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A recent lawsuit accusing Morrison & Foerster LLP of giving pregnant women and working mothers short shrift on pay and promotions showed that even the most sophisticated employers can get tripped up by parental leave issues. Whether you’re a high-powered law firm or a smaller business, here are five tips for creating parental leave policies that can help keep you out of hot water.
How They Won It
Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors trying to prove that a former Fisher Phillips LLP partner’s shooting of his wife was no accident flooded the jury with painstaking detail from both eyewitnesses and the wealthy couple’s paper trail to establish that he had a financial motive to kill his wife, securing a murder conviction.
The en banc Eight Circuit on Friday reversed a panel decision reviving a former UPS Inc. worker’s Americans with Disabilities Act allegations that the company unfairly denied him a less strenuous job after he suffered an injury that his doctor said limited him to eight-hour shifts, saying the job he claims he was denied exceeded that limit.
The Ninth Circuit affirmed a federal jury’s finding for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. in an action alleging a failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act, rejecting a worker’s argument in a published opinion Friday that he should have only had to identify a potential accommodation.
The University of California Board of Regents won a quick toss of a former University of California, Berkeley administrator’s retaliation and sexual harassment claims against the school’s former vice chancellor for research, after a California federal judge ruled Friday that the allegations were time-barred.
The University of California, San Diego will pay a penalty for discriminating against work-authorized immigrant employees as part of a settlement signed Thursday with the U.S. Department of Justice.
WAGE & HOUR
A California federal judge ruled Friday that Walmart had violated the California Labor Code by not including start and end dates on certain pay statements or hourly rate information for overtime wages, siding with an employee who requested summary judgment on his Private Attorneys General Act claim in a class action suit.
A California judge on Friday said he’d preliminarily approve Google’s $875,000 deal to end class claims alleging hundreds of security guards and other employees were shorted on overtime and breaks, after the parties agreed to make it easier for workers to object to the settlement.
Agricultural employers must pay piece-rate workers a separate hourly wage for time spent not directly picking or pruning produce, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 split decision Thursday in a proposed class action pitting the employees against Dovex Fruit Co.
The Ninth Circuit on Friday breathed new life into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s challenge to a Seattle law letting app-based drivers bargain collectively, partially reversing a trial court’s decision that dismissed the suit and holding that the city ordinance isn’t exempt from federal antitrust law.
The DC Circuit has dampened the hopes of a group of airline unions, ruling Friday that the U.S. Department of Transportation had no reason to deny a foreign air carrier permit to a Norwegian Air subsidiary.
Two federal employee unions have urged the D.C. Circuit to revive multidistrict litigation brought against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions stemming from a headline-grabbing data breach, saying the case should “unquestionably” go forward despite a ruling the breach was not enough to establish standing.
An Alabama federal judge on Thursday nixed oilfield services firm Core Laboratories Inc.’s claims that rival AmSpec LLC stole trade secrets by poaching several former Core affiliate employees, a day after refusing to hand AmSpec a quick win on its allegations that Core Laboratories did some poaching of its own.
A California federal judge on Friday tentatively dismissed a significant portion of a derivative suit claiming the Bank of Internet’s board of directors engaged in multiple schemes that led to a steep stock drop when they were revealed, saying most of the claims rely on the outcome of a pending whistleblower suit and are thus “unripe.”
Former National Hockey League “enforcer” Michael Peluso on Thursday asked a Minnesota federal court for permission to file an amended complaint in his concussion suit against his former teams, saying he has new evidence the teams knew he did have a brain injury and not just a risk of one.
Although American and European equal pay laws often develop on parallel tracks, the U.S has not kept pace with the EU in terms of pay transparency. However, new European laws may have the unintended consequence of pushing multinationals with U.S. employees to publish pay data to keep up with their European counterparts, say Lynne Bernabei and Kristen Sinisi of Bernabei & Kabat PLLC.
As sole lead counsel in multidistrict litigation over Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP’s Elizabeth Cabraser helped drivers secure settlements totaling more than $15 billion and assurances that the polluting vehicles would be taken off the roads, earning her a spot on Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
As millennials continue to enter the legal profession with different values, career goals and cultural expectations than their predecessors, firms have an urgent opportunity to retool their summer associate programs to make a more compelling first impression.
The American Bar Association on Friday released survey data on the nationwide population of lawyers indicating a 10-year trend of moderate year-to-year increases since 2008 that amount to a 15.2 percent increase over the last decade.
Questions remain around who will permanently replace Eric Schneiderman as New York attorney general after he resigned in the wake of a news article detailing allegations of physical abuse by four women, new data show female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts make on average, and Fox News hired a new general counsel amid a series of lawsuits alleging the network mistreated women and minority workers. 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 the ethical boundaries of handling expert witnesses; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepping down after abuse allegations; Jay-Z being ordered to give testimony to the Securities and Exchange Commission; and Dr. Dre attempting to block a medical doctor from registering a trademark for his similar-sounding name.
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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