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The Early Bird Catches the Worm: Delaying Motion to Compel Arbitration Can Waive Right to Arbitration in California

On June 16, 2016, a California Court of Appeal, in an unpublished decision, issued yet another ruling applying the doctrine of waiver to arbitration agreements in the employment litigation context. In Ogannesian v. ICC...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Action Waivers in Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

At the end of 2015, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 465, which would have banned mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment setting, including arbitration agreements with class action waivers. As many employers know,...more

Will Collective Arbitration Waivers Land in the Supreme Court Again?

The long-running battle over collective action waivers in the arbitration clauses of employment agreements continues to rage in the Courts of Appeals. Two recent decisions (and the cert petitions filed in their wake) may...more

Ninth Circuit Finds That Requiring Employees to Sign Class Action Waivers Violates the NLRA

In a recent opinion, Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals followed the Seventh Circuit and held that employers violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when they require employees to sign an...more

Uber Enforces Arbitration Due To Delegation Clause And Opt Out

The 9th Circuit’s decision to enforce the arbitration agreement in Uber’s agreements with drivers made lots of news last week.  And although it includes no new principles of law, it does emphasize some principles that come up...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Class Action Waiver In Employment Agreement Is Unenforceable, Adding To The Circuit Split On The Issue

As a condition of employment, Ernst & Young’s employees were required to sign agreements that contained a “concerted action” waiver requiring employees to pursue legal claims against E&Y exclusively through arbitration, and...more

Federal Appeals Court Hands Uber Major Victory In Arbitration Agreement Fight

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals delivered a significant victory to Uber and other gig economy businesses by reversing a trial court’s denials of Uber’s motions to compel arbitration in companion class action lawsuits brought...more

Employment Law - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Sides With NLRB on Class Waivers - Why it matters - Siding with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals pushed the question of whether it violates the National...more

California Court of Appeal Rules Arbitration Agreement In Employee Handbook Is Not Enforceable

On August 22, 2016, a California Court of Appeal held that an arbitration agreement in an employee handbook did not create an enforceable agreement to arbitrate. Esparza v. Sand & Sea, Inc. et al., B268420 (Aug. 22, 2016). ...more

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

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

Employers Win Latest Round In Class Waiver Fight

2nd Circuit Refuses To Join Circuit Courts Siding With NLRB - Employers can breathe a sigh of relief after the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals once again upheld the validity of class and collective action waivers in...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses Employee Arbitration Agreements

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reviewed an arbitration agreement that required employees “as a condition of employment” “to sign agreements not to join with other...more

Week in Review: The Uphill Battle of a Rule 23(f) Appeal and More Spokeo

This week we take a look at a Ninth Circuit decision giving short shrift to a Rule 23(f) appeal and revisit two repeat players on Class Action Countermeasures: arbitration clauses and challenges to a class representative’s...more

Fifth Circuit Follows D.R. Horton And Murphy Oil Precedent, Ruling That An Arbitration Agreement Prohibiting Employee Class Or...

The Fifth Circuit refused to enforce an order of the NLRB that found an arbitration agreement was invalid because it waived an employee’s right to maintain employment related class or collective actions....more

Class Actions Back from Verge of Extinction

Back in 2011 it looked like class actions would join the mastodon, the dodo bird and other extinct species. In AT&T v. Mobility v. Concepcion, Justice Scalia and the conservative majority held that the Federal Arbitration...more

Adding to Circuit Split, Divided Ninth Circuit Finds Concerted Action Waiver in Ernst & Young’s Employment Agreement Unenforceable...

Ernst & Young’s (“E&Y”) employment agreements contained “separate proceedings” and arbitration provisions, which together required that disputes be resolved individually through arbitration, rather than collectively through...more

Board Ties Judges’ Hands In Settling Cases Directly

Seyfarth Synopsis: Overturning 25 years of precedent, the NLRB rules that an ALJ may only enter an order approving and incorporating settlement terms proposed by a respondent over the objections of the General Counsel and...more

Employment Alert: Ninth Circuit Nixes Employee Class and Collective Action Waivers, Calling into Question Future Viability of...

Mandatory employment arbitration agreements suffered a significant blow last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California, Washington, and other western states) found illegal and...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Agreements Cannot Require Employees to Individually Arbitrate Claims in Separate Proceedings

The Ninth Circuit is the latest court to consider the NLRB’s position that class and collective action waivers violate the NLRA; here, the court ruled that an arbitration agreement that completely prevents employees from...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Employees’ Waiver of All Forums for Class or Collective Action Violates NLRA

Employers who require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment should take care: A split is developing among the federal appellate courts regarding the enforceability of so-called “concerted...more

The Curious Case of Employment Arbitration Agreements

Oh boy, what a year 2016 is shaping up to be! Employers faced some daunting changes to: Sick Leave, California Minimum Wage, the DOL final rule re salary thresholds and now – class action waivers. We feel like doing a Liz...more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California) struck down a "concerted action waiver" (i.e., a waiver of class, collective or other group actions) in an arbitration agreement....more

Arbitration Award Reinstating Teacher Charged With “Grooming” of Student Reversed by Court

Cornwall – Lebanon School District v. Cornwall – Lebanon Education Association, Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania No. 2015-01556 (April 21, 2016). Common Pleas Court vacates Arbitrator’s award reinstating...more

Judicial Hostility to Employment Arbitration Flares up in 9th Circuit

When you draft employment arbitration agreements, it’s not enough to know what the law is. You should also know what the law will be at the time that someone challenges the agreement. Since this area of law changes...more

Connecticut's Highest Court Reinstates State Employee Fired for Smoking Marijuana at Work

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently held, by a unanimous decision, that termination was not the only appropriate disciplinary action for a public employee who had been caught smoking marijuana during working hours. In...more

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