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Independent Contractor Trucker Dodges FAA Arbitration and Keeps His Class Action Alive

by BakerHostetler on

In Oliveira v. New Prime, Inc., No. 15-2364 (May 12, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confronted two arbitration-related questions of first impression in that Circuit. In the case, Dominic Oliveira had...more

Arbitrator’s Pre-Iskanian Decision That Paga Claim Must Proceed On An Individual Basis Was Not A “Manifest Disregard Of The Law”

by Carlton Fields on

A refinery operator (“Wulfe”), sued his former employer alleging several employment related claims, including a claim under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The court compelled arbitration, and the...more

Third Circuit Holds Overtime Class Action Is Not Subject To Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a Pennsylvania district court, holding that a class action involving overtime compensation filed against the operating companies of a senior care facility is not subject to...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

Loader operator entitled to remain in job despite accidents: insufficient warnings and training, decides arbitrator

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A labour arbitrator has ordered an employer to return an employee to his loader operator  position despite the employer’s objection that the employee had caused accidents. ...more

First Circuit Enforces Arbitration of ERISA Dispute

The First Circuit concluded that, pursuant to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, it was for an arbitrator, not the court, to decide whether the union’s claim that the employer failed to properly fund a defined...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: March 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve arbitration and PAGA issues. Arbitration - Farrar v. Direct Commerce, Inc., 9 Cal. App. 5th 1257, 215 Cal. Rptr. 3d 785 (2017) - Summary: Arbitration...more

8th Circuit Finds ADEA Does Not Preclude Arbitration

One of the few “get out of arbitration free” cards that SCOTUS offers litigants is this: find another federal statute that clearly entitles plaintiff(s) to a court trial. In a recent 8th Circuit case, that court carefully...more

For how long can an employee enforce an arbitration award

by Hogan Lovells on

We looked at this question in our article How long can a CCMA arbitration award be enforced against an employer. Since then the Constitutional Court has considered the question of the prescription of arbitration awards not...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

Global Employment Law Update - April 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In this edition of our Global Employment Law Update we look at the effects of the rapid growth of the "gig" economy across the jurisdictions. There have been significant case law and legislative responses, particularly on...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Dismissal Of Plaintiff’s Procedural Due Process Claim

by Carlton Fields on

In this action, plaintiff Sherri Roberts appealed a Montana federal district court’s order which granted her former employer/defendant Lame Deer Public Schools’ summary judgment motion because plaintiff’s procedural due...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Random Alcohol and Drug Testing – New Hope for Ontario Employers?

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A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice may pave the way for random alcohol and drug testing in the workplace. However, the final word is yet to come from a long-anticipated decision from an Ontario...more

What’s In Your Arbitration Agreement?: California High Court Finds Another Exception to Enforcing Arbitration Agreements As...

Many employers enter into pre-dispute arbitration agreements with their employees so that any future claims or disputes between the employer and the employee get resolved through binding arbitration, rather than a court of...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Spring 2017

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When Are Your Subcontractor's Employees Your Employees? In January, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals entered its decision in Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc., ruling that a contractor and its subcontractor can be...more

Arbitration 101: Why and How to Keep Your Company Out of Court

“Arbitration makes a lot of sense”, Charles Allen states. A general commercial disputes lawyer and currently a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Hong Kong, he practices across a wide range of different...more

Chipping Away at Arbitration: California Supreme Court Further Limits Arbitration Waivers

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement waiving the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable under California law. In McGill...more

Are private dispute resolution agreements really binding?

by Hogan Lovells on

Parties often contract out of the CCMA or Labour Court as the forum that considers their dispute and opt for private arbitration. But, are these agreements really enforceable? This question again recently came before...more

Ninth Circuit Holds PAGA Claimants May Be Compelled To Arbitrate

by Carlton Fields on

Terminix appealed from a district court order denying its motion to compel arbitration of a former employee’s representative claim under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) alleging that Terminix failed to...more

Employment Law - March 2017 #2

Continuing Violation Doctrine Keeps Title VII Suit Alive - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed a professor to move forward with her Title VII hostile work environment claims...more

Arbitration of PAGA Claims: Another California Divide Emerges

by BakerHostetler on

In a March 8, 2017, article, we talked about how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals compelled the arbitration of a California Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) representative claim in Valdez v. Terminix International Co.,...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

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