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With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

The NLRB Continues To Go After Non-Union Employers in Industries it Has Historically Not Targeted

Seyfarth Summary: The relevance of the National Labor Relations Act to industries and business sectors that have not traditionally had to deal with its implications – such as hedge funds. The New York Times recently...more

CFPB Grabs for SEC/CFTC Turf

In May, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a ban on “mandatory arbitration” contract clauses that make financial products consumers waive their right to join class actions. Broker-dealers,...more

Uber and IC Misclassification in New York: The Other Shoe May Be Dropping

The New York Times today reported that the New York State Department of Labor has found two Uber drivers as eligible for unemployment benefits after having rejected the company’s argument that the drivers are independent...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

Opt-Out Clauses May Help Some Employers Opt In To Individual Arbitration

Ironically, giving employees the right to decline to resolve their employment claims in binding arbitration may actually help employers enforce arbitration agreements in some parts of the country....more

California Protects Employees’ Rights to Have Their Claims Heard in the State, Under California Law

In recent years, some employers doing business in the Golden State have required their employees to sign arbitration and employment agreements that require the employee to sue or arbitrate in – or under the law of – another...more

Second Circuit Panel Adheres To Circuit Precedent And Affirms Enforceability Of Employment Class Action Waivers

The Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming a decision by the Southern District of New York compelling arbitration pursuant to class-action and collective-action waivers contained in an employment arbitration...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

Don’t Wait: Review Your Company’s Arbitration Agreement Now

Many businesses ask their employees to agree to arbitration to resolve employment disputes because arbitration can be cheaper and faster than the court system. Arbitration can also be used as a shield to prevent the filing of...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

California Employment Law Notes - September 2016

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Employer's Class Action Waiver - Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, 2016 WL 4433080 (9th Cir. 2016) - As a condition of employment, Stephen Morris and Kelly McDaniel were required to sign...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

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

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

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

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement with Class Action Waiver

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in the split amongst U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on the issue of enforceability of employment arbitration agreements precluding class actions. The Ninth...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

In a strong blow to employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in Stephen Morris, et al. v. Ernst & Young, et al., No. 13-16599, D.C. No. 5:12-cv-04964-RMW (August 22, 2016), holding that...more

Ninth Circuit, California Appellate Court Take Aim at Arbitration Agreements

The Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal have each issued decisions that may fundamentally affect how employers deal with arbitration agreements in the future. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, the Ninth Circuit held...more

Ninth Circuit Sides with NLRB in Divide over Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced this week that it agrees with the National Labor Relations Board that individual arbitration waiver agreements, which prevent employees from filing or participating in...more

Divide Deepens Over Enforceability of Class Arbitration Waivers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California and eight other western states) on Monday joined the Seventh Circuit, and disagreed with the Fifth Circuit, in rejecting a mandatory employment arbitration...more

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

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

Ninth Circuit Holds that Arbitration Provision Prohibiting Concerted Actions Violates the National Labor Relations Act and is...

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP (hereinafter “Morris”), the Ninth Circuit held that an arbitration provision prohibiting the filing of concerted actions, signed as a condition of employment, violated the National Labor...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Agreement That Required Employees to Bring Claims in “Separate Proceedings” Illegal Under the NLRA

On August 22, 2016, in Morris et al. v. Ernst & Young, LLP, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit followed the lead of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the U.S Court of Appeals for the...more

CFPB and Banks Battle Over Arbitration Clauses, Class Actions

After the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 authorized its creation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began operating on July 21, 2011. In the more than five years since it...more

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