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Alternative Dispute Resolution

The proliferation of employee lawsuits has led many employers to consider in-house programs for handling complaints and alternative means to resolve disputes without litigation.

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Jackson Lewis counsels employers on all aspects of alternative dispute resolution, from creating, designing and evaluating pre-dispute issue resolution procedures to training management, coordinating implementation and assessing effectiveness.

We advise employers on a variety of programs, including:

  • Internal mediation;
  • Ombudsman;
  • Peer review; and
  • Voluntary and/or mandatory arbitration.

When challenged by an employee or government agency, our attorneys have defended arbitration agreements and have represented employers at all levels of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

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October 15, 2019

New California Law Attacks Mandatory Arbitration Again … But Is It More Bark Than Bite?

October 15, 2019

California has joined a number of states in passing legislation purporting to prohibit mandatory arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and other claims. Such laws have gained popularity in the wake of the #MeToo movement, but are subject to challenge under Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preemption principles. (See our articles... Read More

September 20, 2019

Bill to Nullify Mandatory Predispute Arbitration Agreements Passes in U.S. House

September 20, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act” (FAIR Act), which aims to nullify mandatory, predispute arbitration agreements and class-action waivers for employment, consumer protection, antitrust, and civil rights matters. The FAIR Act, H.R. 1423, passed 225-186 in the House on September... Read More

August 20, 2019

Supreme Court’s Epic Systems Decision on Arbitration Interpreted Broadly by Labor Board

August 20, 2019

An employer may lawfully issue to its employees a new or revised mandatory arbitration agreement containing a class- and collective-action waiver specifying that employment disputes are to be resolved by individualized arbitration, even if it was in response to employees opting into a collective action (such as a wage lawsuit), the... Read More

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May 22, 2018
90.5 WESA Pittsburgh NPR

James Prozzi Discusses SCOTUS Class Action Waiver Decision

May 22, 2018

James Prozzi discusses implications of the SCOTUS ruling regarding class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements in 90.5 WESA's "Divided Supreme Court Sides With Businesses Over Workers." Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

May 22, 2018
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Jake Schwartz Comments on Implications of Epic SCOTUS Decision

May 22, 2018

Jake Schwartz comments on the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize class action waivers in mandatory arbitration agreements in Bloomberg's "Supreme Court Warms Up ‘Thousands’ of Frozen Worker Claims." Subscription may be required to view article Read More