A recent agency ruling dismantling the immigration judges' union has left judges more vulnerable to political influences, but with numerous competing priorities in Washington, proponents still face slim odds in the fight to establish an independent immigration court system.
A Texas A&M employee has sued the university and her former supervisor, who was arrested on suspicion of secretly recording women using the restroom, claiming her employer did not stop him from sexually harassing her or properly investigate the incident.
A computer crime law whose scope has been hotly debated since it was passed in 1984 will be in the limelight Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether a Georgia police officer violated federal law by abusing his access to an online government database. Here's a breakdown of three key questions that may arise and could decide where the court ultimately comes down.
A former secretary at Hartline Barger LLP has sued the firm in Texas federal court, alleging she was wrongfully terminated and suffered abusive behavior after requesting an earlier work schedule to receive treatment for breast cancer.
Walgreens and a class of workers have received a California federal judge's approval for their $4.5 million settlement to resolve claims that the pharmacy chain broke Golden State labor law by not paying all wages to employees at its distribution centers.
The National Labor Relations Board has reversed an administrative law judge's finding that a gaming technology company's separation agreements ran afoul of federal labor law, with one member dissenting and saying that the board's decision "only makes bad law worse."
Dog handlers for a security company will vote by mail on whether to continue being represented by a union, a National Labor Relations Board regional director has said, finding their employer's pitch for a hybrid mail and in-person election is impractical for scattered employees facing COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has fired off a final effort to shut down allegations that the firm discriminates against mothers before the claims wind up before a jury, insisting that the two accusers remaining in the litigation ignore the facts and rely on "self-righteous say-so."
A Texas personal injury firm has resolved a dispute with a former attorney it accused of poaching 50 mass tort litigation clients after she was fired for what the firm says was bad performance, just weeks after the fight hit the courts.
A pipefitters' union struck a $3 million deal to end a long-running class action brought in Chicago federal court by Black workers who were allegedly boxed out of quality job opportunities.
Union leaders have had President-elect Joe Biden's ear early in his transition to the White House, signaling that the self-professed "union man" aims to live up to that title by pushing a pro-labor agenda that makes workers' needs a key plank of his coronavirus plan and other reforms, labor officials and advocates say.
With fierce debates and controversial content dominating social media feeds this chaotic year, employees' online activity can cause problems for businesses, even if workers are posting while off the clock. Here are four tips employers should keep in mind when an employee's social media posts cause unrest in the workplace.
Tens of thousands of inmates in California's jails and prisons have fraudulently claimed more than $1 billion in unemployment claims during the COVID-19 pandemic, a massive scheme that a coalition of district attorneys on Tuesday said may be the biggest fraud of taxpayer dollars in Golden State history.
A dustup involving litigator Beth Wilkinson and her probe of alleged sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team's front office spilled into federal court this month, as a lawsuit aimed to block information tied to a confidentiality agreement from being disclosed.
A tweet from The Federalist's publisher saying he would send employees "back to the salt mine" if they tried to unionize was an "obvious threat" that violated federal labor law, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday, ordering him to delete the tweet.
New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an AIG unit is liable for $1.3 million in excess damages plus certain interest on a construction worker's $2.7 million personal injury win, saying the excess insurer is not liable for interest that would have been paid by the primary insurer under a now-voided policy.
A Virginia federal judge shut down a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by a fired Science Applications International Corp. communications adviser who alleged a female supervisor sexually harassed him, noting Tuesday that "general unfairness" isn't against the law.
A former Fox Rothschild LLP attorney has joined the firm in denouncing what he called a former legal assistant's "outlandish" bid to revive parts of her sexual assault and discrimination suit against him and the firm, arguing that the assistant rehashed arguments that the New Jersey federal court already rejected in October.
Tipped workers at a North Carolina sushi restaurant won a partial revival Tuesday of a Fair Labor Standards Act suit, with the Fourth Circuit ruling that a lower court had erred in applying a commission-based exemption to the federal law's overtime requirements.
Lyft faced tough questioning from a New York state appeals panel on Tuesday in its bid to set aside a New York City regulation that created a minimum wage for app-based drivers, with one justice suggesting the city and Lyft merely had different goals for the regulation.
A Texas appellate court on Tuesday declined to revive an oil and gas consulting company's breach of contract lawsuit against a former independent contractor, finding the consulting company's noncompete clause was unenforceable.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Jocelyn Samuels told Law360 in an exclusive interview that getting employers up to speed on the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster Bostock ruling, issuing fresh COVID-19 guidance and tackling the wage gap are among her top priorities for the coming year.
A Massachusetts personal care attendant's wage and hour lawsuit against a state agency and two disability assistance organizations can't proceed because she is employed by her patient, not those entities, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Tuesday.
DoorDash and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General's Office told a D.C. judge Tuesday they agreed to a $2.5 million settlement of a lawsuit alleging the food delivery company misrepresented how tips paid by customers would be distributed to couriers.
Kroger Co. is urging a federal judge to toss a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit brought on behalf of two Christian workers who alleged the grocery chain put a symbol on their aprons in support of the LGBTQ community, saying the logo has nothing to do with sexual orientation.
Although there has not yet been a decision on the merits, a wave of COVID-19 litigation concerning force majeure, impossibility and frustration of purpose in New York indicates that using pandemic-related excuses to avoid contractual obligations may be limited, says Seth Kruglak at Norton Rose.
Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.
The Fourth Circuit’s recent denial of an Americans with Disabilities Act claim in Elledge v. Lowe's instructs employers on how to analyze accommodation requests and illustrates when disabled employees may not be entitled to special priority for reassignment, says Phillip Kilgore at Ogletree.
As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to significantly shift aerospace and defense industry priorities, revoke certain Trump administration government contractor policies, strengthen "Buy American" requirements, and increase use of defense and NASA budgetary authority to combat climate change, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.
As many nonprofits face budget shortfalls due to the pandemic, the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Lynch v. Crawford reminds board-level volunteers that they could be found personally liable for wage violations, despite qualified immunity provided by federal and state law, say attorneys at Casner & Edwards.
Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.
While federal contractors are required to comply with the Trump administration’s recent ban on certain racial sensitivity trainings, it’s likely that President-elect Joe Biden will overturn the restrictions after taking office, and there are many ways to advance diversity and inclusion agendas in the meantime, says Allison Powers at Barack Ferrazzano.
Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's appointment of a new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair, Silicon Valley should expect greater scrutiny of whistleblowers, earnings management, risk disclosures and insider trading — all potentially influenced by the federal courts in serving as a check on the agency's enforcement, say attorneys at MoFo.
Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Because brief workplace interactions can meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new definition of "close contact" for COVID-19 exposure, employers should implement countermeasures such as reconfiguring facility layouts and limiting on-site staff to enhance safety and reduce the risk of liability, says Bonnie Mayfield at Dykema.
Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.
Kenneth Kleinman and Brad Kushner at Stevens & Lee share how employers can use effective position statements, dismissals and other defenses to fight whistleblower complaints filed under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's anti-retaliation regulations, both at the investigative stage and in a subsequent federal court action.
While it doesn't alter employers' Americans With Disabilities Act obligations, the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Exby-Stolley v. Board of County Commissioners raises concerns about denying specific requests for reasonable accommodation, say Janet Savage and Penelope Scudder at Davis Graham.
U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.