Labor & Employment Dispatch: August 2019
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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