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Changing arbitration plan? Get every employee’s signature

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In Texas, employees can be required to arbitrate employment disputes instead of going to court. When they start work, employees typically sign a document indicating they received and read the agreement.

But employers often change arbitration agreements. Every time they do so, employees must receive a new copy—and sign an acknowledgment that they got it.

Recent case: Steven Tucker was fired when he tried to take time off at Yom Kippur. When he was hired, Tucker signed an arbitration agreement. The company changed that agreement later, telling everyone they would be bound by the terms if they continued working for the company.

Tucker sued and alleged the agreement was invalid. His former employer couldn’t produce any evidence that Tucker had received or signed for the document. That led the court to declare it invalid. (Tucker v. Conn Appliances, No. 4:09-CV-3630, SD TX, 2010)

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