David P. Phippen

David P. Phippen

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

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NLRB Issues Final Rule On "Quickie Elections": What Employers Can Expect, and How to Prepare

As we alerted you last week, on Monday the National Labor Relations Board published its long-awaited final rule on so-called "quickie" or "ambush" elections. The final rule is similar, but not identical, to a prior Board...more

12/19/2014 - Ambush Election Rules Final Rules NLRB Union Elections Unions

NLRB Opens Employer Email for Union Organizing

The National Labor Relations Board decided 3-2 last week that employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are presumptively entitled to access an employer's email systems for communicating under Section 7 of the...more

12/15/2014 - Email NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Purple Communications Unions

Security Check-Out is Not "Compensable" Work Time, Supreme Court Says

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed a big win to contractors for Amazon.com. The Court unanimously held that time spent by employees in security screenings when exiting from warehouses after their work shifts did not...more

12/15/2014 - Amazon FLSA Integrity Staffing v Busk SCOTUS Security Checks Wage and Hour

Volkswagen Adopts "European-Style" Labor Engagement Policy for Chattanooga . . . But Will It Stall?

Last week, Volkswagen Group of America announced a "Community Organization Engagement" policy that will allow labor organizations to engage in what the company calls "constructive dialogue" with the company and employees at...more

11/18/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Bargaining Units NLRA NLRB Popular UAW Union Membership Union Monitoring Unions Volkswagen

Executive Labor Summary Executive Labor Summary - September/October 2014

Ebola crisis: the next big organizing issue? - Labor relations are already being affected by the Ebola crisis in the United States. On October 8 and 9, at LaGuardia Airport in New York, approximately 75 non-union...more

10/29/2014 - Airlines Ebola Employee Rights NLRA NLRB Unions

Executive Labor Summary - July/August 2014

NLRB extends Weingarten right of union representation to drug and alcohol test situations - On July 31, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Ralph's Grocery Co. ruled that a union-represented...more

8/28/2014 - Bargaining Units Civil Rights Act Drug Testing Employee Rights Macy's NLRA NLRB Title VII Unions Weingarten Rights

Supreme Court Finds No "Recess" Existed for Obama's NLRB Appointments in 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that President Obama's three "recess appointments" to the National Labor Relations Board made on January 4, 2012, were invalid because they were not in accord with the Recess...more

6/27/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

NLRB Overturns Longstanding Precedent and Rules That a Dues Check Off Provision Survives Contract Expiration

Overruling approximately 50 years of its own precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has decided that a union dues check off provision in a collective bargaining agreement will survive expiration of the agreement. The...more

12/21/2012 - Collective Bargaining Dues Checkoff NLRB Union Dues Unions

"Blue" Michigan Enacts Right-To-Work Law, and Unions are Seeing Red

Yesterday, amid massive protests in Lansing, Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state. Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed two1right-to-work bills into law, continuing a trend that began earlier this year with Indiana....more

12/13/2012 - NLRA Right to Work Unions

Have Employees In California? Be Sure You Know The New Rules On Personnel File Requests, Effective 1/1/13

California rings in the new year with a change in law for employers dealing with requests for personnel files from employees and former employees. Under current law, employers generally must give employees (and apparently...more

12/13/2012 - Personnel Records

Supreme Court Backs Arbitration Again - In Non-Compete Case

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has given expression to the strong federal policy favoring arbitration. The Court found last week that, because an arbitration clause in an employment agreement was valid, the Federal...more

12/10/2012 - Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act Nitro-Lift Technologies Non-Compete Agreements SCOTUS

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