16. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau`s arbitration study found that more than 90% of the arbitration clauses for the financial contracts it reviewed included class actions (CFPB 2015). The survey population was extracted from Dun-Bradstreet`s national marketing database for businesses. It was stratified by the state population to be nationally representative. The survey population was limited to private companies with 50 or more employees and the analysis was limited to non-unionized work procedures. The interviewees were the head of the company`s staff or the person responsible for recruiting and onboarding the staff. The reason for using this person as the person to respond to the investigation is that mandatory arbitration agreements are usually signed as part of the embedded paperwork when a new employee is hired. Therefore, the manager responsible for this process is the person most likely to be eligible through the documents signed by the new employee. The typical professional credentials of interviewees were chiefs of staff, staff managers, staff managers and staff managers.
20. If I think I have reason to sue my employer, but I am subject to a forced arbitration agreement, what can I do? Arbitration could be faster and less costly, Farmer said, but employers should note that they generally pay all of the arbitrator`s fees, expenses and the employee`s legal fees if they lose the claim. For years, Parliament has supported and encouraged the use of arbitration to resolve disputes. Indeed, the Federal Arbitration Act was passed in 1925 and California followed in 1927 with its first arbitration status. Since then, California courts and its legislative power have consistently demonstrated a policy that promotes arbitration. This policy has been extended and clarified in recent revisions to the arbitration statute adopted in 1961. Mandatory work reconciliation is the subject of intense legal and political debate. There is growing evidence that mandatory arbitration produces different results from litigation, to the detriment of workers, and suffers from due process problems that give the employer the advantage of imposing mandatory conciliation for their workers (Stone and Colvin 2015). What is less clear is the extent of the impact of mandatory work reconciliation. For consumers, the 2015 GFPB study showed that mandatory arbitration clauses are common because they are included in the majority of credit card, prepaid, student credit and payroll loan (CFPB 2015) contracts. On the other hand, knowledge of the importance of mandatory employment arbitration was limited to a few surveys in the 1990s and early 2000s, which indicated that nearly a quarter of workers may have been subject to mandatory conciliation by that date.