Locke Lord’s Richard Reibstein Quoted in Law360 on SCOTUS Ruling That Transportation Workers, Whether Employees or Independent Contractors, Are Exempt From Federal Arbitration Act

January 15, 2019

Richard Reibstein, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Labor and Employment Practice in New York and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance Practice, provided insight to Law360 on a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that transportation workers, both employees and independent contractors, are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). While the unanimous 8-0 decision aids employees and independent contractors from being forced into arbitration under the FAA, transportation companies might resort to state arbitration laws as legal authority to compel arbitration. Reibstein noted, "State arbitration laws generally do not contain an exclusion for such [interstate transportation] workers. Thus, an argument can be made that this decision will have little or no effect on the right of companies to compel arbitration of any worker's dispute."

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