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Employers Await Mental Health Parity Help as Frustrations Build

Employers that provide health insurance are watching for two expected Labor Department actions as they struggle to comply with reporting requirements for mental health coverage amid frustrations with insurers that administer their plans.

Directors Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Hollywood Studios

The Directors Guild of America reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents Hollywood studios, a victory for one of several entertainment industry unions seeking adjusted contracts this summer.

Union Action Shuts Some Key West Coast Ports, Employers Say

Labor actions have disrupted work at several key US West Coast port terminals, all of which are part of protracted negotiations for a new contract for dockworkers.

Clifford Chance to Launch Houston Office With 10-Partner Team

Clifford Chance is opening an office in Houston with a 10-partner team focused on energy infrastructure transactions, including seven hires from competitor law firms.

Punching In: NCAA Lawsuit Aims for 2 Precedential Rulings

A new NLRB case that argues college athletes are employees also could set new labor law precedent that helping gig economy drivers, port truckers, and other workers who allege they’re misclassified as independent contractors.


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Minority Corporate Counsel Association

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Owner Stops Debt Payments on Two Large San Francisco Hotels

Park Hotels & Resorts Inc. has stopped making payments on a loan tied to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55 San Francisco, two of the city’s largest hotels, dealing another blow to a downtown struggling with remote work and mounting public safety concerns.

ESG Rationale on 401(k) Rule Was Enough, Labor Department Argues

The US Labor Department said it sufficiently explained its decision to undo a pair of Trump-era rules against socially conscious retirement investing, replacing them last year with a regulation that put workplace savers on “equal footing with other market participants.”

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Trump Lawyers Meet With DOJ Officials in Records Probe (1)

Donald Trump’s legal team met with officials at the US Justice Department to discuss the investigation into classified documents that were found at the former president’s Florida estate, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Artificial Intelligence Dilemma: Can Laws Keep Up?

The risks that artificial intelligence represents have come into sharper focus: disinformation, potential job loss, perhaps even an existential threat to humanity. Is government capable of putting guardrails around such a fast-moving technology?


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Case: Labor Arbitration/Discharge (Arb.)

Arbitrator Bradley A. Areheart held that Firestone Building Products had just cause to discharge the grievant under its attendance program providing progressive discipline tied to an employee’s unexcused absences, even though it appears that there were some errors made in calculating such absences and applying the attendance policy. Firestone Building Prods. Co. , 2023 BNA LA 118, Arb., 220906-09005, B. Areheart, 4/18/23

Case: Individual Employment Rights/Whistleblowing (E.D. Cal.)

A California federal district court ruled that Senior Care Pharmacy Services, Inc. isn’t entitled to summary judgment on a fired pharmacist’s whistleblower retaliation claims under the FCA and state law. Villamizar v. Senior Care Pharm. Servs., Inc., 2023 BL 177370, E.D. Cal., 2:14-cv-01737-DAD-KJN, 5/23/23

Case: Discrimination/Racial Harassment (E.D. Mich.)

A federal district court ruled that Madison District Public Schools isn’t entitled to summary judgment on the race and national origin harassment claim under the Michigan Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act of a Chilean teacher who alleged that he was harassed and demeaned based on his race.
Raspberry v. Madison Dist. Pub. Sch., 2023 BL 178088, E.D. Mich., 19-11651, 5/24/23