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James Reidy, chair of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA’s employment group, maintains a traditional practice that includes advising employers on wage laws and handling discrimination suits. But lately, one issue has been demanding more and more of his time: workplace drug policies.
A group of women who took their employer Sterling Jewelers to arbitration over alleged sex discrimination argued on Monday for the Second Circuit to reverse a lower court judge’s decision and add 70,000 employees to the case, saying the arbitrator was right to include them.
The Tenth Circuit on Monday ordered a Colorado federal judge to recalculate attorneys’ fees that she awarded to a class of minority job applicants who won $1.67 million in damages from the city and county of Denver for its use of a discriminatory screening test, finding that the lodestar calculation used was flawed.
The National Football League Players Association is taking a stand against teams that are allegedly refusing to sign free-agent players who participated in the controversial national-anthem protests over the past two seasons, saying Monday that the union has filed a labor grievance on behalf of unsigned safety Eric Reid, who has separately accused the NFL of collusion.
Worker advocates urged an administrative judge Friday to reject a settlement between the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel and McDonald USA LLC that would end a sprawling case over whether the company and its franchisees are joint employers, saying the agreement is marred by procedural shortcomings.
The professor behind the Seventh Circuit’s landmark ruling that protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extend to sexual orientation can add retaliation claims to her discrimination suit against a community college, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday, finding the amendment was supported by new evidence.
A Michigan federal judge on Friday rejected a United Auto Workers and General Motors training center’s bid to escape an age-bias lawsuit from three ex-center workers, saying the suit plausibly alleges it was a joint employer with the union and automaker and could be held liable.
WAGE & HOUR
A proposed class of seasonal and migrant fruit pickers asked a Washington federal judge Friday to approve a $2.5 million settlement with an orchard company, saying it believes the agreement to be the largest wage-and-hour settlement for farm workers ever in the state.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday that a defunct janitorial services company illegally fired an employee who pursued wage theft claims and spoke to Houston city lawmakers about poor working conditions at the company — the first decision involving newly installed NLRB Chairman John Ring.
The First Circuit affirmed Friday a lower court decision handing a win to the town of Abington, Massachusetts, and leaders of its police department in a suit brought by a former officer alleging he was retaliated against for filing reports over concerns related to a ticketing policy and engaging in union activity.
A union representing Chrysler paint shop employees asked an Ohio federal judge to toss a proposed class action alleging it took bribes from the automaker in a deal that cut pay and benefits, saying Friday that a new indictment doesn’t restart the clock on their too-late claims.
A cancer-screening lab embroiled in a long-running data dispute with the Federal Trade Commission has claimed in New York federal court that a Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner directed a whistleblower to hide from the agency that he had hacked the lab’s files with surveillance tools the partner had given to him before she joined the firm.
A federal judge fumed on the first day of a False Claims Act-retaliation bench trial Monday when two attorneys displayed “evidentiary incontinence” and asked “pointless” questions while he considered whether their client was wrongfully fired for raising red flags about overbilling at Massachusetts nursing homes.
The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit from a tenured professor at the shuttered University of Texas-Pan-American who claimed she was illegally fired, finding she wasn’t unconstitutionally denied due process as she had claimed.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced Friday it hired a former Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC attorney who brings extensive experience counseling employers in the health care, transportation and hospitality industries as a partner to the firm’s offices in Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler’s new book, “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards has introduced a $1 million cost threshold for assigning separate wage determinations. This threshold results in confusing, costly and administratively burdensome split-wage decisions on residential projects, says Christopher Ruhman of Peckar & Abramson PC.
In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation late Monday night after The New Yorker reported that he’d subjected four previous romantic interests to “nonconsensual physical violence” including choking, hitting and threats to kill them if they broke up with him.
Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP’s Mark Lebovitch helped reach a settlement in shareholder litigation over sexual harassment claims at 21st Century Fox that created the first corporate watchdog council — all while negotiating a $290 million deal over Pershing Square’s insider trading scandal, earning him a place among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means lots of well-deserved recognition within a firm and in the larger legal community. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.
The co-chair of WilmerHale’s futures and derivatives practice who was tapped for a spot in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a report with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics revealing he earned nearly $1.2 million at the law firm in 2017 and the first few months of this year.
The Senate took a step toward confirming President Donald Trump’s fourth judge on the Fifth Circuit on Monday, sending U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt through a procedural vote as part of a raft of judicial nominees this week.
Kindel Elam is living her dream, both physically and metaphorically, as executive vice president and general counsel of Mattress Firm. After eight years at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Elam decided she wanted to go in-house at the retail company. Mattress Firm, which had been her client since 2007, went public in 2011 and was looking to hire a general counsel. Here, she shared what keeps her up at night — besides her dog — and her advice to lawyers hoping to make a similar in-house transition.
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