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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission unleashed a wave of seven lawsuits this week accusing a national trucking company, a restaurant franchisee and others of allegedly looking the other way while employees were being sexually harassed, suits that coincided with the agency reconvening its harassment task force.
The sweeping labor law overhaul proposed Wednesday by leading Democrats is a nonstarter in today’s Republican-controlled Congress but could lay the groundwork for future changes to the country’s long-static union policy if the party regains control of Congress and the White House, experts told Law360.
Thirteen unions that represent federal workers sued President Donald Trump Wednesday seeking to invalidate three executive orders aimed at reforming the nation’s civil service system, including by making it easier to fire workers and streamlining the collective bargaining process, saying the president overstepped his legal bounds by issuing them.
The National Labor Relations Board asked the D.C. Circuit to resume review of the board’s Obama-era decision in Browning-Ferris Industries on Wednesday, a week after the board wrapped up its failed attempt to narrow its joint employer standard in another case.
A coalition of state attorneys general has told the Eighth Circuit that it should not join two other appellate courts in interpreting Title VII to bar sexual orientation discrimination, arguing that such an application was contrary to earlier legal and legislative understanding of the law.
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A Nevada federal judge on Thursday rejected Bank of America’s bid to toss as too vague a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act collective action alleging its call center employees wait at work for as long as a half-hour without pay while their computers start up, also reviving state claims.
A certified class of drivers alleging Uber improperly took a cut of their fares by instituting a $1 “safe rides fee” cannot collect punitive damages on their breach of contract claim against the ride-hailing giant, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Villanova University moved to nix the remaining claims in a former student-athlete’s proposed class action alleging that student-athletes should receive wages, arguing that the updated complaint didn’t fix the problems with the suit.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has declined to toss a suit alleging that a former employee of a bus parts distributor stole company secrets and helped a rival company get a foothold in the U.S. market, costing the distributor contracts with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
A Pennsylvania federal court ruled Thursday that a financial services company can’t shake off a suit by a former employee who alleges she was fired after reporting her office’s bedbug infestation that forced her to take medical leave to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Texas-based commercial litigation firm Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC has added a trial lawyer from Hiersche Hayward Drakeley & Urbach PC with more than 30 years of experience as a shareholder in the litigation and employment groups in its Dallas office.
As we mark the Fair Labor Standards Act’s 80th anniversary later this month, it is an appropriate time to reflect on its history and consider the ways it most needs to evolve to keep pace with changes in the workplace and allow employers to provide the flexible work arrangements that many employees want, say Jessica Perry and Dan Corbett of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new workplace safety regulations for hotel housekeepers take effect on July 1. Hospitality employers with multiple hotels in the state should note that a one-size-fits-all program may not suffice, as the regulations require an individual evaluation of each work site, say Larry Eppley and Shawn Fabian of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.
The more procedural tools a mediator can offer, the higher the likelihood that a mediation will be successful. Mediators should be prepared to employ pre-mediation initial caucuses in appropriate cases, says JAMS mediator and arbitrator Thomas Elkind.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Becoming an influential force within a large law firm can be difficult; there are social dynamics to navigate, legal work to juggle, and no guidebook on how to have sway. Here, those with influence in their firms offer up four tips on how to build clout.
Skadden, Cleary and Weil Gotshal are among the law firms that have recently added their names to a growing list of shops that plan to match the associate salary raises and bonus structure put forth earlier this week by Cravath.
Donna Wilson, the next managing partner and CEO of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, has a piece of advice for law students and young lawyers who aspire to lead a large firm one day: “Be curious.”
A judge on the shortlist for future U.S. Supreme Court openings made progress Thursday toward an Oklahoma federal court post, despite complaints from Democrats about his previous attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and his lack of American Bar Association vetting.
The legal lions this week are led by a team of attorneys that successfully argued in D.C. federal court that AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner should proceed over the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice, while the legal lambs list kicks off with embattled Trump advocate Michael Cohen.