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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a Colorado federal judge’s approval Thursday for a deal requiring the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law to pay nearly $2.7 million to end a suit alleging it paid female law professors less than their male counterparts.
A former Arkansas state attorney who once attached to a motion an article calling a state judge a “dumb ass” on Wednesday asked the Eighth Circuit to revive a suit alleging the state punished her for not discriminating against a black job applicant, saying she filed her suit before her claims expired.
Seattle’s Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan said she signed a bill imposing an annual $275-per-employee tax on companies making more than $20 million a year despite strong opposition from hometown corporate giants Amazon and Starbucks.
Bruce Willis can’t force a film producer to pay a $5 million arbitration award the producer’s company owes the actor, a California appellate court ruled Thursday, finding that because the producer hadn’t signed the film contract personally, he wasn’t required to pay up.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law allowing local governments to make changes to collective bargaining agreements after a declaration of “financial urgency,” ruling that though the City of Miami’s unilateral actions modifying a contract with a police union were unconstitutional, the law itself is not.
Pending New Jersey legislation that would bar employers from forging confidential sexual harassment settlements could be more harmful than helpful to victims, according to attorneys who spoke Thursday about how the #MeToo movement is shaping law in the Garden State and elsewhere.
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The California Supreme Court’s recent Dynamex decision upending the standard for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors will trigger a fresh wave of misclassification lawsuits against trucking, logistics, port service and gig-economy companies, attorneys say, forcing many to re-evaluate their business models.
Eight workers for a fruit grower asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to take up their employer’s challenge to a California Supreme Court ruling upholding a state mechanism that sends union-represented farmworkers and farms to mediation if they can’t reach a deal, saying it’s forcing them to work under a contract they don’t want.
A Detroit dock operator’s rule restricting its employees’ outside work when it is “inconsistent with the company’s interests” and could make the company look bad is illegal because it blocks them from working for unions, a National Labor Relations Board judge said on Wednesday.
The First Circuit affirmed Wednesday that a nurse who was fired shortly after voicing concerns about a negligent colleague failed to make a cognizable claim of retaliation against the nursing home in Maine where she helped people recover from brain injuries for 17 years.
Salish Kootenai College doesn’t have to face a False Claims Act suit alleging the school gave the U.S. government false student data in order to continue receiving federal grant money, a Montana judge ruled Thursday, finding the college has tribal immunity.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.
Workers in the gig economy are currently not entitled to enjoy a traditional employer-based retirement plan because such plans are subject to stringent rules and only permitted to cover employees, not independent contractors. However, Congress is attempting to address this issue via the recently reintroduced Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, says Brett Owens of Fisher Phillips.
The #MeToo movement has highlighted for employers in the maritime industry that they must ensure that seafarers and shore-based personnel experience a work environment free of sexual harassment and assault. Attorneys with Blank Rome LLP examine the unique legal framework that applies to sexual harassment in the maritime context, and how employers are currently addressing incidents and crafting proactive policies.
Whereas a traditional pre-invention assignment agreement focuses solely on assigning legal rights and duties, a more effective contractual approach would braid a traditional, legally enforceable PIAA with a voluntary system focused on enhancing employer-employee collaboration, says Albert Wong of Fish & Richardson PC.
As access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continues to grow — to date, 22 dispensaries have opened throughout the state — employers face fresh concerns about the impact of legalization on their operations as well as their obligations under the law, say John McDonald and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP.
Winning a $247 million jury verdict in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson over allegedly faulty hip implants was just one of the major victories Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm tallied last year, earning him a spot on Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.
The man who was filmed screaming at employees of a New York City restaurant for speaking Spanish, then later identified as a complex commercial and insurance coverage attorney, is facing a formal complaint filed in the state court system’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee.
President Donald Trump kept up the momentum this week in his push to reshape the federal courts by getting his 21st circuit court judge confirmed through a sharply divided Senate, but the effort to leave his stamp on the judiciary may permanently alter how the chamber confirms judges — and how quickly.
The State Bar of California sent out an alert Thursday warning attorneys licensed in the state to be aware of a phishing scam coming in the form of suspicious emails claiming that their fee payments to the bar are overdue.
Gibson Dunn is this week’s top legal lion, securing a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a federal law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting, while Baker McKenzie ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismissed a $7 billion lawsuit its client, Facebook, had filed against the IRS.
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