The California Supreme Court is poised to tackle a dispute over whether an employer can successfully fight a discrimination suit by alleging a worker provided false information about his immigration status, giving the court an opportunity to clarify the scope of companies' affirmative defenses when workers lie to them, lawyers say.
A Delaware magistrate judge urged the court on Thursday toss a shareholder derivative suit claiming Allergan Inc.'s directors gave investors misleading information about a proposed executive bonus plan, saying the pharmaceutical company's motion to dismiss should be granted on “demand futility” grounds.
A compact disc containing the personal information of about 15,000 employees of the MTA New York City Transit showed up inside a refurbished CD drive sold at a major retailer, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
A Texas jury awarded $11.4 million to an information technology consulting company that lost a contract with BG Group PLC after a competitor allegedly made false reports to state and federal authorities that the company was illegally dodging employment taxes.
The Obama administration's push to expand the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime protections is now official, and while it's still unclear exactly what changes the DOL will propose, employers should gear up to participate in the rule-making process and make sure they register their concerns, lawyers say.
SanDisk Corp. slapped semiconductor company SK Hynix Inc. with a suit accusing the South Korean company of stealing trade secrets in California state court on Thursday, while authorities in Japan simultaneously arrested the former employee who allegedly divulged the information.
A group of 10 Senators reached a bipartisan deal on Thursday to restore long-term unemployment benefits, which expired late last year, that would affect 2 million Americans who lost emergency unemployment insurance coverage, the senators said.
The National Labor Relations Board sought a rehearing Thursday in its controversial case against homebuilder D.R. Horton in which an appeals court panel rejected the board's ruling that arbitration agreements barring employees from pursuing class or collective claims violate federal labor law.
Harvest Management Sub LLC, which operates 300 retirement communities nationwide as Holiday Retirement, won final approval from a California federal judge on Thursday for a $2.2 million settlement of claims that the company shorted the wages of a proposed class of roughly 14,000 workers nationwide.
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to weigh in on how the state's suitable seating requirements should be interpreted, setting the stage for a ruling that attorneys say will provide welcome clarity to a hazy area of law that has bedeviled retail employers in the Golden State.
The trustee overseeing the liquidation of Thelen LLP’s estate on Thursday urged a New York bankruptcy court to rule on matters concerning when four former Thelen partners being sued in clawback litigation received allegedly fraudulent payments and to what extent their partnership agreements allowed for the payments.
The nondebtor parent for bankrupt auto parts conglomerate Revstone Industries LLC on Thursday blasted a proposed settlement the company struck with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. to resolve more than $95 million in pension-related claims, arguing the debtor is raising the white flag with regard to the agency's claims.
A former saleswoman for upstream oil and gas service company Key Energy Services Inc. on Wednesday launched a $1 million sex discrimination suit in Texas state court alleging she was fired by a manager who determined that women have no place in oil fields.
A year after the U.S. Department of Labor trumpeted a survey marking the twentieth anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, its statistics still fly in the face of reality — particularly from the perspective of those responsible for ensuring employers are in compliance. Surveys and experience show that management of FMLA leave still presents very significant challenges, says A. Kevin Troutman of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
A New York Supreme Court judge denied New York City's bid to compel the United Federation of Teachers to appoint more arbitrators to hear disciplinary actions against teachers, saying its lawsuit seeks the same relief sought in the motion, according to documents filed Thursday.
New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman has reached agreements with four of the largest background check agencies in the U.S., under which they agreed to follow New York laws that make it illegal to automatically disqualify job applicants based solely on criminal history, Schneiderman announced Thursday.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday sent a wage-and-hour suit brought by Chase Investment Services Corp. employees under California’s Private Attorney General Act back to state court, upending a district court ruling in a precedent-setting decision that splits the California suits from federal class actions.
New legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate on Thursday that is intended to fight workplace harassment by giving workers back certain legal recourse that had been taken away after a June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday to update regulations defining the scope of federal overtime pay protections, conceding that the changes won't please everyone but vowing to get input from both workers and businesses as the rules are revamped.
McDonald's employees filed multiple pending class actions in California, Michigan and New York on Wednesday and Thursday, alleging that the giant restaurant chain and some of its franchisees steal wages from employees and engage in other behavior that hurts the chain's staff.
Since social media sites as vehicles of self-expression aren't going anywhere employers should be aware of the effects of their employees' speech on them as well as their own reaction to such speech, particularly if the reaction is to terminate the speaker. While retaliation claims from fired employees based on the First Amendment are unlikely to succeed they can lead to years of contentious litigation and bad publicity, says Richard Raysman of Holland & Knight LLP.
A Texas federal jury on Wednesday returned a more than $25 million verdict against ISOL Technology Inc. after finding it misappropriated trade secret technology that allows magnetic resonance imaging of the heart, engaged in unfair competition and breached a supply agreement with LBDS Holding Co. LLC.
A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday rejected Fieger Fieger Kenney Johnson & Giroux PC's attempts to claim the “lion’s share” of attorneys’ fees in a $3 million civil rights settlement, ruling the firm had not justified using a percentage-based fee structure.
A computer cable manufacturer agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a whistleblower suit in California federal court accusing the company of underpaying customs duties on computer cable goods imported from China, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued the state of Florida on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging the state's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.