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Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/26-6/30

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Seventh Circuit Opinion Highlights Importance of Proactively Addressing and Documenting Employee Performance

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Every employer has faced the unfortunate experience of hiring an employee whose performance fell well below expectation. As highlighted in the Seventh Circuit’s recent Ferrill v. Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/19-6/23

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Fifth Circuit Revives Outspoken Professor’s Retaliation Case: Anti-Tenure Speech is a Matter of Public Concern

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Plaintiff James Wetherbe, a professor in Texas Tech University’s business school, is not your typical professor. While universities are no stranger to lawsuits from unhappy professors passed over for tenure, few see lawsuits...more

City Colleges of Chicago Will Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

College Refused to Hire Adjunct Professor for Full-Time Position Because of Her Age, Federal Agency Charged - CHICAGO - City Colleges of Chicago will pay $60,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/12-6/16

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

The United States Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hospitals on “Church Plan” ERISA Exemption

The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of religiously-affiliated hospitals and healthcare organizations in holding that a pension plan need not be established by a church in order to qualify for ERISA’s...more

Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee...more

Public Act 16-67 – Are Your Background-Check Practices Compliant?

It’s been almost exactly a year since Public Act 16-67 – officially entitled “An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Certain Education Personnel Records, Criminal Penalties for Threatening in Educational Settings and the...more

School Districts Taking Advantage of New H-1B Cap Exemption Regulations

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With the increased focus on foreign language programs — particularly the popularity of immersion programs in which the foreign language is used for instruction rather than as the subject of instruction—schools districts are...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – May, 2017 #3

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am new to my position as principal of a small elementary school and, frankly, I am surprised at how low energy my teachers are. It seems to me that they do the absolute minimum whenever they...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...more

Play is Not Work: Judge Dismisses Former USC Linebacker’s Wage and Hour Lawsuit

by Baker Donelson on

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson’s attempt to be declared an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was soundly defeated in federal court. Dawson brought the lawsuit on...more

Commonwealth Court Orders Teacher Reinstated When The School Board Fails To Strictly Comply With Statutory Procedures For...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Vladimirsky v. School District of Philadelphia, 144 A.3d 986 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). The Commonwealth Court held that a tenured teacher has a constitutionally protected interest in his (or her) employment and can only be...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Return of Petitions Not Selected in the H-1B Lottery Triggers “Cap Gap” Considerations

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for the FY2018 H-1B visa lottery has been completed and that petitions not accepted under the lottery selection process will...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

Employees in Educational Programs: Expanded Options for Suits

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers who are operating educational programs or activities – whether inside or outside educational institutions – take note: a recent court decision adds to a split in the federal appellate courts by allowing employees...more

The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Undergraduate Resident Advisors at Colleges and Universities

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, last Friday an Acting Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board created a new inroad for unions to organize undergraduate resident...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - May 5, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Spending Bill: The U.S. Senate cleared legislation to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, sending it to President Trump for his signature. The vote was 79-18 on H.R. 244, which provides $1.1t in base...more

SEIU Local 500 Withdraws Petition to Represent Resident Advisors at George Washington University

On May 2, 2017, SEIU Local 500 made a request to Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to withdraw its petition to represent a bargaining unit of Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University....more

Leading Tax Counsel For College Athletes Advise They May Not Realize How Good They Now Have It

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In this interview with the LEAD Association, tax partner Lorry Spitzer examines the tax implications of paying college athletes....more

"'Play' is Not 'Work'" – USC Football Player Loses FLSA Suit Seeking "Employee" Wages

by Baker Donelson on

Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson's attempt to be declared an "employee" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), so that he and a proposed class of Division I Football Bowl Subdivision...more

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