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Although workplace affinity groups — caucus groups of employees who share common traits or concerns, like LGBT individuals or parents — can give businesses a way of boosting morale and brainstorming ideas to improve diversity, they still may pose legal risks if employers aren’t careful.
A split New York state appeals panel said that a courier for web-based delivery service Postmates was an independent contractor, handing businesses another win in the ongoing battle over the employment status of gig economy workers.
A Massachusetts federal judge spent several hours in a Boston courtroom Friday discussing racial identity, implicit bias and the legal ramifications of drug-testing employees in a hearing that concluded the evidentiary portion of a long-running discrimination case against the Boston Police Department over false-positive results disproportionately affecting black people.
Tesla Motors Inc.’s in-house counsel thinks the restitution amount available to cover a six-figure internal investigation into a former employee’s conduct is “not meaningful enough to be worthwhile” after the Supreme Court’s recent Lagos ruling, according a Thursday filing.
Brown University and an American Federation of Teachers-affiliated union local have agreed to let the school’s 1,400 graduate student workers vote on whether to organize through the American Arbitration Association, following in the footsteps of Georgetown University and its grad students.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has reined in a state appellate ruling that required public bodies to notify employees in advance of meetings where a personnel decision might occur, saying such notices are only required when officials intend to discuss the jobs of adversely affected workers behind closed doors.
A black employee of the company that makes Domino sugar defended his jury win in a race bias suit in New York federal court Friday, calling the company’s bid for a new trial “a garden-variety effort” to reverse a fair verdict.
A California appeals court has ordered a new trial in a lawsuit against car parts supplier Autozone Inc., saying Thursday that a lower court made several erroneous evidentiary rulings that prejudiced the employee who alleged that she was subjected to sexual harassment by a co-worker.
WAGE & HOUR
Granite Telecommunications LLC urged a Florida federal judge Thursday to sign off on a deal settling two former sales representatives’ claims that the company shorted workers on overtime pay, saying it will pay out $714,900 but admit no wrongdoing.
Former Walmart assistant managers urged a Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday to reconsider its refusal to let them move forward as a class in a lawsuit alleging the megastore chain manipulated their job titles to keep from paying them overtime.
An Illinois federal court on Thursday granted a bid by one of the largest Pizza Hut franchisees in the country to compel arbitration in a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act class action over vehicle-related expenses, suspending the case following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
A Hertz employee who accused the car rental company of violating California labor laws by withholding meal and rest breaks and skimping on pay has asked a federal judge for class certification, saying more than 2,000 workers were subject to the same unlawful policies.
The unions for the major professional sports are looking to take part in oral arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court over whether daily fantasy sports companies must compensate college athletes for using their names, likenesses and statistics in their contests, arguing that the parties and the courts are missing the point.
Current and former detainees at an immigrant detention center in Washington state who allege the site’s owner violated a state labor law by paying them a $1 daily rate for working at the center urged a Washington federal court on Thursday to certify their litigation as a class action.
The majority of a National Labor Relations Board panel has backed an administrative law judge’s 2016 finding that a California tribe violated federal law by cutting year-end bonuses for unionized workers at its San Diego-area casino in half without bargaining with their union first.
A nonmanaging member of defunct Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton LLC being sued with other firm colleagues by a former name partner for allegedly shorting him in the firm’s breakup argued Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court that a motion by the partner to arbitrate the case is far too premature.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday revived part of a $2.6 million jury award for the former manager of a car dealership who claims his old boss reneged on a buy-in agreement and ruined his reputation, saying the court of appeals was wrong to strike down the entire award and ordering the lower court to revisit the case.
Whistleblowers in a lawsuit accusing grocery store conglomerate SuperValu Inc. of overcharging the federal government for medication asked an Illinois federal judge to sanction the chain, saying it destroyed material evidence that would have helped prove their claims.
A New Jersey state appeals court Friday refused to revive a state trooper’s whistleblower suit alleging she was transferred to an unpopular unit after reporting a superior’s pornography use on the job, reasoning that the new assignment was actually a promotion.
A district manager with California’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health has been charged in state court with accepting bribes in exchange for lowering workspace safety violation penalties faced by a construction company, according to the California attorney general’s office.
A Louisiana insurance company asked the Fifth Circuit to hear arguments that it should not be on the hook for damages, saying that two immigrants who were injured while working at a sugarcane farm it insures should have been barred under state employment law from bringing claims looking to hold the farm liable.
Oklahoma’s Supreme Court on Friday tossed a referendum petition challenging a new law that raised taxes on oil, cigarettes and gasoline that will fund pay raises for teachers, saying that the summary of the petition was misleading and flawed.
There has been virtually no appellate guidance on the meaning and scope of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the two years since it was enacted. Only four appellate panels have addressed the law, say Gregory Lantier and Thomas Sprankling of WilmerHale.
Several recent events — including a lawsuit against grocery chain Albertsons filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — highlight that many employers may not be well-acquainted with the nuances of the law regarding English-only rules, despite the high potential for such sensitive issues to create problems, says Alex Lee of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.
Originally signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 25, 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act turns 80 this year. Here, attorneys most familiar with the statute provide different perspectives on the law’s impact and development over the course of its history.
It’s the rare law firm that is consistently ahead of the pack on hiring and promoting women and minorities, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey. Here are the firms leading the way in building a more diverse attorney workforce.
As part of our recent Satisfaction Survey, we asked our readers whether they’d faced harassment or discrimination based on race or sex, and many of the responses were jarring. Here’s what they had to say.
Preparing for trials or oral arguments can be the busiest and most stressful times of attorneys’ careers. Here, some of the industry’s most successful litigators share how they get ready to face a judge or jury.
At least seven law firms ended the week by sharing their plans to raise associate base salaries to match the top-of-the-market pay scale recently set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.
The Trump administration suggested combining the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a broader reorganization of federal agencies, a judge deemed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as unlawfully structured and the Federal Trade Commission’s newly minted chairman said the agency will conduct hearings to refocus its enforcement mission.
Immigrant families have been separated by the thousands along the Southern border under a Trump administration zero-tolerance policy. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we discuss the complex legal dynamics at play, as well as the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that may not provide the relief it promises.
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.