An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday chastised the state’s Department of Employment Security for irrational legal reasoning used to collect back unemployment contributions from a religious school, but ultimately upheld the department’s decision on technical grounds.
The whistleblower in a closely watched False Claims Act suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take his case despite the Obama administration’s opposition, arguing that a circuit split shows no signs of resolving itself.
Faced with a representative claim under California’s Private Attorney General Act in federal court, employers, in light of recent rulings, may be able to persuade a court to grant a motion to dismiss on the ground that Rule 23 requirements have not been adequately alleged. Employers served with such claims in state court may also want to consider removal to federal court, say attorneys at Jenner & Block LLP.
A California court of appeal recently ruled in Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA that motive is not required in proving a claim of hostile work environment based on same-sex harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. As California’s amendment to the FEHA and recent case law expand the scope of potential liability, employers should exercise caution when investigating a claim of sexual harassment — especially in the context of same-sex harassment claims, say attorneys at Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
In a ruling designed to guide future judges the Second Circuit on Tuesday reversed a federal judge who declined to award attorneys' fees to a lawyer who had won summary judgment for a client seeking disability from his insurer after a heart surgery complication.
A U.S. representative from New York introduced legislation Tuesday that will give tax credits to employers who help pay for their workers' training.
A Service Employees International Union affiliate on Wednesday asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to stop the state’s plan to close 26 community health centers, arguing that the move violated a state law that obligates the Department of Health to keep them open.
Affiliates of Genting Group's Resorts World on Tuesday told a Washington federal court that they planned to appeal an order allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to block them from operating a Miami gambling “cruise to nowhere” with foreign crew members.
When I was a young associate, a client told the partner on the deal team that he did not work with women. The deal team leader told the client that he didn’t have a choice. I then worked with the client for over 10 years, says Barbara Rummel, a member of Lindquist & Vennum LLP's management committee.
Promoting yourself is a bit uncomfortable and risky for women since we may be viewed as immodest and aggressive. I did it anyway, making sure that clients, potential clients and law firm management knew about successes. When I did, I was perceived as a leader. That was the real breakthrough, says Shannon Broome, head of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP's air quality and climate change practice.
A federal court in Missouri refused last week to sign off on a $1.7 million proposed settlement in a wage class action brought by a group of tank installers who alleged USA Tank Sales and Erection Co. Inc. denied them overtime.
A ruling Monday that nixed the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's massive suit against Sterling Jewelers Inc. due to the scope of the agency's presuit investigation is not only a major setback for the agency, but also the latest front in a growing battle over the EEOC's tactics for launching large-scale cases that the U.S. Supreme Court will have to resolve.
A National Labor Relations Board regional director agreed Monday to let workers who oppose unionization intervene in the United Auto Workers' bid to have its recent loss in a representation election at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant tossed over alleged interference by state politicians.
The Professional Association of Golf Officials asked the Texas Supreme Court Monday to revive a malpractice suit against its former law firm over allegedly bad advice it received concerning its collective bargaining agreement with the PGA.
Senators questioned the Department of Energy and its contractors at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state about the firing of two employees who raised concerns about safety, saying that the DOE must support whistleblowers and should reconsider its practice of paying legal fees of contractors accused of wrongfully firing employees.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a package of bills Tuesday designed to limit the scope of the Affordable Care Act’s individual and employer mandates, including a bill that would allow individuals to opt out of health coverage for religious reasons.
Increasing compatibility of health, safety and environmental regulations in the U.S. and Europe while maintaining high levels of protection are among the U.S. goals in ongoing trade negotiations with the European Union, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said Tuesday.
A New York state judge on Tuesday tossed a suit accusing the New York State Assembly of being liable for a disgraced politician's alleged sexual harassment of female staff members in his office, ruling that the plaintiffs hadn't shown that the Assembly was their employer.
The U.S. Department of Labor took a step Tuesday toward requiring pension plan service providers to give employers a road map to help them understand disclosures about compensation and possible conflicts of interest, proposing an amendment to a 2012 rule and seeking public input.
A former administrator at the General Services Administration who was ousted after a scandal over exorbitant spending during a 2010 Las Vegas training conference will be reinstated and granted 19 months of back pay after being exonerated on Thursday.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a trial court decision letting law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC off the hook in a case accusing the firm of committing legal malpractice in connection with All-Staffing Inc. co-owner Alfonso Sebia's sale of stock during an acquisition of the company.
A federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania on Thursday threw out a suit accusing five former Carnegie Strategic Design Engineers LLC workers of jumping ship with $10 million worth of confidential business information, endorsing a “narrow interpretation” of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Republicans in the New Jersey Assembly introduced legislation on Monday that would allow business owners to deduct from their state income taxes contributions they make toward their own pension plan.
Former employees of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based college targeting the school in a False Claims Act suit sought a quick win in Florida federal court Monday, saying the school's denial that it incentivized admissions counselors in violation of federal law doesn't stand up to the evidence.
The low proportion of women in senior roles at private equity firms has not improved much over the past two years, according to a study by PE research firm Preqin.