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SEC Approves Amendments to Rule 13204 of the Industry Code to Preclude Collective Action Claims from Being Arbitrated Under the Code

The SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 13204 of the Code of Arbitration Procedure for Industry Disputes (Industry Code) to preclude collective action claims by employees of FINRA member firms under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) from being arbitrated under the Industry Code.

The amendments are effective on July 9, 2012, for any claims that are partĀ of a certified or putative collective action under the FLSA, ADEA or EPA.