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Pair of NLRB ALJ Decisions Find Unions Violated NLRA

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

It is mid-November, and the Board is at a full complement, and even has a new General Counsel. While we haven’t seen anything significant (or really, anything at all) come out of the newly constituted Board we know the new...more

New Commercial Division ADR Rule

On October 11, 2017, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks amended Rules 10 and 11 of Section 202.70(g) (“Rules of Practice for the Commercial Division”) with respect to Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)....more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

Wave Goodbye to Waivers? 6th Circuit Joins March to Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

Joining two other circuit courts, the 6th Circuit concluded that employers cannot take advantage of class action and collective action waivers as part of employment arbitration agreements....more

March 2017: Appellate Litigation Update

The Effect of the New Presidency on Business Litigation in the United States Supreme Court. With Justice Scalia’s seat unfilled for a year since his death in 2016, and with President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

NLRB's General Counsel Issues Memo on Arbitration Issue Pending at Supreme Court

by Littler on

As a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari and address the dispute over whether class and collective action waivers are lawful in an arbitration agreement, many employers have asked whether similar...more

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award

by White & Case LLP on

French Administrative Supreme Court clarifies its interpretation of the validity of an arbitration award rendered in a dispute involving an administrative contract - On 9 November 2016, the Plenary Session (Assemblée du...more

Winds of Change: the NLRB Challenges Confidentiality Agreements and The Obama Administration’s “Call to Action” to Prohibit...

by Buchalter on

This year, the federal government is challenging contractual provisions that regularly appear in private employment agreements. Both the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Obama administration have challenged the...more

Board Defers to Arbitrator’s Award Upholding Management Rights–But for How Long?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Weavexx, LLC the Board deferred to an arbitrator’s finding that the employer had the right to change its payday and pay cycle without first bargaining. The bigger question is how much longer will such...more

Board Ties Judges’ Hands In Settling Cases Directly

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Overturning 25 years of precedent, the NLRB rules that an ALJ may only enter an order approving and incorporating settlement terms proposed by a respondent over the objections of the General Counsel and...more

Employment Alert: Ninth Circuit Nixes Employee Class and Collective Action Waivers, Calling into Question Future Viability of...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Mandatory employment arbitration agreements suffered a significant blow last week, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (covering California, Washington, and other western states) found illegal and...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

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

Food and Beverage Law Update: October 2015

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Labor and Employment - Plaintiff Wage and Hour Lawsuits Continue to Climb - Wage and hour litigation has become what some call the new "workplace revolution." Data from the Federal Judicial Center indicates that...more

Overreaching or Underreaching? Comments on the CMS Proposed Rule on Arbitration Agreement in Long Term Care Facilities

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

During the 90-day public comment period on the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule entitled “Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities” which closed October 14, 2015, CMS received nearly...more

No Distinction to be Made Between Foreign Commercial and Administrative Law Awards for Exequatur in France

by DLA Piper on

France has had a dual jurisdictional system since the 19th century. On the one hand, the administrative courts have jurisdiction to hear most disputes which involve public entities and, on the other hand, the judicial courts...more

The New Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sports

by DLA Piper on

The Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected to become fully operational in October 2015. The CAS will have mandatory jurisdiction over all administrative disputes arising in relation to sports federations,...more

NLRB Finds Mandatory Arbitration Clause Unenforceable

by Carlton Fields on

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) found in favor of Talina Torres (“Torres”) against Employers Resource (“Employers”) after determining that an arbitration clause within an...more

CorpCast Episode 6: A Brief Introduction to the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act

by Morris James LLP on

On May 2, 2015, the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the “DRAA”) became effective. The DRAA is the second attempt by the State of Delaware to create a state-sponsored voluntary arbitration process. In Episode 6, we sit down...more

NLRB Judge Finds Employment Contract’s Arbitration Clause Invalid Although No Explicit “Waiver” of Class Actions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge reiterated the agency’s position that employers who require the arbitration of grievances by employees on an individual basis violate the National...more

FCC Enforcement Bureau Stays Pole Attachment Complaint Proceeding Pending Completion of Arbitration

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a March 16, 2015 Letter Ruling, the Market Disputes Resolution Division of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau granted a request by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (“Duke”) for a stay in a pole attachment complaint proceeding brought...more

NLRB Reaffirms 2012 D. R. Horton Decision

by Morgan Lewis on

The decision holds that arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act. On October 28, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) held fast to its...more

Compelling Individual Arbitration Violates National Labor Relations Act? It Does According to ALJ

Joining the ever growing list of opinions on the arbitrability of class claims, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge recently ruled that an arbitration agreement that did not expressly bar workers from bringing class or...more

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