Arbitration Agreements

Mandatory arbitration agreements for employees have been enforceable for decades.  Over the last several years, there has been an ongoing controversy between the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, among others, and the National Labor Relations Board as to whether mandatory arbitration agreements which prohibit collective actions are enforceable.  In the recent decision of Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, the U.S. Supreme Court has now held that employers may impose mandatory arbitration agreements which deny employees the right to file collective action arbitrations.  In other words, agreements requiring employees to proceed individually in arbitration are enforceable.  In the wake of this decision, many employers are opting to require their current employees to agree to mandatory arbitration. 
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