Benchmark chart illustrating how arbitration can be a cost-effective way to stay out of court.
Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution, can be a cost-effective way to avoid lengthy court battles. Only 7.5% of approximately 250 nonunion companies recently surveyed said they use arbitration to settle employment disputes, but 64% of that 7.5% said that arbitration had reduced annual litigation costs. Here are some statistics on the companies that use arbitration:
52.9% Use binding arbitration
30% Use nonbinding arbitration
17.6% Use both binding and nonbinding arbitration
33.3% Solicit employees' input to design the arbitration system
50% Provide employees with the choice of an arbitrator
40% Pay employees for attorneys' fees
50% Allow employees to be represented by coworkers
21.4% Provide damages
Source: Society for Human Resource Management, Alexandria, Va., 1994.