Appellate Court does the unusual—reverses arbitrator
Arbitration awards are fairly sacred, because the parties agree to let an arbitrator settle their dispute. However, in Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Teamsters, 280 F.3d 1133 (7th Cir. 2002), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court's affirmance of an arbitrator's decision in favor of Teamsters Local 744.
A general guide to employment agreements
An employment agreement, like other agreements, creates what every business person wants--certainty. Under American law, parties in a relationship may create their own rules to govern a specific business relationship, as long as the parties meet certain requirements.
ISBA sets ADR program for Midyear meeting
The CLE Committee of the ISBA has approved a fantastic program on mediation sponsored jointly by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, the Bench-Bar Section Council, the Civil Practice Section Council, and the Family Law Section Council set for Thursday, December 12, 2002 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chicago Sheridan Hotel during the midyear meeting.
Review of selected 2002 FMLA cases
Scamihorn v. General Truck Drivers, Office, Food & Warehouse Union, 282 F.3d 1078 (9th Cir. 3/4): Summary judgment for employer denied where genuine issues of material fact existed concerning whether employee's father was capable of self-care and of doing his essential job functions.
Seventh Circuit—still paramour-friendly
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in mid-September, affirmed its practice of refusing to recognize "paramour claims" in the context of Title VII sexual discrimination lawsuits.
Supreme Court extends reach of hostile environment claims
Earlier this year the Supreme Court issued an important decision limiting the period of time in which a plaintiff may complain of discrete acts of discrimination, but extends the time period in which a plaintiff may complain of a hostile environment.