If, like most employers, you use an arbitration agreement to avoid costly court litigation, put regular consultations with your attorney on your calendar. An expert needs to make sure that your agreement is as up-to-date as possible.
Recent case: Erik signed an arbitration agreement covering all aspects of employment. It didn't, however, mention class-action arbitrations.
When Erik tried to represent all others similarly situated in a wage-and-hour claim, the California Court of Appeal considered whether that was allowed. The court determined that the agreement didn’t address the question and therefore arbitration wasn’t allowed. Arbitration can now resolve Erik’s individual claim. (Network Capital v. Papke, No. G049172, California Court of Appeal, 2014)
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