Expert Analysis

Why Employers Should Refrain From 'Quiet Firing'

While quiet firing — when an employer deliberately makes working conditions intolerable with the goal of forcing a... (more story)

5 New Calif. Laws Employers Need To Know

Now is a good time for employers to evaluate personnel rules to keep pace with California’s newly adopted employee... (more story)

3 Employer Strategies To Streamline Mass Arbitrations

Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expens... (more story)

Labor More

DOL Defends Dismissal of UAW Member's Election Gripes

The U.S. Department of Labor told a Michigan federal court that an erstwhile candidate for United Auto Workers leadership failed to establish that its dismissal of his allegations of union election misconduct ... (more story)

NLRB Upholds Official's Toss of Starbucks Decertification Bid

A National Labor Relations Board official was right to rule that an attempt to oust Workers United from a Manhattan Starbucks cannot progress while the store's managers stand accused of refusing to bargain wit... (more story)

Friday's opinion from the Ninth Circuit stems from a lawsuit filed in 2018 accusing Brusco Tug & Barges of failing to provide meal and rest breaks, pay reporting time wages, minimum wages, all wages owed, wages upon firing, as well as reimbursement expenses and providing accurate wage statements. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)
9th Circ. Strikes Down Harbor Towing Co.'s Arbitration Appeal

The Ninth Circuit has upheld a lower court's decision denying a harbor towing company's bid to arbitrate a deck engineer's wage-and-hour suit, finding there to be no valid arbitration agreement covering the en... (more story)

Longshore Union Refused To Hire Critic, NLRB Judge Says

A longshore union local illegally punished a dissident member of another unit by repeatedly blocking him from getting work at its hiring hall after he alerted a higher-up to his concerns with its work assignme... (more story)

Trader Joe's Union Demands To Bargain Over Smiling Rule

A union representing Trader Joe's workers demanded that the company bargain at a scheduled negotiation on Tuesday over a policy that requires employees to always smile while on work premises, a practice the un... (more story)

Union Was Absent From Buffalo Starbucks, Barista Says

A Starbucks barista asked the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the union at her Buffalo, New York, store not because of the company's resistance to unionization, but because Workers United represent... (more story)

NLRB Judge Dings Ky. Public Defender For Failure To Bargain

A Kentucky public defender's office violated federal labor law by refusing to bargain with an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local over a move to outsource the legal representation of psychiat... (more story)

Discrimination More

Equipment Rental Co. Dodges Worker's Retaliation Suit

A North Carolina federal judge tossed a suit alleging Herc Rentals Inc. fired an employee after he made a series of internal safety complaints, saying the plaintiff failed to show that the company retaliated a... (more story)

Investment Co. Can't Send Coverage Suit Back To State Court

A Connecticut federal court refused to send an investment firm's suit seeking coverage for an employment discrimination action back to state court, finding that the firm's insurer satisfied the requirements for removal.

Lindsey Ruff of Boies Schiller Flexner said the New York Adult Survivors Act is part of a much larger societal shift: "One thing the MeToo movement has helped explain is that survivors need time to tell their stories." (iStock)
NY Adult Survivors Act Window Shuts, Airing Years Of Abuse

While survivors of sexual abuse and their attorneys rushed last week to file otherwise time-barred lawsuits before the New York Adult Survivors Act's lookback window closed, attorneys are waiting to see if the... (more story)

Music Retailer Fired Worker Over Cancer Diagnosis, Suit Says

New York-based musical instrument retailer Sam Ash fired a veteran employee just eight days after he told his boss that he had been diagnosed with liver cancer, according to a suit filed Monday in state court.

Apparel Co., Workers End Rap Music Harassment Suit

A group of workers agreed to close their harassment suit in Nevada federal court alleging an apparel company made them work in a warehouse that blared sexually abusive and misogynistic rap music, after the Nin... (more story)

Real Estate Agency Settles Ex-Worker's Sex Bias Suit

A former employee of a real estate agency told a Georgia federal court Monday that she has finalized the details of a settlement with the company to end her lawsuit alleging she was fired after complaining tha... (more story)

Ex-Conn. GOP Press Aide Can't Sue Over Job Loss, Court Told

A former spokesperson for Connecticut's Republican lawmakers failed to follow the necessary process to sue her ex-employer for allegedly pushing her to leave her job, the state argued Monday in asking a superi... (more story)

Wage & Hour More

McDonald's Asks Justices To Review Workers' No-Poach Case

McDonald's asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review the Seventh Circuit's revival of a proposed class action alleging the company's since-discontinued no-poach provisions in franchisee agreements viola... (more story)

Firm Bows Out Of Pursuing UFC Fighters For Wage Claims

Sparacino PLLC has agreed to stop contacting Ultimate Fighting Championship contenders who are potential members of a proposed class in a Nevada federal lawsuit that accuses the organization of repressing wage... (more story)

Appellate rulings can change the course of litigation in wage and overtime cases. (iStock)
How Appellate Courts Changed The Course Of 5 Wage Cases

An appellate opinion may breathe new life into a case that a lower court dismissed, or throw out a decision with instructions to conduct a fresh analysis that adopts a new legal test. Here, Law360 reviews what... (more story)

Ex-Papa John's Manager Resubmits $5M No-Poach Settlement

A former Papa John's manager wants to assuage a Kentucky federal judge's concerns over a $5 million settlement resolving claims over "no poach" provisions in the pizza chain's franchise agreements, arguing it ... (more story)

Pa. Justices Say Construction Bid Fight Belongs To PennDOT

Pennsylvania may block a construction firm accused of underpaying its workers from bidding on new construction contracts, as the state's Supreme Court ruled that the company must first contest any debarment wi... (more story)

Fla. Construction Co., Workers Seek OK Of $550K OT Deal

A Florida construction company and a group of workers asked a federal judge Monday to place a stamp of approval on a $550,000 settlement ending a collective action alleging that the company ducked its overtime... (more story)

Ex-Kirkland Atty Says BigLaw Firm Can't Escape Sex Bias Suit

A former Kirkland & Ellis LLP associate accusing the firm of sex discrimination has urged a California federal court to disregard its motion to dismiss, arguing that Kirkland has been rehashing already-rejecte... (more story)