A more recent undertaking by so-called worker advocates (have to believe that unions are likely writing this bill too!) is the Empire Act, legislation that would allow employees to bypass forced arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. The bill is in preparation for the anticipated decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to overturn a previous decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the case of NLRB v. Murphy Oil. SCOTUS heard the case in October and is expected to release its decision soon. The Empire Act seeks to sidestep a possible negative SCOTUS decision by allowing the state of New York through its own Department of Labor to litigate on behalf of workers whose arbitration clause bars them from doing so themselves. Effectively, were the proposal to become law, the state would become the de facto attorney for the employee!