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Executive Labor Summary - July/August 2014

NLRB extends Weingarten right of union representation to drug and alcohol test situations - On July 31, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Ralph's Grocery Co. ruled that a union-represented...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2014

In this Issue: - Immigration. DOJ settles immigration-related discrimination claim - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state - Traditional Labor. Eric Stuart discusses two recent ...more

Recent NLRB Retail Rulings Muddy the Micro-Unit Waters

At the end of July, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two decisions under its controversial Specialty Healthcare standard, approving of one “micro unit” and disavowing another in the retail context. The NLRB’s...more

Micro Unions Are Here to Stay: Cosmetics Workers Made Up for Unionizing But Shoes Salespeople Need to Find a Better Fit

The question – or controversy, depending on who you talk to – about the propriety of “micro-units” or “micro-unions” has been a pressing issue for employers since the National Labor Relations Board issued its Specialty...more

Department Store Units Decided Under Specialty Healthcare

This week the NLRB decided two cases involving union organizing in large department stores. In each case an NLRB regional director applied the Board’s Specialty Healthcare test to determine whether the bargaining unit...more

NLRB Deems Micro-Unit an Appropriate Bargaining Unit in Retail Industry

The National Labor Relations Board (the "Board" or NLRB) recently issued a pair of decisions applying its Specialty Healthcare test to determine if petitioned-for units in two large department stores were appropriate for...more

Act Now Advisory: NLRB's Macy's Decision Raises Questions About Best Strategies for Combating Union Efforts to Organize...

In a decision released this past week, a majority of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") recommitted the federal agency to the principles set forth in Specialty Healthcare, further expanding the way for...more

Micro Bargaining Units Headed to Retailers

The NLRB has affirmed the certification of a micro bargaining unit at a Macy’s retail store. Macy’s Inc. and Local 1445, UFCW, 361 NLRB No. 4 (July 22, 2014) The certified unit consists solely of roughly 40 cosmetics and...more

NLRB Upholds Petitioned-For “Micro-Unit” at Boston-Area Macy's Store as Appropriate Under Specialty Healthcare

Earlier this week, in a 3-1 decision in Macy's Inc., the NLRB applied its controversial Specialty Healthcare decision in upholding as appropriate a bargaining unit that consists of 41 employees in the cosmetics and fragrances...more

Northwestern Football Players and Academic Medical Centers: The Other Shoe Has Dropped

In a move that has surprised many, but not all, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watchers and collegiate football fans, Chicago-area NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr has determined that Northwestern University...more

Academic Medical Centers: Musings on the Lives of College Football Players and Hospital House Staff

It has been said that there is a fine line between genius and insanity – both are marked by their ability to see connections where others see only differences. The recent filing of a representation petition on behalf of...more

What To Expect From The NLRB In 2014

The NLRB is back in business. After several years in the weeds, there is now a fully constituted Board, a confirmed General Counsel and no questions as to the legitimacy of any appointments....more

Labor Law - The Basics 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS: I. The NLRA and the NLRB II. NLRB Regional Offices III. Unions and Elections IV. Appropriate Units – Community of Interest A. Statutory Exclusion 1. Agricultural Employees 2....more

Workplace Policy Institute – A Special Labor Day 2013 Report: Is Labor Poised For Rebirth?

In This Publication: - Introduction - New Face of the NLRB - Bargaining Unit Determination - Other precedent-changing Decisions - New NLRB Members - NLRB General counsel ...more

Labor Board Likely Emboldened Following Sixth Circuit Decision Paving the Way for Micro-Units

On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, affirming that the Board has...more

Legal Alert: 6th Circuit Affirms NLRB, Requires "Overwhelming Community Of Interest" To Challenge Bargaining Units

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Specialty Healthcare, which requires employers to prove employees share an "overwhelming community of interest" to...more

Sixth Circuit Upholds Board’s Decision in Specialty Healthcare

In the first judicial challenge to the NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the Board....more

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