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Cook Brown works with employers to develop optimum and creative strategies for defending against employee claims in jury and bench trials in state and federal courts, before administrative tribunals (such as the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board; the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Labor Commissioner; and Fed-OSHA and Cal-OSHA), and in court-ordered or private arbitration.

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Bill Signed Outlawing Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Disputes

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 51, which outlaws mandatory arbitration of employment disputes. Employers who have relied on mandatory arbitration to resolve employment-based disputes must quickly reevaluate their policies and practices. The new law impacts only those agreements signed as of January 1, 2020. Prior arbitration agreements remain enforceable, even if employees were required to sign them as a condition of employment. Read our latest blog post to learn what this means for California employers.

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