Bill Text: TX HB1061 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-02 - Left pending in committee [HB1061 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB1061-Introduced.html
  86R8385 JSC-D
 
  By: Minjarez H.B. No. 1061
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle A, Title 2, Labor Code, is amended by
  adding Chapter 26 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 26. EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS
         Sec. 26.001.  MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AS CONDITION
  OF EMPLOYMENT. (a)  An employer may not require an employee to sign
  a mandatory arbitration agreement as a condition of employment
  unless, on hiring the employee:
               (1)  the employer verbally reviews the agreement with
  the employee; and
               (2)  the employer and employee sign an acknowledgment
  that:
                     (A)  the employer has reviewed the agreement with
  the employee;
                     (B)  the employer has answered the employee's
  questions and concerns related to the agreement; and 
                     (C)  both parties understand their rights and
  responsibilities under the agreement.
         (b)  The arbitration agreement and acknowledgment must be
  provided to the employee in the employee's native language.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an employer requiring arbitration as a condition of employment
  for an employee who begins employment on or after the effective date
  of this Act.  An employer requiring arbitration as a condition of
  employment for an employee who began employment before that date is
  governed by the law in effect immediately before the effective date
  of this Act, and the former law is continued in effect for that
  purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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