I first wrote about the NLRB's decision that pre-dispute arbitration agreements waiving the right to assert claims as part of a class action violated federal labor law in January 2012 (post). Back then, I thought it was prudent for employers to wait for the result of the the inevitable appeal that would follow before revising or throwing out their arbitration agreements containing class action waivers.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held recently that D.R. Horton's pre-dispute arbitration agreement requiring the builder and its employees to arbitrate disputes on an individual, non-class action basis did not violate the NLRA. The Court affirmed, however, the Board decision . . .
The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the United States was blocked on Friday, January 17, when President Obama signed a congressional budget bill that removed funding for USDA inspection of horse slaughter plants. This action on the part of Congress and the President effectively takes horse slaughter in this country off the table for now.
A similar federal budget measure passed in 2006 shuttered the industry in 2007. Money for federal inspections of horse meat was restored in 2011, and several proposed plants have received USDA permits. However, court orders in suits brought by animal rights activists and others have stopped any horse . . .