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DreamWorks, Disney settlements in no-poach cases approved

June 12th, 2017

By Jeffrey May, J.D.
A federal district court in California granted final approval to two settlements in an antitrust action on behalf of animation and visual effects employees who claimed their employers conspired to suppress their compensation by entering into non-solicitation or no-poach agreements. A settlement agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., and another with The [Read more...]

DOL info request on overtime rule is in the works

June 12th, 2017

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told a House Appropriations subcommittee on June 7 that the Department of Labor (DOL) expects to submit a request for information comment on the controversial updated overtime rule. As Acosta explained in simplified terms earlier in the hearing on the proposed DOL budget, an information request is required under the Administrative [Read more...]

Supervisor unlawfully interrogated employee via text messages

June 12th, 2017

By Ronald Miller, J.D.
A string of text messages between a supervisor and an employee, which included an inquiry from the supervisor asking the employee whether he was working for the company or working for the union, constituted unlawful interrogation, a divided NLRB ruled. In this consolidated unfair labor practice and representation case, the Board also [Read more...]

Mistaken belief that employee lied in harassment report did not show firing her was retaliatory

June 9th, 2017

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
Although a restaurant employer was mistaken in believing that a low-level manager falsely reported that a subordinate complained about being offered a raise in exchange for sex, that mistaken belief did not show that it was motivated by retaliatory animus when it fired her, concluded the Fourth Circuit, affirming summary judgment [Read more...]

AG Sessions nixes settlement payments to nongovernment third parties

June 9th, 2017

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
Under a June 5 memorandum issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Justice Department attorneys will no longer enter into any agreements on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges that direct or provide for a settlement payment to nongovernment third parties not directly harmed by the conduct [Read more...]