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HTMLNational Implications From Settlement of High-Profile Employee Raiding Case
Thomas M. McInerney; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 5, 2014, previously published on April 26, 2014
Four major Silicon Valley-based tech companies—Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe Systems—announced a settlement on Thursday, April 24, in a closely-watched lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in the tech industry, just weeks before the case was scheduled to go to...

 

HTMLAre We There Yet?: Do Northwestern Players Have a Union or Not?
Lisa Karen Atkins, John Richard Carrigan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
When a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that scholarship football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to vote on union representation, many media reports treated the case as a victory for the union. But as one Lawrence Peter...

 

HTMLSupreme Court Holds Voters Have a Right to Reject Government-Funded Racial Preferences in Public Higher Education
Lisa Karen Atkins; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 23, 2014
On April 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States held that although consideration of race in admissions is constitutionally permissible, voters have every right to reject it. The case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, began as an opportunity to reconsider race-conscious...

 

HTMLNLRB Considers Radical Changes to Decades-Long Precedent on Deferral to Arbitration
Ursula A. Kienbaum; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014
In yet another attempt to expand protection for employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a new standard for deferral to labor arbitration that, if adopted, would significantly undermine the finality of arbitration in...

 

HTMLNLRB to Decide Whether Northwestern’s Scholarship Football Players Are Students or Employees
C. Thomas Davis; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
Late this afternoon, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. granted the request for review (i.e., an appeal) filed by Northwestern University in the much-watched case involving the status of Northwestern’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players. Northwestern is...

 

HTMLDeadline for Philadelphia Employers to Post New Notice of Rights for Pregnant Employees is Approaching
L. Evan Van Gorder; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
This Sunday, April 20, marks the deadline by which Philadelphia employers must provide their employees with written notice of a recent amendment to Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance. The amendment provides additional protections to pregnant employees.

 

HTMLRhode Island General Assembly to Consider Lowering Standard for Employees to Bring Retaliation Claims
Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 24, 2014
The Rhode Island General Assembly is considering amending the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to make it easier for employees to sue their employers for discrimination-based retaliation. Under FEPA, employees can sue their employers if they believe they were retaliated against...

 

HTMLMissouri Supreme Court Lowers Employees’ Burden of Proof in Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims
Jacquelyn M. Meirick; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 23, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014
The Missouri Supreme Court expanded rights for injured workers on April 15, 2014, by virtue of its ruling in Templemire v. W&M Welding, Inc., No. SC 93132. Under the court’s new standard, a discharged employee alleging retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim need only prove...

 

HTMLCalifornia Court Gives the Green Light for Arbitration of Wrongful Termination Suit
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 16, 2014
Sanchez v. CarMax Auto Superstores California, LLC, B244772 (March 4, 2014): The California Court of Appeal recently found that an employer’s arbitration agreement and dispute resolution rules and procedures (DRRP) are not “unduly harsh, oppressive, or one-sided” even though they...

 

HTMLEmployee Needs More Than Speculation to Support his Retaliation Claim
Maria Greco Danaher; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 21, 2014, previously published on April 17, 2014
To prevail on a claim of retaliation under federal law, an employee must prove that he or she engaged in a “protected activity” under an antidiscrimination statute and subsequently suffered an adverse employment action. In addition, the employee must establish that the protected...

 


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