Garden State loophole to render their fee-sharing agreement null, according to a complaint filed in New York state court.
The National Labor Relations Board on Thursday called for input on whether the agency should treat misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor as a violation of federal labor law — a “drastic departure from established precedent,” according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Washington University violated federal labor laws when it stated in the midst of a graduate student employee organizing campaign that should a strike occur, foreign students would lose their visas and need to leave the U.S., an associate general counsel with the National Labor Relations Board has determined.
Siemens defeated a former company executive’s lawsuit on Friday when the Third Circuit found that he either does not have standing or failed to state a claim in challenging how the engineering giant transferred to another business its obligation to pay his retirement benefits.
The city of Pittsburgh urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday to revive a pair of ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers and mandating security training and procedures in certain commercial buildings and public spaces.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to consider a software developer’s suit in which he claimed that a trial court incorrectly ruled he was an employee and not an independent contractor of the drilling technology company that demanded he hand over a computer application he wrote.
A new False Claims Act ruling involving UnitedHealth Group Inc. is a clear warning that Medicare Advantage insurers may face massive penalties for ignoring questionable patient diagnoses and failing to return related government payments.
A California federal judge on Thursday awarded attorneys’ fees to French security contractor Safran after determining that two theories that served as part of a set of False Claims Act allegations by former company employees were “clearly frivolous.”
Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday said a suit filed by a former contract worker’s estate didn’t properly support allegations that negligence by the company contributed to the man’s death from inhaling poisonous gas while he worked on one of the energy giant’s oil and gas wells.
The Boston Herald on Friday secured court approval for the tabloid’s $11.98 million sale to hedge fund-controlled MediaNews Group, under a business-saving deal expected to close by March 28.
Until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up the issue of Title VII and sexual orientation discrimination, employers should take note that decisions like the First Circuit’s recent ruling in Franchina v. Providence Fire Department demonstrate that the issues of sex and sexual orientation are intrinsically intertwined, says Daniel Pasternak of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.
Despite valuing lateral hiring as an integral element of their strategies, many law firms are failing to properly screen potential hires and, as a result, are often disappointed when promises made during the interview don’t pan out. Here, Law360 looks at five ways firms can avoid lateral hiring remorse.
It may seem like a nightmare scenario for a trial attorney: giving a closing argument and feeling the majority of the jury is going against you. But trial attorneys say that as long as you know there’s one juror committed to your case who’s been armed with your arguments, a verdict in your favor is no dream.
A settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, rests on the outcome of Sanders’ criminal appeal, a Manhattan federal judge heard Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court will enter the underworld of burglars, spouse abusers and drug dealers in its first week back on the bench after a long winter recess, hearing a busy criminal docket presenting constitutional questions around double jeopardy and self-incrimination that are critical to the white collar bar.
The general counsel for the parent company of Midas received a two-year stayed suspension for practicing out of state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism that the burgeoning #MeToo movement will have a sustained impact, and PNC Bank’s general counsel shared with Law360 why he moved in-house after spending much of his career at law firms. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.
On the latest episode of Law360’s Pro Say podcast, we discuss how law firms are full of people with the title “partner,” but after years of change the title ain’t always what it used to be; a big ruling on the destruction of New York City graffiti space “5Pointz”; a new lawsuit claiming bar prep giant Barbri colluded with top law schools to crush competitors; and Taylor Swift’s efforts to shake off a lawsuit over song lyrics.
For those who missed out, here’s a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.
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