Employers Can Require Arbitration of Employee Disputes
In an arbitration proceedings, the employer and employee who are facing a dispute present their information to an arbitrator, someone not a member of the company, who renders a legally binding judgement.
Business groups are supportive of the decision. "We think that this is good for business, and we think it's good for employees, too," said Stephen Bokat of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Arbitration "resolves disputes much more quickly with far less cost for most parties," he said.
Employee organizations disagree, claiming arbitration generally favors employers as they get to choose the arbitrator. Also, employees are frequently required to pick up the fees of the arbitration.
The Supreme Court's decision applies only to non-union workers. In addition, a clarification was given to wording in the original 1925 arbitration ruling, explaining that transportation workers are exempt from the ruling.