Workers Can't Be Forced To Sign Class Waivers: NLRB

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 10:42 PM EST) -- The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that employers may not force employees to sign arbitration agreements that include class action waivers over issues including overtime and pay, in a decision that starkly contrasts a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from April.

The board's decision, released Friday, stands at odds with the Supreme Court's ruling in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, in which the justices found in a 5-4 decision that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state laws that invalidate class action arbitration waivers. The board,...
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