S.2435 - Preservation of Civil Rights Protections Act of 2002107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kennedy, Edward M. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/01/2002)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/01/2002 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in Senate (05/01/2002)
[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 2435 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2435 To amend title 9 of the United States Code to exclude all employment contracts from the arbitration provisions of chapter 1 of such title; and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 1, 2002 Mr. Kennedy (for himself and Mr. Feingold) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 9 of the United States Code to exclude all employment contracts from the arbitration provisions of chapter 1 of such title; and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Preservation of Civil Rights Protections Act of 2002''. SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT. Section 1 of title 9, United States Code, is amended by striking ``of seamen'' and all that follows through ``commerce''. SEC. 3. UNENFORCEABILITY OF ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS. (a) Protection of Employee Rights.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any clause of any agreement between an employer and an employee that requires arbitration of a dispute arising under the Constitution or laws of the United States shall not be enforceable. (b) Exceptions.-- (1) Waiver or consent after dispute arises.--Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any dispute if, after such dispute arises, the parties involved knowingly and voluntarily consent to submit such dispute to arbitration. (2) Collective bargaining agreements.--Subsection (a) shall not preclude an employee or union from enforcing any of the rights or terms of a valid collective bargaining agreement. SEC. 4. APPLICATION OF AMENDMENTS. This Act and the amendment made by section 2 shall apply with respect to all employment contracts in force before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act. <all>