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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

Texas Supreme Court Argument Preview - 3/15

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of Texas will hear argument in three cases. - No. 13-1026, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams LLP v. Lopez - The Petitioner law firm seeks to enforce an arbitration...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

Court Rejects Manifest Disregard Of Law Claim

A district court in Pennsylvania has denied a motion to vacate a prior arbitration award based on the arbitrator’s alleged manifest disregard of the law, and instead granted a motion to confirm the award in a case arising out...more

Fabricating Evidence and Losing Arbitration

Seagate Tech., LLC v. W. Digital Corp - Addressing an issue of whether an arbitrator inappropriately sanctioned a party that had been found to have fabricated evidence and whether the arbitrator refused to consider...more

Employment Law - December 2014

California Jury Awards Record $185M Verdict to Female Employee - Why it matters: A California jury made national headlines and terrified employers across the country when it awarded $185 million in punitive damages...more

2015 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

The California Legislature enacted a number of new bills that become effective in 2015. Among the most significant are the following...more

Is a Memorandum of Costs required in addition to a Fee Petition?

In Kaufman v. Diskeeper Corp., 2014 DJDAR 11468, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided an interesting case involving the interplay of a filed Memorandum of Costs and a related Petition to...more

Ghomeshi Claim Faces Significant Challenges

The controversial firing of former CBC radio host and personality Jian Ghomeshi has captured the public’s attention in recent days for many reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the law. In terms of the legal issues...more

Village of Posen’s Rough Day in Court: The Perils of Challenging an Arbitration Award

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed an arbitrator’s decision to fully reinstate a police officer terminated for cashing workers’ compensation checks while also receiving full disability pay during recovery from an...more

Executive Order Requires Disclosure of Labor Violations

Employers doing business with the federal government must now jump through additional hoops. In yet another example of the executive branch pursuing its agenda outside of the legislative process, President Obama signed...more

No damages awarded for unforeseeable workplace assault, but employer ordered to rewrite harassment policy

The fact that an employee had engaged in harassment did not make it foreseeable that he would assault a coworker, a labour arbitrator has held. However, the company’s harassment policy was deficient and needed to be...more

EEOC Sues Kone for Retaliation and Breach of Mediation Agreement

Elevator Manufacturer Refused to Rehire Applicant in Retaliation for a Previous Discrimination Complaint, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kone, Inc., a manufacturer and servicer of elevators and escalators,...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on Enforceability of FLSA Collective Action Waivers

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied a request to review the issue of whether the Fair Labor Standards Act grants employees a non-waivable right to bring a collective action and thus, renders arbitration agreements with...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

Alberta Arbitration Board Considers Random Alcohol and Drug Testing in Closely Watched Case

An Alberta Arbitration Board has recently released its decision in the closely followed case of Unifor, Local 707A v Suncor Energy Inc regarding Suncor’s random drug and alcohol testing policy for safety sensitive union...more

Alberta Arbitration Board Rules Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Unreasonable

In the ongoing debate on random drug and alcohol testing of employees, an Alberta Arbitration Board (the “Board”) has found that an employer’s random drug and alcohol testing policy is unreasonable. The Board’s...more

Fifth Circuit Denies NLRB Petition to Review D.R. Horton. What It Means for Employers...

The decision affects every employer with an arbitration agreement and every employer that wants to avoid class and collective actions, which should be all of them....more

In Employment Arbitrations, Prevailing Party Fee Provision "Chills" But Is Not Cool

In recent years the United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of businesses in several cases involving the enforceability of arbitration agreements. But as illustrated by a recent decision by Florida's Second District...more

California Courts Continue to Rule in Favor of Arbitration

California Supreme Court reverses rule that first required administrative hearing by state Labor Commissioner before permitting arbitration of wage and hour claims - In 2011, the California Supreme Court in...more

Arbitrator May Not Award Damages For Workplace Injury Where Worker Entitled To WSIB Benefits

An employee who was entitled to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board benefits for a workplace injury could not also obtain damages through arbitration, a labour arbitrator has decided. ...more

Second Circuit Holds That The Fair Labor Standards Act Does Not Bar The Enforcement of Class Action Waivers

Over the past week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) has issued two decisions in which it affirmatively held that: (i) a plaintiff cannot use the “effective vindication doctrine” to...more

Darden: continuing the trend of pro-arbitration decisions

The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Leos v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. continues the nationwide trend of courts enforcing arbitration provisions according to their terms. ...more

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