The case involved a credit card company against a potential class of merchants . . . so, what does this have to do with employment law?
Well, just maybe, employers want to include clauses in employment contracts that prohibit their employees from combining to file class action lawsuits . . . or say, FLSA collective actions. Thomas Kaufman has a nice rundown of arbitration decisions, noting:
[A]ny argument that FLSA collective actions are immune from class/collective action waivers because the FLSA (like the ADEA in Gilmer) itself provides for collective actions is also dead.Michael Fox also has some "jottings" on the employment law implications of this case.
Bottom line: Class action waivers in arbitration clauses are starting to look pretty darned good . . . and enforceable.