Mark Theodore

Mark Theodore

Proskauer Rose LLP

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DC Circuit: NLRB Acting General Counsel Solomon’s Tenure Violated Vacancy Statute, Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Unauthorized

The political gridlock in Washington DC caused several years of tumult at the NLRB, spawning two Supreme Court decisions (Noel Canning and New Process Steel) and several courts of appeals decisions regarding the Board’s...more

8/13/2015 - Canning v NLRB New Process Steel NLRB NLRB General Counsel Ratification SCOTUS

NLRB Refuses to Approve Withdrawal of Charges Despite Settlement of Class Action Case

We know that, among many other common employer policies, the NLRB considers many mandatory arbitration agreements to be unlawful, particularly where they prohibit class or collective actions. See Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 361...more

6/2/2015 - ALJ Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employment Policies NLRB Public Policy

Union Represented Employee Not Entitled To Co-Worker Witness During Investigatory Interview, NLRB Rules

The last few months at the NLRB have been relatively quiet, save of course for the ambush election rules which went into effect on April 15; the true impact of these rules has yet to be revealed. Many of the recent Board...more

5/20/2015 - Canning v NLRB Internal Investigations NLRB Unions Weingarten Rights Witnesses

California Employment Law Notes - March 2015

Employee Who Was Working Elsewhere During Medical Leave Of Absence Was Properly Terminated - Richey v. AutoNation, Inc., 182 Cal. Rptr. 3d 644 (Cal. S. Ct. 2015). Avery Richey worked for Power Toyota Cerritos,...more

3/10/2015 - AutoNation CAFA Car Dealerships CFRA Disability Discrimination FLSA Hiring & Firing Race Discrimination Wage and Hour Workplace Injury

Search Of Company Vehicle Not Employee Interview Triggering Weingarten Rights, NLRB Division of Advice

The scope of a union-represented employee’s right to have a union representative present during an investigatory interview is one of the more interesting areas of labor law. Even though most people who practice labor...more

3/2/2015 - Employer Liability Issues NLRB Union Membership Weingarten Rights

Higher Education Alert: NLRB Announces Two New Standards Favorable to Faculty Unions

In Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, a case that had been watched closely by the higher education community, the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-2 decision the week before Christmas announcing new...more

1/12/2015 - Colleges Faculty Jurisdiction NLRB Pacific Lutheran University Religious Schools Union Elections Unions Universities

National Labor Relations Board Issues New Rules Looking to Speed up Union Election Process

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued its long-promised revision to its representation-case procedures. In its 733-page final rule, the Board outlined various changes that will...more

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

No Duty To Bargain Over Discipline During Contract Hiatus, NLRB Division of Advice

The NLRB has been active but quiet during the last few months as the agency quietly reaffirms decisions nullified by the Supreme Court. By all accounts, however, and as history has proved, the NLRB is getting ready to issue...more

12/10/2014 - Agreement To Negotiate Disciplinary Proceedings NLRB SCOTUS Unions

California Employment Law Notes

Google Required To Produce Emails In Response To Former Employer's Subpoena - Negro v. Superior Court, 2014 WL 5341926 (Cal. Ct. App. 2014) - Navalimpianti USA, Inc. subpoenaed Google, Inc. to produce copies of...more

11/11/2014 - Email Employee Rights False Imprisonment Fitness for Duty Exams Google Harassment Hiring & Firing Subpoenas Termination Trucking Industry

California Employment Law Notes

Franchisor Is Not Liable For Franchisee's Alleged Sexual Harassment Of Its Employee - Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, 2014 WL 4236175 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) - Taylor Patterson was hired by Sui Juris (a franchisee...more

9/9/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues Franchisors Sexual Harassment Vicarious Liability

NLRB Overturns Decert Election Based On Employer’s “Promises” Of 401(k)

The last few months have seen very little in the way of NLRB decisions. The recent Supreme Court decision where the recess appointments to the NLRB were invalidated, likely will further slow down the process of issuing...more

7/18/2014 - 401k Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits NLRA NLRB

Supreme Court Invalidates Recess Appointments To NLRB: Several Labor Board Decisions Now In Doubt

