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Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim Because Retaliation Claims Were Already Arbitrated

The Southern District of New York recently dismissed Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims brought by an employer’s ex-President and an ex-Director pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) on res judicata grounds, determining that...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Texas Federal Court’s Order Which Withdrew Its Prior Order Compelling Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff Gaspar Salas, a former employee of defendant GE Oil & Gas, brought suit in 2014 in Texas federal court against GE for discrimination and retaliation. The court granted GE’s motion to compel arbitration, and the case...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Finding Arbitrator Had Reasonable Basis To Deny Wage Discrimination Claim

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff raised three arguments in support of her motion to vacate an arbitration award: “(1) that the arbitrator exceed his powers or so imperfectly executed them that a mutual, final, and definite award upon her claims was...more

Court Declines To Vacate Arbitral Decision In Face Of Seven Challenges Made By Pro Se Plaintiff

by Carlton Fields on

Last month the Southern District of New York granted DCH Auto Group’s motion to confirm a favorable arbitral decision dismissing a pro se plaintiff’s arbitration with prejudice, over a host of different challenges seeking...more

Justice Gorsuch Likely To Have Significant Impact on Labor and Employment Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court in April, and the apparent re-emergence of a 5-4 split, we expect to see the Court issue more expansive opinions and be less reticent to grant...more

Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

Jury Waiver And Arbitration Agreements Require Specificity

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision once again highlights the specificity required to enforce jury waivers or agreements to arbitrate employment disputes. In Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., ___ N.J....more

Five Wage and Hour Questions: What’s “In Store” For 2017?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the new administration and new year well underway, retail employers may be wondering what’s next for likely litigation and legislation impacting their business. Below are thoughts about five questions...more

Employment Law - February 2017

Ninth Circuit Sends Employment Dispute to Arbitration - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sent an employment dispute to arbitration, reversing a denial of the employer's motion to...more

Psychological harassment arbitration adjourned because employee awarded worker’s compensation benefits

by Dentons on

An employee who received worker’s compensation benefits for “psychological injury due to harassment” has had her union harassment grievance, against her employer and supervisor, adjourned....more

Employment Law - December 2016 #2

New EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination - Why it matters - For the first time in more than a decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new guidance on national origin...more

Employment Law - December 2016

Voters Embrace Minimum Wage Increases, Legalized Marijuana - Why it matters - While employers wait to see the impact of Donald Trump's forthcoming presidency, voters made their feelings clear on two...more

New California Employment Laws 2016

by Morgan Lewis on

California’s 2016 legislative session ended, once again, with a flurry of activity in the legislature and by Governor Jerry Brown, resulting in numerous new laws requiring employer action. The end-of-session bills were not...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

The Election is Over, Now What?

Now that the election is over, many clients and friends are asking what labor and employment law might look like under the soon to be President Trump. Of course, no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming term....more

Conscientious Objectors to Arbitration Policy Can Bring Their Cases in Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last week, the Third Circuit held that two employees could sue their employer in court despite a dispute resolution policy requiring binding arbitration, because those same employees had objected to the...more

Employment Law - October 2016

Employers Can’t Arbitrate Any Issues Related to PAGA Claim - Why it matters - The California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles forecloses an employer’s ability to require a...more

Employment Law - September 2016 #2

California Appellate Court Moves Associational Disability Claims Forward - Why it matters - Recognizing associational disability claims, a California appellate panel ruled that an employee's claim for disability...more

Fifth Circuit Reaffirms the “Limited” and “Exceedingly Deferential” Review of Arbitration Decisions

by Butler Snow LLP on

On August 4, 2016, the Fifth Circuit declined a pro se plaintiff’s invitation to reconsider the merits of his claim and instead confirmed the arbitration award against him under the Federal Arbitration Act’s standard of...more

Employment Law - August 2016

Arbitrator or Judge? California Supreme Court Weighs in - Why it matters - Yet again, the California Supreme Court considered arbitration in the context of an employment agreement, this time reflecting on whether a...more

Fifth Circuit Confirms Award Under Federal Arbitration Act’s “Exceedingly Deferential” Standard

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently confirmed an arbitration award in an underlying employment dispute, finding that the appellant failed to demonstrate that the award was the product of...more

Arbitrator to Decide Whether Arbitrator to Decide

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Who gets to decide who gets to decide whether a claim can be arbitrated? That was the question before the California Supreme Court—not whether a claim can be arbitrated, but who gets to decide that question? Is it an...more

Arbitrator, Not Court, Decides If Arbitration Agreement Allows Class Arbitration, California Supreme Court Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A divided California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, should determine whether an arbitration clause in an employment agreement allows employees to bring their claims in arbitration on a...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Issues Reminder of Power of Federal Arbitration Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the last generation, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly promoted the policy under federal law in favor of arbitrating claims, including in the area of employment law. Among other issues, the Court has held on multiple...more

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