Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in three consolidated cases concerning whether employment agreements can legally bind employees to bring their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims to arbitration instead of filing a class-action lawsuit. The opinion of the Court is here:

To save you from reading a bunch of Supreme Court legalese, the upshot is this: from now on, an employer can include a clause in its employment contract that requires employees to take their Fair Labor Standards Act claims through arbitration individually, without the benefit of a class-action lawsuit.

This is a major new FLSA decision affecting employers and employees. If you are an employer with questions about how to comply with this new law in the most advantageous way, or an employee whose employer now wants an arbitration clause added to your agreement, contact an experienced labor and employment lawyer to discuss your situation.