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, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 16 in an article examining a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that transportation workers, both employees and independent contractors, are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act. Reibstein said the Supreme Court decision only applies to federal arbitration law, since state arbitration laws generally do not include an exception for transportation workers. He continued, “An argument can be made that this decision will have little or no effect on the right of employers to compel arbitration of any worker’s dispute. Those who suggest that this decision is momentous … may wish to reconsider their exuberance.”
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