Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in October on Enforceability of Employment Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements 

Supreme Court

  From JDSupra, Timothy Del Castillo and Joe Liburt discuss the pending oral arguments on the enforceability of arbitration agreements class action waivers.  Timothy and Joe write: In January, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of three conflicting Court of Appeal decisions to settle the question of whether an agreement requiring that employees resolve employment-related disputes through individual…

Judge tosses U.S. Chamber lawsuit over Seattle’s Uber union law, but dispute isn’t over yet 

Seattle Skyline

  From  Geekwire,  Nat Levy reports that a Washington judge dismissed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lawsuit challenging Seattle’s law that allows Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.  Nat writes: Seattle’s first-of-its-kind unionization law for drivers of services like Uber and Lyft got a big win in court Tuesday when a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought…

Independent Contractor or Employee: Court Tackles Issue Once Again 

Pennsylvania

    From the Legal Intelligencer, Christian Petrucci, discusses a recent workers compensation case in Pennsylvania in which the court said that the 2010 Construction Workplace Misclassification Act (CWMA) could not be applied retroactively.  Christian writes: On appeal to the Commonwealth Court, the defendants argued that either the board improperly applied the CWMA retroactively or the…

Contractor fined $3.5M for workers comp, other violations 

Drywall installers

    From Business Insurance, Louise Esola reports that an Oakland contractor was fined $3.5 million for, among other things, misclassifying workers as independent contractors.  Louise writes: California regulators fined an Oakland contractor more than $3.5 million in wages and penalties for multiple wage theft and labor law violations, including worker misclassification that led to…

ACA Repeal Could Put Dent In The Number Of Gig Workers

Gig Economy

  From JDSupra, Richard Meneghello discusses a recent article which suggests that if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, freelancers and gig workers may seek full-time employment to get health insurance. Richard writes: Bloomberg BNA reporter Madison Alder has written an eye-opening article that suggests the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could force many…