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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

  • 24
  • October
  • 2019

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California Criminalizes Arbitration Agreements

On October 10, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law that prohibits employers from requiring any applicant or employee “waive any right, forum or procedure for a violation of any provision of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.” Violation of the new law is a misdemeanor. The law applies to any arbitration agreements that are entered into after January 1, 2020. The law does not apply to post-dispute settlement agreements, to negotiated severance agreements or to employees registered with self-regulatory organizations under the Securities Exchange Act.

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  • 18
  • September
  • 2019

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Finally, Some Good For Employers in the Golden State

With the California legislature’s passage of Assembly Bill 5 on September 11, 2019, which sharply restrains businesses’ use of independent contractors, California businesses welcomed some good news last week from the California Supreme Court with respect to wage and hour claims and agreements to arbitrate in ZB, N.A., et al. v. Superior Court (Lawson) (September 12, 2019).

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  • 09
  • July
  • 2019

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Play Ball: MLB’s Gig Economy and Lessons for Other Employers

“The Dodgers are the Uber of baseball,” wrote Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci in the magazine’s February 11, 2019 issue. He meant that the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have represented the National League in the World Series the last two seasons, have achieved remarkable success by borrowing the idea of short-term contracts from the gig economy.

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  • 25
  • June
  • 2019

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Does Your Arbitration Agreement Include a Carve-Out for Employee Access to the National Labor Relations Board? It Should.

Most employers mandating arbitration agreements as a condition of employment do not intend to prevent employees from filing unfair labor charges with the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). But unless their agreements contain a “savings clause” making that clear to employees, they are susceptible to challenge that, at least according to the Board, could invalidate the entire agreement. 

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  • 25
  • April
  • 2019

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The Supreme Court All But Ends Classwide Arbitration, Delivering A Win For Employers

When most employers think about arbitration with their employees, they think about arbitrating the claims of one employee at a time. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week in Lamp Plus, Inc., et al. v. Varela, deciding that parties cannot be compelled to arbitrate class actions unless the arbitration agreement explicitly calls for class arbitration (something that virtually no arbitration agreement does).

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