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St. Louis Partner Jerry Hunter was quoted May 21 by Law360 and May 22 by Bloomberg’s Daily Labor Report regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for employers nationwide to require mandatory arbitration and class action waivers in employment agreements. The long-awaited decision follows years of a more generous view from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Justice Neil Gorsuch may have used sharp language in his opinion to “give a hard slap to the board’s hands” and express the court’s frustration that the labor board members had gone too far in interpreting the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Hunter told Bloomberg Law. A former NLRB general counsel, Hunter said he doesn’t think the court has signaled a change in its interpretation of what constitutes concerted activity under the NLRA.  Hunter told Law360 “that while the NLRB’s view of certain ambiguous language in the NLRA may be entitled to some judicial deference, the Board’s analysis of the interplay between the NLRA and the Federal Arbitration Act is not entitled to any deference by the Court.”  Hunter also said “The Supreme Court has made clear in a very long line of cases even prior to today’s decision . . . that the board is not entitled to deference when it determines how the NLRA should be harmonized with other federal statutes.”