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A few resources worth noting

January 19th, 2016  |  Lisa Milam

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you are a keen follower of developments in labor and employment law. We hope you get your fill with Employment Law Daily. But we’d be remiss not to point out these new resources offered by some of the nation’s premier employment law firms:

• Littler Mendelson has recently released the FY 2015 edition of the firm’s Annual Report on EEOC Developments, its fifth installment. The comprehensive publication summarizes case law and litigation statistics in exhaustive detail, and provides an analysis of what the EEOC has and has not accomplished—and the implications of those successes and failures. “By focusing on key developments and anticipated trends,” the law firm notes, “the Report provides employers with a roadmap to where the EEOC is headed in the year to come.”
• Seyfarth Shaw offers its own detailed analysis of EEOC-Initiated Litigation, with a summary of key 2015 caselaw developments and a forecast of trends to watch in the coming year. Notes the firm: “We believe that the best way for any employer to stay out of the EEOC’s cross-hairs is to develop a deep understanding of its enforcement priorities.” The report was authored with that end in mind.
• Seyfarth Shaw also authors an ambitious Workplace Class Action Litigation Report each year; its twelfth annual edition was released last week. The publication includes detailed chapters on major settlements and federal and state decisions in discrimination, wage-hour, ERISA and contract class actions, and other decisions impacting Rule 23 employment litigation. Another feature: Seyfarth attorneys identify five key trends in workplace class litigation. Among them (spoiler alert!): The value of the top 10 class action employment settlements rose from $1.87 billion to $2.48 billion in 2015.
• Taking a more practical approach, Jackson Lewis has launched a quarterly Class Action Trends Report—more “how-to” than hornbook—to advise employers as they wade through the thicket of defending class claims. We’re proud to note that the newsletter is co-authored with the editors of Employment Law Daily. Check out the most recent issue here.
.• Filling a gap for employers that must navigate the inner workings of an emboldened National Labor Relations Board, Ogletree Deakins has just launched its Practical NLRB Advisor (also in conjunction with Employment Law Daily’s editorial team). The quarterly newsletter will offer practical guidance to employers on labor issues through the life cycle of a collective bargaining relationship, from initial union organizing campaign and beyond.

Are there other law firm resources that we should know about? Drop us a line.