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A former Fisher Phillips LLP partner accused of murdering his wealthy wife for financial reasons went from having no funds of his own in his checking account to controlling $1.16 million the moment his wife died, a forensic accountant testified for the state Wednesday in a Georgia trial.
A Washington federal judge on Wednesday threw preliminary support behind a $16.8 million deal settling claims that Kellogg Co. misclassified its workers and failed to properly compensate them for overtime.
A conservative business group on Wednesday petitioned the National Labor Relations Board’s inspector general to investigate whether NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce during an American Bar Association conference last month improperly disclosed that the board would soon vacate a landmark joint employer ruling.
After years of playing second fiddle to groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management is gearing up to take a more active role in shaping the policies that come out of Congress and federal agencies on issues like immigration, overtime and education, new CEO Johnny Taylor told Law360 in an exclusive interview.
JetBlue won’t have to face a former flight attendant’s claim that she was fired because of her post-traumatic stress disorder, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the airline didn’t enforce its attendance policy against her differently than it did with other similar employees.
A group of Caterpillar Inc. employees on Wednesday urged the Seventh Circuit to revive their suit accusing the company of committing age discrimination in liquidating its unemployment benefit plan, saying the lower court in Illinois incorrectly held the liquidation didn’t force an unlawfully disparate number of older workers to retire.
A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday reinstated claims from hundreds of flight service controllers who were dismissed from a long-running age discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying new evidence suggests their former lawyers misled them about their rights and obligations in the litigation.
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Workers who constructed and maintained cellphone towers in nearly 30 states for Centerline Communications LLC secured a judge’s approval Wednesday to collectively sue the company in Massachusetts federal court for allegedly refusing to pay them overtime for their long drives back from job sites in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
XSport Fitness, a gym chain with locations in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday in a suit that claims it violates the Fair Labor Standards Act and two Illinois laws by allegedly failing to pay managers for overtime or commission fees on gym membership sales.
A National Labor Relations Board judge on Tuesday said that a California company that makes materials for the aerospace and wind energy industries violated federal labor law by not giving a union the chance to bargain over a change to worker rest and lunch breaks.
Newark school officials lost a bid to force teachers’ aides in a class action to arbitrate their claim that the school district failed to provide them with paid vacation leave after a New Jersey state appeals court found Wednesday that the workers’ contract did not mandate arbitration.
Two Midwest law firms will no longer face legal malpractice claims in Pinnacle Surety Services’ suit alleging they encouraged two of its workers to violate their employment contracts after the firms helped Pinnacle settle allegations that it poached the employees from Wells Fargo, a Kentucky federal judge said Tuesday.
Three whistleblowers fighting to keep a California medical device company in their False Claims Act lawsuit told a federal judge on Wednesday in Boston that Shield Medical Inc. has played fast and loose with underlying facts in its argument for claim preclusion.
The NFL concealed information from players showing that repeated blows to the head could cause injuries such as memory loss, dementia, depression and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, former Chicago Bears player Craig Steltz alleges in a suit filed Tuesday in Louisiana federal court.
The Metro-North Railroad must face a suit brought by a worker injured when part of a tree he was removing near the tracks following Hurricane Sandy fell on him, with a New York appellate panel ruling Wednesday that the work he performed is covered by the state’s labor law.
The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday refused to let a Georgia construction company off the hook for an employee’s fatal fall while on the job, agreeing with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration finding that the accident was the result of a “willful” safety violation.
Squire Patton Boggs has snapped up a former DLA Piper attorney to join its labor and employment practice group in New York, saying she brings expertise in a wide variety of employment matters.
The Employee Benefits Security Administration’s recently released fact sheet for the 2017 fiscal year draws attention to the fact that the agency remains an active enforcement regulator and has the potential to obtain significant monetary recoveries on behalf of retirement plans and plan participants, say Elizabeth Goldberg and Matthew Hawes of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
The newly appointed National Labor Relations Board has expressed a desire to overturn several key employee social media use precedents established in recent years. The policy change comes at a critical juncture for online concerted activity, particularly by women using the internet to combat workplace harassment and violence, says Michael Ellement of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.
A close look at the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes clear that Congress did not intend to eliminate tax-free employer-provided education benefits. Though the individual deduction for job-related education expenses is no longer valid, benefits are still available under other provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, says Jeffrey Herman of Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC.
As the quantity and quality of corporate social responsibility disclosure increases, there is also movement toward greater comparability. Larger companies should benchmark their disclosures against global peers and evolving global standards, since over time, enhancements in foreign disclosure practices are likely to drive disclosures by many U.S. companies, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University’s Concord Law School.
Just 13 law firms are home to five or more attorneys named by corporate counsel as “client service all-stars,” according to a report released Wednesday, with Jones Day and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP coming out on top.
Seventeen attorneys have garnered all-star recognition among corporate counsel for at least the second year in a row for commitment to their clients that has been exemplified through responsiveness, legal pedigree and a client-centric approach.
General counsel say the attorneys who consistently earn their trust and win their business stand out for their ability to cultivate a deep understanding of their clients’ industry and foster relationships that extend beyond the delivery of legal services.
Heads of corporate legal departments value unmatched client focus and experience from their outside counsel above all other traits, according to a report out Monday by BTI Consulting Group.
A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyer who admitted to lying to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller should face a punishment that reflects the seriousness of his crime, prosecutors have told the federal judge who’s set to sentence the lawyer next week.
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