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With the U.S. Supreme Court seemingly poised to strike a blow against public-sector unions’ ability to collect so-called agency fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining, unions and their supporters have already embarked on internal outreach campaigns to convert fee payers to dues-paying members and pursued legislation to curb services for “free riders.”
Two Republican members of the National Labor Relations Board signaled Wednesday that the agency may soon revisit its decades-old policy of pausing union elections when a party alleges that workers’ freedom to choose whether they want to be represented by a union has been infringed.
An administrative law judge has denied JPMorgan’s bid to escape allegations by the U.S. Department of Labor that it illegally pays women less than men, saying the requirement that workers alleging pay discrimination sue their employers within a certain time frame doesn’t apply to the DOL’s government contracts watchdog.
Two putative class action lawsuits filed in California state court have accused Lyft Inc. and Postmates Inc. of mislabeling drivers and couriers as independent contractors, arguing they should be considered employees under the new test adopted in the state high court’s landmark Dynamex decision last month.
David Sanford of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP enhanced his already prodigious reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs’ side attorney over the past year by working to resolve high-profile gender discrimination suits against Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Sedgwick LLP, earning him a place among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won approval from a California federal judge Wednesday for a deal ending a suit accusing Goodwill Industries and an affiliate of looking the other way when a manager sexually harassed six female janitors and forced the resignation of another supervisor who had tried to help.
WAGE & HOUR
New York restaurateurs Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich and five of their restaurants have agreed to pay approximately $2.2 million to settle a proposed class action suit accusing them of stiffing staff through unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime and unlawful tip credit deductions.
Au pair sponsoring agencies urged a Colorado federal judge to decertify the litigation accusing them of colluding to set low pay rates as a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action, arguing that the au pair program is not a typical employment situation.
A New Jersey Assembly panel on Thursday advanced legislation to limit the scope of noncompete agreements amid concerns that the measure would jeopardize companies’ efforts to protect their confidential information and drive away businesses from the state.
An Alabama federal judge on Wednesday denied both parties a quick win in Core Laboratories Inc.’s trade secret suit against AmSpec LLC, ruling there were questions surrounding AmSpec’s counterclaims that a former worker joined Core Laboratories and attempted to lure away employees of the rival oil field service firm in violation of an employment agreement.
National Football League teams told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday former players can’t revive their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claim alleging the teams encouraged painkiller abuse because the athletes knew of their alleged injuries about a decade before bringing the claim.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has hired a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney who has represented manufacturing, retail, technology and real estate clients as a partner in its labor and employment law department in Chicago, the firm announced.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that it has hired a former U.S. attorney and current partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP to serve as its new chief legal officer and general counsel.
As Mother’s Day approaches and more initiatives in the U.S. and around the world are aimed at increasing opportunities at work for working mothers (and caregivers more generally), attorneys with Baker McKenzie discuss recent benefits made available to these employees and review updates multinational employers need to know.
A California appellate court’s recent decision in Nguyen v. Inter-Coast International Training provides valuable guidance to employers that may wish to introduce post-dispute arbitration agreements while seeking to avoid an unconscionability finding, says Margaret Maraschino of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.
LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR
A plaintiff’s deposition is often the most crucial deposition in wage and hour exemption misclassification cases. Kamran Mirrafati and Archana Manwani of Foley & Lardner LLP discuss how to prepare for and take this type of deposition, as well as how to defend the deposition of a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) witness in such cases.
President Donald Trump launched another bloc of court nominees Thursday, announcing picks for the Ninth Circuit and district courts in New York, Pennsylvania and Alabama, including a partner from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and veterans of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sidley Austin LLP.
The new documentary “RBG” paints an entertaining portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to American law and society, even as the film suggests that some of her most important work happened decades before she joined the high court.
Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has resigned from Greenberg Traurig LLP just weeks after he joined President Donald Trump’s legal team, the law firm confirmed on Thursday.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP dismissed a London partner without pay on Tuesday following an investigation into allegations of improper behavior brought by two staffers, the firm said in a statement.
The Senate confirmed Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan to a post on the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, despite Democrats’ complaints that the appointment violated traditional U.S. Senate deference to home-state senators.
President Donald Trump’s choice for a Ninth Circuit vacancy sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support Thursday, putting one of the president’s picks for the high-profile court on the Senate floor for the first time.
For the first time since 1987, the California Supreme Court on Thursday approved major revisions to the rules of professional conduct for in-state attorneys, adding new guidelines that address advertising, conflicts of interest, sexual relations with clients, and a host of other concerns.
Florida Coastal School of Law filed suit Thursday against the American Bar Association, which recently determined the school had failed to meet ABA standards, saying the association’s enforcement actions have been inconsistent, its standards are vague and that the action against Florida Coastal was an “attack on diversity.”
Linklaters snagged the title of top legal lion this week, guiding Takeda in its $62.1 billion acquisition of rare disease-focused drugmaker Shire, while Arnold & Porter ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for filing frivolous motions on behalf of Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit.
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