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Spain: Termination Pay Can Include Bonuses and Other Variable Pay

In the past few years, the Spanish financial crisis, which has persisted since 2008, has led to many companies choosing to assign a more significant role to bonuses or variable pay rather than fixed salary. By granting...more

Unions Winning More Elections, But Organizing Fewer New Workers

Unions won 72% of all representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in 2016, and 74% when the election involved a small unit of 49 workers or less, according to a Bloomberg BNA report based on NLRB...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R....more

Unions Continue Their Organizing Success in Silicon Valley

In addition to championing greater employee and workplace protections via ballot measures and city ordinances in Santa Clara County, California, several unions have set their eyes on the employees of the private companies...more

New Regulations Proposed for New York’s Paid Family Leave Benefits Law

On February 22, 2017, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board published proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) to implement the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”), which goes into effect on...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report Catalogs Extensive Extreme Activity by Obama Era National Labor Relations Board

Last week, the United States Chamber of Commerce issued a report intended to provide a blueprint to the Trump administration as it looks toward formulating a labor relations agenda. “The Record of the National Labor...more

Collective Bargaining Stalemate? - Tribunal finds employer's direct approach to employees unlawful

Employers who recognise a trade union for the purposes of collective bargaining should be aware of a recent tribunal decision which may significantly impact on their ability to implement contract variations where union...more

Court Decertifies Class Challenging Timekeeping Practices

Yogi Berra often has been quoted for the phrase “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and Lenny Kravitz even made a hit song of it in 1991. While no one will likely ever make a popular song out of Rule 23, the phrase applies just...more

Decreto por el que se declaran reformadas y adicionadas diversas disposiciones de los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución...

Con fecha 24 de febrero del año en curso, ha sido publicada en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Decreto por el cual se reforman los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en...more

Mexico: Decree Amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States Published

On February 24, 2017, Mexico's Official Gazette published the Decree issued by President Enrique Peña Nieto amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States, which deal with labor proceedings and...more

Employers Earn an Important Victory in “Union Walk-around” Lawsuit

On Friday, February 3, a federal judge in Texas denied (in part) a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an OSHA Standard Interpretation Letter (known as the “Fairfax Memo”) that contains policies for safety walk-arounds. ...more

Agreement terminations on the up – 5 union response strategies

The Aurizon decision handed down on 22 April 2015 and endorsed by a Full Federal Court on 3 September 2015 has created a viable option for employers needing to move away from legacy industrial arrangements that are bad for...more

Strike Out! Redundancies Permitted After Strike Action

In August 2016, workers at Anglo Amercian's German Creek coal mine in Central Queensland engaged in a protracted period of industrial action during bargaining negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. In order for mining...more

Missouri is Now a Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a right-to-work law.  The bill, passed by the Show Me State’s Republican-controlled state legislature, was signed into law by newly-elected Governor Eric Greitens. ...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

Labor Law 2016: A Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Kentucky Passes Right-to-Work Law: FAQs on What This Means to Kentucky Employers and Their Employees

Kentucky has passed House Bill 1, the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state to adopt right-to-work legislation....more

Courts Disagree on Whether Locally Enacted "Right-to-Work" Laws Are Pre-empted by the NLRA - Illinois District Court and Sixth...

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) generally permits private sector employers and unions to agree to include "union security" provisions in their collective bargaining agreements. Union security provisions promote...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 4 | Winter 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued making life more difficult for employers in 2016. The agency issued a host of decisions that significantly expand the number and type of individuals that unions can seek to...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

Are Police-Worn Body Cameras A Mandatory Subject Of Bargaining?

Whether justified or not, the recent spate of high-profile police shooting cases throughout the United States has brought national attention to the issue of whether law enforcement officers should be using body cameras while...more

Employer Did Not Violate Duty To Bargain Over Change To Christmas Gift Policy, NLRB Rules

What would the holiday season be without a Christmas gift case?  A perennial problem for labor relations personnel is whether the yearly Christmas turkey given to employees is something that an employer must bargain over...more

Surprise!: Decertification Does Not End Employer Contribution Obligations to the Multiemployer Funds

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seventh Circuit finds employer still obligated to contribute to benefit funds for the life of the CBA even though the employees decertified the union. Employers often assume that when their...more

Sixth Circuit District Courts Dismiss Retiree Benefits Claims

Less than two years ago, the United States Supreme Court overruled 32 years of Sixth Circuit authority that had the practical effect of shackling unionized employers to retiree health insurance benefits far beyond the time...more

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