This week, the Franken amendment to a Defense appropriations bill became law, forbidding most defense contractors from using mandatory arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. I have written about this subject on my law firm blog site previously. This legislation is part of a larger, continuing trend towards the elimination of mandatory arbitration in virtually all employment and consumer disputes. People in the ADR community may be concerned about this trend, but I think we should applaud it. The US Supreme Court in recent years went very far in the direction of upholding the enforceability of mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses (in contrast to the approach of the state courts in California for example). As a result of the inevitable backlash […]
Joseph C. Markowitz
Joseph C. Markowitz has published this blog, focusing on mediation and other forms of conflict resolution, since 2009. Mr. Markowitz practices law under the name "Law Offices of Joseph C. Markowitz," sharing space with three other attorneys in downtown Los Angeles. He has been in practice since 1980, emphasizing employment law, intellectual property, and general business disputes. Mr. Markowitz was trained as a mediator in 1994, and has served on one state court and two federal court mediation panels, in addition to handling private mediations. He also served as president of the Southern California Mediation Association in 2014.
For more information about Mr. Markowitz’s law and dispute resolution practice, go to jcmarkowitz.com