A group of unions and officials representing Wisconsin public employees have filed a new state court challenge to a 2011 law that gutted their collective bargaining rights, claiming it violates the state constitution by exempting certain state workers, like cops, but not others.
Starbucks' hire of star U.S. Supreme Court litigator Lisa Blatt of Williams & Connolly LLP bolsters the coffee giant's defense to unfair labor practice claims as its legal battle with the National Labor Relations Board heats up in the appeals courts, experts say.
Unions representing such diverse workers as Las Vegas casino employees and Hollywood writers and actors have recently negotiated labor contracts that aim to control the use of artificial intelligence in the workplace, and experts said the results signal how labor may try to rein in the emerging technology.
Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
Univar Solutions USA Inc. told an Illinois federal judge that the company isn't liable for thousands in allegedly unpaid pension contributions, claiming the fund accepted a labor contract between the chemical giant and a Teamsters local that ended the business's obligation to pay.
A Massachusetts Trader Joe's violated its bargaining obligations by prematurely declaring an impasse on key issues during negotiations for a first contract with its workers' union, the union claimed in a new unfair labor practice charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board's Boston office.
A Pennsylvania magistrate judge approved a $300,000 settlement between a Philadelphia-based orchestra and a musicians' union, resolving the union's claims that the orchestra owed wages and benefits contributions for a holiday program in 2022.
This week, the Second Circuit will hear a Broadway producer's attempt to revive his lawsuit claiming the Actors' Equity Association launched an illegal boycott against him after a labor dispute over a show. Here, Law360 explores this and other major labor and employment cases on the docket in New York.
A California federal judge vacated an arbitration award requiring a Los Angeles hospital to rehire a mechanic, agreeing with the hospital that an arbitrator never should have heard the dispute because a Service Employees International Union local had missed its deadline to initiate arbitration.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for oral arguments at the Ninth Circuit in a proposed racial discrimination class action against Uber. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
Law360 looks at four U.S. Supreme Court petitions filed in the past two weeks you might have missed, including questions over whether the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel is entitled to prosecutorial discretion, the proper standard for determining attorney fees in copyright cases, and how courts should treat the Board of Veterans' Affairs' silence on benefits decisions.
The prosecution rested its case Thursday in the embezzlement trial of former Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty, with the judge ordering the court to stand in recess until Monday when closing statements are on deck.
The U.S. Department of Labor has asked a Florida federal judge to preserve its attempt to overturn the results of a union officers' election because four candidates were disqualified, saying the port workers' union hasn't proved they were properly excluded from the race.
A California county didn't need to include opt-out health insurance fees in firefighters' overtime calculations because those amounts were not part of their regular rate of pay under federal law, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, affirming a district court's decision.
There's no reason to overturn a jury win for an anti-abortion former Southwest flight attendant who accused the airline of religious bias, or an order requiring Southwest's counsel to attend religious bias training, the ex-worker told the Fifth Circuit.
A civil marine contractor urged a California federal judge not to remand a former worker's proposed wage and hour class action to state court, contending that federal labor law preempts the case since review of a collective bargaining agreement is necessary to resolve the claims.
House Republicans made their case Thursday for passing legislation that would bar unions and employers from negotiating contracts requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of employment, while Democrats dismissed the bill as an effort to undermine unions as they notch wins across the country.
A Native American tribe is delaying its casino employees' unionization process by refusing to select an arbitrator to count signed union cards, which it must do under a 2017 agreement outlining the organizing process, UNITE HERE claimed in a suit filed in California federal court.
A group of Ph.D. student workers at Emory University voted to form a union with Workers United, according to a National Labor Relations Board tally, in the latest show of support for unionization efforts by graduate student workers at private universities.
Two cruise ship contractors questioned a union pension fund's request for $123,000 in attorney fees and costs in Louisiana federal court after the fund won a $2.8 million debt fight with the companies, calling "excessive" the hours the fund said its attorneys spent on the lawsuit.
A federal magistrate judge Wednesday recommended slashing a request for attorney fees from Iron Workers' benefit funds in a case dealing with an employer's unpaid contributions, saying there are "vague" billing entries from the plaintiffs' counsel as part of a $2.2 million judgment.
A now-defunct Federal Bureau of Prisons contractor that operated halfway houses urged the Sixth Circuit to toss the National Labor Relations Board's finding that it was the parent company of a shuttered Michigan halfway house, saying the facility was more beholden to the government than the company.
Starbucks didn't require a worker in Southern California to listen to an anti-union speech at the end of her performance review, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday, upholding a board judge's decision.
A National Labor Relations Board official dismissed unfair labor practice charges accusing Tesla of terminating workers at a factory in Buffalo, New York, according to copies of dismissal letters obtained by Law360 on Tuesday, while finding merit to other claims of federal labor law violations.
The National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recent announcement of increased interagency cooperation may suggest that each agency will be expanding its scope of inquiry moving forward, and signals that employers need to be prepared for inspections that implicate both OSHA and NLRB issues, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.
Conference realignment will seem tame compared to the regulatory and policy developments likely to transform college sports in the near future, addressing questions surrounding the employment status of student-athletes, athlete compensation and transgender athletes, say attorneys at O'Melveny.
Following recent historic strikes in the automotive, entertainment and health care industries, employers of all types can learn key insights about how unions may approach negotiations and strikes going forward, and nonunionized workplaces should anticipate a drive for increased union membership, say Lenny Feigel and Mark Neuberger at Foley & Lardner.
The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.
State and federal examination of employee training repayment agreements has intensified, and with the potential for this tool to soon be severely limited, employers should review their options, including pivoting to other retention strategies, says Aaron Vance at Barnes & Thornburg.
The National Labor Relations Board’s return to a broad definition of “joint employer” will expose companies — even those with only theoretical control of their outside consultants, contractors or franchise workers — to increased labor obligations and risks, further escalating their already expanding National Labor Relations Act liabilities, says William Kishman at Squire Patton.
There are many possible legal ramifications associated with integrating artificial intelligence tools and solutions into workplaces, including unionized workplaces' employer obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, and health and safety issues concerning robots and AI, say attorneys at Proskauer.
The National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions and general counsel memos mark the strong beginning of a trend toward greater pro-employee protections, so employers should proactively engage in risk management by revisiting their handbook policies accordingly, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.
If the U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in the Loper Bright v. Raimondi commercial fisheries' case overrules judicial deference to federal agencies' legal interpretations, it could carry over to the National Labor Relations Board's vacillating interpretations of the National Labor Relations Act, bringing a measure of predictability to the board’s administration of the law, says Corey Franklin at FordHarrison.
A recent move by the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 65 to 67 has reignited a decades-long debate — but this issue is best addressed through collective bargaining between carriers and pilots, rather than through legislation, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.
The National Labor Relations Board's recent rulings in Wendt and Tecnocap on unilateral changes to employment terms shift bargaining leverage away from companies, but certain considerations can help employers navigate a contractual hiatus and negotiations for a first union contract, says Henry Morris Jr. at ArentFox Schiff.
In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.
Given the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision in Miller Plastics to implement a broader standard for when it will protect individual protests, employers must be careful to not open themselves to unfair labor practice claims when disciplining employees with personal gripes, says Mohamed Barry at Fisher Phillips.