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Fenwick Employment Brief - August 2014

Partial-Day Leave Deductions Lawful for Exempt Employees - A California court of appeal recently confirmed that employers may require exempt employees to use accrued leave for partial-day absences, even if shorter than...more

Executive Order May Block Contractors with Labor Violations from Receiving Federal Contracts

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (“Executive Order”) that requires contractors to (1) disclose recent violations of various workplace laws before being awarded federal...more

Uncertainty Remains Regarding the NLRB's Position on Class and Collective Action Waivers

The law concerning class action waivers continues to develop at a rapid pace. While most courts are now enforcing class action waivers in arbitration agreements, there remains at least one prominent area of uncertainty for...more

Class Claim Arbitration Waivers Win Big in Ninth Circuit

In two cases from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 23, 2014, arbitration agreements won big on the class-claims waiver issue. This is good news for the employers operating in the Ninth Circuit, and California in...more

California Supreme Court Rules on Class Waivers

The court holds that class action waivers in arbitration agreements are enforceable but PAGA waivers are not. On June 23, the California Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Iskanian v. CLS...more

Redefining the Power of Arbitration in Unfair Labor Practice Cases: NLRB Solicited Briefs on the Issue

In line with recent efforts in the courts to define the scope of power of the arbitral forum, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently took on the issue of whether to modify the standard it applies to determine...more

NLRB Takes D.R. Horton One Step Further While the Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Contrary Decision

On January 17, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board Judge Lisa D. Thompson concluded that an agreement that did not prohibit class or collective action still violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act...more

Fifth Circuit Delivers Crippling Blow to Controversial NLRB Class Action Waiver Theory

Arbitration is generally supposed to be faster, cheaper, and more predictable than litigation. Homebuilder D.R. Horton, like many other employers, certainly believed this when, in 2006, it began requiring employees to sign...more

D.R. Horton on Steroids: NLRB Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Without Class Waiver

As reported previously here, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) in D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012), held that requiring employees to enter into an arbitration agreement containing a...more

D.R. Horton Still Alive: NLRB Judge Says Employer’s Intent to Compel Employees to Waive Class Claims Renders Arbitration Clause...

Although the Circuit Courts of Appeals that have addressed the issue currently stand united in the view that class arbitration waivers in individual employment contracts do not violate the National Labor Relations Act...more

NLRB Standing (read “Expanding”) Ground on D.R. Horton

In the controversial 2012 decision D.R. Horton, Inc., the NLRB held that mandatory arbitration agreements requiring all employment disputes to be resolved through individual (as opposed to class) arbitration violate NLRA §...more

D.R. Horton and the Arbitration Hotchpotch: Emerging “Rules” and the Future of Compelled Arbitration in California

Last December, the Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, holding that employers may require employees to sign arbitration agreements categorically waiving the right to pursue employment...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - December 2013

Finding the National Labor Relations Board failed to give appropriate weight to the Federal Arbitration Act, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Board decision invalidating an arbitration agreement that...more

Horton Hears a Reversal

On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the enforcement of mandatory arbitration provisions that include a class waiver. In D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 24073 24073 (5th Cir....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 12, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Gives NLRB Time to Challenge Recess Appointments - High Court Hears Case on Union, Employer "Neutrality Agreements" - Appeals Court Overturns NLRB Arbitration Agreements Decision -...more

Fifth Circuit Overturns NLRB Decision on Class and Collective Action Waivers

On December 3, the Fifth Circuit set aside the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB” or “Board”) ruling that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits employers from including class or collective action waivers...more

Fifth Circuit Permits Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed a victory to employers in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, 12-60031, 2013 W.L. 6231617 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), reversing an Order of the National Labor...more

As the Class Waiver Turns — The Latest in the D.R. Horton Saga

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, marked the latest turn in the D.R. Horton saga. On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s (the Board’s) January 3, 2012 ruling in the D.R. Horton...more

Foiled Again: DR Horton Overturned (But Be Careful How You Phrase Your Arbitration Agreement)

Earlier this week, a three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in DR Horton Inc. v. NLRB. As expected by most labor lawyers, including us, the Fifth Circuit (with one judge...more

Tackling Class Actions Before They Start

Courts continue to make it easier for employers to adopt arbitration agreements and class action waivers. In our most recent edition of SuperVision Today, we mentioned recent rulings from National Labor Relations Board...more

Class Action Waiver Is Enforceable Despite NLRA Concerted Activity Provisions

On December 3, 2013, in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found that class action waiver provisions contained in mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds The Validity Of Class-Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this week, on December 3, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that arbitration agreements lawfully can contain class-action waivers. In its ruling in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Agreement Prohibiting Employee Collective or Class Action Claims

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit joined the Second, Eighth and Ninth Circuits in upholding a class action waiver in an employment arbitration agreement. This is an important victory for employers in...more

Fifth Circuit Overrules NLRB On D.R. Horton Mandatory Arbitration Case

As we previously reported, in D.R. Horton, the NLRB held that a mandatory arbitration agreement that waives employees’ rights to participate in class or collective actions is unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act...more

In Rebuff to Labor Board, Fifth Circuit Sustains Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers

In recent years, employers have faced increased, and increasingly expensive, class action litigation from current and former employees. In response, many employers have turned to arbitration agreements with class-action...more

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