DOJ Reverses Policy to Support Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements, But It’s Still Complicated

State of Confusion The enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements is a hotly debated topic that has created not only a circuit split, but an ongoing divide in policy between circuit courts and federal agencies.  The National Labor Relations Board has long held that such class action waivers are unenforceable, arguing such […]

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When a Case Comes Down to a Comma

Grammar nerds rejoice: a missing Oxford comma played a pivotal role in a recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision. But don’t break out the Scrabble board and virgin daquiris just yet. The Court’s decision is far from a ringing endorsement of serial commas. In O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy, drivers who delivered dairy products sued […]

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Where Is My Class Action Waiver Enforceable?

The viability of class and collective action waivers in private arbitration agreements continues to be a hot topic before courts, and until the Supreme Court takes up the issue one last time, your business will have some uncertainty concerning whether these provisions are enforceable. For most employers, the main reason to require employees to arbitrate […]

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Will Your Company Be Sued For An Unfair Labor Practice Because Of Its Arbitration Agreement?

For years, attorneys have counseled that the way to prevent costly class and collective action litigation with employees is to require the employees to execute arbitration agreements that only permit individual (as opposed to class) arbitration. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) argues that this violates the employees’ right to act collectively under the National […]

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