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Ohio bill that would strip public employees of bargaining rights, right to strike passes Committee; full House vote expected soon

March 31st, 2011

The Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee passed a bill March 29 limiting the collective bargaining rights for the state’s 350,000 workers, setting the stage for passage of the bill by the full House. Although the Committee amended the bill in an effort to win more support, it is still likely [Read more...]

Supreme Court hears arguments in high-profile class action case

March 30th, 2011

In what turned out to be a lively session, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc v Dukes, Dkt No 10-277, this morning. The high-profile class action sex discrimination case has grabbed the attention of attorneys even outside the employment bar, as shown by the large number of amicus curiae briefs filed [Read more...]

OSHA applauds decision upholding citation against Wal-Mart in crowd management fatality case

March 30th, 2011

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) applauded a ruling by Chief Administrative Law Judge Covette Rooney of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) upholding the citation and full penalty issued to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for inadequate crowd management following a November 2008 trampling death of a worker at one of the [Read more...]

International Profit Associates sending out first checks in hallmark sexual harassment case settled by $8 million consent decree

March 29th, 2011

Checks are now being distributed pursuant to an $8 million consent decree entered by U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall in what is believed to be one of the longest-running sexual harassment cases in the history of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The checks have been issued by International Profit [Read more...]

Financial services companies fear proposed SEC whistleblower rules could breach customer information walls

March 29th, 2011

In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), banking and financial services associations cautioned that the Commission’s proposed whistleblower rules would create powerful financial incentives for unscrupulous persons to download, copy, and steal confidential corporate and customer information in order to substantiate their claims and receive monetary rewards. [Read more...]