In a 5-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies now may compel their employees to individually arbitrate workplace disputes instead of as part of a class action suit.

This ruling gives employers a way to avoid the threat of class and collective actions, according to Ballard Spahr Partner Steven Suflas. "[It] may give employers additional ammunition in resisting the expansive views of the Obama NLRB to non-union workplaces," said Suflas.

"The key piece of advice at this point is for employers to carefully draft (and review/revise) their employment arbitration agreements to make sure they are worded to achieve the business goals that the companies are seeking," said Suflas.

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