Notice to Members 99-96

SEC Approves New Arbitration Disclosure Rule And Procedures for Employment Arbitration

Effective Date: January 18, 2000

On October 27, 1999, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD®) rules that create a new Rule 10210 Series, containing special rules applicable to the arbitration of employment discrimination claims; add a new Rule 3080, which contains a model disclosure statement to be given to persons who are signing the Form U-4 to apply for registration; and make conforming changes to Rules 10201 and 10202. These rule changes, which will become effective on January 18, 2000, will enhance the dispute resolution process for the handling of employment discrimination claims and expand disclosure to employees concerning the arbitration of disputes.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Linda D. Fienberg, Executive Vice President, Office of Dispute Resolution, NASD Regulation, Inc. (NASD RegulationSM), at (202) 728-8407; George H. Friedman, Senior Vice President and Director, Office of Dispute Resolution, NASD Regulation, at (212) 858-4488; or Jean I. Feeney, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, NASD Regulation, at (202) 728-6959.