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11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Claim Against Law Firm for Its Internal Investigation

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In a decision is sure to assuage the concerns of those engaged in conducting internal investigations, the 11th Circuit ruled last month that the law firm authors of an investigative report on the culture within a professional...more

S.D.N.Y Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Action

On February 5, 2018, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted Defendant Khan Funds Management America, Inc.’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim under Dodd-Frank on the...more

Third Circuit Confirms “But-For” Standard for Retaliation Claims Under the False Claims Act

by Fisher Phillips on

Last month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that an employee’s protected activity must be the “but for” cause of an adverse action to support a claim for retaliation under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Court...more

Third Circuit Rules that Employer-Friendly “But For” Causation Standard Applies to False Claims Act Retaliation Claims

In the case of DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC, the Third Circuit ruled for the first time that the more demanding “but for” causation standard applies to retaliation claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), rejecting the lower...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

NLRB Delivers Holiday Gift to Employers in the Form of New Standard for Workplace Civility Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As explained in this companion article, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gave employers an early holiday gift with its reversal of the Obama-era joint employer test. But the Board had even more holiday cheer to...more

Reversing the Course: Changes Coming to the NLRB - The Board Reverses Course on Handbooks and Joint Employers While the General...

Peter B. Robb took over as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ("Board") on November 17, 2017, and soon after issued an official memorandum signaling his intention to reexamine Board precedent from the prior...more

New Republican Controlled NLRB Overrules Four Major Decisions

Earlier this year, President Trump appointed (and the Senate confirmed) two new Republican members of the National Labor Relations Board (Board) - Marvin E. Kaplan and William J. Emanuel. Together with Republican Member...more

Executive Labor Summary - November / December 2017

News & Analysis- Leadoff memorandum of new NLRB General Counsel Robb draws immediate fire from Democrats NLRB Republican majority goes to work and asks for comment on the so-called “quickie election” rule Miscimarra is...more

The NLRB Reverses Itself – Good News For Employers And Their Employment Policies

by Weintraub Tobin on

In its December 14, 2017 decision entitled Boeing Company and Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, IFPTE Local 2001 ( “Boeing” ),the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) reversed itself and adopted...more

NLRB Overturns Three Obama-Era Decisions on Labor-Management Relations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the closing days of outgoing Chairman Phil Miscimarra’s term, the National Labor Relations Board issued three major decisions reversing field on significant issues of labor-management relations and requested public comment...more

The NLRB Adopts New Standards for Analyzing Workplace Rules and Determining Joint-Employer Status

The recent addition to the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) of two new members appointed by President Trump has altered the balance of power at that agency. This change was reflected on December 14, 2017, when the...more

The NLRB Makes Big Moves: Employee Handbooks And Joint Employers

by Roetzel & Andress on

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published two significant decisions affecting employers across the country. The first decision addressed the standard of review for employee handbook...more

Unwrapping Late Year NLRB Decisions – Next Steps For Your Organization To Consider

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Two weeks after newly appointed National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb signaled his intent to ask the Board to consider overruling many union-friendly precedents of the Obama-era Board, the Board has beaten...more

NLRB Reverses Two Important Obama-Era Decisions

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board continued its roll-back of Obama-era initiatives when it issued two landmark decisions just days before Chairman Miscimarra’s term expires on December 16. The first decision,...more

How to Get Yourself Fired for a Facebook Post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

The More You Know... Or Others Think You Know: Fifth Circuit Finds Decision-maker Had Knowledge to Constitute Retaliation

The Fifth Circuit has issued another opinion in the continuing saga of Jackson State University and its past athletic director, Dr. Vivian Fuller—this one about retaliation against a witness. To refresh everyone’s memory: A...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Broker's Employment Retaliation Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a former commodities broker claimed her former employers retaliated against her for filing a civil rights complaint by causing her new employer to...more

See You In Court! – November 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

As the football season wound down in Nutmeg, Bob Bombast went on a Facebook rant against the players in the NFL who take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem. Coach Rock, veteran coach at Nutmeg Memorial High...more

Methinks thou doth protest too much! FYI, only ‘reasonable’ opposition is protected

by FordHarrison on

It seems that every day the news is full of stories about employees (whether they are NFL players or Hollywood starlets) protesting unfair treatment. Usually, when an employee complains about discrimination, harassment, equal...more

Protected Conduct or Hate Speech? Managing Diverse Viewpoints in the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent events have underscored the difficulties employers face in managing diverse workforces in which employees hold a wide-range of political perspectives. The mere discussion of the news of the day can create divisive...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

For Any Lawful Reason: Firing an at-will employee under dubious circumstances need not lead to liability if the reason for the...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals highlights the distinction between firing an employee for personal or politically expedient reasons (which may be entirely legal) and firing an employee because of his...more

Calling President An Idiot May Be Protected Speech (But Maybe Not)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

“President Trump is a Big Fat Idiot” or, for that matter, “Secretary Clinton is a Sore Loser.” Let’s suppose you see one of your employees tweeting one of these expressions on Twitter during non-work hours from a personal...more

District Court Permits Transgender Person Diagnosed With Gender Dysphoria to Sue Under Americans With Disabilities Act

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Blatt v. Cabela’s Retail, Inc., No. 5:14-CV-04822, 2017 WL 2178123, at *2 (E.D. Pa. May 18, 2017). District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denies employer’s motion to dismiss failure to accommodate and...more

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