As a matter of federal law, employers can require employees to agree to arbitrate any employment dispute. But, can that arbitration agreement force an employee to arbitrate only individual claims, not class (or collective) claims? Recently, the National Labor Relations Board said NO. Click here for the Board’s ruling.
This ruling appears at odds with a ruling by the United States Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Conception. There, the Supreme Court considered a California state law that invalidated any arbitration agreement that included a mandatory waiver of class claims. The Supreme Court noted that the right to pursue class claims is a procedural right, not statutory, and overturned the California law. Some employers then adopted arbitration agreements that included waivers of an employee’s ability to pursue class or collective actions.
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