National Labor Relations Board Reverses Another Obama-Era  Labor Board Ruling and Reinstates Historical Deferral DoctrineThe National Labor Relations Board in recent weeks has continued to overturn Board decisions from President Obama’s administration. In United Parcel Service, Inc., the current Republican-controlled Board returned to a long-standing legal standard for “deferring” unfair labor practices to private arbitration.

The Issue

Often when workers are disciplined, whether in a union or nonunion setting,

No Hate to Arbitrate?  EEOC Changes Stance on Arbitration AgreementsCan you require employees to sign arbitration agreements? After more than 20 years of saying no, the EEOC has reversed its policy and says you can.

Background

In 1997 the EEOC issued the Policy Statement on Mandatory Binding Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Disputes as a Condition of Employment (the Policy Statement), setting forth its position.

Never Too Late to Arbitrate? Tips on Getting Your Agreement OnDo your employees sign arbitration agreements? If so, do your arbitration agreements prevent employees from joining class actions against your company? Does your company want to start requiring arbitration agreements? If “yes” is the answer to any of these questions, some recent court decisions raise a few issues to keep in mind.

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