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It’s no secret that the balance of power in America’s workplaces has shifted from employees to employers in recent decades. Among other things, business leaders and lawmakers have worked in tandem to weaken unions , concentrate hiring power among fewer employers and keep wages low . But employers have put their thumbs on the scale in less obvious ways as well. A new brief from the National Employment Law Project , a legal and workers rights group, underscores one of them: forced arbitration, which requires workers to settle disputes with their employer in the office of a private mediator, rather than in a court of law. The NELP brief, by staff attorney Hugh Baran, estimates that forced ar... Full story

13 February