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Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge announced his immediate resignation Tuesday afternoon following an admission that he had engaged in communications of a sexual nature with a person not connected to the firm.
Objectors to the National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s proposed settlement of the yearslong joint employer battle against McDonald’s have criticized the agency for letting the fast-food giant off the hook — and key terms of the deal have yet to emerge — but labor experts say it is likely the board will be able to persuade an administrative law judge to approve the pact because it gives workers full restitution.
Given the current #MeToo environment, a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment can seem like the best way to go, but legal experts speaking at an industry panel in New York City on Tuesday argued that such an approach can be rife with potential to backfire.
Dechert LLP has agreed to settle claims from a pair of female ex-payroll staffers who accused the firm of fostering a “boys club” mentality and said they were fired on the basis of their age and gender.
Waiters, bartenders and other service workers told the en banc Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that they’re underpaid for tasks that don’t garner tips, saying a three-judge panel erred in favoring restaurant owners who’d challenged a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor administrative guidance on minimum wage exemptions for tipped employees.
Humana Inc. will pay $2.5 million in back wages and interest to settle the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ accusations that the insurer paid hundreds of women working at its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, less than their male counterparts, the agency announced Monday.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan won partial summary judgment in her suit accusing a Chicago staffing agency of publishing advertisements that discriminate against Latinos, with an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday finding she proved the company is liable for the alleged conduct but did not similarly prove its managers’ liability.
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A Mississippi federal judge on Monday denied a forestry company’s motion to preliminarily block the U.S. Department of Labor from taking legal action against it for paying its H-2B visa workers a “corrected” wage determination, saying the company failed to justify such a move.
Unions representing minor league hockey players, sports officials and nonsports professionals urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold class certification for minor league baseball players in a wage-and-hour suit against Major League Baseball and its teams, saying that the only way the players can adequately litigate their claims is as a class.
Concerns that the U.S. Department of Labor’s plan to make it easier for businesses to offer so-called association health plans will send costs surging for sicker workers are overblown, business advocates told a House of Representatives subcommittee Tuesday.
A former vice president of truck engine manufacturer Navistar was struck a blow in Illinois federal court Monday in his fight for a larger benefits package after his termination when a federal judge found no evidence for his argument there was a “change in control” of the company prior to his exit.
The U.S. government urged the country’s highest court to affirm a Seventh Circuit ruling in a $13.3 million lawsuit that nonqualified stock options are taxable, saying in a brief Monday that stocks are the “practical equivalent” of currency.
A conductor who has worked with Illinois Central Railroad Co. for nearly two decades hit the railroad with a suit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, claiming Illinois Central was negligent in exposing him and other employees to toxic chemicals during the course of his work, which he said resulted in his diagnosis of a respiratory disease.
Depending on the circumstances, physician noncompetes can be enforceable, but with its recent decision in Crocker v. Greater Colorado Anesthesia, the Colorado Court of Appeals added a new wrinkle when dealing with these types of agreements, says Mark Wiletsky of Holland & Hart LLP.
Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.
A year after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the remaining TPP countries have signed a revised agreement among themselves, and U.S. exporters may pay a heavy price. Now is the time for industries with the most to lose to push for a U.S. return to the TPP, says Christopher Corr of White & Case LLP.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is paying more than half of its associates bonuses higher than the bar set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, exceeding the market rate for young attorney pay by $60,000 or more in some cases, according to a report on Tuesday.
Justice Anthony Kennedy chided Justice Sonia Sotomayor during Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched abortion case after she discussed what she found on the website of one of the anti-abortion petitioners, scoffing that he himself didn’t “go beyond the record to look on the internet because I don’t think we should do that.”
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