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DOL Puzder hearing reset for February 16 amid continuing controversy

February 14th, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
President Trump’s pick to head the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, is now slated for a hearing on February 16 before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The hearing has been delayed four times, making this the fifth time the nominee’s hearing date has been set. Puzder, CEO of CKE [Read more...]


House bill would curb class action litigation

February 14th, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
On February 9, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017,” which would amend the procedures used in federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to, among other things, “assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants.” Goodlatte was the author [Read more...]


Did supervisor say he was firing employee ‘because of your race’?

February 13th, 2017

By Dave Strausfeld, J.D.
Did a supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education say he was recommending an employee for termination “because of your race”? The issue was genuinely disputed and thus could not be decided on summary judgment, held a federal district court in the District of Columbia. Even if the statement was actually made [Read more...]


Employee who drove company car drunk, had accident, did not exceed scope of permissive use

February 13th, 2017

By Kathleen Kapusta, J.D.
An employee who was driving a company vehicle while under the influence of alcohol when he was involved in an accident that seriously injured another individual did not exceed the scope of his permission to use that vehicle, despite his intoxication, the Eleventh Circuit ruled. Reversing a district court decision finding the [Read more...]


Employer must inquire further when employee seeks FMLA leave to care for ailing grandparent

February 13th, 2017

By Ronald Miller, J.D.
A federal district court erred in granting summary judgment in favor of an employer that denied an employee’s request for FMLA leave in order to care for his seriously ill grandfather who had raised him as a child, ruled the Second Circuit. The lower court ruled that the employee’s failure to inform [Read more...]