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NLRB Rules Against Quicken Loans

A National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") judge ruled against Quicken Loans ("Quicken" or "the Company"), saying that its employee handbook contained overbroad rules that could be reasonably interpreted to restrict Section 7 activity.

New DOL Rule Seeks to Protect Retiree Savings

In the shadow of the Center for American Progress, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced that "putting clients first" would no longer just be a "marketing slogan." He was referring to the game-changing regulations the Department of Labor recently proposed that created new standards that stockbrokers needed only to provide "suitable" recommendations. While that may seem sufficient on its face, critics pointed out that it encouraged advisers' lamentable conduct, such as favoring investments that entitled them to higher commissions. The new rule, which is much stronger than that which preceded it, requires brokers that provide retirement advice to work in their client's best interest.

UC Berkeley Comes Under Fire for Handling of Sexual Harassment Claims

The statistics are troubling; with an estimated one-fifth of all female college students reporting being the victims of sexual assault during their college careers. As these startling numbers have come to light, there's been an outcry on campuses across the country as students demand that college administrators do more to both prevent sexual assaults and punish those who are accused of committing such acts.

Bill Impedes Progress of DOL Initiative to Expand Overtime Coverage

The House of Representatives put forth the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, in significant part, to block the Department of Labor's ("DOL") new rule to extend overtime provisions to a more expansive group of workers. If implemented, DOL rule is expected to extend overtime pay to an estimated five million additional workers. The opposition to the rule is premised on the idea that these significant increases would unduly burden small businesses and that DOL rule making is not the appropriate manner in which to do so.

Avon Employees Settle Class Action Against Their Employer

While they may not be as common in corporate America as they used to be, pensions can be a strong incentive for employees to stay with a particular company. In some instances, a pension will provide guaranteed income to a retired employee for a number of years after their service to the company has ended. Some employers pay a lump sum as a pension payment when employment ends.

Whistleblower awarded $55M in largest kickback case settlement in U.S. history

From pharmaceutical companies to those that manufacture and sell medical devices, when it comes to providing hospitals and individual doctors with the types of equipment and medical drugs they need to help save patients’ lives, there are literally billions of dollars at stake. Unfortunately, some companies will go to great, not to mention illegal, lengths to ensure that they receive a piece of the pie.

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.