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Supreme Court issues opinion reinstating important tool for employers to defeat FLSA collective actions

USA - April 16 2013 In a major victory for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion today confirming employers' ability to make an "offer of judgment" to...

Federal court rejects ADA suit over random alcohol testing of probationary plant employees

USA - February 25 2013 A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission challenge to U.S. Steel Corporation's random alcohol testing...

Robert S. Nichols, Amy Karff Halevy.

Supreme Court allows Fifth Circuit ruling on private FLSA settlements to stand

USA - December 12 2012 On December 10, 2012, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a recent ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved a private settlement of employees' claims for unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....

Employer's routine requests to employees to keep internal investigation matters confidential found unlawful by NLRB

USA - September 6 2012 On July 30, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that a non-union employer’s practice of routinely advising its employees not to discuss ongoing internal investigation matters with their coworkers violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....

Supreme Court: Bayh-Dole Act does not eclipse inventor's rights

USA - June 7 2011 On June 6, 2011, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980 (aka the Bayh-Dole Act)1 does not displace the centuries-old maxim that "rights in an invention belong to the inventor."...

Jonathon K. Hance.