Employee Arbitration Agreement Insights From Rhode Island

By Alicia Samolis and Chris Wildenhain (May 2, 2018, 3:55 PM EDT) -- A Rhode Island federal district court has ruled in an employer's favor in a recent decision concerning an employee arbitration agreement, an intriguing split from a decision months earlier by a separate session of the court. More specifically, in Britto v. St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island[1], the court granted the employer's motion to dismiss proceedings and compel arbitration despite a very recent and similar case, Conduragis v. Prospect CharterCare[2], having gone the other way. The diverging decisions offer some important lessons for employers trying to use arbitration agreements as a tool to lower their costs of resolving employee disputes....

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