Improving the Health of Your Business

Sima was a part of an expert panel to discuss critical legal issues all business owners need to know in 2022. Are your organizational documents, contracts, and company policies current? Is your brand protected? Do you have proper hiring, on-boarding and terminating procedures? Is your employee handbook current? Do you need one? Watch the video … Read more

President Biden Signs the End of Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment and Assault Claims in the Workplace

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As anticipated, on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.  The law takes effect immediately. As we previously reported, Congress passed the law in February which allows employees who previously entered into agreements requiring all employment disputes to be arbitrated to be entitled … Read more

Congress Passes the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021

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Congress recently passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, which invalidates arbitration agreements that preclude a party from filing a lawsuit in court involving sexual assault or sexual harassment, at the election of the party alleging such conduct.  President Biden is expected to sign it into law soon.   … Read more

President Biden Issues Executive Order Calling on the Federal Trade Commission to Ban or Limit Non-Compete Agreements

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On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order outlining 72 initiatives addressing competition in the workplace and targeting non-compete clauses and agreements. According to a White House statement, the President signed the Order “to promote competition in the American economy, which will lower prices for families, increase wages for workers, and promote innovation … Read more

Supreme Court Holds that Employers Must Interpret Collective Bargaining Agreements in Accordance with “Ordinary Contract Principles”

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on March 31, 2018 Recently, the Supreme Court reversed a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving the vesting of retiree medical benefits in employee collective bargaining agreements. In CNH Industrial v. Reese, 583 U. S. ____ (2018), the Court found that the lower court had misconstrued a collective … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Validity of Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on November 10, 2017 On October 2, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard a one-hour oral argument in three consolidated arbitration cases involving the National Labor Relations Act and the Federal Arbitration Act: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, No. 16-307; and Ernst … Read more

When Corporate Security Policies Conflict with Labor Laws

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on August 9, 2016 Bridgewater Associates is under scrutiny for what has been described as a culture of surveillance and intimidation. Bridgewater manages billions of dollars and is the world’s largest hedge fund. A Bridgewater employee for five years, Christopher Tarui filed a complaint in January alleging that he … Read more

Court Bans the Use of Forced Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on July 12, 2016 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation turns up the pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to address the issue of the enforceability of class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements. The court in Lewis … Read more

States Seek Restrictions for Noncompete Agreements

Submitted by Ali Law Group PC on July 5, 2016 Nearly one fifth of the nation’s work force are subject to mobility-restricting noncompete agreements, however, several states are now looking to free workers from these agreements. On June 29, 2016, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously 150-0 to pass a bill on noncompete reform. … Read more