Earlier this year, in New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira, 586 U.S. __, 139 S. Ct 532 (2019), the United States Supreme Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) does not apply to arbitration agreements with independent contractors who are engaged in interstate commerce. The Supreme Court did not address whether such agreements could
New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira
New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira: The Supreme Court Applies the Federal Arbitration Act’s Transportation Workers Exclusion to Independent Contractors
By Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Ruzal & Carly Baratt on
Posted in State Wage and Hour Laws, Wage and Hour Policies
On January 15, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, a case concerning the enforceability of arbitration agreements.
Petitioner New Prime Inc. (“New Prime”) is an interstate trucking company that engaged Dominic Oliveira to perform work as a driver pursuant to an “Independent Contractor Operating Agreement,”…