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Alternative Dispute Resolution: California

Alternative Dispute Resolution requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Adam W. G. Freed and Anthony J. Oncidi, Proskauer Rose LLP


  • California law allows for unions and employers to agree to arbitrate many disputes, although they may not waive minimum substantive guarantees to individual workers. See Arbitration in the Private Sector.
  • Public entities such as police and fire departments often engage in binding interest arbitration to resolve collective bargaining impasses. See Arbitration in the Public Sector.
  • Mediation is an encouraged method of resolving labor disputes under California law. See Mediation.