Author Archives: Brian Lundgren

MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS FOR NON-UNION EMPLOYEES

Employers are often wondering whether they should consider mandatory arbitration agreements for their non-union employees. Such arbitration agreements provide many advantages to the employer-employee relationship. As the law continues to develop, employers are asking more and more whether arbitration agreements are right for their workplace. What is an arbitration?  Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution where an employment dispute is privately resolved by a neutral third-party arbitrator, or panel of such arbitrators. Non-union arbitration typically occurs under the rules … Continue reading

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SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER AND ADA DISABILITY

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on March 12, 2015 that social anxiety disorder may be a recognized disability under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  The case is titled: Jacobs v. N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts. Previously, the ADA definition of disability had been construed more narrowly by the courts.  However, where the alleged unlawful acts occurred after January 1, 2009, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (“ADAAA”) applies.  Under … Continue reading

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NLRB STRIKES DOWN EMPLOYER CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT

Recently, in Battle’s Transportation, Inc. and Jerome Kearney, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that an employer’s confidentiality agreement was an unlawful restriction on employee rights. The confidentiality agreement barred employees from discussing “human resources related information” and “investigations by outside agencies.”  The NLRB held the agreement was overboard because employees could reasonably construe those phrases to restrict employees from discussing their terms and conditions of employment or from discussing protected activity such as NLRB complaints or investigations. Employers should … Continue reading

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Washington Employers: Beware of Meal and Rest Period Claims

One of the more troubling types of employment claims an Employer can face is a claim by employees that they did not receive their meal periods or rest periods. Meal and rest period claims are often added to other employee complaints and lawsuits, such as complaints involving discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower claims. This is because attorneys for employees are well aware of the inherent proof problems that Employers face with meal and rest period litigation.  As a result, meal and … Continue reading

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