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First Class or No Class? U.S. Supreme Court Says “No Class!” and Rules Ambiguous Language in Arbitration Agreement Does Not Authorize Class Arbitration

On April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court decided, in a 5-4 decision, that ambiguous language in an arbitration agreement within an employment contract could not serve as a basis to compel class arbitration under the …

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Title VII Discrimination Claims Can Go Straight to Federal Court Rules Supreme Court

On Monday, June 3, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled federal courts can hear discrimination claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act even if they are not first brought to the U.S. Equal …

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Is A Rumor A Woman Slept Her Way to the Top Sex Discrimination?

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled spreading rumors that a woman slept her way to the top is sex discrimination.  The Fourth Circuit includes federal courts in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, …

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Social Security Administration “No-Match” Letters are Back! Have You Gotten One?

The Social Security Administration (“SSA” or the “Agency”) has officially resumed issuing Employer Correction Requests, commonly known as social security number “no-match” letters. These letters, which alert employers of mismatches between submitted W-2 form information …

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U.S. DOL Releases New Proposed Overtime Rule Setting Minimum Salary for Overtime Exemption at $35,308

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), published a long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the “white-collar” overtime exemption regulations and replace the …

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No-Poach Agreements Okay for Fast-Food Franchisees? DOJ says Maybe!

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) argued no-poach agreements between fast-food franchisors and individual franchisees may actually have certain consumer benefits.  While not a perfect shield, this requires more work for challengers …

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