Labor Letter - April 2012

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In This Issue:

- Responding To The (New) NLRB By Steve Bernstein (Tampa)

For the past 75 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been responsible for conducting union representation elections and investigating unfair labor practice charges. Because the agency is comprised of members who are appointed by the standing President, it has been vulnerable to the occasional pendulum shifts that flow from the political process. That being said, the agency has traditionally steered clear of major controversies by confining itself to the application of long-standing principles that have typically stood the test of time....

- OSHA Forecast For 2012: Cloudy With Possible Storms By Tiffani Hiudt Casey (Atlanta)

Strategic changes at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Agency in the last several years have resulted in stricter enforcement, larger penalties, greater compliance requirements and new regulations. This year we expect to see many of the proposed rules and initiatives that OSHA hasbeen pushing make significant progress within the regulatory process, and maybe even come to life....

- 10th Circuit Slaps Down EEOC Subpoena By Gregory D. Ballew (Kansas City)

In 2007, two persons in Colorado applied for employment with Burlington Northern Santa Fe R.R. Co. (BNSF). The company extended each applicant a conditional offer of employment, but rescinded each applicant’s conditional offer following a medical screening. Each applicant then filed a separate charge of discrimination with the EEOC alleging that he was perceived as disabled in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act....

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