Expert Analysis

Starbucks 'Memphis 7' Ruling Shows Retaliation Is A Bad Idea

Starbucks’ unsuccessful attempts to quash unionization by retaliating against organizing employees — illustrated b... (more story)

How To Create A California-Compliant Piece-Rate Pay Policy

Piece-rate compensation can encourage worker efficiency and productivity, but California has special rules for emp... (more story)

3 Employer Considerations In Light Of DOL Proposed OT Rule

A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Stan... (more story)

Labor More

Defense Contractor Illegally Used Temp Workers, NLRB Says

A defense contractor violated federal labor law by using temporary workers without notifying the International Association of Machinists and delaying a response to the union's bid for information, the National... (more story)

Fla. Judge Again Rejects Bid To Block State Union Law

A Florida federal judge on Friday rejected a renewed effort from a group of teachers unions to block a state law barring public sector unions from having dues deducted from members' paychecks, saying the chang... (more story)

The National Labor Relations Board said that Google and Accenture are joint employers of content creation operation workers who are seeking representation by Alphabet Workers Union-Communication Workers of America Local 9009. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Google, Accenture Are Joint Employers, NLRB Official Finds

Google and its contractor Accenture are joint employers under federal labor law of workers on a content creation team looking to organize, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, saying ... (more story)

LA Hospital Seeks To Toss Arbitration Order To Rehire Worker

A Los Angeles hospital asked a California federal judge Friday to vacate an arbitration award requiring it to rehire a worker it fired for dishonesty, saying its workers' union technically waited too long to b... (more story)

FTC, DOL To Collaborate On Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly pledged to share information about potential labor and competition law violations and collaborate on efforts to combat anti-competitiv... (more story)

Union Says Solar Co. Hasn't Complied With Arbitration Order

A Michigan solar company has not followed an arbitration board's order to remit unpaid wages to two workers and unpaid contributions to a group of union benefit funds, an electrical workers union said in a law... (more story)

Chevron Doctrine Supporters Flock To High Court In Key Case

Health groups, scientists, a labor union, small businesses and environmentalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to strike down a nearly 40-year-old precedent that allows judges to defer to federal agenc... (more story)

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Pa. Judge Eyes Ex-SEC Lawyer's Bias Suit With Skepticism

A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday appeared skeptical of a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer's age and race bias lawsuit against the agency as her counsel struggled to provide the judge... (more story)

Ex-Fla. Police Chief's Wrongful Termination Suit Is Tossed

A federal judge on Friday tossed an ex-police chief's wrongful termination lawsuit, agreeing with the city of Fort Lauderdale that the former chief can't claim a breach of contract when he was employed at will... (more story)

The Fifth Circuit ruled that a Black educator plausibly alleged a Title VII disparate treatment claim against Mississippi’s Brookhaven School District. (
5th Circ. Revives Mississippi Teacher's Race Bias Suit

The Fifth Circuit reopened a Black educator's lawsuit claiming a Mississippi school district refused to pay for her to attend leadership training because of her sex and race, finding that the refusal she alleg... (more story)

Marriott Hit With $20M Verdict In Calif. Worker's Disability Suit

A San Francisco jury said Thursday that the Marriott Marquis hotel must pay $20 million in damages after finding that it failed to engage in an interactive process and to provide reasonable accommodation to on... (more story)

Northwestern Loses Bid To Trim Cheerleader Exploitation Suit

An Illinois federal judge won't let Northwestern University escape the forced labor and sex trafficking claims lodged by a former cheerleader, ruling that she successfully pled that she was required to act in ... (more story)

Gay Restaurant Worker Fired Over Bias Reports, EEOC Says

An Italian restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, did nothing to stop a gay worker from being harassed by a colleague's homophobic comments and then terminated him when he refused to stop complaining to management,... (more story)

2nd Circ. Won't Revive Accountant's Pregnancy Bias Suit

The Second Circuit refused Friday to reinstate a former accountant's lawsuit claiming asset management firm Fred Alger & Co. unlawfully fired her after she returned from maternity leave, saying she failed to s... (more story)

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9th Circ. Revives Hyatt Workers' Suit Over COVID-19 Layoffs

The Ninth Circuit on Friday held that Hyatt Corp. was indeed required to immediately pay its employees their accrued vacation pay when it laid them off during the COVID-19 pandemic, partly resurrecting a propo... (more story)

Telemarketing Co. Stiffs Employees On OT Wages, Suit Says

A telemarketing firm required a pair of call center workers to put in significant pre-, mid- and post-shift work without pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois state law, according to a ... (more story)

Equinox will pay $36 million to resolve suits alleging California employees were forced to perform pre-shift work without pay and forgo meal breaks. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Equinox Gets Nod On $36M Deal In Calif. Meal Break Suit

An Alameda County Superior Court judge indicated he'll give final approval to a $36 million global settlement against Equinox, resolving California state and federal actions alleging the company compelled over... (more story)

NYC Cops' $8.7M Deal With TD Bank Gets Initial OK

A New York federal judge on Friday gave the first green light to an $8.7 million settlement between New York Police Department officers and TD Bank to resolve claims that the bank stiffed the officers for secu... (more story)

Towing Co. Hit With Sanctions In Ex-Worker's Wage Suit

A former worker won his third attempt at sanctioning the towing company he accused of cheating him out of minimum wage and overtime, after a New York federal judge said the company repeatedly failed to turn ov... (more story)

Golf Course Wants Caddies' Wage Suit Driven Out Of Court

The operators of a New York golf course urged a federal court to toss caddies' claims for unpaid minimum wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act, arguing that caddies are not employees and that they earned we... (more story)

Saltz Mongeluzzi Seeks $125K In Fees From Post-Hack OT Suit

Attorneys from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC are seeking more than $125,000 in fees and expenses for more than 150 hours of representation for a class of rehab facility workers who claimed they were underpaid... (more story)