There has been a great deal of litigation about class action waivers in Employee Handbooks and use of arbitration mechanisms in Employee Handbooks to preclude judicial litigation. A recent New Jersey federal case sheds more light on this thorny issue, and the decision favors employers. The case is entitled Essex v. The Children’s Place and

In a significant ruling (or lack of same) the US Supreme Court has declined to review an appellate court decision that held that employees could pursue a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action even though they signed severance agreements that included collective action waivers.  The Sixth Circuit had held that as the severance agreements did

Several months ago, an employer asked me why settlements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are typically accessible to the public.  I explained that these settlements must be approved by either a United States District Court or the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) to constitute a valid release.  Since documents filed with the