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The Trump administration proposed combining the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday as one piece of a broader reorganization of federal agencies the president ordered shortly after taking office.
A divided Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that film producer Nu Image Inc. can’t sue in federal court over a union contract provision requiring it to pay into health and pension funds, in a decision that pitted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the appeals court’s own precedent.
A California federal judge said Thursday she would deny preliminary approval of a $1 million settlement resolving Tesla showroom workers’ class action claims on overtime pay and rest breaks, saying she had “grave concerns” that the deal was not “well thought out.”
The Fifth Circuit on Thursday closed the book on the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial 2016 fiduciary rule, which required retirement advisers to act in the best interest of clients, issuing a mandate that officially vacates the rule three months after a divided panel invalidated it.
Credit Suisse Securities on Thursday dodged a proposed class action accusing the company of stiffing its workers on up to $300 million in deferred compensation after a California federal judge ruled that the financial adviser bringing the case was bound by an arbitration agreement.
A Maryland federal judge has kept alive part of a former FedEx driver’s suit alleging he was fired because of his sexual orientation, saying the company should have been on notice of his claim even though he referred only to sex discrimination in his charge filing with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A Florida federal judge handed national architecture and engineering firm RS&H Inc. a quick win Thursday in an age discrimination collective action, finding former employees failed to provide sufficient evidence that age bias lay behind their being chosen for termination as part of company layoffs.
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The Seventh Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision that found an Illinois affordable housing authority properly classified a handyman as an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act, saying Wednesday the case “abounds” with factual questions about his employment status.
A Florida federal judge ruled that a Doorstep Delivery driver who brought a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against the food delivery service had not shown he and his fellow drivers are similarly situated enough to warrant keeping their class certification.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed major wins to tribes this year in cases centering on treaty rights and tribal sovereign immunity to lawsuits, but tribes have also found themselves on the wrong end of rulings that undercut tribal immunity in patent reviews and affirmed National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction over tribal casinos. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the headline-grabbing decisions in Native American law from the first half of 2018.
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday affirmed a judge’s findings a Teamsters union local representing workers at Walt Disney World and certain Florida UPS locations obstructed workers’ efforts to resign their union memberships and stop paying dues.
NYU Hospitals Center has made no showing of an illegal conspiracy between rival hospitals, a union and a former collective labor contracts negotiator, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday, dismissing the hospital’s antitrust claim while allowing it to pursue allegations that it overpaid into an employee benefit fund.
Tops Markets LLC on Thursday received approval from a New York bankruptcy court for a settlement of a long-standing dispute over $184 million in pension liabilities at the same time it told the court it had reached an agreement with creditors in a discovery dispute.
A car dealership accused of hiring another auto seller’s employee and helping her steal a lucrative contract with the city of Tallahassee can’t participate in the arbitration between the employee and her former company, a Florida appeals court ruled in a split decision Wednesday.
A Dallas County, Texas, jury reached a verdict Thursday that puts two ex-executives for liquor distribution giant Glazer’s Inc. in line to receive nearly $2.4 million as a result of a company merger under a “change of control” contract provision, according to their counsel.
A former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker suing the Houston Texans over a career-ending injury on the team’s pocked and scored home field wants a court to order the Texans owner and a defensive end to sit for depositions under oath.
The Third Circuit has determined that a former Ace American Insurance Co. vice president must arbitrate his claims he was fired for telling his supervisors the company was destroying documents that might become relevant in litigation, ruling he was bound by an arbitration agreement he signed when he was hired.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided that stock options given to employees of several subsidiaries of a Canadian railroad company are not taxable compensation under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, reversing the Seventh Circuit in a $13.3 million lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service.
Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has expanded its offices across the country by adding a host of new attorneys, including three partners who deal with various benefits, employment and labor issues, the firm said in an announcement.
President Donald Trump recently issued executive orders that restrict the paid time federal employees can spend on union activity and make underperforming employees easier to fire. Federal employee unions promptly filed suits challenging their legality, but the claims face an uphill battle, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.
The National Football League has been implicated in the #MeToo movement as it faces a series of sexual harassment and gender discrimination allegations against individual teams. There are several steps the NFL and its teams can take to remedy these issues, say Kerry Garvis Wright and Aaron Swerdlow of Glaser Weil LLP.
A North Carolina federal court recently ruled that an employer could face treble damages for an employee’s mistake of sharing personal information in response to a phishing email. The reasoning could foreshadow how courts interpret cybercrime liability in other states, says J.M. Durnovich of Poyner Spruill LLP.
Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.
More than half of U.S.-based lawyers anticipate this practice will drive job growth at their firms or companies throughout the second half of 2018, according to a survey released by legal staffing and consulting solutions company Robert Half Legal on Thursday.
A federal judge’s recent decision that AT&T can complete its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner and Disney’s raised bid for parts of 21st Century Fox might have in-house counsel wondering what they’d do if a merger happened at their companies. Here, Law360 looks at how GCs and other in-house attorneys can prepare.
BigLaw firms Shearman & Sterling, Akin Gump, Orrick and Dechert are the latest to increase associate pay in the U.S. to match the scale set last week by Cravath, offering first-year attorneys a $190,000 base salary.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has become the first Republican to hold up one of President Donald Trump’s judicial picks, blocking the Eleventh Circuit nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant for a second time in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The Trump administration’s immigration policy and its effect on the courts were front and center Thursday at a subcommittee hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the pressing need for new federal district and appellate judges.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP secured the title of top legal lions this week, winning a favorable decision at the U.S. Supreme Court for a Canadian railroad company in a $13.3 million dispute with the IRS, while legal lamb Brann & Isaacson did not fare so well at the same court in a separate tax fight over internet retailers’ duty to collect state sales and use taxes.