Zimmermann: Law Firm Partner Layoffs Should Be Routine
MacEwen: Weil Gotshal Layoffs Start of Wave
Zimmermann: Up to 20% of AmLaw 200 "Badly Weakened"
Weekly Brief: New Round of Layoffs Hit Law Firms
Layoffs Coming to AmLaw 100 Law Firms
On January 1, 2014, legislative changes made by Public Act 98-0513 (Act) to the tenure, layoff and impasse bargaining process originally set out in Senate Bill 7 will go into effect.
- Tenure Portability. The Act...more
2013 has been a significant year for UK employment law. In particular, an abundance of new legislation (both about substantive law and Employment Tribunal procedure) has heralded a number of important changes.
When are related entities part of one “employer” under the WARN Act? When they function as one employer. In Guippone v. BH S&B Holdings LLC et al., No. 12.183-cv, 2013 WL 6439354 (2nd Cir. Dec. 10, 2013), the 2nd Circuit...more
The legal industry’s newest buzzword is “overcapacity.” It’s constantly invoked in reports of flat revenue and declining profits in law firms, usually as the reason for and precursor to cuts of all kinds, from secretarial...more
Under the federal WARN Act, and its more expansive counterpart, the New York State WARN Act, a sufficiently-sized employer must (absent limited exceptions) provide workers with a head’s up that the employer might shut down...more
On September 30, 2013, a bill (S2996) was introduced seeking to expand eligibility for state leave and disability benefits for employees who have been laid off or furloughed due to a declared state of emergency. First, the...more
Employment-at-will offers American employers broad freedom to cut their staff’s terms and conditions of employment, work hours, employee benefits—even compensation, bonuses, commissions and base pay. Indeed, American bosses...more
Snapshots of both big picture and meaningful small-scale developments in the world of immigration.
This month: a technology giant's hefty immigration fine and its implications, an improved interactive website for...more
This summer, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law "SharedWork Ohio," an initiative designed to help workers and employers alike by preventing layoffs. The "SharedWork Ohio" program gives Ohio employers new flexibility to...more
A decision last month by the district court for the Northern District of Indiana is the latest in a string of recent judicial decisions to confirm that a plaintiff has successfully stated a plausible claim for relief under...more
As many have read in recent news, an American business executive was held captive by employees of his medical supply factory outside of Beijing. The workers were reportedly worried about wages, layoffs, and the factory...more
In Adams v. Interkal Inc., Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney granted summary judgment in favor of Interkal on Adams' claims that (1) he was discriminated against on the basis of his age when he was involuntarily laid off by...more
July 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- Strong law firms routinely lay off partners, having adopted the General Electric model of annually dismissing those individuals who are under-performing
their colleagues, law firm consultant Kent...more
The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (the EAT) has now published its judgment in litigation that resulted from the 2008 closure of Woolworths. It confirms initial reports of a significant change to the law on UK collective...more
This comprehensive reform aims to introduce more flexibility and security into the employment market.
On June 14, France's law for labor market reform (referred to as the "Law for the security of employment" or "Loi de...more
A familiar, if unsettling, trend the past four years has been layoffs. The calculus behind them is simple: companies need to cut costs to stay afloat amidst the weak economy, and reducing the size of their workforce is a...more
On the front-page of Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, Weil, Gotshal & Manges announced that it laid off about 170 attorneys and support staff and slashed compensation for about 30 of its 300 partners. The firm ranked 13th in...more
June 27 (Bloomberg Law) -- Weil, Gotshal & Manges' announcement this week it is firing 60 associates and 110 support staffers, and cutting the pay of about 30 partners, is the start of a wave of such downsizings, according to...more
European Union employers are required by an EU directive to consult with employees and their representatives, including works councils (an existing employee representative body), when proposing collective dismissals to...more
It has been reported that the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") has overturned an employment tribunal decision denying protective awards to former employees of Woolworths who had worked in stores with fewer than 20...more
The "WARN Act" (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) requires that larger employers provide 60 days' notice in advance of plant closings or other mass layoffs....more
Around the country, it appears companies are again planning large layoffs in cost-cutting moves. Although Research Triangle Park seems to be weathering the storm better than many areas, Net App and Quintiles are reducing...more
On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government. The budget calls for an increase in funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), which has faced budget cuts in...more
April 25 (Bloomberg Law) -- A substantial percentage of the nation's largest law firms enter the sixth year of the Great Recession "badly weakened," and more firms are expected to fail, according to law firm consultant Kent...more
As previously reported, the payment of certain severance benefits may be exempt from FICA taxes. Under the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Quality Stores, severance pay made in connection with an involuntary separation from...more
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