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National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb indicated at a public event Thursday that any potential reorganization of the agency’s regional office system won’t include placing those offices under the supervision of a newly created group of political appointees.
An Illinois lawyer on Thursday hit Chicago law firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. and one of its executives with a lawsuit in federal court, claiming they have failed to pay $150,000 in benefits along with other money he says he is owed but hasn’t received since leaving the firm.
Even as apps such as Uber, Lyft and Handy surge in prominence, a smaller portion of American workers are performing so-called “gig” work as their primary income source than did in 2005, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor released Thursday.
An oil field services company on Wednesday was ordered to pay $1 million to a former employee who claimed she was fired one week after starting work as a sales representative both for being pregnant and for rejecting sexual advances from the personnel director.
Manhattan U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III questioned Wigdor LLP Thursday in search of an explanation for why the firm asked to quit representing former Fox News commentator Scottie Nell Hughes one day before it announced a $10 million deal ending another of its cases targeting the right-wing network.
A former Sam’s Club employee ended her North Carolina federal court litigation against the wholesale retailer Wednesday after they reached a settlement resolving claims that she was harassed at work for being transgender and fired for speaking up.
The New Jersey Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would ban nondisclosure agreements preventing workers from speaking about sexual harassment and related claims, a measure that some critics have said would be harmful to victims and unlawfully preclude arbitration agreements.
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An Uber driver’s class action alleging the ride-sharing company stiffs drivers on wages with a deceptive pricing model is substantially similar to several other suits filed before it and must therefore be put on hold, a California federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
A California appellate court on Wednesday reversed a win handed to various related media organizations and newspapers over reimbursements for business expenses incurred by a class of newspaper delivery persons, saying there were triable issues of fact in the case.
Hundreds of former unpaid interns at CBS News, CBS Radio and Simon & Schuster will receive $185 apiece in a labor settlement approved by a New York state court on Thursday, with the judge calling the deal a “fair result” in light of several court decisions that cut against interns and in favor of employers.
National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb sent a memo to the agency’s regional officials Wednesday laying out how they should apply the board’s new employee handbook standard when interpreting and enforcing workplace rules.
Former New York City labor boss Norman Seabrook on Thursday said prosecutors are trying to charge him twice for the same conduct in his upcoming retrial over allegedly taking bribes from Platinum Partners in exchange for his union’s investment in the hedge fund.
Walmart Inc. filed suit late Wednesday in Delaware to prevent its chief tax officer from jumping ship and taking a similar position with Amazon.com Inc., arguing the move would breach a noncompete provision of her employment contract.
A Texas appellate court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a wrongful termination claim from a former Schlumberger Technology Corp. worker who alleged he was fired after warning a vessel could not be operated safely with certain offshore seismic surveying equipment.
The U.S. Trustee’s Office asked a Delaware bankruptcy court Thursday to reject a request by bankrupt shoemaker The Rockport Company LLC to pay up to $3.3 million in employee bonuses, saying it provided too little information to evaluate the plan.
A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved envelope maker Cenveo’s recently revised Chapter 11 plan disclosures, dismissing objections to the plan’s release provisions.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission provides little practical guidance for employees and employers navigating the balance between accommodating religious beliefs and preventing discrimination. Nevertheless, employers should note three likely outcomes that have the potential to impact workplace discrimination claims, says Kara Ariail of Holland & Knight LLP.
In Snapp v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the Ninth Circuit recently clarified that an employer’s summary judgment burden to show the unavailability of an employee accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply at trial. Rather, the employee still bears the ultimate burden of proving the existence of a reasonable accommodation, say attorneys at Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP.
U.K. employment law has developed in myriad ways and continues to do so. The acquisition of U.K.-based companies or assets will therefore often give rise to employment law considerations that are unfamiliar to U.S. buyers, says Richard Moore of Lewis Silkin LLP.
The New York pay scale has long been the gold standard for BigLaw associates — climbing to a dizzying $190,000 at a few firms this past week — but associates in these six cities may still have more money in their pockets at the end of the day.
President Donald Trump included several BigLaw veterans — hailing from WilmerHale, McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Jones Day — among 12 nominees named Thursday for the Sixth and Eighth circuits, the Court of International Trade and trial courts in Virginia, Illinois, Oregon and Washington, D.C.
At least three more firms have joined a growing list of others that will match at least part of the new associate pay scale established Monday by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced another of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Ninth Circuit Thursday, despite objections from Democrats who said it breached the “blue slip” tradition of deference to home-state senators.
Ropes & Gray snagged a spot among the legal lions this week, convincing the Eleventh Circuit to throw out an FTC order directing client LabMD to overhaul its data security program, while Morrison & Foerster ended up a legal lamb after the Federal Circuit revived an infringement suit against client Apple over its iPhone touch screen.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.