@LRToday Morning Round-Up: Another Class Waiver Down, Walmart Protesters Detained, Congress May Get Involved On NFL Testing

By | Labor Relations Today | August 23, 2013

Another Class Waiver Goes Down Via Board ALJ’s RulingAbigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) writes that this past Wednesday a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that a mandatory individual arbitration agreement proffered by JPMorgan Chase was in violation of federal labor law.

Can Subsequent Wal-Mart Class Actions Survive? Texas Federal Court Says “No”

On October 28, 2011, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) denying class certification to plaintiffs seeking to represent a group of over 1.5 million women in a gender discrimination action against Wal-Mart, Stephanie Odle and six other named plaintiffs filed another action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated.

Wal-Mart. Whistleblower. Whitewash. Talk Amongst Yourselves.

Holy Wal-Mart Whitewash, Batman!  Without a doubt, the unfolding Wal-Mart bribery scandal in Mexico (coming soon to a business school case study near you) is ripe for “lessons learned”  for governance experts everywhere.   But it is also illuminating to drill down a little further and examine the implications from a whistleblower point of view.  

Corporate Integrity: Wal-Mart’s Blatent Bribery in Mexico Cannot Be Excused As “Everyone Does It”

By | The Corporate Observer | May 3, 2012

A couple days ago I declined to blame Apple for strategic structuring of its revenues to avoid high tax jurisdictions.  While distasteful and contrary to the interest of those Apple customers who must “pick up the slack,”  what they were doing: shifting revenue and cash reserves from its California headquarters state, 8.84% state corporate tax rate, to a Nevada-based subsidiary, 0% state corporate tax rate, was perfectly legal.

Misclassification of Nonexempt Employees Leads to Nearly $5.3 Million in Damages

By | Workplace FYI | May 2, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on May 1, 2012, that in accordance with a settlement agreement, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $4,828,442 in back wages and damages to more than 4,500 employees nationwide and $463,815 in civil money penalties for misclassifying employees and associated violations of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal wage and hour law.