Articles by Robert Iafolla

Court Rules Employers Cannot Use Salary History to Justify Gender Wage Gap

A U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled employers cannot use workers’ salary histories to justify gender-based pay disparities, saying that would perpetuate a wage gap that is “an embarrassing reality of our economy.” An 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based …

McDonald’s, U.S. Labor Board Begin Talks to Settle ‘Joint Employment’ Trial

McDonald’s Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began …

Supreme Court Justices Appear Split Over Employee Class Action Case

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday defended the right of workers to bring class-action claims against companies but their conservative counterparts who are in the majority sounded skeptical in the biggest business case of the court’s new term. A …

Supreme Court to Decide Future of Workers’ Class Action Suits Against Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new nine-month term on Monday with a major employment case that could deprive workers of the ability to join together to file lawsuits when taking on companies over a wide range of labor …

Federal Contractor Disclosure Rule Next on Trump Chopping Block

Republicans in the U.S. Senate passed a measure to eliminate an Obama administration rule that would require prospective federal contractors to report violations of more than a dozen U.S. labor and employment laws. On a 49-48 vote, the Senate endorsed …

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Could Decide Class Action Waiver Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will not act until at least the fall on a major business dispute on whether companies can head off costly class action lawsuits, meaning President Donald Trump’s nominee to the bench will almost certainly be in …

Supreme Court to Decide If Employee Arbitration Clauses Are Enforceable Nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether companies can head off costly class action lawsuits by forcing employees to give up their right to pursue work-related legal claims in court as a group. The justices took up …

House Labor Panel Chair Foxx Ready to Take on Unions, Democrats

The incoming chair of the congressional panel that oversees labor issues on Monday questioned the need for unions and said she wants to repeal various Obama administration labor policies. Organized labor has “sort of lost its reason for being” because …

Supreme Court Denies GEICO Appeal on Claims Investigators’ Overtime Pay

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear GEICO General Insurance Co.’s appeal of a ruling that the No. 2 auto insurer in the United States must pay overtime wages to its claims investigators after the company had sought …

Court Hears Appeal of Expanded Joint Employer Liability Rule

A California waste management company at the center of a closely watched case told a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday that the new U.S. labor board standard for “joint employment” is so broad and vague that it makes it impossible …