Tony G. Puckett

Tony G. Puckett

McAfee & Taft

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New union election rules yield much quicker elections

Union election petitions and quicker elections have been the immediate effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules which took effect on April 14, 2015. The new rules were intended to speed up the...more

6/25/2015 - Ambush Election Rules Human Resources Professionals NLRB Union Elections Unions

President vetoes resolution to block new NLRB election rules

The National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules, which include changes allowing for so-called “ambush elections,” will not be blocked by Congressional resolution after all. On March 31, President Obama vetoed a joint...more

4/8/2015 - Ambush Election Rules Barack Obama NLRB Presidential Veto Union Elections

U.S. Senate blocks NLRB’s ‘ambush election’ rule; resolution now goes to House

The new “ambush election” rules from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which are scheduled to take effect April 14, were the subject of a disapproving resolution from the U.S. Senate this week. The Senate voted 53-46...more

3/9/2015 - Ambush Election Rules Legislative Agendas NLRB Resolution 8 Unions

OFCCP proposes updated regulations on discrimination on the basis of sex

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced proposed regulations updating its current regulations for federal government contractors and subcontractors regarding...more

3/3/2015 - Discrimination DOL Federal Contractors OFCCP Proposed Regulation Sex Discrimination Subcontractors

NLRB ruling on ‘ambush’ elections poses real threat to non-unionized workplaces

The National Labor Relations Board recently issued its new rule for union organization elections. The new rule makes several changes, most significantly shortening the time frame for conducting a union election, requiring the...more

12/30/2014 - Ambush Election Rules Employer Liability Issues Final Rules NLRB Union Elections Unions

Labor Board ruling has far-reaching impact on employers and workplace policies

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board changed the rules on employee use of the employer’s email systems for labor organizing. The Labor Board’s new rule is that employee use of email for union-related...more

12/22/2014 - Email Policies FLSA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Purple Communications Unions

Care for parent leads to firing

Can an employer terminate an employee out of a belief that the employee is too distracted from his job duties due to caring for a relative with a disability? That was the issue in the recent case, Kourimihelakis v. Hartford...more

11/12/2014 - ADA Associational Retaliation Caregivers Disability Disability Discrimination Family Members Termination

She tweeted what?!

Employers may have become familiar with some of the legal and human resources issues involving social media use by employees. However, one social media platform offers an illustration of the many evolving legal, human...more

2/12/2014 - Appropriate Business Decorum Human Resources Professionals Libel NLRB Section 7 Social Media Twitter

Workplace bullying on the rise

When an NFL lineman makes allegations that one of his teammates bullied him, people notice. A big, strong lineman in the macho world of pro football is not someone people think would or could be affected by teasing, jokes and...more

11/27/2013 - Bullying Harassment Hazing Hostile Environment NFL

Gavel to Gavel: Examining NLRB rulings

Originally published in The Journal Record - February 7, 2013. Employers concerned with recent expansive rulings by the National Labor Relations Board got a significant measure of relief on Jan. 25. The U.S. Court of...more

2/8/2013 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Pro Forma Sessions Recess Appointments

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