As we face a new year, Seyfarth is pleased to offer strategic guidance through our annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report. Across all varieties of workplace litigation, class action dynamics increasingly have been shaped and influenced by recent rulings in the U.S. Supreme Court. This past year the Supreme Court issued several key decisions on complex employment litigation issues and accepted more cases for review that are posed for rulings this coming year. Some decisions may be viewed as hostile to the expansive use of Rule 23, while others are hospitable and strengthen the availability of class actions against employers.
In our accompanying webinar, highlights from the Report will outline a number of key trends for employers in 2016, including:
- The Supreme Court’s pro-worker and pro-business rulings through which employers must carefully thread the needle
- The top 10 employment-related class action settlements that reached an all-time high in 2015 and the federal and state court rulings that were more favorable for the plaintiffs’ bar in employment-related cases in 2015
- What employers can expect as wage & hour litigation, specifically FLSA filings, rose for the sixth straight year to a new record high and new scrutiny of independent contractor and joint employment relationships are expected to drive this number even higher in 2016
- The Department of Labor and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's continued aggressive litigation approaches in 2015 and rebound from the record low aggregate settlement recoveries of 2014, showing employers the agencies focus on “big impact” lawsuits