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More updated questions and answers from DOL on COVID-19 and documentation, telework, intermittent leave

March 31st, 2020

By WK Editorial Staff
The DOL continues nearly daily to add to its “Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers,” with information on documentation, telework, intermittent leave, and temporary nonenforcement.
As provided under the FFCRA, the agency will be issuing implementing regulations, but in the interim, the DOL said it will [Read more...]

Nurse claims she was fired for complaint that hospital’s COVID-19 protections were inadequate

March 31st, 2020

By Wayne D. Garris Jr., J.D.
According to her lawsuit, the hospital banned employees from using N95 masks and forced them to use ineffective masks, exposing them to illness.
A former infectious disease nurse at a Chicago-area hospital has filed suit alleging that she was terminated after warning her coworkers that the [Read more...]

Signet Jewelers settles sexual harassment-related securities fraud class action for $240 million

March 31st, 2020

By Joanne Cursinella, J.D.
The proposed settlement, if finally approved, would be among the top 75 securities class action settlements of all time, out of thousands of settlements nationwide, according to the lead plaintiff.
In an unopposed motion, a preliminary settlement was submitted by the court-appointed lead plaintiff and class representative, the [Read more...]

In gender bias class action against Goldman Sachs, more than 1K class members sent to arbitration

March 31st, 2020

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
The court rejected plaintiffs’ contention that Goldman’s inclusion of the arbitration provisions and releases in employment and compensation agreements was coercive and misleading.
In a decade-old class action accusing Goldman Sachs of systemic gender discrimination, over 1,000 putative class members who signed arbitration agreements as part of [Read more...]

New York high court holds Postmates courier is ‘employee’ for purposes of unemployment compensation

March 30th, 2020

By Georgia D. Koutouzos, J.D.
The app-based delivery service exercised sufficient control over its couriers to establish an employer-employee relationship.
In a split decision that marks the end of a series of reversals by the state’s administrative decision makers and the appeals court, New York’s highest court ruled that an individual who had been [Read more...]