In a recent alert, we reported on two recent cases before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) involving a provision of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) that protects employees’ rights to engage in “concerted activity.” Under this provision of the Act, “concerted activity” includes, among other things, two or more employees discussing wages, hours, or working conditions. The Act prohibits employers from disciplining or discriminating against employees who engage in such discussions. This “concerted activity” protection extends to employees whether or not they are unionized.In one of the cases discussed in our earlier alert, the employer allegedly fired an employee for her disparaging Facebook posts about a supervisor, to which several of her Facebook “friends” who were also co-workers added their comments. The employer fired the employee for violating a policy in its company handbook prohibiting employees from making … [Read more...] about More NLRB Rulings Illustrate Broad Scope Of “Concerted Activity” Protection
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Updated: A partner at Covington & Burling who represents 15 Guantanamo detainees took off his pants at a news conference in Yemen on Monday to illustrate the humiliating strip searches that his clients have to endure several times a day, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.The lawyer, David Remes, told the blog why he stripped to his underwear.I’d been to Guantanamo in mid-June,” Remes said, “and there’s a certain amount of normalcy that has settled over the normal miserable conditions of confinement, which amount to solitary confinement without sleep and without sunlight and without anyone to talk to. So at the news conference, I said that, in addition to this torment, which has become so typical that we don’t even talk about it anymore, now the torment also consists of constant body searches in which the men are required to pull their shirts up to their chest, drop their pants, and then the corn-fed U.S. military sticks their thumbs under the … [Read more...] about Covington Partner Strips to Underwear to Illustrate Guantanamo Searches
By Jim Kiest Published 2:44 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder (righ) in a scene from "Napoleon Dynamite" Efren Ramirez and Jon Heder (righ) in a scene from "Napoleon Dynamite" Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Tina Majorino (left) and Jon Heder in a scene from "Napoleon Dynamite" Tina Majorino (left) and Jon Heder in a scene from "Napoleon Dynamite" Photo: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES "Napoleon Dynamite" was unleashed on American audiences 10 years ago, launching the resurgence of tater tots and tetherball into pop culture consciousness and covering people in "Vote for Pedro" T-shirts. People seem to either love or hate the movie, but it's undeniably become a cult classic. less "Napoleon Dynamite" was unleashed on American audiences 10 years ago, launching the resurgence of tater tots and tetherball into pop culture … [Read more...] about Stars of cult favorite movie ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ to attend San Antonio screening
In August, we announced the very first winner of the inaugural ABA Journal Short Fiction Contest. The winner of the $3,000 prize was Whitehall, Mich., lawyer Lance Hendrickson, whose haunting submission is published here. The annual contest, supported by the Erskine M. Ross Trust, is intended to encourage literary fiction that illuminates the role of the law and lawyers in society. As you will see in the following pages, Hendrickson’s gritty exploration of a circumstantial infant death case reveals the variety of truths a lawyer may be forced to confront to achieve the best result for a client—and explaining painful reality may well be the toughest part of the job.Shauna Kinney was scared. Frightened. And rightly so. Anybody would’ve been. I would’ve been, too, in her shoes. I mean, seven days before, she’d been booked in to jail for the first time, on a million-dollar bond, and for the last three days she’d been living under suicide watch. In the … [Read more...] about A dead child, an old grudge, and a lawyer caught between the facts and the truth
Poll: Which Beatles cover rocks?Copies of the May 2016 ABA Journal may be one of the Beatles’ rarities: The print magazine was published with two different covers. One has portraits of the Fab Four in Carnaby Street collarless suits. The flip side is a turntable playing a scratched Beatles LP. (Both are available from the ABA Store).Which cover do you prefer? Brian Epstein was a Liverpool record store operator before he became the Beatles’ first full-time manager. His experience in the retail end of the business gave him a clear vision of how he wanted the group to look and act to attract a widespread audience. But with no prior experience as an artist manager, Epstein and his management firm, NEMS Enterprises, were quickly overwhelmed by the complexities of representing an act of such unprecedented popularity as the Beatles. As NEMS executive Tony Bramwell put it, Epstein “flounder[ed] all the way to the top.”Some of the criticism seems … [Read more...] about Did litigation kill the Beatles?