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The Supreme Court Got it Half Right in New Prime

Published January 24th, 2019 -

When the Supreme Court issued its decision in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira last week, it was reported as a win for workers.  While that’s true, it was more like winning a consolation game after a bad call by a ref deprived you of your rightful place in the champ... More »

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A Response: Is the New Prime Pill Even More Bitter?

Published January 23rd, 2019 -

Yesterday, Ben and Adrienne sounded a note of caution about the Supreme Court’s opinion in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, which in many ways constitutes a rare win for workers at the Court.  They found a potential long-term problem for Title VII in the origi... More »

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Is New Prime a Poison Pill for Title VII?

Published January 22nd, 2019 - and

The Supreme Court’s opinion in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira is rightly being heralded as a victory for workers. The Court, after all, has finally found a mandatory arbitration agreement that it won’t enforce. But it seems odd that this Supreme Court would hand w... More »

 

Today’s News & Commentary — June 29, 2018

Published June 29th, 2018 -

In Chicago, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled in favor of sandwich  franchise Jimmy John’s, who argued that the company cannot be liable for the FLSA violations of its individual restaurants.  Jimmy John’s may control mayonnai... More »

 

Trump’s Justice Sticks it to Workers

Published May 24th, 2018 -

After the oral argument in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, I wrote that the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court would have to put their thumbs heavily on the scale for the employers to prevail. Sadly, it was no surprise that this is exactly what happe... More »

 

Murphy Oil Opinion

Published May 21st, 2018 -

The Supreme Court holds this morning in Murphy Oil that class and collective action bars in arbitration agreements are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and are not incompatible with the NLRA.  The majority opinion by Justice Gorsuch is notab... More »

May 20th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — May 19–20, 2018

Published May 20th, 2018 -

Cornell University violated the National Labor Relations Act in March of 2017, but Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU) will not receive a unionization revote, an independent arbitrator ruled last week.  In an email sent twenty-four hours prior to the elect... More »