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Mealey's Labor & Employment - Connecticut Federal Judge Rules For, Against Honeywell In Medical Coverage Dispute

HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut federal judge on Feb. 28 granted summary judgment in favor of Honeywell International Inc., finding that union employees who retired after the expiration of collective bargaining and related agreements that offered them lifetime medical coverage benefits are not contractually...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Arkansas Federal Judge: ERISA Preempts State Law That Regulates PBMs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An Arkansas federal judge on March 1 granted a pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) trade association summary judgment on its claim that Arkansas Act 900, a law that requires PBMs to pay pharmacies the amounts those pharmacies spent to buy generic drugs from wholesalers, is preempted by...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 4th Circuit Upholds Denial Of Forced Labor Claims By Kenyan Domestic Help

RICHMOND, Va. - A woman from Kenya who worked in Virginia for a family from Saudi Arabia and alleges that she was denied the full wages and forced to work more hours than the wages and hours that were stated in her employment contract failed to show that her situation constituted forced labor as defined...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - D.C. Circuit: FedEx Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Single-route FedEx Home Delivery drivers in Hartford, Conn., just like drivers in Massachusetts in FedEx Home Delivery v. NLRB (FedEx I) are independent contractors, not employees, a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled March 3, vacating orders by the National...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. High Court Won't Review Nursing Home's Right To Change Salaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 6 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by a nursing home that was found by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to have violated the National Labor Relations Act when it failed to follow salary guidelines established in a collective bargaining...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit Finds Chipotle's Argument In Union-Related Firing Dispute Is Too Late

ST. LOUIS - An employer's challenge of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) decision to follow the standard approach established in Wright Line, 251 N.L.R.B. 1083, 1089 (1980), in the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is barred after it failed to raise a challenge before the board,...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - D.C. Circuit: Labor Board Must Explain New Approach In Union Representation Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on March 7 vacated an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a union representation suit involving airport baggage handlers, ruling that the NLRB departed from precedent without explanation and must either provide...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - New York Federal Judge: Record-Keeper Services Didn't Give Rise To Fiduciary Duty

NEW YORK - A New York federal judge on March 7 granted a motion to dismiss an Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit alleging that a record-keeper breached its fiduciary duty by preventing ERISA plans from getting a more competitive rate for record-keeping services, finding that the record-keeper...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Server's Total Wages Don't Clear Employer In Minimum Pay Dispute, 10th Circuit Says

DENVER - A Colorado federal judge failed to consider, when ruling in favor of the employer in a wage-and-hour complaint, whether the employer was entitled to treat the server's tips as wages for all hours worked, a 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled March 7, reversing and remanding (Aarica...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit Panel Remands ABB Retirement Plan Case For Recalculation Of Losses

ST. LOUIS - An Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on March 9 remanded to Missouri federal court a case in which ABB Inc. fiduciaries were found to have abused their discretion and breached their fiduciary duties in choosing investment options for their 401(k) retirement plans, saying that the...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Split 11th Circuit: Gender Norms, Not Orientation, Protected Under Title VII

ATLANTA - Job discrimination based on an individual's gender nonconformity is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but discrimination based on sexual orientation is not, a divided 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled March 10 (Jameka K. Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 6th Circuit Affirms Court's Decision To Uphold Denial Of ERISA Benefits

CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 9 held that an insurer's decision to deny an insured's benefits is supported by substantial evidence notwithstanding the insurer's inherent conflict of interest as both the plan administrator and payer, affirming a lower federal...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Judge: Company's Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets Claims Sufficient

BISMARCK, N.D. - A company provided sufficient evidence to support its misappropriation of trade secrets claims against a former employee, a federal judge in North Dakota ruled March 13 in denying the former employee's motion to dismiss (Aggreko LLC v. Guillermo Barreto, et al., No. 16-353, D. N...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Insurance Associations File Emergency Injunction Motion Over DOL's Fiduciary Rule

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on March 14 instructed a coalition of insurance associations opposed to the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) new "fiduciary rule" to file a supplemental brief to their emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal of a ruling that the DOL has not exceeded...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Split Supreme Court: Nominee May Not Also Serve In An Acting Capacity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Section 3345(b)(1) of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prevents any acting office for an office under this section from serving as a nominee and acting official, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 21 (National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc., doing business...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Nevada High Court: NLRA, ERISA Don't Preempt Minimum Wage Amendment

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Nevada's Minimum Wage Amendment (MWA), which allows employers to pay a lower minimum wage if they provide health benefits, is not preempted by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and is not unconstitutionally vague...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - No Profits To Award From Bank's Pension Plan Transfer Strategy, Judge Says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Plaintiff employees in a decade-long case over a bank's illegal transfer of assets from a 401(k) plan to an Employee Retirement Income Security Act pension plan failed to show that any profit was retained by the bank as a result of the transfer, a North Carolina federal judge ruled...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - NLRB Rules In-N-Out Burger Can't Make Workers Remove Union, Wage-Related Buttons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In-N-Out Burger Inc. violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it prohibited employees from wearing unauthorized buttons or insignia that referenced union activity and wages, the National Labor Relations Board ruled March 21 (In-N-Out Burger, Inc. and Mid-South Organizing...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - Insurance Groups' Emergency Injunction Motion Over DOL Fiduciary Rule Denied

DALLAS - A Texas federal judge on March 20 denied a coalition of insurance associations' emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal of a ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has not exceeded its authority in formulating its new "fiduciary rule" and that the new rule does...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - ERISA Not The Vehicle For Health Centers' Suits Against Insurers, 9th Circuit Says

SAN FRANCISCO - Health care centers designated to receive direct payment from a health plan administrator for medical services cannot file suit in federal court under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because they lack both direct statutory authority and derivative authority through assignment...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 2nd Circuit Rules Against Louis C.K. In Dispute Over Plan Contributions

NEW YORK - Comedian Louis C.K.'s company is subject to the "controlling-employee" provisions in three employee benefit plan agreements and therefore must make plan contributions at the 40-hour workweek rate, even though C.K. worked fewer hours as editor of his TV show, the Second Circuit...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 8th Circuit: Cargill Inc.'s Refusal To Bargain Violated The Labor Act

ST. LOUIS - An oil manufacturer failed to show that the National Labor Relations Board erred when it determined that the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by refusing to bargain with the union representing its workers or when it refused to set aside the union election due to a...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 4th Circuit: CBA Language Kills Retirees' Claim That Health Benefits Had Vested

RICHMOND, Va. - Health benefits for United Steel Workers retirees of a West Virginia aluminum manufacturer did not vest and were properly altered unilaterally by the company because union contracts expressly provided that the benefits remained in effect only for the term of the contracts, which had expired...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments On ERISA's Church-Plan Exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Whether a church establishes a plan or not, pension plans for religious nonprofits are and have been exempt from the minimum funding and reporting and disclosure requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the attorney representing three religious hospitals and health...

Mealey's Labor & Employment - 2nd Circuit Reinstates Gay Employee's Title VII Gender-Stereotyping Claim

NEW YORK - A Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on March 27 reinstated a gay employee's bias claim, finding that while it can't reconsider the ruling in Simonton v. Runyon, 232 F.3d 33 (2d Cir. 2000), which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit discrimination...