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Labor and Employment News: Deflategate: Limited Ability to Appeal Arbitration Awards

Nearly all collective bargaining agreements have an arbitration clause for deciding any disputes under the agreement. Beyond the labor arena, employers have increasingly mandated arbitration as the designated forum for...more

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

Going on the Offensive: How Retail and Restaurant Employers Can Mitigate Risk by Implementing Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

Over the past several years, there has been a growing trend of retail and restaurant businesses requiring their employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements. Why? When properly drafted, mandatory arbitration...more

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

California Supreme Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement, Finding It Is Not Unconscionable

In this case, a former employee of a retail store appealed to the California Supreme Court seeking reversal of an appellate court decision which found that an arbitration agreement in her employment application was not...more

Government Outlines Key Labor and Employment Initiatives

Representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), as well as the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice (DOJ), participated in an American Bar Association Equal Opportunity Law conference in...more

Arbitration Plan Contained in Employee Handbook Enforceable? Not Without Savings Clause, Fifth Circuit Says

In Nelson v. Watch House International, L.L.C., (No. 15-10531), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision dismissing an employee’s lawsuit against his employer and compelling arbitration. The Fifth...more

A Troubling Decision for Employment Arbitration Agreements with Potentially Ambiguous Language and What it Means for Employers...

On April 5, 2016, in a rare rebuke of an employment arbitration agreement by a federal court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Hon. Madeline Cox Arleo, U.S.D.J.) held that it would not compel...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: Arbitration Agreement Restating Existing Law Is Not Unconscionable

On March 28, 2016, the California Supreme Court handed down a long-awaited opinion in Baltazar v. Forever 21. Baltazar’s most important holding is that an arbitration agreement is not unconscionable merely because it restates...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

Seventh Circuit Reinforces the Importance of Memorializing Agreements in Mediation

Put it in writing. How many times have those four words been uttered in the course of commerce? Many more than we care to count, to be sure. For the fact remains that the act of putting pen to paper, ribbon to...more

NLRB Says Agreement's Failure to Advise Employee of Right to File Claims with Board Violates Federal Labor Law

Over the past several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued several employers, claiming that their failure to explicitly advise employees that releases provided in conjunction with severance benefits...more

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too? Handbook Contract Disclaimers & Mandatory Arbitration Policies

A New Jersey court recently used the so-called contract “disclaimer” language in an employer’s handbook to preclude the employer from enforcing a mandatory arbitration program contained in that same handbook. The court’s...more

Court Of Chancery Decides If Arbitration Required When Arbitration Clause Not In One Of Two Contracts

When only one of two related contracts has an arbitration clause, the Court can still require arbitration of a dispute under the contract lacking that clause. The question is whether the two contracts deal with the same...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

Early Conciliation and the Employment Tribunal's case management powers: Changes to the respondents

The two recent cases set out below highlight the flexible approach that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) seems to be taking in relation to Early Conciliation (EC) and the Employment Tribunal's (ET) powers to make case...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

The National Labor Relations Board 2015 Year in Review - An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

To mark the 80th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board apparently decided to make history in 2015. The Board did just that, issuing several ground breaking decisions, and in the...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

NJ Employers May Need to Revisit Arbitration Clauses Following Appellate Division Ruling

On January 7, 2016, the New Jersey Appellate Division found that an arbitration provision contained in an Employee Handbook was unenforceable. This decision is of critical importance to New Jersey employers when it comes to...more

"Class Action Waivers: Are They Enforceable?"

Class action waivers in arbitration agreements continue to occupy the attention of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and uncertainty in this area of law raises ongoing concerns for employers. In D.R. Horton, Inc.,...more

Employers Should Not Rely on Employer Handbooks to Create Enforceable Arbitration Agreements

In a recent published opinion, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an arbitration clause in an employee handbook was unenforceable because the handbook also contained standard disclaimer language stating that the...more

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