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Fox News’ General Counsel, Under Legal Siege, Takes Leave From Network

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Dianne Brandi could prove to be a key figure in a federal investigation because of her long and close association with Roger Ailes, who was ousted from Fox last year amid harassment allegations, reports The Washington Post.

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Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

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The relevant cases being considered are from the 5th Circuit, which found the arbitration clause did not violate the NLRA, and the 7th and 9th circuits, which found similar clauses unenforceable.

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Yes, Overtime Laws Apply To Law Firms

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A pair of lawsuits allege two Florida law firms failed to pay administrative workers proper overtime wages in compliance with the Fair Labor Standard Act, reports Above the Law.

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CBS Fires Legal Counsel Over Facebook Comments on Vegas Shooting

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CBS fired a a senior legal counsel after she criticized some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy, reports The Washington Post.

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Employment Attorney: NFL Players Can Be Fired For Political Protests

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Regardless of the cause, Dallas employment lawyer Rogge Dunn says, more employers are regulating employees’ actions inside and outside of work.

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Tree Trimming Firm Pays Biggest Fine in U.S. Immigration Case

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A tree trimming company has been handed the largest penalty imposed in a United States immigration case, totaling $95 million, after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants, Reuters reports.

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WilmerHale Acciddentally Sent Whistleblower Docs to Wall Street Journal

WilmerHale Acciddentally Sent Whistleblower Docs to <i>Wall Street Journal</i>

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Above the Law recounts the story of how the memo, discussing a subpoena whistelblower/GC Maura Smith received, was sent to a group of lawyers — and the Journal.

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SEC Probing Pepsi’s Former GC After She Claimed She Was Wrongly Ousted

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The former GC of PepsiCo Inc. is the focus of an investigation by the SEC after she claimed she was fired in retaliation for the way she handled earlier internal probes concerning allegations of wrongdoing in Russia.

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BigLaw is Doomed If Clients Refuse to Pay for Associates

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Some general counsel are starting to push back against big law firms charging $400 an hour for the work of associates, writes Joe Patrice for Above the Law.

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Biglaw Firm Announces Hundreds Of Buyouts And Layoffs, Almost 500 Affected

Biglaw Firm Announces Hundreds Of Buyouts And Layoffs, Almost 500 Affected

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Above the Law reports that Hogan Lovells recently decided to offer “voluntary retirement” packages to about 400 of its senior business support staff members in the U.S.

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Trump’s Impact Felt in Supreme Court Labor Rights Cases

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When the Supreme Court opens its 2017 term on the first Monday in October, its very first cases will serve as a stark reminder of why elections matter, predicts USA Today.

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Lurid Lawsuit’s Quiet End Leaves Silicon Valley Start-Up Barely Dented

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In contrast to the venture capitalists who were knocked off their perches this summer by harassment complaints, Upload was scarcely dented by the publicity surrounding the suit, The New York Times reports.

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Google Sued by Women Workers Claiming Gender Discrimination

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Three women who worked at Google in recent years sued in San Francisco Superior Court alleging that the company pays women less than men for equal or similar work, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Sex Scandal Simmered for Years Before Silicon Valley CEO’s Swift Fall

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After weeks of growing scrutiny of alleged sex-related improprieties involving Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, the start-up said he would leave as chief executive by the end of the year and that he would step down immediately as chairman, reports The New York Times.

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Which Biglaw Firms Are Doing Right By Their Staff?

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Above the Law follows up on an earlier report on the disparity of benefits offered to staff members of big law firms, compared to those offered to lawyers, this time with a focus on family leave.

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The Questionable Non-Compete: How to Hire Someone but Avoid a Tortious Interference Claim

The Questionable Non-Compete: How to Hire Someone but Avoid a Tortious Interference Claim

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What specific steps should you take to set up your best defense to a claim that your company interfered with a new hire’s non-compete agreement with her current employer?

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Law Firm Sex-Bias Cases Will Turn on Key Question: Can Partners Be Employees?

Law Firm Sex-Bias Cases Will Turn on Key Question: Can Partners Be Employees?

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Reuters reports that a sex bias suit filed by an anonymous partner hinges on whether a law meant to protect employees applies to her – an equity partner.

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On-Demand: Recent Developments in Employee Whistleblower Litigation

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Jackson Lewis has posted an on-demand webinar exploring recent developments and important decisions in whistleblower litigation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act.

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Federal Employee Overtime Policies in Flux

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Businesses hoping to avoid overtime obligations for hourly workers must jump through three hoops in most cases. One of those hoops is to pay at least the minimum salary set by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Confusion Between ‘FMLA’ and ‘Maternity Leave’ Sends Employer to Trial

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HR Dive reports on a federal case in which an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act suit will go to trial over how she was fired after confusion about how much leave she had available.

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