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Labor & Employment E - Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - S.E.I.U. Helps Fast-Food Workers Battle for $15 an Hour Wage - Obama Announces Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order - Silicon Valley Hiring Conspiracy Settlement Insufficient, Judge...more

Health Care Alert: Supreme Court Limits Agency Fees to Full-Fledged Public Employees

In a decision that could have a significant financial impact on many labor unions, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that personal care providers, who are considered state employees only for limited collective bargaining...more

Harris v. Quinn Decision May Set Stage for Further Rulings Limiting Public Unions

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Quinn. As readers of my June 10 posting will recall, the plaintiffs in that case objected on First Amendment grounds to being required to contribute public union dues as a...more

Agency Fees Can’t Be Required for Illinois Rehab Personal Assistants, SCOTUS Rules

The State of Illinois cannot require Rehabilitation Program “personal assistants” (PAs) who decide not to join a union, to pay compulsory union dues, commonly known as “agency fees,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Harris v....more

Radical Shift Coming In Public Sector Agency Fees

On Monday, the Supreme Court took a swipe at public sector compulsory unionism. In doing so, the Court took a slice out of decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence and suggested a future re-thinking of agency fees in the public...more

Supreme Court Rejects Labor’s Mandatory Dues Collection Initiative in Favor of Workers’ First Amendment Rights

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits a public-employee union from collecting an agency fee from home-care workers who do not want to join or...more

Supreme Court Decides Harris v. Quinn

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Quinn, No. 11-681, holding that the First Amendment does not permit a state to compel public employees to subsidize speech on matters of public concern by a union...more

Two Significant Decisions Affecting Employers Issued the Final Day of the U.S. Supreme Court Session

On the last day of its 2013-2014 session, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that (1) for-profit companies are protected as "persons" under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and (2) that the...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Union "Fair Share" Deductions For Public Sector Employees

Today, in a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend its previous holdings regarding “fair-share” fees (fees that an employee who refuses to join a union is required to pay in lieu of union dues) to...more

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Illinois Regulatory Framework Requiring Personal Assistants for Medicaid Recipients to...

In its much anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, 573 U.S. __ (2014), the Supreme Court of the United States in a five to four ruling struck down an Illinois regulatory framework that required personal assistants (PAs) for...more

SCOTUS Preview: Is the End in Sight for Public Employee Unionism (and Fair Share Fees)?

Does a collective bargaining agreement that requires nonunion home-care workers to pay a fee to a union representative violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? In the next few days the Supreme Court of the United...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on a Long-Standing Circuit Split Over Collectively Bargained Retiree Health Care Benefits

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Tackett v. M&G Polymers USA, LLC, 733 F.3d 589 (6th Cir. 2013). The Court will resolve an existing circuit split as to how courts...more

U.S. Supreme Court Case Could Alter Retiree Health Benefit Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2013 Sixth Circuit decision that could alter the way collective bargaining agreement provisions covering retiree health benefits are interpreted. In Taketts v. M&G Polymers, the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2014

This month we discuss the evolving case law on the issue of whether unpaid employer contributions due under a collective bargaining agreement can be viewed as plan assets such that the individuals who decide to withhold such...more

The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: Ten Practical Strategies for 2014

The Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Health Care Reform, or the ACA) is complicated. While there is nothing in the ACA that requires any employer to provide group health care coverage to its employees, the failure to do so can come...more

State of the Union -- Partnering with Labor Unions to Achieve a "Win-Win" Situation for Business Owners and Employees

Overview - When it comes to a discussion about labor unions, emotions run very high. Some prognosticators will attribute the decline of American manufacturing jobs to labor unions. I say Fortune 500 companies (on the...more

Religious Institutions Update: April 2013

Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is in full swing. The law requires non-exempt religious organizations with fewer than 50 full-time employees to determine whether they are a large...more

SEIU Strikes at Providence St. Peter: Unions and Employers Jockey for Position in Advance of Key Affordable Care Act Changes

Recently, employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) went on strike at Providence St. Peter Hospital (P.S.P. Hospital) in Olympia, Washington. According to information released by SEIU, the...more

IRS Clarifies Applicability of Pay or Play to Multiemployer Plans’ Contributing Employers

Last Friday, employers contributing to multiemployer plans received some good news. As expected, the Internal Revenue Service amended the transition rule for 2014 originally set forth in its proposed regulations on the pay or...more

The Side Effects of Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policies

Given the severity of the influenza outbreak this season, employers are dealing with worse than normal staffing and leave issues. One solution, aimed at cutting down on employee absences during flu season, is to require all...more

Global Employment and Benefits Updates - Issue 1 2013

In This Issue: - Balancing human rights in discrimination law - French flexicurity - In Profile: Johanna Johnson - News in Brief - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from French flexicurity: The...more

Legal Alert: MEWA Form M-1 And Final Regulations Released

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently released a series of final rules affecting health benefits provided through multiple employer welfare arrangements ("MEWAs"). Notably, the 2012 Form M-1 filing deadline has been...more

Massachusetts Healthcare Bill Bans Mandatory Overtime for Nurses and Limits Spending to Oppose Unionization

On August 6, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed into law Senate Bill 2400, "An Act improving the quality of healthcare and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation." The law...more

Briefs filed in NLRB's Specialty Healthcare case

What a difference a few months can make. Last December, in Specialty Healtcare and Rehabilitation of Mobile the NLRB invited interested parties to file briefs to consider a number of questions about whether it should...more

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