As bottom lines decrease and litigation costs increase, businesses have increasingly turned to arbitration as a cost-effective and private way of resolving disputes. Arbitration is frequently useful in resolving various commercial and business disputes. And employment issues are no exception. But before agreeing to an arbitration agreement or moving a dispute to arbitration, employees must be sure to understand the implications involved. The attorneys of the Sanford Law Firm understand the pros and cons of the arbitration process. We advise employees on the scope and applicability of their arbitration agreements and represent them during employment dispute arbitration if necessary.
Arbitration is an adversarial proceeding, similar to a trial, where two sides to a dispute present their cases to one or more mutually agreed upon arbitrators and agree to abide by the decision they make. Arbitration is frequently used to resolve employment contract issues and other disputes and has become increasingly popular because it has numerous attractive characteristics. It is less expensive and time-consuming than court litigation and it allows both parties to keep the details of the dispute private. Moreover, while still adversarial, arbitration is usually less contentious than courtroom litigation and may promote a healthier relationship between the parties once the dispute is resolved.
An employee must still be careful about submitting to an arbitration agreement. Arkansas workers may inadvertently bargain away some of their rights or remedies by submitting to an arbitration agreement. Moreover, some arbitration agreements may go beyond the scope of what is legally enforceable. This is why it is important to consult an experienced attorney prior to agreeing to arbitrate a dispute. Moreover, a seasoned lawyer can help strengthen your case during arbitration by zeroing in on the most pertinent issues and presenting compelling evidence and legal argument.
The Sanford Law Firm maintains a robust arbitration practice and has helped numerous employees obtain positive resolutions to their employment disputes. From our convenient office locations in Little Rock and Russellville, our dedicated attorneys serve professionals, executives and employees during all types or employment disputes throughout Arkansas. But we are also ready and willing to work in other states — wherever workers need a strong and principled advocate. Call our Little Rock office at 501-476-6251 or toll free at or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your employment issue.