Although government enforcement litigation of employment laws decreased in 2020, the number and monetary value of workplace class action settlements increased, according to a new Seyfarth Shaw report.
There is little question that the Senate's 52-48 vote Monday night to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have a big impact on employers and employees.
After several years of increases, the number of enforcement actions and investigations by the EEOC and the Wage and Hour Division decreased in FY 2020.
Employment law class actions, especially in wage and hour cases, were certified at a record rate in 2019 according to a report that tracks and analyzes class action litigation data.
Effective January 1, 2020, California employers will not be able to make use of mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. But a legal challenge is almost certain to the new law.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that employees may not recover claims for unpaid wages under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) in any forum.
Federal labor law does not prohibit employers from promulgating mandatory arbitration agreements in response to employees opting in to a collective action under wage and hour laws, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in Cordúa Restaurants.
The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that employees may not compel their employer to face classwide arbitration when an agreement is ambiguous as to whether the parties agreed to submit to class arbitration.
A broad New Jersey law now prohibits mandatory arbitration of all employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims, and also significantly restricts employers from using nondisclosure agreements as part of a settlement.
Google has announced it will soon end its practice of requiring employees to resolve employment disputes through arbitration as a condition of employment.
News: HR guidance on the importance of conducting thorough and objective investigations as a tool to guard against and/or defeat litigation.
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