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Federal Court Blocks “Request Arbitration, Go to Jail” Law in California

As we reported previously, Assembly Bill 51, which would impose criminal penalties upon employers seeking to have their employees sign arbitration agreements, has been challenged in federal court.  Today, Chief United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller enjoined the state from enforcing AB 51 indefinitely. 

So, employers in California may request that employees and applicants sign arbitration agreements without fear of doing time in the county jail!  Chief Judge Mueller has only issued a brief minute order so far, but she indicated that “in the coming days the court will explain its reasoning in a detailed, written order.”

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Anthony J Oncidi, Employment Attorney, Proskauer Rose Law Firm
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Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office. Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection....

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