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Employment/Workplace Fee Schedule
Costs of Arbitration
Amended and Effective October 1, 2017

AAA Administrative Fees for Employment/Workplace Cases

Single Arbitrator Disputes

Filed by Individual: 

Individual: 
Non-refundable filing fee capped at $300, unless the clause provides the individual pay less

Company:
Non-refundable filing fee of $1,900 and balance of individual’s filing fee when the clause provides the individual to pay less 
Case Management Fee $750

Filed by Company:
Non-refundable filing fee of $2,200 is payable in full by the company
Case Management Fee $750

Three-Arbitrator Panel Disputes

Filed by Individual

Individual
Non-refundable filing fee capped at $300, unless the clause provides the individual pay less

Company:
Non-refundable filing fee of $2,500 and balance of individual’s Filing Fee, when the clause provides the individual to pay less 
Case Management Fee $1,000 

Filed by Company:
Non-refundable filing fee of $2,800 is payable in full by the company
Case Management Fee $1,000

Collective Action Arbitrations

A party making a demand for treatment of a claim, counterclaim, or additional claim as a collective action arbitration will be subject to the administrative fee of $3,250. Arbitrator compensation in cases involving a collective action claim will be charged in accordance with the determination as to whether the dispute arises from an employer or company plan or an employment contract.

For Disputes Proceeding Under the Supplementary Rules for Class Action Arbitration (“Supplementary Rules”): The AAA’s Fee Schedule, as listed in Section 11 of the Supplementary Rules for Class Action Arbitration, shall apply to disputes proceeding under the Supplementary Rules. 

(i) AAA Administrative Fees:

The employer or company’s share of filing fees is due as soon as the employee or individual meets his or her filing requirements, even if the matter settles.

There shall be no filing fee charged for a counterclaim. 

Arbitrator compensation is not included as a part of the administrative fees charged by the AAA.The above fee schedule will also apply where the employer or company files on behalf of the employee or individual pursuant to the terms of the employer or company plan.

(ii) Case Management Fee:

A non-refundable case management fee of $750 will be assessed to the employer or company 90 calendar days after the date of receipt of a demand for arbitration. Should the case close for any reason within 90 days of the receipt of the demand for arbitration, the case management fee will not be charged.

(iii) Hearing Room Rental:

The case management fees described above do not cover the rental of hearing rooms. The AAA maintains hearing rooms in most offices for the convenience of the parties. Check with the administrator for availability and rates. Hearing room rental fees will be borne by the employer or company.

(iv) Abeyance Fee:

Parties on cases held in abeyance for one year will be assessed an annual abeyance fee of $300. A case may only be held in abeyance after the initial filing fees have been paid. If a party refuses to pay the assessed fee, the other party or parties may pay the entire fee on behalf of all parties, otherwise the matter will be administratively closed.

(v) Expenses:

All expenses of the arbitrator, required travel and other expenses, and any AAA expenses, as well as the costs relating to proof and witnesses produced at the direction of the arbitrator, shall be borne by the employer or company, unless otherwise agreed by the parties post-dispute.

Arbitrator Compensation*: 

Arbitrator compensation is not included as part of the administrative fees charged by the AAA. Arbitrator compensation is based on the most recent biography sent to the parties prior to appointment. The employer or company shall pay the arbitrator’s compensation unless the employee or individual, post dispute, voluntarily elects to pay a portion of the arbitrator’s compensation. Arbitrator compensation, expenses as defined in section (v) above, and administrative fees are not subject to reallocation by the arbitrator(s) except upon the arbitrator’s determination that a claim or counterclaim was filed for purposes of harassment or is patently frivolous.

*For Disputes Arising Out of Employer or Company Plans: Pursuant to Section 1284.3 of the California Code of Civil Procedure, consumers with a gross monthly income of less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines are entitled to a waiver of arbitration fees and costs, exclusive of arbitrator fees. This law applies to all consumer agreements subject to the California Arbitration Act, and to all consumer arbitrations conducted in California. If you believe that you meet these requirements, you must submit to the AAA a declaration under oath regarding your monthly income and the number of persons in your household. Please contact Case Filing Services at 877-495-4185 if you have any questions regarding the waiver of administrative fees. (Effective January 1, 2003.) 

Fees for Additional Services: The AAA reserves the right to assess additional administrative fees for services performed by the AAA that go beyond those provided for in the AAA’s rules, but which are required as a result of the parties’ agreement or stipulation.


Mediation—Administrative Fee Schedules:

A $250 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied toward the mediation fee, is required to initiate the AAA’s administration of the mediation and appointment of the mediator.

The mediator’s fee is stated on his or her resume. The AAA administrative fee, split by the parties, is $75 per hour billed by the mediator with a minimum four hour charge for any mediation held. Expenses referenced in Section M-17 of the Mediation Procedures may also apply.

If a matter submitted for mediation is withdrawn or cancelled or results in a settlement after the request to initiate mediation is filed but prior to the mediation conference, the AAA administrative fee is $250 (to which the deposit will be applied) plus any mediator time and expenses incurred. These costs shall be borne by the initiating party unless the parties agree otherwise.


If you have questions about mediation costs or services, visit www.adr.org or contact your local AAA office.