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The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

D.C. Circuit Provides Additional Support For Specialty Healthcare, Union-Friendly Micro-Units

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with the National Labor Relations Board in affirming the union-friendly practice of “micro-unit” organizing. The D.C. Circuit’s opinion issued in Rhino v. NLRB is...more

Who Poked Whom First: Does a Friend Request or Social Media Invite Count as Solicitation?

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When Gregory Gelineau quit his job at an Illinois-based insurance company to work for a competitor, he sent LinkedIn invitations to a group of his former co-workers. In response, Gelineau’s former company sued him. The...more

Third Circuit Holds No Need to Warn Under WARN ACT Unless Circumstances Causing Layoff Are Probable

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The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act in the U.S. requires that employers give sixty days’ notice to its employees before effecting a mass layoff. The WARN Act contains exceptions to the notice...more

Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 11, 2017, was the deadline for interested parties to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to formally rescind its controversial persuader rule, which was issued in 2016 under the...more

DOJ Backs Class Action Waivers

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The United States Department of Justice (DOL) has made an about face and now takes the position that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable. The change in position from the Trump Administration’s DOJ...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Tosses Employee Arbitration Agreement

In Dugan v. Best Buy, an unreported decision (thus far) by the New Jersey Appellate court, we are again reminded of the requirement that an employee’s waiver of the right to sue contained in an employee-employer arbitration...more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

To Connect Or Not To Connect, That Is The Non-Solicitation Agreement Question

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Seyfarth Synopsis: A former employee’s social media activities were not “solicitations” that breached his employment non-solicitation agreement where no suggestion to join the former employee was apparent from the activity....more

Class Arbitration: Contractual “Crickets” Are Sufficient for Ninth Circuit to Determine That Class Arbitration Is Permitted,...

When is “silence” in an arbitration clause concerning class arbitration not “Stolt-Nielsen silence”? And what is the difference between a “claim” and a “procedure”? The Ninth Circuit seemingly took hair-splitting to a new...more

Digging In Its Heels: Disputing The DOJ’s Position, The NLRB Remains Defiant In Supreme Court Brief That Individual Arbitration...

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On August 9 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) filed its responsive brief in one of three cases before the Supreme Court that may determine the future validity of individual arbitration agreements in the...more

NLRB’s Acted More Like “Advocate Than Adjudicator” In Issuing Decision, DC Court of Appeals Concludes

When bargaining over an agreement, it is common to hear union representatives ask “why do we need such elaborate language in an agreement? We are always reasonable.” To which, the company usually responds, “We think you’re...more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

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MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Is My Noncompete With an Independent Contractor Enforceable?

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The Eight Circuit recently addressed this question in Ag Spectrum Co. v. Elder, Case No. 16-3113 (8th Cir. August 2, 2017). In that case, Ag Spectrum contracted with Vaughn Elder to work as an independent contractor. Elder...more

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

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Employers finally won a key victory in California courts in the continuing conflict between mandatory arbitration/class waiver agreements versus representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys General...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

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Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Says Salary Step Increments are Negotiable, but Avoids Dynamic Status Quo Issue

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In a highly anticipated decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the issue of salary step increments is a mandatorily negotiable term and condition of employment. However, the Court did not decide whether New Jersey’s...more

Making Sure Your At-Will Employees Remain At-Will

Almost every state, including Connecticut, recognizes the doctrine of employment-at-will, meaning that in the absence of a contractual provision to the contrary, the employer or the employee can terminate the employment...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Agreement In Employment Application Was Unconscionable

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In this case, Ritarose Capili, a sales associate, brought an action against her former employer The Finish Line, Inc. (“Finish Line”), an athletic retailer in California federal court. Finish Line made a motion to compel...more

Federal Court Reverses NLRB “Positive Work Environment” Handbook Decision

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) created controversy a couple of years ago when it ruled that handbook policies maintained by T-Mobile USA requiring employees to maintain a positive work environment were illegal...more

Illinois Employers Should Not Depend on Blue Penciling to Enforce Restrictive Covenants

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Illinois is one of several jurisdictions that recognizes the authority of courts to blue pencil or judicially modify otherwise unenforceable restrictive covenants to be enforceable. See, e.g. Weitekamp v. Lane, 250 Ill. App....more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — a Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a recent series of articles, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable. Given the nature of...more

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in October on Enforceability of Employment Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In January, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of three conflicting Court of Appeal decisions to settle the question of whether an agreement requiring that employees resolve employment-related disputes through...more

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

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