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Recent Developments in the NLRB’s Joint and Single Employer Doctrines

Highlights of recent developments relevant to all employers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) is poised to return to a Republican majority, which likely will result in a change in labor law philosophy....more

DOL Issues Interpretation to Expand Joint-Employer Liability

The position could expose more putative employers to potential liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) issued on January 20, the US Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and...more

NLRB Vastly Expands Its Joint-Employer Standard

The Browning-Ferris decision overturns 30 years of precedent and opens up a wide variety of business relationships to allegations of joint-employer status, including staffing agencies, on-site contractors, outside suppliers,...more

NLRB Issues “Quickie” Election Rules

After an unsuccessful effort to implement new election rules in 2011, the NLRB has now re-issued election rules that would substantially speed up the existing union election process....more

NLRB Gives Employees Right to Use Employer Email for Union Organizing

The much anticipated decision overturned the NLRB’s 2007 Register Guard decision and adopted a presumption that employees are entitled to use their employer’s email system to engage in Section 7 activity while on nonworking...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Historic Noel Canning Decision

The unanimous decision on presidential recess appointment powers strikes down three National Labor Relations Board recess appointments and effectively invalidates hundreds of Board decisions issued between January 2012 and...more

Arbitration Agreements with Class and Collective Action Waivers Enforced

Second Circuit applies Supreme Court's recent ruling in American Express case and further rules that the FLSA collective action procedure can be waived and class and collective action waivers do not violate the NLRA....more

D.C. Circuit Rules NLRB Notice-Posting Requirement Invalid

Notice Rule remains inoperative as court holds that it conflicts with NLRA's statutory language. On May 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in National Association of...more

D.C. Circuit Rules NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

The ruling places in substantial doubt the validity of any NLRB decision or action since January 4, 2012, and calls into question the scope of the president's recess appointment power more generally. On January 25, in...more

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