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Former Yahoo employee asserts review process is rigged

In today's competitive business climate, companies must continually strive to recruit and retain the best and brightest. This is especially true in the tech industry which, from Amazon to Apple, has been the subject of numerous scathing news articles and employment lawsuits in recent years.

Allegations that college sought to defraud government via student loan program

According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. consumers are burdened by more than $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. What's more, the number of students who are taking out federal student loans and amassing significant and often crushing amounts of student loan debt continues to increase as the costs of obtaining a college degree continue to skyrocket.

Court ruling provides example of how industry impacts non-compete agreements

In many industries, it's customary for employers to require employees to sign some sort of non-compete agreement. Such agreements are intended to protect an employer’s business interests, proprietary information and to guard against competition. While, depending on the industry and specific company, non-compete agreements may vary in subject matter and scope; all must meet certain legal requirements.

Media company Viacom accused of hatching plan to defraud IRS

Let's be honest, no one wants to or enjoys paying taxes. That being said, the penalties exacted by the U.S. government against tax dodgers are stiff and include hefty fines, criminal charges and time behind bars. Despite the high stakes imposed upon those who are charged with tax crimes, hoping to fly under the Internal Revenue Service's radar, every year U.S. citizens and companies alike engage in questionable or illegal activities to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.

Employment discrimination suit is certified against Farmers

Class action litigation in Connecticut and all other jurisdictions is well suited to achieving effective and widespread relief for large groups of employees who have been impacted similarly. Employee complaints against employers for matters dealing with wages, hours and discriminatory practices are in fact often pursued within the format of a class action. Where many employees suffer the same or similar effect from a discriminatory or improper employment practice, the class action can save substantial resources by obtaining relief for all affected employees in one representative action.

NLRB Rejects Voluntary Class Action Waiver

In a previous post, we discussed arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from joining in a class action lawsuit. This post will focus on arbitration agreements that prevent employees from joining in a class action against their employer.

NLRB Refuses to Block Target Workers from Unionizing

In September 2015, pharmacists at Target Corp. ("Target") voted to unionize in a 7-2 vote, making them members of Target's first-ever union. Target contested the vote, claiming it cut ties with workers through a $1.9 billion acquisition deal with CVS Health Corp. ("CVS"). Target argued that once the deal with CVS closes, its pharmacists and other employees will no longer be employed by Target.

Contractor Settles with Amazon Workers in Wage-and-Hour Deal

Recently, in a multidistrict litigation, SMX LLC ("SMX"), one of the staffing agencies that was sued along with Amazon.com, LLC ("Amazon") as joint employers, agreed to settle its claims for $3.7 million that alleged that SMX failed to pay workers for time spent going through anti-theft screening. In re: Amazon.com Inc., Fulfillment Center Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wage and Hour Litigation, No. 3:14-md-02504 (W.D. Ky. 2014). The class includes employees who were hired by SMX and worked at an Amazon warehouse in California from October 1, 2012 until the present. Although the settlement will resolve most of the California workers' claims, some remain, including claims against Amazon affiliate, Golden State FC LLC.