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New PBGC-Plan Sponsor Pilot Mediation Project for Early Warning Program and Termination Liability Cases

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) launched a new Pilot Mediation Project to facilitate negotiations with (i) plan sponsors involved in corporate transactions under the purview of the PBGC’s Early Warning...more

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Current Split of Authority Over Enforceability of Class Action Waivers Contained in Mandatory Arbitration...

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers have implemented mandatory arbitration policies requiring that all employment related disputes be resolved through final and binding arbitration rather than in traditional court proceedings. Generally speaking,...more

Murphy’s Law: Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Can you prevent employees from pursuing class actions if you have the right employment agreement? Employment agreements routinely include arbitration clauses that require employees to waive their right to pursue work-related...more

NLRB About-Face Highlights Lack of Reasoning on the Class Action “Right” It Seeks to Assert

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB has withdrawn the significant concession it offered at oral argument on the nature of the NLRA rights it seeks to assert in the face of employers’ mandatory arbitration programs....more

SCOTUS Weighs Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday in three cases—NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, and Ernst & Young, et al. v. Morris—to resolve whether arbitration provisions in employment agreements...more

Class Waivers at the Divided Supreme Court: Employers Cautiously Optimistic

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following oral argument, employers should be cautiously optimistic that the Supreme Court will allow mandatory arbitration programs containing waivers of the ability to bring collective and class actions....more

Oral Argument in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis: Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The Supreme Court began its new Term yesterday with oral arguments in cases involving whether arbitration agreements permitting only individual (non-class) arbitrations are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act, or...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Requires Participant to Arbitrate Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Investment Advisor - Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - In a major victory for an...more

Future of Class Action Waivers: The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument

On October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in three consolidated cases that will decide the future of class action waivers in the employment context. These cases—National Labor Relations...more

Courts Lose Jurisdiction To Vacate Arbitration Award After Three Months

The Nebraska Supreme Court recently had the unenviable task of determining whether the three month time period that the FAA provides for vacating an arbitration award is a statute of limitation (subject to tolling) or is...more

Why the Supreme Court’s “Big” Case on Class Action Waivers May Have Little Impact on Some Companies Including Those Using...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Tomorrow, October 2, the Supreme Court will hear argument on what many commentators are calling one of the biggest issues affecting companies in the past decade – whether mandatory arbitration clauses with class action...more

Crucial Labor and Employment Issues on the Line in Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case

Schnader Assesses Landmark Labor Case in U.S. Supreme Court - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Monday, October 2 in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, an important labor and employment case in which Schnader...more

1099 or W-2? How to Classify Workers in the Gig Economy and Why It Matters

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Uber and other ride sharing companies have been at the forefront of the “gig economy” where websites and mobile applications (commonly called “apps”) connect workers to customers who need a temporary service. With the rise of...more

Federal Court Looks To Petition To Compel Arbitration, Not The Facts Of The Underlying Litigation, To Determine Whether It Has...

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has upheld an order granting a petition by Hermès of Paris to compel arbitration after Matthew Swain, a former employee, sued Hermès and a coworker in state court for alleged violations of state...more

Arbitrator Awards $40 Million in Gender and Sexual Orientation Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers face several trade-offs when considering the implementation of mandatory arbitration policies. One of the positive attributes of arbitration, from an employer’s perspective, is the avoidance of a runaway jury award....more

Will the Supreme Court Finally Remove Doubt That an Employer Can Mandate That Employees Enter into Arbitration Agreements with...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first argument of the first day of its new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in three cases presenting the issue of whether an employer may require employees to enter into...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In late 2017 or early 2018, employers should anticipate clarity from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their right to file class or collective actions violates the National...more

Supreme Court Set To Weigh In On Class Action Waivers

by Burr & Forman on

In late 2017 or early 2018, employers should anticipate clarity from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether arbitration agreements requiring workers to waive their right to file class or collective actions violates the National...more

Court Affirms Arbitration Award, Finding No Violation Of Due Process Where Party Elected Not To Present Certain Evidence

by Carlton Fields on

Wilson, a former salesperson for Oracle, had unsuccessfully appealed the amount of her commission through Oracle’s internal compensation review process. Wilson then submitted a claim for arbitration alleging breach of...more

It’s time to think about arbitration agreements again following recent $15 million+ employee verdicts

Jury panels in the Los Angeles Superior Court (which is often referred to as “The Bank” by the plaintiffs’ bar) have recently delivered multimillion-dollar verdicts to former-employee plaintiffs. Many employers doing business...more

Stepping In: Arbitration Can Benefit All Parties

Arbitration can be a simpler, more effective alternative to the Labour Tribunal yet surprisingly few people are familiar with the process. It’s not for every employee, or for every dispute, but arbitration makes sense up...more

Fifth Circuit Continues To Approve Class Action Arbitration Waivers Over NLRB Objections

by Carlton Fields on

The opening case of the United States Supreme Court’s October 2017 term is a consolidation of three cases that present a Circuit conflict on the issue of whether the collective-bargaining provisions of the National Labor...more

Dancer's Claims Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration Clause, Third Circuit Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Employers should take note of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case involving the arbitration clause in an independent contractor agreement....more

“Coercive” And “Disturbing” Arbitration Agreement Upheld Over Labor Commissioner’s Protest

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In OTO, LLC v. Kho, the California Labor Commissioner challenged a car dealership’s mandatory arbitration agreement. The agreement required employment disputes to be arbitrated under normal civil litigation...more

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