Employment & Labor

Reality TV star, socialite, and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West is currently facing criticism for allegedly mistreating and failing to pay her employees overtime wages. Seven of West’s employees, who clean and maintain her California home, filed a lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court presenting a series of claims including retaliation, violation of child labor laws, and failure to report employement to tax authorities. According to Frank Kim, a Los Angeles attorney, the plaintiffs shared…
In Gillick v. Elliott, No. 20-1686, __F.3d__, 2021 WL 2446787 (8th Cir. June 16, 2021), Appellants are employer-appointed trustees of the Greater St. Louis Construction Laborers Welfare Trust (“Trust”) established under § 302(c)(5) of the Labor Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 186(c)(5) (LMRA). Due to a “deadlock” at a Board of Trustees meeting with the union-appointed trustees (Appellees), they filed a complaint in district court seeking appointment of an impartial umpire to resolve…
After a year of growing calls for racial justice fueled by incidents like the death of George Floyd,  Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the United States. That’s thanks to a bill unanimously passed by Congress this week. Juneteenth, a word mash of June and the 19th, commemorates June 19th of 1865. On that day, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves that the Civil War…
On June 15, 2021, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration certified the results of the May 2021 municipal primary election, and thereby formalized the approval of an amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania giving lawmakers the broad new power to extend or end disaster emergency declarations. Because the Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave law was set to “expire upon the expiration of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency of the Governor of Pennsylvania related to the COVID-19 pandemic,”…
On April 1, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill (H.B.) 2067, which amends Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Section 13-905 to allow the courts to issue an order for a “Certificate of Second Chance” for individuals “whose judgment of guilt is set aside” after a criminal conviction. H.B. 2067 allows individuals who receive a Certificate of Second Chance the opportunity to apply for and obtain occupational licenses in Arizona, and provides…
Juneteenth Is Now a Federal Holiday. This week, President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making June 19—the holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States—a federal holiday. (The Buzz wrote about the significance of Juneteenth last year.) From a labor and employment policy perspective, this means that federal workers will receive a paid day off (or time and a half, if they…

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