Arbitration is becoming more and more a significant feature of the legal landscape. Arbitration is a creature of contract. Whatever the parties agree to becomes the arbitration. What if the parties agree to arbitration, but then allow some form of appeal? In a recent decision, the Fourth Court of Appeals wrestled with that question. In

Many employers have started posting their employee polices online, and not in hard copy format. If so, they will run into the issue presented in Doe v. Columbia North Hills Hospital, 2017 WL 1089694 (Tex.App. Ft. Worth 3/23/2017). Jane Doe was sexually assaulted by a male co-worker. When she sued her former employer, it invoked

You have to love capitalism. I still believe the capitalistic system is the best around. But, the crazy things it can lead to. Everyone has heard about the Wells Fargo scandal. Bank tellers at Wells Fargo were required to open a certain amount of new accounts every month. The pressure was on to meet a

Large employers and corporations have been pushing arbitration as the panacea for a host of consumer issues, from purchasing phone plans and automobiles to applying for jobs. But, there are some things arbitration just cannot do. In 2012, Lance Armstrong admitted he had used drugs as part of his training regimen. But, for years before

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a ruling addressing employment agreements with arbitration provisions. The agreement in this decision prevented an employee from filing a class action.  See NLRB decision.  The case concerned an agreement used by the homebuilder, D.R. Horton which provided that employees had to bring employment claims to an individual

 Employee handbooks are not enforceable.  They have not been enforceable since the early 1990’s.  In the early 1990’s, after a few court decisions, Texas employers realized they had to include a disclaimer in each handbook stating that the handbook is not a contract.  Employers wanted employe handbooks to not bind the employers.  Much of what

The US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Rent-A-Center West v. Jackson.  The Supremes have found that an arbitrator should resolve issues regarding the enforceability of an arbitration agreement, and not the courts.  See decision.  This is an unfortunate decision.  Simply based on policy grounds, arbitrators earn income by hearing arbitrations.  So, they have