Labor & Employment Law Update - Jan. 2009

01/08/2009             Attorneys           Firm News             Events


In This Issue:

An Update to the United States Supreme Court's 2008 Term

New OSHA Rule  

Wal-Mart Settlement


An Update to the United States Supreme Court's 2008 Term

By Chris M. Heffelbower  and Ashlee Bekish*


Just over a few months ago, the United States Supreme Court began its 2008 term.  In a previous alert, we provided a brief look at some of the interesting cases the Supreme Court agreed to hear.  Since the Supreme Court continues to accept new cases throughout the term, this alert provides a look at some of the cases that have been added to the Court’s docket.



OSHA Issues Final Rule Regarding Personal Protective Equipment Violations

By Chris M. Heffelbower


On December 12, 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its final rule clarifying an employer’s duty to provide personal protective equipment and to train each of its employees on the proper use of the equipment.


$54 Million Settlement Reached in Minnesota Class Action Suit Against Wal-Mart 

By Carrie L. Zochert


In December 2008, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Wal-Mart”) agreed to pay over $54 million to settle a wage and hour class-action lawsuit that alleged Wal-Mart forced its hourly employees to work through their rest breaks without pay. 


About our Practice:


The Larkin Hoffman employment law team identifies and resolves workplace issues in this rapidly evolving and highly regulated area.  Our attorneys provide counsel and advice to employers.  We represent employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies including the EEOC, MHRA, NLRB, OSHA and DOL.  



This alert is provided as a service to our clients and firm associates.  While the information provided in this publication is believed to be accurate, it is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice.
January 2009




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