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Ninth Circuit: Medical Providers Lack ERISA Standing

The Ninth Circuit affirmed two district court decisions that concluded medical providers were not “beneficiaries” under Section 502(a) of ERISA and therefore lacked standing to bring an ERISA claim...more

The Importance of Getting Inventorship Right: A Cautionary Tale in Two Cases

U.S. patent law elevates the importance of “the inventor” to an extent unseen in the rest of the world. Unlike many other countries, ownership of patent applications in the United States initially vests in the inventors...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (March Edition)

by Littler on

March madness is not limited to college basketball. This month has also seen numerous minimum wage proposals introduced and considered at the local and state levels. Local and state officials continue to battle over who gets...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

Finding Ways to Sue

An employee who is terminated from employment does not have a legal right to sue the employer simply because he believes that the termination was “unfair.” While union contracts typically contain a provision that discipline,...more

Labor and Employment Group News: Independent Contractor or “Employee, Inc.”?

by Murtha Cullina on

It is usually the case that when you contract for services with another company you have engaged it as an "independent contractor." And, as a result, its employees cannot claim that you owe them overtime pay....more

Insight: UK Employment Law Round-up – December 2016

by Dentons on

Welcome to the December edition of our employment law round-up. In this edition, we couldn't fail to give you an update on the most important piece of constitutional litigation of our time, which has been heard by the Supreme...more

DOL Prevails In First Challenge to the Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On November 4, 2016, Judge Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the U.S. Department of Labor’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed claims brought by the National Association for Fixed...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - October 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - This month, we look at the implications of the two federal district court cases from California that applied the ban on discretionary clauses typically found in ERISA plans to self-insured plans. The...more

Employers Get a Break on Disclosure of Union Organizing Efforts and Advice: Texas Court Blocks Implementation of the DOL’s...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

In this blog, we have previously covered the United States’ Department of Labor’s controversial efforts to effect a significant change to the so-called “Persuader Rule,” a regulation first proposed by the United States...more

Down Goes HB 1523: Judge Reeves Enjoins Mississippi from Enacting Controversial Religious Freedom Law

Late Thursday last night, Judge Carlton Reeves, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, entered a 60-page order striking down HB 1523, Mississippi’s controversial “Protecting Freedom of...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waiver Unenforceable in Arbitration Agreements, Creates Split among Circuits

by Wilson Elser on

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dealt a blow to employers when it held in Jacob Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation that arbitration agreements that prohibit employees from seeking class, collective or...more

Teacher’s Verbal Abuse of Student Does Not Rise to “Conscious-Shocking” Level Necessary to Support Due Process Claim

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

L.H. and C.H. v. Pittston Area Sch. Dist., 130 F. Supp. 3d 918 (M.D. Pa 2015) (Decided September 10, 2015). The District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania determined that verbal abuse by a teacher, by itself,...more

The New Persuader Activity Reporting Requirements—A Significant Development

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent public announcement regarding the implementation of its new “persuader activity” rule, all engagements entered into prior to July 1, 2016—including long-term or...more

Lawsuits Filed Challenging The USDOL’s Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule addressing when a person providing services to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement account (IRA) is considered to be providing investment...more

An overview of Bill S-201: An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination

by DLA Piper on

On May 3, 2016, Bill S-201, An Act to prohibit and prevent genetic discrimination, was given its first reading in the House of Commons. Originally introduced and recently passed in the Senate as a private Member’s bill, the...more

California Teachers Seek Rehearing Before Full U.S. Supreme Court Regarding Constitutionality of “Agency Shop” Fees for Non-Union...

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Attorneys for the Plaintiff California public sector teachers in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association have taken the extraordinarily rare step of petitioning the Supreme Court for a rehearing, and have...more

Georgia's New Garnishment Code Takes Effect on May 12, 2016

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

On April 12, 2016, Governor Deal signed into law Senate Bill 255 (SB255) which was passed by the Legislature to repeal and replace the existing garnishment code. SB255 was drafted in response to orders from Judge Shoob of the...more

From The Jaws Of Defeat, Public Unions Snatch Lucky Victory

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For many years, unions representing public employees in a variety of states have continued to require employees to pay union dues even if they have an objection to certain political, lobbying, or other activities the unions...more

First Lawsuit Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Yesterday, a group of plaintiffs (including a trade association, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers, and a law firm) filed suit in the United...more

DOL Issues Final "Persuader" Rules Governing Disclosure of Consultants in Antiunion Efforts

On March 23, 2016, the federal Department of Labor issued final regulations requiring for the first time that employers disclose the identity of any third-party consultants retained to help the company respond to union...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2016

Nuclear Plant Maintenance Manager's Whistleblower Claim Was Properly Dismissed - Sanders v. Energy Northwest, 2016 WL 560809 (9th Cir. 2016) - David W. Sanders, a maintenance manager for Energy Northwest (a...more

Ch-Ch-Changes? Mandatory Fees for Public Employees At Issue Before the Supreme Court

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

First things first. My favorite David Bowie song is “Heroes” (though I remember really being struck by its use in the 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge). But the song that comes to mine today for various reasons is “Changes” and...more

Whistleblower Standing Split in Circuits & TN Federal Courts

by Burr & Forman on

There’s a developing circuit split over whistleblower standing for retaliation claims. A decision this week extended that split to U.S. district courts within Tennessee, too. In Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, No....more

Texas Court Rules Religious Institutions not Exempt From all Employment-Related Claims

The United States and Texas Constitutions each provide for the free exercise of religion and the separation of church and state. These constitutional prescriptions frequently bar the application of civil laws, including...more

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