Mandatory Employment Arbitration: Keeping It Fair, Keeping It Lawful
NOV 19, 2009
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Agreements requiring employees to arbitrate all disputes with their employers, including statutory claims, instead of taking them to court, have become highly controversial. As a condition of getting or keeping a job, employees must waive their right to go before a judge and jury to pursue their cases. Yet in addition to saving the employer high litigation costs and devastating jury awards, so-called mandatory arbitration may give ordinary lower-paid employees the only practical means of enforcing their job rights. Courts are increasingly insisting on due process safeguards in these systems. Practitioners in the employment field should know about the pros and cons of mandatory arbitration agreements, and about the fast-moving legal developments concerning their validity.
Theodore J. St. Antoine
James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law Emeritus
University of Michigan Law School
Theodore J. St. Antoine is a graduate of Fordham College and Michigan Law School. Following service in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, he did postgraduate study in law and economics on a Fulbright grant at the London School of Economics. After practicing labor law in Washington, D.C. for seven years with Woll, Mayer & St. Antoine, St. Antoine joined the Michigan law faculty in 1965. He was Dean of the Law School from 1971 through 1978. His teaching specialties were labor and employment law and contracts.
Prof. St. Antoine has been a labor arbitrator for about 40 years and was President of the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1999-2000. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association. He is a past Secretary and Council member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and a past Chair of the Michigan Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He has been a member of the UAW’s Public Review Board since 1973 and is now its Chairperson. He was Chair of the UAW-GM Legal Services Plan from 1983 to 1995 and is a past member and Chair of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board.
Prof. St. Antoine is co-editor of a leading labor law casebook, now in its 11th edition, and editor of the National Academy of Arbitrators’ The Common Law of the Workplace: The Views of Arbitrators. He has been a visiting professor at Cambridge, Duke, George Washington, and Tokyo Universities and has taught at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies.
Open to the public at no cost. One FREE hour of CLE credit will be available to lawyers who attend. Please note - Recording in any form is prohibited.
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