Minnesota restores substance to key employment law

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton recently signed into law amendments to the Minnesota Payment of Wages Act to confirm that the statute enables employees to recover unpaid compensation – as well as statutory penalties, attorney’s fees, and litigatio… Read More

Supreme Court curtails human rights enforcement

In another 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ventured into the public policy thicket and came out on the side of defendants. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the Supreme Court held that the Alien Tort Claims Act (“ATCA”) generally no longer prov… Read More

A wake-up call for those addressing corporate wrongdoing

One of the most important tools for ending misdeeds and for compensating the resulting victims is litigation prosecuted on a class-wide basis. Consistent with its apparently escalating hostility toward such systemic legal action, the Supreme Court re… Read More

Closing the courthouse doors?

In another example of legal maneuvering, lawyers representing employers and other defendants in civil matters are seeking to change the rules of the game so that it is more difficult to have one’s day in court. These corporate agents want to change… Read More

Who is a whistleblower

Many talk about a whistleblower being a current or former employee who recovers damages from an employer because of retaliation in response to a report about apparent or actual employer misconduct. As a matter of common sense, that is an accurate und… Read More
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Class actions under arbitral attack

The Supreme Court has continued to exhibit a preference for arbitration over court litigation in a number of recent rulings, including those that have limited the ability to pursue class actions and collective actions. The Supreme Court’s agenda se… Read More

Immigration reform: short on details, long on consequences

With the re-election of Barack Obama as President, Washington, DC and much of the country have refocused attention on the nation’s broken immigration system. The renewed attention on how we should best address the presence of approximately 12 milli… Read More

A turn for the worse in retaliation cases?

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar, which raises the question of what legal standard applies to causation under Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision and similarly worded statut… Read More

United we stand or divided we fall

The Chicago Teachers Union recently filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of African-American members, alleging that the Chicago Public School’s “turnaround” policy discriminates against African-American employees. Under this “turnaround”… Read More

Tribute to pioneer highlights the crucial link between labor and civil rights

Beginning on January 24, 2013, the History Theatre will feature 19 wonderful performances about the life and times of Nellie Stone Johnson. The production, entitled Nellie, shows the protagonist to be a true trailblazer, knocking down seemingly insur… Read More
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