Labor & Employment Dispatch: May 2019

May 6, 2019 | Newsletters

Labor & Employment Law Insights

Planning on Hiring Summer Interns? Make Sure Your Pay Practices Don’t Trip You Up

A number of laws affect pay practices for summer interns, and ensuring that your company complies with those laws can save you headaches down the road. Get a quick refresher on some of the federal laws that regulate how summer interns must be treated »

ERISA Alert: An Update on Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans

Greta Cowart presents an update on employee benefits, including the transmission and storage of health plan data, legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, and recent legislation related to retirement plans. Read more »

Fifth Circuit Gets Out of the Implied Findings Business

Federal Rule 52(a) requires that when a district court conducts a bench trial, it is obliged to “find the facts specially.” In its recent significant decision in ENI v. Transocean, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confronted the ongoing viability of the “implied findings” doctrine. Get insights from Lonnie Schooler »

Attorney News

Chambers Recognizes John Jansonius and Labor & Employment Practice in 2019 Guides

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce that Chambers and Partners has recognized Dallas partner John Jansonius and the Labor & Employment practice in the 2019 edition of its Global and USA guides.

Ranked for Labor & Employment (Texas – Band 1), John was described as:

“A vastly experienced labor and employment practitioner. He has a strong track record of litigating on behalf of employers, including recently in high-profile cases involving restrictive covenants, collective bargaining agreements and pay equity.”

The following commentary was provided by Chambers regarding the Labor & Employment practice:

“Respected provision of a broad range of labor and employment advice, with a large team handling matters such as labor relations, employee benefits matters and the employment implications of M&A. Also noted for its strength in employment litigation. Acts on behalf of prominent names in a number of sectors, including financial institutions and retail companies.”

See the 26 other Jackson Walker attorneys recognized this year »

Speaking Engagement

Scott Fiddler Presents on Servant Leadership at the 15th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference

As the national voice for diversity, the National Diversity Council advocates for organizations to elevate their commitment to inclusive workplaces.

In continuing its efforts to shape the future of diversity, inclusion, and equity, the Council gathered the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in Dallas for the 15th Annual Diversity & Leadership Conference. The five-day conference featured keynote speeches from U.S. President Barack Obama, Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), and actress America Ferrera along with a diverse lineup of renowned speakers, including our Labor & Employment partner Scott Fiddler.

Scott joined fellow panelists Robert Brown, State Farm Vice President of Operations, Evelyn Henry Miller, TDIndustries CFO and Board Director, Paul Frazier, University of South Alabama Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Rhonda Talford Knight, PHD:CEO of Knight Consulting Group, in discussing servant leadership.

Leadership, they noted, is the ability to influence another person to do what they wouldn’t otherwise do on their own. While one form of leadership is the traditional authoritarian style, servant leadership is based on the idea that a leader should have the attitude that he or she is there to serve those they lead. Servant leadership is ultimately more effective than traditional leadership because it develops people rather than using them.

“Servant leadership is empowering not demeaning, motivating not discouraging, and works in the long term – not just the short term,” Scott added.

In addition to Scott, the conference featured fellow JW partners Suzan Kedron and Wasif Qureshi.

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