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By Jennifer Dunn, Doug Hass
In three recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has indicated that employee comments about their employment on social media web sites like Facebook may not be protected under federal labor law.
By Lindsey Marcus
Due to inaction by the Illinois General Assembly in the most recent legislative session, two important Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) rules are set to expire on July 1 of this year.
By Abizer Zanzi
On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency notified 1,000 employers that their personnel records will be audited by federal investigators to determine their compliance with employment eligibility verification laws.
The NLRB intends to significantly accelerate the union election process, according to the proposed rules published today in the Federal Register.
By William Pokorny, Maria Mazza
In Burough of Duryea v. Guarnieri, one of several important rulings issued this week, the United States Supreme Court limited retaliation claims by public employees under the Petition Clause of the First Amendment to cases in which the employee’s petition relates to matter of "public concern."
By Michael Warner, Jr., Lindsey Marcus
In a major victory for employers, on June 20 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a sex discrimination lawsuit brought on behalf of up to 1.5 million current and former female Wal-Mart employees could not be maintained as a class action.
By Ellen Babbitt, Jackie Wernz
On May 26, 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued an online FAQ document discussing how OCR believes the "equal access" requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1964 (Section 504) apply to the use of emerging technology such as electronic book readers, online application processes, and websites in higher education.
By Scott Cruz, Andrew Malahowski
On June 1, 2011, Illinois began recognizing civil unions in accordance with the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (the "Act").
By Mark Wilkinson
Recently, the National Labor Relations Board decided that a union’s positioning of a giant inflatable rat near the entrance of a construction project at an acute care hospital where neutral employers worked (i.e., those with whom the union has no labor dispute) does not violate the National Labor Relations Act.
By Staci Rotman, Mark Wilkinson
As reported here, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that plaintiffs could simultaneously proceed with state law wage claims brought as an opt-out class action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 in the same case with an opt-in collective action filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
By William Pokorny, Allison Goico
On March 1, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Staub v. Proctor Hospital (.pdf) that an employer can, in certain circumstances, be held liable for employment discrimination based upon the bias of a supervisor who influenced, but did not make, the ultimate employment decision.
By Staci Rotman, Joshua Meeuwse
Over the past decade, employers in almost every industry have faced an increasing number of wage and hour lawsuits.
By Allison Goico, Michael Warner, Jr.
The financial reforms in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("the Dodd-Frank Act") passed in 2010 contain sweeping expansions to the protections and incentives given to employees who report violations of federal securities laws.
By Jennifer Dunn, Amy Moor Gaylord
On January 3, 2011, the United Autoworkers (UAW) issued a set of "Principles for Fair Union Elections" as it prepares to launch an organizing campaign targeting employees who work at foreign-owned auto manufacturing plants in the United States.
By Luke Glisan, Michael Richardson
In "Quan v. Computer Sciences Corp.", after their employer’s stock dropped 12% in one day, a group of 401(k) plan participants sued the plan’s fiduciaries, alleging that by investing plan funds in the stock, they had breached their fiduciary duties.