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A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

What to Watch - Supreme Court to Consider Whether Agreements to Waive Employees' Class or Collective Action Rights are Enforceable

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

In recent years, employers have increasingly been subject to class and collective actions lawsuits by employees alleging various employment law violations, including claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In response,...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

The FLSA and Your CBA: 3rd Circuit Finds Claims Were Not Subject to Dispute Resolution Provisions

In Jones v. SCO Silver Care Operations LLC, No. 16-1101 (May 18, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether several certified nursing assistant plaintiffs were entitled to pursue their claims for violations...more

2016 Class Action Year-End Review

by BakerHostetler on

We are pleased to share BakerHostetler’s 2016 Class Action Year-End Review, which offers a summary of key developments in class action litigation during the past year. Class action litigation moved to the forefront of the...more

Employers Closely Follow Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing as He May Cast Deciding Vote on Validity of Class Action Waivers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

March 22, 2017 marks the third day of the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Many employers throughout the Carolinas are watching the process with interest given the impact Judge Gorsuch would...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

Where Are We With the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements?

With the 9th Circuit’s late summer anti-class action waiver decision, the circuit split widened over the issue of whether employers can require employees, through an arbitration agreement, to waive their rights to bring class...more

And Now There Are Two: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Class Arbitration Waivers Joining the Seventh Circuit on Finding that these...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit and the NLRB in finding that mandatory arbitration agreements that require all claims to be brought by employees on an individual basis violate the NLRA. On...more

Federal Courts Teach Arbitration 101 In Recent Opinions

While state courts have been busy articulating novel interpretations of arbitration law this summer, federal courts seem intent on getting back to basics. In recent weeks, federal appellate courts have reminded parties who...more

Seventh Circuit Bucks the Trend, Holding That Class and Collective Action Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements Violate the...

by BakerHostetler on

In Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp., No. 15-2997 (7th Cir. May 26, 2016) (slip op.), the Seventh Circuit held that class and collective action waivers in arbitration agreements are not enforceable because they violate the National...more

Score One for the NLRB: Seventh Circuit Becomes First Federal Appeals Court to Hold that Class/Collective Action Waivers in...

The Seventh Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to say that employers can’t prevent class/collective actions through waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements, holding that such waivers interfere with...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Illegal and Unenforceable under the NLRA

by Littler on

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in Lewis v. Epic-Systems Corp., finding that the company's arbitration agreement, which prohibits employees from participating in “any...more

Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law survey

Proskauer's Labor and Employment Law Department released its Value Insights: Delivering Value in Labor and Employment Law survey, a resource that illuminates current practices and future trends in managing labor and...more

No Arbitration for Masseuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Tenth Circuit just ruled that an arbitration agreement between a massage student and her school was not enforceable, because it would not permit the effective vindication of the student’s statutory rights. Nesbitt v....more

Fifth Circuit Stands Pat, Again Rejects NLRB Attempt To Void Class And Collective Action Waiver

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As expected, the Fifth Circuit once again has rejected the NLRB’s highly controversial position that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements that preclude...more

Arbitration policies for wage and hour claims

by McAfee & Taft on

As the number of Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits has grown, employers have started taking notice of the power a sizable class made up of numerous employees can command. Arbitration provisions – once the realm of...more

Circuit Courts Address Impact of Arbitration Agreements on Labor Class and Collective Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, plaintiffs, former employees of defendant, brought a collective action alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defendant responded by implementing a binding...more

Is a FLSA Collective Action Waiver by Itself in a Severance Agreement Enforceable? Sixth Circuit Says “No.”

Employers have recently enjoyed some victories in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the California Supreme Court regarding the use of class/collective action waivers in employment arbitration agreements (e.g. Italian Colors and...more

Third Circuit Holds that Courts, Not Arbitrators, Should Rule on Classwide Arbitration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In Opalinski v. Robert Half International, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that where an arbitration clause is silent as to the availability of classwide arbitration, that issue should...more

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Petition that Proceeding as a Collective Action Under the FLSA is a Non-Waivable Substantive...

by BakerHostetler on

In the last week, we have seen several significant decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday, however, the Court made a noteworthy “non-decision” by declining a petition for certiorari that raised the question of...more

Employment Law - June 2014 #3

Employers Win, Lose in Latest California Supreme Court Opinion on Arbitration - Why it matters: The California Supreme Court continued its complicated relationship with employment agreements and arbitration on June 23...more

Tips to Help Avoid Class Action Litigation

by Lane Powell PC on

Taking advantage of recent case law developments can assist financial institution employers in avoiding and/or minimizing their exposure to class and collective action litigation. For example, courts have become increasingly...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Enforceability Of Class Action Waiver

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The Eleventh Circuit recently held that an arbitration agreement that waives an employee's ability to bring a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is enforceable under the Federal...more

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