Calif. Gov. Signs Pro-Worker Laws Banning Forced Arbitration

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 7:43 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed sweeping worker-friendly bills into law Oct. 10, criminalizing mandatory arbitration provisions in workers’ contracts and issuing a wide-ranging set of new legal requirements aimed at combating sexual harassment at work and improving worker conditions and safety.

Newsom signed 15 bills backed by Democrat lawmakers, including A.B. 51, which aims to curb mandatory arbitration. Newsom said in a statement everyone should be given the opportunity to feel pride in what they do but that too many workers aren’t provided the dignity, respect or safety they deserve.

“These laws will help change that,” Newsom said.

A.B. 51 makes...

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