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Employment disputes can have far-reaching implications for a company’s reputation, market share and ability to retain and attract talent. When the stakes are highest, employers, boards and senior executives turn to Paul, Weiss for our deft handling of internal investigations and track record of favorably resolving complex employment litigations.
Paul, Weiss achieved a major victory for investment management firm Wafra Inc. when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a $45 million age discrimination suit filed against Wafra and its CEO.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a final rule, effective September 28, rescinding a Trump-era rule that narrowed the criteria under which multiple entities could be deemed “joint employers” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
COVID-19 Update: President Biden Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and New York State Designates COVID-19 as an Airborne Infectious Disease Under the NY HERO Act, Triggering Employer Obligations
President Biden announced the new emergency rule.
Second Circuit Affirms Injunction Enforcing Employment Noncompete Against Executive with Knowledge of Trade Secrets
The Second Circuit recently affirmed a preliminary injunction barring a former IBM executive from working in a similar role at Microsoft.
Awards & Recognition
Liza Velazquez Named “Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year” at Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards
Litigation partner Liza Velazquez was named “Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year” at the 2021 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
The American Lawyer Highlights Bob Atkins and Liza Velasquez’s Appellate Win in IBM Non-Competition Case
Litigation partners Bob Atkins and Liza Velazquez were recognized in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Daily” newsletter January 29 for their successful Second Circuit appeal affirming their trial victory for IBM in a noncompetition dispute with Microsoft and a former IBM executive.
COVID-19 Update: Additional Department of Labor Guidance on Wage and Hour Rules and Family and Medical Leave as Workplaces Reopen
The Department of Labor has issued additional guidance on critical issues regarding wage and hour, family and medical leave, discrimination, and returning furloughed employees to work as businesses reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On February 26, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) announced its final rule (the “Final Rule”) establishing the standard for determining whether an entity should be considered a joint employer under the National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA” or the “Act”).
The U.S. Department of Labor has published its final rule that raises the earnings threshold to qualify for overtime and minimum wage exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act to $684 per week and allows employers to count nondiscretionary bonuses and incentives to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new earnings threshold, as long as such amounts are paid at least annually.
The New York State Legislature has passed a bill amending the laws that govern sexual harassment and discrimination claims in New York State.
The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Important Decision Finding Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Enforceable
On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision, held that employment arbitration agreements with class action waivers requiring individual arbitration are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (the “FAA”), notwithstanding Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA”), which protects employees’ rights to engage in concerted activities.
Recent highly publicized instances of alleged sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace have caused many employers to re-evaluate their sexual harassment policies and procedures