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Lane Powell PC | USA | 25 May 2018

Major Win for Employers: Supreme Court Approves Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

On May 21 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers can require employees to resolve their disputes via individual arbitration. The Court's 5-4

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 13 Mar 2018

Washington Lawmakers Aim to Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment and Close Gender Pay Gaps

In the wake of the MeToo movement, Washington state's legislature has adopted sweeping reforms to state laws against discrimination and created a

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 13 Sep 2016

Don't Wait: Review Your Company's Arbitration Agreement Now

Many businesses ask their employees to agree to arbitration to resolve employment disputes because arbitration can be cheaper and faster than the

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 27 Apr 2014

ERISA: plans waive defenses if not asserted in administrative process

Does the claim administrator waive the timeliness defense if it failed to deny the claim on that basis during administrative review? YES! Here is a

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 15 Apr 2014

ERISA: 9th Circuit does “reopening” a claim, after the statute of limitations has run, waive that defense?

ERISA claims administrators sometimes are asked to "reopen" a claim, after appeal denial, to consider additional information. How does "reopening" a

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 23 Jan 2012

NLRB strikes down arbitration agreement containing class action waiver

A recent decision from the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) will likely make it more difficult for employers to obtain and enforce class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 5 Oct 2011

Seattle employers: get ready for paid sick and safe leave

On September 12, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance mandating paid leave for employees who perform work in Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn signed the ordinance into law on September 23.

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 5 May 2011

Property owners not entitled to interest on relocation benefits following condemnation proceedings

Washington property owners' right to recover interest on relocation assistance benefits following an eminent domain case was short-lived, as the Washington Supreme Court has reversed last year's Court of Appeals decision granting that right.

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 29 Apr 2011

United States Supreme Court approves enforcement of waivers of class-wide arbitration

On April 27, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion.

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 15 Apr 2011

Treasury Department clarifies availability of cash grant for waste-to-fuel conversion equipment

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) has released additional guidance clarifying that waste-to-fuel conversion equipment may qualify for the 30 percent cash grant under ARRA Section 1603 in many circumstances.

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