Labor & Employment Dispatch: August 2019

August 20, 2019 | Insights


Equal Pay and the Wage Gap: Where Are We Now?

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) has recently been in the press due to a lawsuit filed by 28 players from the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team (USNWST) against the U.S. Soccer Federation. According to the lawsuit, filed on March 8, 2019 (International Women’s Day), the players on the USNWST are paid significantly less than the U.S. National Men’s Soccer Team’s players—sometimes earning just 38% of what the men are paid per game.

>> Explore the gender pay gap and how employers can identify and address pay discrepancies

Also, check out Sarah Mitchell Montgomery’s recent LinkedIn article regarding paid sick leave laws, “Employer Headaches: New Sick Leave Laws Expanding Across the US, But Remain in Limbo in Texas.”


Scott McElhaney

Congratulations to the Jackson Walker Attorneys Listed Among The Best Lawyers in America in the Areas of Labor & Employment and ERISA

With the release of The Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition, Jackson Walker has seen a rise in rankings, with more than 25% of our attorneys recognized in their respective areas. Among the 109 JW attorneys to be recognized in the list include the following labor and employment and ERISA attorneys:

  • Chuck Campbell: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Greta Cowart: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Gary Fowler: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Rick Garza: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Gary Ingram: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • John Jansonius: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
  • John Koepke: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Scott McElhaney: Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Jay Rutherford: Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Lonnie Schooler: Labor Law – Management

Special congratulations are in order for Labor & Employment Co-Chair Gary Fowler, who was named a “Lawyer of the Year” for Dallas in the area of Labor Law – Management.

>> See who else made the list

David Schlottman Presents Recent Developments in Arbitration of Employment Disputes

On Saturday, August 24, our associate David Schlottman and Trang Tran of Tran Law Firm will discuss recent case law concerning class action waivers in arbitration agreements and other recent developments in this constantly evolving area of law.

>> Register for the upcoming Labor & Employment Institute

Sean Jordan Confirmed as a U.S. District Judge

The U.S. Senate on July 30, 2019, confirmed Sean D. Jordan as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, filling the final vacancy on the court.

>> Discover Sean’s impact on Jackson Walker


New Tool to Contain Employer Healthcare Costs

Come New Year’s Day in 2020, a new tool to contain healthcare costs will go into effect. This new tool, an individual coverage health reimbursement arrangement (ICHRA), provides an employer-established account which the employee may access for medical expenses.

>> Get a high-level look at the requirements

First Amendment & The Workplace

In a Houston Chronicle article discussing censorship and the workplace, Chip Babcock suggested language for confronting employees about keeping politics out of the office, such as:

“The First Amendment is not directed at a private employer like me. Let’s talk about what you want to say, why you want to say it and how that relates to your work.”

>> Read more

Wine Enjoyment at Business Dinners

With restaurant markups on wine between 300-400% or more, Jackson Walker’s resident sommelier John Jackson shares five strategies to maximize wine enjoyment at business dinners while staying within budget.

>> View these five strategies


U.S. District Court Affirms $2 Million Arbitration Award in Favor of Gildan

On behalf of Gildan Activewear, Jackson Walker successfully confirmed an arbitration award of $2 million for the severance payment Gildan made after purchasing a subsidiary of Ennis, Inc. and terminating an executive.

>> Get the details

In This Story

Allison B. Allman
Associate, Fort Worth
Charles L. Babcock
Partner, Houston
Chuck Campbell
Partner, Austin
Greta E. Cowart
Partner, Dallas
W. Gary Fowler
Partner, Dallas
Richard G. Garza
Partner, San Antonio
Gary L. Ingram
Partner, Fort Worth
John M. Jackson
Partner, Dallas
John V. Jansonius
Partner, Dallas
John A. Koepke
Partner, Dallas
Scott M. McElhaney
Partner, Dallas
Jay K. Rutherford
Partner, Fort Worth
David Schlottman
Partner, Dallas
Lionel M. Schooler
Partner, Houston
Len A. Wade
Partner, Fort Worth