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Recent Alberta Labour Relations Board decisions highlight tripartite employment relationship in unionized workplaces

by DLA Piper on

It is tempting to think of employment in binary relationships – between employer and employee; between management and the union, and between the union and its membership. In truth, a unionized workplace has a tripartite...more

Senate Confirms Emanuel to NLRB, 3-2 Republican Majority Signals Potential Changes on the Way

As covered earlier by HR Legalist, the Trump Administration was expected to make changes to labor and employment law through appointments to federal agencies, including the EEOC and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)....more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Ruling Sheds Light on Meaning of “Public Employee” under Maine’s Municipal Labor Law

by PretiFlaherty on

Maine’s Superior Court recently affirmed a decision from the Maine Labor Relations Board (MLRB) finding that two municipal supervisory employees were “public employees” with the right to collectively bargain under Maine’s...more

A New Era For Labor Relations? Fisher Phillips Lawyers Predict Fate Of Top 10 Key Issues

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Among the most crucial federal agencies undergoing a transformation under the new presidential administration is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the eight years of the Obama administration, with the Board...more

D.C. Circuit Provides Additional Support For Specialty Healthcare, Union-Friendly Micro-Units

by Benesch on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has sided with the National Labor Relations Board in affirming the union-friendly practice of “micro-unit” organizing. The D.C. Circuit’s opinion issued in Rhino v. NLRB is...more

AB 119: What Public Employers Need to Know about their Obligations to Give Unions Access to New Employees - Information, Access...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 119 into law, which requires public employers to provide union representatives access to new employees during their orientations. This bill defines employee orientation as the...more

A Changing of the Guard: DC Circuit Finds that Casino Security Technicians Are “Guards” Under the NLRA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals applied a broad definition of who constitutes a statutory “guard” under the NLRA, finding that security technicians at two Las Vegas casinos were guards who could not be...more

Trump NLRB Appointments May Result in Reversals of Multiple Labor Decisions

Last week, President Trump named his final appointee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving Republicans a majority of the board’s members. Over time, this majority is likely to reverse a number of controversial...more

Proposed Changes to Ontario Employment and Labour Laws

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisors released their Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (the Final Report) which outlines 173 recommendations to amend the Employment Standards Act...more

Canada: Ontario Government's Proposed Legislation to "Create Fairer and Better Workplaces" Includes $15 Minimum Wage and Equal Pay...

by Littler on

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government issued its response to a Final Report recently released by two Special Advisors as part of their Changing Workplaces Review. This Report included 173 recommendations for amendments to...more

Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Overturn NLRB's Micro Bargaining Unit Decision

by Littler on

As expected, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) has reintroduced a bill targeting the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Specialty Healthcare, 357 NLRB No. 83 (2011). The Representation Fairness Restoration Act (S.1217)...more

Smaller Employers Targeted by Unions More Than Ever

I’ve had employers say to me that they don’t need to worry about unions because they are “too small” for unions to worry about. Well, I have some bad news about that...more

NLRB’s Micro-Union Standard May Be Set For Reversal

Change is coming. We noted recently that the administration is thinking about changing the newly adopted persuader regulations. We also know that a majority of make-up of the NLRB is likely to shift very soon, and with it...more

Employment News - May 2017 #2

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Wrong answer – applicant should have been allowed an alternative to multiple choice test - The EAT in Government Legal Service v Brookes found that a job applicant with Asperger's had been unlawfully discriminated...more

NLRB Regional Director Orders Union Election in a Unit of Undergraduate Employees

by Miller Canfield on

On Friday, April 21, 2017, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered that a union representation election must be held in a unit composed of 110 undergraduate student residential advisors at...more

17 Year Old Ruling In Representation Case Can Preclude New Claim For Employees, Divided NLRB Rules

Of all the changes to the law the NLRB has made in the last several years, the most significant involve how the agency determines bargaining units. For example, the NLRB’s decision in Specialty Healthcare drastically altered...more

Court Upholds ULP Finding Against Employer Despite Union “Gamesmanship”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

An employer that withdraws recognition from a union as the exclusive bargaining agent of its employees does so, as the Board and Courts say, “at its peril.” It’s a risky move, one that requires objective evidence that a union...more

Employment News - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Springing into action – start date for Trade Union Act - The Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017. The new rules apply to any industrial action for which the ballot opens (by sending out voting...more

The 2017 “Manufacturers’ Lawyer’s Shrug”

I am a really big fan of the NPR radio show, “Car Talk,” where two Boston auto mechanics took callers’ questions and tried to answer them. Since the November 8 election, I have freely adapted one of their signature phrases –...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Micro-Bargaining Unit at Retailer, But Dissent Finds Labor Board’s Legal Standard Wanting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied, 9-6, a retailer’s request for a rehearing of the decision of a three-judge panel of the Court upholding the National Labor Relations Board’s decision that the...more

Micro-Units under the Microscope: The Second and Fifth Circuit Courts Consider Specialty Healthcare and Its Misapplication

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in upholding the Board’s Specialty Healthcare standard for determining appropriate bargaining...more

Yet Another Micro-Unit Victory, NLRB Refuses to Review Decision Certifying Service Technicians-Only Bargaining Unit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In the midst of what appears to be a proliferation of “micro-units,” on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the NLRB declined to reconsider its decision to certify a unit of 14 service technicians employed by the Buena Park Honda...more

NLRB Expands Jurisdiction in Church-Operated Schools, Distinguishing Between "Religious" and "Secular" Instruction in Faculty...

by Littler on

In two recent cases, the National Labor Relations Board distinguished between faculty members providing secular instruction and those providing religious instruction, in concluding that only those providing religious...more

So Much for Management Rights Clauses — The Board Strikes Again

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Graymont PA, Inc. the Board majority ruled that a unionized employer cannot unilaterally change rules or policies that affect bargaining unit employees even if its collective bargaining agreement...more

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