In a rare 9-0 decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court invalidated the recess appointments President Obama made to the NLRB on January 4, 2012, while the Senate was in a three day recess. The decision in...more

6/27/2014 - Canning v NLRB NLRA NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

California Employment Law Notes - May 2014

Male Employee's Sexual Harassment Claims Should Not Have Been Dismissed - Lewis v. City of Benecia, 224 Cal. App. 4th 1519 (2014). Brian Lewis, a heterosexual man, sued his former employer (the City of Benecia)...more

5/14/2014 - Age Discrimination Class Certification Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FICA Taxes Fitness for Duty Exams FMLA Hiring & Firing Public Employees Putative Class Actions Sarbanes-Oxley Severance Pay Sexual Harassment

San Francisco Releases "Ban the Box" Notice for Posting and Distribution

San Francisco's new Fair Chance Ordinance ("FCO") "bans the box" and otherwise restricts private employers and City contractors from inquiring into or considering certain criminal offenses when making hiring and personnel...more

3/31/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks

California Employment Law Notes - March 2014

$150,000 Sexual Harassment Verdict And $680,000 Fee Award Affirmed - Taylor v. Nabors Drilling USA, LP, 222 Cal. App. 4th 1228 (2014) Max Taylor worked as a floorhand on an oil rig where he alleged he was...more

3/7/2014 - Oil & Gas Sexual Harassment

San Francisco "Bans the Box" for Private Employers and City Contractors

The Mayor of San Francisco recently signed an ordinance that prohibits private employers and city contractors and subcontractors (collectively "contractors") from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until...more

2/24/2014 - Arrest and Conviction Records Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employment Application Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Municipalities Publication Requirement Recordkeeping Requirements Recruitment Policies

California Employment Law Notes - January 2014

TV Station's Failure To Hire Weather News Anchor Was Protected By Free Speech Rights - Hunter v. CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 221 Cal. App. 4th 1510 (2013) - Kyle Hunter sued CBS Broadcasting for age and gender...more

1/15/2014 - Age Discrimination CBS Free Speech Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Television Broadcast Stations

California Employment Law Notes - November 2013

Employer Was Entitled To "Substantial Motivating Factor" Jury Instruction - Alamo v. Practice Mgmt. Info. Corp., 219 Cal. App. 4th 466 (2013) - In one of the first appellate opinions to consider the new jury...more

11/12/2013 - Attorney's Fees Disability Disability Discrimination Distracted Driving Employer Liability Issues Jury Instructions Negligence Punitive Damages Substantial Motivating Factor Test Trade Secrets

California Further Restricts Employer Use of Prior Convictions in Hiring Decisions

On October 10, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown approved S.B. 530 to further limit public and private employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering certain types of criminal convictions. The new law takes effect January 1,...more

11/6/2013 - Arrest and Conviction Records Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Hiring & Firing Prior Conviction

NLRB Prepared (Sort Of) For Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government has reached many facets of society, including the NLRB. The agency for all intents and purposes closed within a day of the lapse in funding, with Board agents throughout the country...more

10/10/2013 - Government Shutdown NLRB

NLRB Rules That Union’s Offer To Waive Dues For Six Months To Make Up For Tiny Wage Increase Did Not Interfere With...

As of July 31, the NLRB has a full complement of Board Members, for the first time in about ten years. The fact the deal on appointments has been progressing for a few weeks did not prohibit the three member Board of...more

8/2/2013 - Decertify NLRB Political Appointments Union Dues Unions Wages Waivers

NLRB: Employee’s Outburst In Calling Manager “Trouble” Not So Egregious As To Render Conduct Unprotected

A theme we have followed here with interest is protected concerted activity, and what kinds of conduct might render otherwise protected activity “unprotected.”...more

7/1/2013 - Hiring & Firing NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Termination

NLRB Rights Poster Rule Gets Torn Down Again, This Time By Fourth Circuit

Of the many actions by the NLRB during the last few years, one of the most contentious has been its attempt to require all private employers falling under its jurisdiction to post a notice informing employees of their rights...more

6/17/2013 - NLRA NLRB Notice Requirements Posting Requirements Statute of Limitations Unions

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