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What Tom Brady, Underinflated Footballs, and “Deflategate” Teach Employers About Arbitration

Fans of unscrupulous professional football players and coaches often justify their heroes’ misbehavior with a now-classic sports adage: “If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’.” In the 1970s, for example, legendary Oakland...more

Deflategate for Labor Lawyers Revisited: 2nd Circuit Reinstates Brady Suspension and Reaffirms Judicial Deference to Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated the four game suspension imposed by the NFL on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in the infamous “Deflategate” scandal. This...more

Carbajal v. HWBSC Decision Provides Guidance for Drafting Employment Arbitration Agreements

On February 26, 2016, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, issued its decision in Carbajal v. HWBSC, Inc., invalidating an employment arbitration agreement due to a number of provisions the Court considered...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreements That Mutually Exclude Applications for Temporary Restraining Orders and...

On Monday, March 28, 2016, the California Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Second Appellate District holding that an arbitration agreement in an employment contract is not substantively unconscionable simply because...more

California Supreme Court Issues Pro-Arbitration Agreement Decision

On March 28, 2016, the Supreme Court of California issued another ruling on the enforceability of arbitration agreements. In Baltazar v. Forever 21, Inc. (S208345), the court considered the enforceability of an arbitration...more

Question #273: Crafting a Concrete Non-Compete

Question: Our company uses non-compete and non-solicit agreements that bar former employees from having contact with any client of our company after they leave. One former employee who recently left is now claiming the...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That An Order Compelling Arbitration is Final And Appealable When Arbitration is the Only Relief Requested...

The Eleventh Circuit recently dismissed an appeal from an order compelling arbitration because the appealing party failed to file a notice of appeal within thirty days of that order. ...more

California Court Rejects Arbitration Agreement for Unconscionability

On October 27, 2015, the California Court of Appeal, in an unpublished decision, issued yet another ruling applying the unconscionability doctrine to arbitration agreements in the employment context. In Prince v. Pletcher,...more

Lyft Reaches Settlement Preserving Independent Contractor Status for Drivers

Lyft, Inc. has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by drivers that preserves the drivers’ classification as independent contractors rather than employees. Although Lyft agreed to pay $12.25 million and...more

Supreme Court Rules That Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action & NLRB Doubles Down on Horton and Expands Its...

An unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff's case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. In the case, Jose Gomez filed a nationwide class-action on behalf of...more

Canada: Court Orders Punitive Damages for An Employer’s Willful Mischaracterization of the Basis of a Termination

A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Gordon v. Altus Group Ltd., serves as a reminder that employers should not exaggerate facts when asserting a defense of “just cause” termination....more

U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2015 Term Promises Slew of Significant Labor and Employment Cases

Each year, the U.S. Supreme Court begins its term on the first Monday in October. Although known as the “October Term,” the term in fact continues, alternating between two-week “sittings” and “recesses,” until late June or...more

9th Circuit Rejects Representative Action Waivers for PAGA Claims

If you read one thing... - With 9th Circuit ruling, California federal courts no longer a potential channel for employers to enforce representative action waivers for PAGA claims...more

Ban on Mandatory Employment Arbitration Agreements Passed by California Legislature

On August 27, 2015, the California Legislature passed AB 465, a bill that would make mandatory agreements to arbitrate employment disputes illegal in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11, 2015, to sign...more

Effective Carve-Outs to Seek Injunctive Relief from the Court in Arbitration Provisions

Christopher Pike: “That’s a technicality.” Spock: “I am a [lawyer], sir. We embrace technicalities.” Star Trek Into Darkness - Arbitration is no longer the final frontier. Instead, arbitration is often the...more

Enforcing Arbitration Agreements: The Choice of Procedural Law

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) applies generally to most arbitration agreements, but parties can choose to have the procedural law of the place of arbitration apply instead. On many issues, there is no material difference...more

KONE Inc. to Pay $85,500 to Settle EEOC Retaliation and Breach of Mediation Agreement Lawsuit

Elevator Manufacturer Refused to Hire Applicant in Retaliation for a Previous Discrimination Complaint, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - KONE Inc., a manufacturer and servicer of elevators and escalators, has...more

West Virginia Employment Update: The Mountain State is Becoming Much More Attractive to Employers

For the past several decades, West Virginia has not fared particularly well when employers were faced with tough decisions regarding whether to close or open new facilities in the state.  One of the factors that undoubtedly...more

Sticking up for Their Rights: Employers Taking the Offensive

The traditional posture of California employers apprehensive about “gotcha” wage and hour claims is to hunker down and wait for the next lawsuit. But a few brave souls have taken the offensive. We celebrate two examples here....more

California Court Allows Employee to Disaffirm Arbitration Agreement Due to Age

We thought we'd heard everything! This is a new one, that's for sure. It's no secret that employees try to wiggle out of arbitration agreements all of the time. There are the usual digs: the agreement was buried in the middle...more

Federal Employment Case Update | Pizza and Beer

Members of Certified Class Lack Standing to Challenge Class Arbitration Ban - Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria - United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - When Jacqueline Conners brought a class...more

Common Sense Prevails: Arbitration Award OK’ing On-Duty Drug Usage Overturned

In the world of labor arbitration, common sense sometimes takes a holiday. Fortunately, a Superior Court judge recently overturned an arbitrator’s attempt at second guessing an employer’s response to serious misconduct...more

Florida Appellate Court: Open Meetings Law Applies to Collective Bargaining

In a crucial victory for transparency, a Florida state appeals court ruled that the state's open meetings law will not "condone hiding behind federal mediation" when municipal governments try "to thwart the requirements of...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies When An Arbitration Award May Be Corrected

On January 29, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a decision clarifying the circumstances under which an arbitrator’s award may be corrected. In Richey v. Autonation, Inc., No. BC408319 (Cal. Jan. 29, 2015), the court...more

No Waiver Of PAGA Representative Claims (Yet)

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in connection with the California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angleles, LLC. Had the Court heard the Iskanian case, it was expected to...more

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