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The Devil is in the Details: Arbitration Agreements Ruled Invalid Over Signatures

The Devil is in the Details: Arbitration Agreements Ruled Invalid Over Signatures

By: Michael J. Lorden

Employers, dust-off your arbitration agreements and take a second look at the signature line. Is it signed by both parties? Did the employer representative sign on behalf of the correct corporate entity? If the answer to either of these questions is “no,” then the arbitration agreement may be unenforceable.

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Time for a Check-up: Increased EEOC Interest in Medical Exams

Time for a Check-up: Increased EEOC Interest in Medical Exams

By Kelly J. Muensterman

Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has focused on filing lawsuits relating to an employer’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) when using pre-employment medical exams. During the month of September, the EEOC filed suit against Huntington Ingalls Industries in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia,* and against Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.**

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Supreme Court Considers Viability of Class-Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

Supreme Court Considers Viability of Class-Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

By Brian K. Morris

On October 2, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Epic Systems v. Lewis, which considers the import of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) on the enforceability of class action waivers under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). According to some estimates, approximately 25 million employees are covered by arbitration agreements that prohibit class actions or other joint proceedings. Thus, the Supreme Court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on employment and labor relations throughout the country.

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Employer Caution: Use of Consumer Reports when Considering Candidates

Employer Caution: Use of Consumer Reports when Considering Candidates

By Garrett C. Parks

On August 15, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., Case No. 11-56843, reversed the district court dismissal of an action, holding that the plaintiff had sufficiently alleged a “concrete injury” to maintain a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claim against a consumer reporting agency that had published false information about, among other things, his employment history.

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California Court Clarifies Rule Regarding Arbitration of PAGA Representative Actions

California Court Clarifies Rule Regarding Arbitration of PAGA Representative Actions

By Brian K. Morris 

On August 2, 2017, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision clarifying the arbitrability of claims under the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), finding that those seeking “victim-specific” relief can be subject to mandatory arbitration. The California Supreme Court established in Iskanian v. CLS Transp. Los Angeles, LLC, 59 Cal.4th 348 (2014) that PAGA representative actions seeking civil penalties are not subject to mandatory arbitration (the so-called “Iskanian rule”). Since Iskanian, many assumed that all PAGA claims are exempt from mandatory arbitration.

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