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French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

Save Local Business Act Introduced in the House

The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a joint subcommittee hearing last week to analyze the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441 – Byrne), a measure that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the...more

The publication of the Macron ordinances

by White & Case LLP on

The long-awaited reform of French employment law is now on track. The French government (the "Government") presented five draft ordinances outlining the different topics and related modifications that should be formally...more

Overview of Macron reform law

by DLA Piper on

Through a comprehensive short slideshow, discover the key challenges and timeframe of the Macron Labour Reform Bill. Please see full Presentation below for more information....more

Lessons From the Ezekiel Elliott Arbitration

by Baker Donelson on

As most football fans know, the NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys’ star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the 2017 – 2018 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. His suspension was based on...more

Consolidating labor-employer discussions - draft executive orders published

by DLA Piper on

On 31 August 2017, the administration revealed the five draft executive orders issued pursuant to the law authorizing consolidation of labor-employer discussions, which the Constitutional Council (Conseil d’état) upheld with...more

Student-Employee Unions: Should Universities Expect a Double U-Turn?

by Fisher Phillips on

Until recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) long held that private university student-employees were not considered “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because the relationship with their...more

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

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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

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Release of Plans to Reform French Labor Law Makes Waves

by Littler on

French President Emmanuel Macron's boldest mission, reforming France's nearly untouchable labor laws, received mixed reviews as his plans went public late last week. The changes would promote negotiation at a company level...more

France’s Labor Law In For Overhaul

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron’s draft overhaul of the French Labor Code (“Macron reform”) promises to increase flexibility and reduce risk in French labor law, while strengthening workers’ rights. It is...more

Seattle Ordinance Allowing Ride-Sharing Drivers To Unionize Temporarily Blocked By Ninth Circuit

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked enforcement of the City of Seattle’s Ordinance 124968, which grants certain collective bargaining rights to independent contractors who drive for ride-sharing...more

France’s Employment Reforms to Go Into Effect in September

As President Emmanuel Macron had promised, major employment reforms are under way in France and the related ordinances have been published on August 31, 2017, after extensive negotiations with national unions, concerning, in...more

FLSA Questions After Hurricane Harvey

by Fisher Phillips on

Affected employers will have a variety of wage-hour questions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The number and scope of the issues raised might well be practically endless. Here we address in very general ways the federal...more

Missouri Labor Unions One Step Closer To Overturning State’s Right-To-Work Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After an expansive campaign that reportedly has cost millions of dollars, Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis claims to have more than enough signatures to put Missouri’s recently enacted “right-to-work” law to a vote next...more

NLRB’s Attempt To Incrementally Expand Weingarten Rights Rebuffed By Federal Appeals Court

The NLRB suffered a setback this week when its interpretation of Weingarten rights was rebuffed by the D.C. Court of Appeals. This is the same court that recently declared the agency was acting more as an “advocate than...more

Grad-Student Unions One Year After Columbia University: More To Come Or A Thing Of The Past?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board reversed longstanding precedent and ruled that students “who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the [National Labor...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance Letters Leaving Employers to Pick up the Pieces

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) guidance on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama administration,...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

Defending Employers’ Access to Legal Advice: Comments Filed Supporting DOL’s Rescission of Controversial Persuader Rule

August 11, 2017, was the deadline for interested parties to submit comments regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to formally rescind its controversial persuader rule, which was issued in 2016 under the...more

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – Best Practices from Top Chef

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“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality, Padma Lakshmi, back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts....more

Costa Rica's New Labor Reform in Force as of July 25, 2017

by Littler on

On July 25, 2017, Law No. 9343, known as the “Labor Procedure Reform” (LPR), became effective. By amending 348 articles of the Labor Code, the LPR overhauls nearly half of the country’s labor and employment laws,...more

Epic NLRB Benchslap

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An agreement between the UFCW and the Fred Meyer grocery store chain restricted the union’s ability to visit with store employees in public view. But things went south when the UFCW declared war on Fred Meyer. Some eight...more

"A Little Bad Grammar Will Not Annul" – Missouri Unions Move Ahead with Referendum Petition to Revoke Right-to-Work

by Littler on

Missouri was set to become a right-to-work state on August 28, 2017. However, unions have continued efforts to prevent the implementation of Senate Bill 19 (“SB 19”), Missouri’s right-to-work bill. Article III, Section 52 of...more

Goat Subcontracting (Yes, We Said “Goat Subcontracting”) Grievance Highlights Importance of Strategic Collective Bargaining

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you work in a unionized workplace, surely the union at one point or another has “gotten your goat.” Well, the goats are now getting their revenge, and a union doesn’t like it. '...more

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