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Following Precedent: Second Circuit Reaffirms Position Upholding Arbitration Agreements With Class Action Waivers

Amid contrary decisions by the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, the Second Circuit followed its earlier precedent in Patterson v. Raymours Furniture Co., No. 15-2820 (Sept. 2, 2016), enforcing an Employment Arbitration Program (EAP) that requires employees to submit their employment and compensation claims to individual arbitration. The EAP, however, permits employees to file charges and … Continue Reading

The Board vs. the Courts: Will 2016 mark the final showdown for class action waivers in arbitration agreements?

Arbitration agreements are practical tools that help employers protect confidential information and avoid the costs associated with traditional litigation. They can also be an extremely effective mechanism for employers to reduce exposure to risky employment litigation and potentially abusive collective action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). We’ve written extensively on the courts’ … Continue Reading

High-Court Showdown Looming? NLRB Defends D.R. Horton Section 7 Decision with Full-Throated Rebuttal in Murphy Oil

In the wake of federal circuit courts rejecting its position on the issue of class action waivers, the National Labor Relations Board is digging in its heels, perhaps preparing itself for a Supreme Court battle.  Employers must continue to beware that their employment arbitration agreements barring class claims may still be found unenforceable by the … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Nixes Obama Recess Appointees To NLRB

D.R. Horton Ruling May Survive, However With all due respect, Meatloaf, you were wrong. It turns out that two out of three is, in fact, bad. The United States Supreme Court held today that President Obama’s 2012 appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were not valid recess appointments under the United States Constitution. NLRB … Continue Reading

Does D.R. Horton Apply Arbitration Agreements Without A Class Action Waiver?

Our sister blog, Employment Law Spotlight, recently reported on the decision of an NLRB administrative law judge regarding the legality of an arbitration agreement under D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012).   We all know that D.R. Horton held that class action waivers in arbitration agreements might be unfair labor practices because of their … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Rejects NLRB’s D.R. Horton Decision – Too Soon For Champagne?

Co-Authored By: Todd A. Dawson Arbitration is quickly becoming a major vehicle to resolve individual employee disputes.  Now another obstacle to enforcing those arbitration agreements and class action waivers may have been removed. The Fifth Circuit issued a 2-1 decision on Tuesday in which the court largely denied enforcement of the National Labor Relations Board’s … Continue Reading
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