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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

Seventh Circuit Opinion Clarifies What Language Is Necessary For Collective Bargaining Agreements To Require Arbitration Of...

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The seventh circuit recently clarified under what circumstance a collective bargaining agreement may restrict an employee’s access to a judicial forum for purposes of resolving statutory claims. In Vega v. New Forest Home...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

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

The Other Shoe Drops (sort of): The Third Circuit Issues a Ruling on Class Arbitrability

In 2010, two employees filed a claim against their former employer, Robert Half International, Inc., alleging that it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In addition to individual claims, the plaintiffs brought a...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

by Lewitt Hackman on

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

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

by Littler on

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

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

The Curious Case of Employment Arbitration Agreements

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable

by Reed Smith on

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

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

Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished decision, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a California district court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration. The case involves claims brought by a putative class action of exotic dancers under...more

When Can Employee Policies Be Amended?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Thinking about changing an employee policy in Texas? Kubala v. Supreme Production Services, Inc. says you can do it (almost) whenever you want. Want to make employees arbitrate their disputes? You can do that too....more

Court Grants Motion To Stay Action Pending Arbitration, And Found That Issue Of Whether Arbitration Clause Allows For Class...

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, Jeffrey Hedrick brought an action in Kansas federal court on behalf of himself and others similarly situated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) against BNC National Bank, Hedrick’s employer. The bank...more

Eighth Circuit Weighs in On Legality of Class Action Waivers

by FordHarrison on

On June 2, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver was lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Cellular...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Class Action Waivers are Unlawful and Unenforceable Creating a Circuit Split

On May 26, 2016, in the matter of Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an arbitration agreement, which required employees to submit to individual arbitration for any...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

New Year's Resolution for Employers: Review Employee Handbooks and Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A Nov. 24, 2015, decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the Carolinas, about an arbitration provision included in an employee handbook serves as a warning to employers to...more

“BLACKLISTING” OR “BAD ACTOR” Executive Order 13673

Officially known as the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition...more

Third Circuit: Federal Court Should Decide Whether An Arbitration Clause Authorizes Classwide Arbitration – Not The Arbitrator

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently was presented with the question of whether, in the context of an otherwise silent contract, the availability of classwide arbitration is to be decided by a court rather than an arbitrator. The...more

Executive Order Requires New Disclosures for Federal Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order called "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces," requiring covered federal contractors and subcontractors to publicly report labor violations, to forgo the use of...more

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