Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. January 2015, Volume 29 No. 1

Recent Developments in Arbitration

By Barbara Reeves Neal

Barbara Reeves Neal is a full-time arbitrator, mediator and special master with JAMS, based in Los Angeles. Ms. Neal, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has practiced as a prosecutor with the US Department of Justice, a partner with Morrison & Foerster, and Associate General Counsel of Southern California Edison and Edison International. Her practice at JAMS focuses on the areas of commercial, insurance, employment, unfair competition and construction law.

What is the difference between an interim award, a partial final award, and a final award in arbitration, and why should it matter? What is the difference between having your PAGA claim (subject to an arbitration clause) sitting in California federal court or state court, and why does it matter? These issues surfaced in recent decisions.

"A Rose by Any Other Name"—But a Final Award Is Not an Interim Award Is Not a Partial Final Award

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