Sunday, April 30, 2017

Supreme Court Roundup: 2016-2017

by Hope Eastman, Principal

As the Court enters the final stretch of its 2016-2017 term, here is a look at key employment-related cases that have been, or are waiting to be, decided by the Court.

Friday, April 7, 2017

District Court Decides Contract’s Forum-Selection Clause Applies to Non-Party’s Individual Claims

By former Associate Jeffrey Hord

Many contracts (of all kinds) contain “forum-selection clauses,” or provisions in which the parties to the contract stipulate that any lawsuit arising from the contract shall be litigated in a particular court or jurisdiction. These clauses are often very helpful to companies that do business all across the country, or whose employees are scattered across many states, as the company can typically avoid the risk of facing an unfamiliar judge and the added expense associated with learning the laws of an unfamiliar jurisdiction. While a forum-selection clause can generally be enforced only against the parties who signed the agreement in question, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion this week illustrating why that’s not always the case.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The New Administration Strikes a Death Blow to the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Rule

By: Jessica B. Summers, Associate

SUMMARY: On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Congressional resolution that permanently eliminates the Obama Administration’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces regulations (also known as the “blacklisting rule”) and prevents the agencies from issuing any similar rule in the future.