Aug 29

St. John’s Law Student Front & Center

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Vice President of Planning for the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society and second year student, Courtney Sokol, was invited to the Hillary Clinton victory party for the New York Primary in mid-April.  Ms. Sokol, who took the opportunity to speak with numerous New York City politicians and St. John’s Law alumni, was photographed by …

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Aug 29

Recap: 2015-2016 School Year

The St. John’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Society hosted a number of noteworthy guests throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The speakers represented different areas of Labor and Employment Law, ranging from collective bargaining in professional sports to employment contracts with the the unionized workforce in New York City. In April, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce …

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May 09

Transgender Employee Rights

By Natalie Russell. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (“LGBT”) workers are seeing progress in the protection of transgender employee rights by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees against workplace discrimination “based on . . . sex.” Traditionally, however, the term “sex” was defined as one’s gender at birth. Any …

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Apr 18

Equal Pay for Equal Play

By Mary Cunningham. On April 12, the U.S. observed Equal Pay Day—a day created to discuss the pay gap between men and women. Equal Pay Day received special attention this year because of its temporal proximity to the day the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT), represented by five of its best players, filed a …

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Apr 12

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

By Ross Pollack. On March 29, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a divided 4-4 opinion in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, thus upholding the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The one sentence opinion belies the importance of the case, which only two months earlier appeared as though it would nearly certainly cripple public sector …

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Apr 04

TYSON FOODS, INC. v. BOUAPHAKEO

By Courtney Sokol. On March 22, in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, upheld an Eighth Circuit ruling that certified a group of workers at Tyson Foods as a class under both a Rule 23(B)(3) class action and a Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) collective action. …

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Mar 28

St. John’s Law School Jumps in Rankings for the Second Consecutive Year

By Amanda Slutsky. On March 16, U.S. News and World Report released the much-anticipated law school rankings. This year, St. John’s University School of Law increased its ranking by eight spots to number 74. The previous year, St. John’s increased by twenty-five spots! This thirty-three spot jump over two years is an overall representation of …

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Mar 15

MLB in Trouble

By Miller Lulow. Just for a minute, let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Tony Clark, Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association (the “MLBPA” or “Players”). The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) governing the relationship between the MLBPA and the Clubs expires December 1, 2016. Calculated speculation suggests that Bryce Harper, Right …

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Mar 07

Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Preemption of State Recording Laws

By Ross Pollack. On March 1, in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Second Circuit decision finding that a Vermont law requiring self-covered entities to report healthcare information was preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA” or the “Act”). At issue in the case was …

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Mar 01

New York City Restaurants Adopt a No-Tipping Policy

By Charles Lazo on March 2, 2016. In the past few decades, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) lawsuit filings have been increasing at a steep rate. This can partly be contributed to FLSA, but also to states’ parallel wage and hour laws. In particular, state laws that pertain to tip credit. Under FLSA, a restaurant …

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