More Details on Two New California Laws Impacting Arbitration
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

As reported in SAA 2019-39 (Oct. 16), California Governor Gavin Newsom within days of each other signed into law two new statutes that will impact arbitration.

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More on the Whistleblower Improvement Act, and Another Anti-Arbitration Bill is Introduced
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

We briefly mentioned in SAA 2019-37 (Sep. 25) that the bipartisan Whistleblower Programs Improvement Act had been introduced in the Senate.

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That Didn’t Take Very Long: FAIR Act Approved by the House
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Just days after being cued up for a possible vote, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act of 2019 was approved by the House of Representatives on September 20 by a mostly party-line vote.

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Senate Version of Justice for Servicemembers Act Introduced – By a Republican
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Editor-in-Chief

Until now, the many anti-arbitration bills introduced in the 116th Congress have been sponsored by Democrats.

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New Taxpayer First Act Apparently Bars Mandatory Arbitration of ALL (Not just IRS) Employee Whistleblower Disputes
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The new Taxpayer First Act signed into law on July 1st apparently bars any employer from requiring arbitration of tax-related whistleblower disputes. The new law also establishes an independent office for resolving taxpayer disputes.

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House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee Holds Hearing on “Forced Arbitration.” Proposed Fair Act is Gaining Strength
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The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a May 16 hearing titled “Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of our Legal System.” The Senate Judiciary Committee held a similar hearing in April.

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