An Epic Year? High Court's Class Waiver Ruling Turns 1
By Braden Campbell (May 21, 2019, 12:02 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to bless class action waivers in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis was seen as a clear-cut win for employers, but on its first birthday, practitioners say the decision's impact has been muted as businesses weigh the potential costs of arbitration and growing public backlash against denying workers a day in court.
The high court's May 21, 2018, decision held that making workers sign arbitration agreements waiving their rights to pursue class actions does not violate the National Labor Relations Act, cementing employers' ability to funnel wage-and-hour and discrimination claims to solo arbitration instead of court. Businesses...
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