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California Transportation Industry Waives Goodbye To Enforcement Of Federal Arbitration Act Provisions In Employment Contracts

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a loss for the California transportation industry, the Court of Appeal for California’s Fourth Judicial District recently found in Muro v. Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, Inc., that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) is...more

Participation In Litigation To Avoid A Default Judgment Does Not Waive A Party’s Right To Compel Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

An employer did not waive its right to compel arbitration under an employment agreement by seeking to set aside a default in an employment discrimination suit brought against it by its employee. ...more

United States: Another Blow to Employment Arbitration Clauses in Hawaii

by Dentons on

In Gabriel v. Island Pacific Academy, Inc., the Hawai‘i Supreme Court refused to enforce an arbitration clause in an employment agreement where the chosen arbitrator’s standard operating procedures required the employee to...more

Court Refuses to Enforce "Misleading" and "Sham" Arbitration Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Courts usually enforce mandatory arbitration agreements in the employment context if the agreements are not too one-sided. But last month, in Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon & Restaurant, 2018 WL 456905 (4th Cir. Jan. 18,...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — Another Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a series of articles over the past several months, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of the Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable in U.S....more

Gentlemen’s Club Cannot Compel Arbitration Where It Actively Litigated Merits Of Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision refusing to compel arbitration in a labor dispute between a gentlemen’s club (“Crazy Horse”) and a putative class of entertainers because of Crazy Horse’s extensive...more

Pumping the Procedural Brakes: Arbitration Clause Stays Potential Uber Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Will an arbitration provision in a services agreement between Uber and its drivers prevent the drivers from bringing a class action for being misclassified as contractors? The Ontario Superior Court recently addressed this...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

An Employer’s Notice to Employees of a Mandatory Arbitration Program May be Insufficient Basis to Compel Arbitration

Arbitration is of course a creature of contract, and so a party may not be compelled to arbitrate unless it has agreed, or is deemed to have agreed, to arbitrate a dispute. An offeree may be deemed to have manifested its...more

4th Circuit Finds Club Waived Right To Compel Arbitration Of Exotic Dancers’ Claims

In a recent opinion, the Fourth Circuit cited waiver as its basis to refuse to compel arbitration, but the result seems animated by a sense that the arbitration agreements were unenforceable. Degidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon &...more

Is the Inability to Perform the Required Duties of the Job Just Cause for a Public Employee’s Discharge? It Depends. (PART I)

In November 2017, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion concerning an arbitrator’s reinstatement of a state correctional officer (“CO”). The CO was responsible for monitoring inmates who worked on the...more

Seventh Circuit Says: Clear Error Standard Applies To Court Review Of Withdrawal Liability Arbitrator’s CBA Interpretation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit has now applied a clear error standard of review to a withdrawal liability arbitrator’s interpretation of a collective bargaining agreement, thus enhancing the role of the arbitrator in...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Brexit 2018: The Final Preparations

by Dechert LLP on

2018 is the year that the UK and EU will look to finalise their Brexit deal; to settle the trading arrangements for what could be a lengthy ‘transition period’; and start discussions on the shape of their future long-term...more

Arbitration Provision in Employment Agreement Mandate, Well, Arbitration

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Suppose there’s an old employment agreement between the employer and employee. Then the employer fires the employee. But there’s been a few intervening events and it’s not exactly clear that the employment agreement still...more

Los Angeles Jury Awards $17.4 Million to Sanitation Bureau Employee

Continuing an alarming recent pattern of multi-million dollar jury awards, a Los Angeles jury panel recently awarded $17.4 million to a former employee of the Bureau of Sanitation. The employee claimed he had been retaliated...more

A New Year's Resolution for Your Handbooks: Keep Your Arbitration Agreements Out

As the new year quickly approaches, it is a good time to review your company’s handbook and policies. One important issue to look for is whether your arbitration agreement is part of the handbook....more

The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act May Apply To More Than Sexual Harassment

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements to resolve employment litigation in private arbitration rather than in court. However, two recent bipartisan bills introduced in Congress may change the employment...more

The role of mediation in business and human rights disputes

by DLA Piper on

The United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights brings together business, governments, civil society and the legal profession to develop thinking and share best practice in this emerging area of law and practice. This...more

The Bill That Could End Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Given the flood of public sexual harassment accusations in recent months, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and celebrities have come together to introduce legislation that would eliminate forced arbitration clauses in...more

The Next Big Thing: Will Employment Agreement Class Action Waivers Clear the U.S. Supreme Court?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

This year important questions regarding the viability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements have moved close to resolution. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a long-awaited final rule...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...more

Brazilian Labor Reform: Reshaping the Employer–Employee Relationship

by Jones Day on

The Situation: High unemployment rates, combined with an outdated Brazilian protectionist labor regime that imposed high costs on employers, created the opportunity for a new approach to labor regulation. The Result: Brazil...more

Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration

Arbitration agreements have faced tackles and turbulence in a series of cases litigated in Missouri courts over the past few years. In the fall of 2017, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued two favorable arbitration agreement...more

The Ninth Circuit Rules That both an Arbitrator and a Trial Court May Have a Role in a Case with Individual and PAGA Claims

by BakerHostetler on

Employers, plaintiffs, and courts continue to grapple with the difficult issue of the interplay between the California Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) and arbitration agreements. We’ve addressed these issues several...more

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