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NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

Court's Tentative Decision on San Jose's Pension Reform Measure Appears to Favor City

However, the Vested Rights Doctrine Proves Fatal to Core Pension Reform Measures - A tentative decision on the legal challenges to the City of San Jose’s pension reform measure, Measure B, was released late last month....more

Noel Canning Implications Of Mandatory Bargaining Of Discretionary Discipline

In January, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on NLRB v. Noel Canning. Over 700 cases could potentially be impacted with the Court's decision. Though Noel Canning deals with somewhat esoteric questions—whether the...more

Not So Fast, My Friend! Eleventh Circuit Weighs In On NLRB Recess Appointment Issue

As we previously reported, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB, 705 F.3d 490 (D.C. Cir. 2013) struck down President Barack Obama’s “recess appointments” of three members of the...more

“Alleged Clothes,” “Things of Value,” and “Recess Appointments”: What’s In “Store” In The New Supreme Court Term

Last week started the 2013-2014 Term at the Supreme Court of the United States. While the hot issues last year were DOMA, Title VII (Vance v. Ball State University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v....more

The Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 Term

The Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term opened yesterday. In this term, the Court will hear and decide a number of cases affecting employers, including two key cases focusing on labor-management relations. ...more

Free Speech Protection for Facebook "Likes" by Public Employees

Last week, in Bland v. Roberts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed a constitutional victory to Facebook and two plaintiffs who lost their jobs after displaying online support for the incumbent’s opponent...more

First Thoughts: Live-(Nearly)-Blogging the Oral Argument in Kanerva

This morning, a seemingly skeptical Illinois Supreme Court appeared ready to side with the State in a dispute over 2012 amendments to the State Employee Group Insurance Act. Several Justices peppered the two attorneys...more

Opening Salvo

The NLRB has filed its opening Supreme Court brief in the Noel Canning case, in which the validity of the President’s January, 2012 recess appointments of former, putative NLRB members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block are at...more

The NLRB Creates A New Defense

A federal district court in Washington has struck down an NLRB petition for a Section 10(j) injunction because the NLRB lacked a valid quorum at the time the petition was authorized. In Hooks v. Kitsap Tenant Support...more

Lawsuit for a Retaliatory or Discriminatory Firing under the Labor Code May Not Be Filed Until After Fired Employee Completes...

After complaining about a supervisor smoking in the office, an employee of the State Assembly was fired. Believing the firing was motivated by his complaint, the employee filed a lawsuit against the Assembly, claiming...more

Federal District Court First to Rule “Acting” General Counsel Lafe Solomon’s Appointment Invalid

In a decision that is likely to generate numerous questions and perhaps some confusion, a federal district court judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an order on August 13 that found...more

Under New California Law—No Proof of Sexual Desire Required to Prove Sexual Harassment

On August 12, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 292 which amends section 12940 of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

Senate Confirms President Obama's NLRB Nominees, But This Development Is Unlikely To Render Noel Canning Moot

As part of a deal to avoid changes to its filibuster rules, the Senate last week confirmed President Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Thomas Perez Confirmed As Labor Secretary As President Obama Names New NLRB Nominees After Senate Compromise; Another Appellate...

The last three days have brought a flurry of important developments for employers. ...more

What’s Happens Now?

How will the deal reached in the Senate regarding NLRB nominations impact the recess appointment dispute in the Noel Canning case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, and the many other cases presenting the issue pending in the...more

Supreme Court Makes Defending Title VII Cases Easier For Employers; Decides To Review Noel Canning, Will Rule On NLRB Recess...

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases which are clear victories for employers. First, in Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court held that “an employer may be vicariously liable for...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Recess NLRB Appointments Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB, which held that President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of three members to the...more

Briefing on cert petition completed in Noel Canning; case slated for Justices’ June 20 conference

The briefing on the NLRB’s petition for certiorari in Noel Canning was completed yesterday, with the filing by the NLRB of a brief replying to the respondent’s brief filed on May 23. ...more

NLRB v. Noel Canning: confirmation that no brief in opposition to certiorari will be filed

Based on a Reuters article quoting counsel for Noel Canning, Gary Lofland, I had previously indicated that the Respondent would not oppose certiorari in the case. ...more

No Opposition Expected to SG’s Certiorari Petition in Noel Canning

As we reported earlier, the Solicitor General of the United States (SG) has filed in the U.S. Supreme Court a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Noel Canning...more

Third Circuit Holds Another Recess Appointment Unconstitutional: Implications for the CFPB

Just two months after the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Canning v. National Labor Relations Board that President Barack Obama's January 2012 appointment of three new members of the National Labor...more

Second Appellate Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

Yesterday, in NLRB v. New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the second circuit to hold that intrasession recess appointments violate the Recess Appointments Clause (RAC)...more

Third Circuit Holds Craig Becker’s NLRB Recess Appointment Unconstitutional

A second federal appellate court holds that President Obama's NLRB recess appointments were invalid and potentially calls into question every Board decision since March 2010....more

Third Circuit Invalidates President Obama’s Appointment Of Former NLRB Member Becker; Becomes Second Appellate Court To Rule NLRB...

In late January, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Noel Canning that President Barack Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who has since resigned), and Sharon Block to the National...more

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