Richard Hooker

Richard Hooker

Varnum LLP

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NLRB Changes the Rules for Union Organizing Yet Again

On June 11, the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") again changed the standard for determining bargaining units that combine temporary and permanent work-site employees at a single facility. In Miller & Anderson,...more

8/2/2016 - Bargaining Units Community of Interest Employee Rights Manufacturers NLRB Unions Wage and Hour

Urgent Message on Union Persuader Rules

In anticipation of the July 1, 2016 effective date of the new "persuader rules" from the U.S. Department of Labor, Varnum has prepared an agreement that would allow existing clients to avoid the new reporting requirements on...more

6/29/2016 - Collective Bargaining Consultants DOL Final Rules LMRDA Persuader Rules Reporting Requirements Unions

DOL Announces Final Rule on Salary Threshold for Exempt White-Collar Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule on the minimum salary that white-collar employees must be paid to qualify as exempt from the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new...more

5/19/2016 - DOL Exempt-Employees Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Controversial NLRB v. Noel Canning Case

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the controversial case dealing with the President's ability to make appointments while the Senate is in "recess."...more

6/30/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

What Skills Should You Look For In A Mediator?: Observations And Approaches

Having now plied my skills in facilitative mediation since 1999, I have taken the time to reflect on the most valuable skills a good mediator should strive to develop. They are, in no particular order...more

10/30/2013 - Mediation

Michigan Passes Revised Uniform Arbitration Act

Michigan's "bare bones" arbitration laws have been given more definition by legislation passed in the recent lame duck legislative session. The new statute, effective July 1, 2013 deals with virtually the full spectrum of...more

1/2/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Arbitration Awards Arbitrator Selection Disputes Discovery Punitive Damages

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