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California Court Requires Clear And Unmistakable Waiver To Enforce Arbitration Agreement

Volpei v. County of Ventura, No. B243954 (November 7, 2013): In a recent decision, a California Court of Appeal held that an arbitration provision in a collective bargaining agreement did not waive an employee’s individual...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

Employee Not Required to Arbitrate FEHA Claims Where Language of Arbitration Agreement Is Permissive

While contractual claims arising from a collective bargaining agreement including an agreement to arbitrate are generally presumed arbitrable, the same presumption does not apply to statutory claims. Where an employee...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - November 2013

Flurry of New California Employment Statutes Continues - The California Legislature passed and Governor Brown approved the following new statutes impacting California employment law that shortly take effect in 2014....more

Arbitration Clause In Collective Bargaining Agreement Doesn’t Cover Statutory Claims, Court of Appeal Rules

In Mendez v. Mid-Wilshire Health Care Center, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held that the arbitration provision in a collective bargaining agreement governing a plaintiff’s employment did...more

Arbitration Agreement Withstands Challenge For Lack of Notice of Arbitration Rules or Mutuality

In Peng v. First Republic Bank, a former employee asserting discrimination and other claims challenged the enforceability of the arbitration agreement she signed as a condition of employment. Specifically, she asserted that...more

Keeping The Jury At Bay: Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Is Subject To Arbitration

A workers' compensation retaliation claim must be arbitrated under the parties' arbitration agreement, according to a recent decision by Florida's Second District Court of Appeal, Audio Visual Innovations, Inc. v. Spiessbach...more

International Employment Law Review: August 2013 - Issue 4: Recent Employment Law Developments in the United States

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions - Court Limits Definition of “Supervisor” Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Law - In Vance v. Ball State University (June 24, 2013), in a 5-4 decision, a majority of the Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Three Decisions Favorable to Employers

By the end of this year’s term, the United States Supreme Court had issued three “employer-friendly” decisions. While the decisions do not dramatically alter the employment law landscape, employers will still welcome the...more

Arbitration Clauses In Contracts

All of that small print in those contracts you never quite read, but “accept” with a click has meaning — more meaning than you might expect. ...more

Updates from the Second Circuit and Supreme Court About Arbitration Provisions and Potential Impact on Employers

Last week, the Second Circuit weighed in again on the enforceability of an arbitration provision in Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co., No. 11-5229-cv (2d Cir. Mar. 21, 2013). The provision at issue required employees to pursue...more

The Beginning of the End for Wage & Hour Class Actions Through Arbitration Agreements? Second Circuit Sets Stage

Suppose you have your employees’ sign agreements to arbitrate all of their employment disputes. (I’ve talked about arbitration agreements in many posts before.)...more

Second Circuit Vindicates Concepcion in Gender Discrimination Case

In April 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark opinion in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, holding that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted California's Discover Bank rule, which had previously voided waivers of...more

Second Circuit Upholds Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements that Bar Title VII Class Actions, Finding that there is no...

On March 21, 2013, the Second Circuit issued its opinion in Parisi v. Goldman Sachs & Co., Case No. 11-5229, reversing a decision from the Southern District of New York, and holding that arbitration agreements which preclude...more

February 2013 U.S. Labor and Employment Update

In This Issue: - Supreme Court to Address “Changing Clothes” under the FLSA - First Appellate Court Decision on FLSA’s Nursing Mother Provision - Courts Continue Trend in Favor of Class Waivers in Arbitration...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2013

In This Issue: *FEATURE ARTICLES - Cal Supreme Court Refuses To Immunize Employers In Mixed-Motive Discrimination Cases, But Significantly Limits Remedies - Manager's Bias, Public Policy, And Defamation...more

EmployerLINC.com - February 8, 2013: Court enforces agreement to arbitrate

In a January 23, 2013 decision, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma continued a recent trend in Oklahoma cases enforcing arbitration clauses included in employment agreements or relationships....more

California Court Upholds Arbitration Agreement

Maribel Baltazar sued her former employer, Forever 21, Inc., alleging she was constructively discharged and subjected to discrimination and harassment based on her race and sex....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 2012

In This Issue: - FEATURE ARTICLES Supreme Court Emphasizes Supremacy Of Federal Arbitration Act and Honest Belief Inadequate Defense In CFRA Interference Claim. - NEWS BITES Class Action...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2012

In This Issue: Time To Tidy Up Your Arbitration Clause; California Court Provides Insight Into Application And Scope Of Administrative Exemption; NEWS BITES: Employers Can Recover Against Advances On Commissions;...more

"Employment Flash" - March 2012

The March 2012 edition covers important new developments in labor and employment law, including the following: - Expanded Protections for Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblowers; - NLRB Limits Use of Class Action...more

NLRB Finds Arbitration Provision Banning Class and Collective Actions to be Unlawful

On January 3, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held in D.R. Horton that a mandatory arbitration agreement between an employer and its employees violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), because it...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 14, 2011

In this issue: Employee's Alcoholism Does not Rise to the Level of an ADA Disability, Leading to Dismissal of Claims; Court Refuses to Enforce Arbitration Agreement for Lack of Consent; $2.1 Million Judgement in Washington...more

Developments in Supreme Court Jurisprudence: The Court’s AT&T Decision and the Second Circuit’s Treatment of Stolt-Nielsen

After deciding four arbitration cases during the previous term, the United States Supreme Court decided only one case regarding arbitration during its 2010 term (commencing in October 2010 and extending until June 2011)—but...more

October 2011: Class Action Update

Class-Less Actions: Depending on which side of the class action divide you are on, 2011 has been either a very good year or a disaster. In April, and again in June, the United States Supreme Court issued decidedly...more

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