Good News For Employers: New Law Makes Securing Employment Arbitration Agreements Easier


The Oregon Legislature gave some relief to employers who wish to implement arbitration agreements with their employees in a new law. Previously, for an arbitration agreement between employers and employees to be valid1, it had to, among other things, be included in a written offer of employment and received by an employee at least two weeks prior to the employee's first day of work. House Bill 3450 reduces this notice requirement to 72 hours and also requires certain language to be used for the agreement to be valid.

Specifically, in order for an arbitration agreement between an employer and employee to be valid, the following must occur:

- At least 72 hours before the first day of the employee's employment, the employee must receive notice in a written employment offer that an arbitration agreement is required as a condition of employment;

- The required arbitration agreement must contain, with a separate signature line, the following language in boldfaced type...

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