Certainty Is Coming: United States Supreme Court Will Review NLRB Rule That Class Action Waivers Are Unenforceable
- Written by Jacquelyn E. Larson
On Friday, January 13, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review three cases addressing class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. Since 2012, the National Labor Relations Board has consistently held that class action waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act.
- Written by Riha Pathak
On January 26, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Victoria Lipnic as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chairperson. Previously, Lipnic served as a commissioner on the EEOC since March 2010. Lipnic was appointed by President Barack Obama and nominated for a second term in 2015. Prior to her time at the EEOC, Lipnic served as assistant secretary for employment standards at the U.S. Department of Labor during President George W. Bush’s administration. Lipnic was also a member of the workforce policy counsel for the majority Republican members on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Lipnic believes “equal employment opportunity is critical to all Americans and to how we define ourselves as a nation.” She was one of two commissioners on the EEOC who voted against including sexual orientation discrimination as a gender discrimination classification under Title VII. She also voted against the EEOC’s 2014 pregnancy discrimination guidance due to concerns about its substance. Moreover, during her tenure at the Department of Labor, Lipnic oversaw the creation and implementation of the revised regulations concerning overtime, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and compensation discrimination as regulated by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program.