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Canada: Ontario Special Advisors Make 173 Recommendations in their Final Report on the Changing Workplace

by Littler on

In May 2015, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors (Michael Mitchell and The Honourable John C. Murray) to review the modern-day workplace and to consider whether the Ontario Labour Relations Act, 1995...more

Manufacturing Matters May 2017

by DLA Piper on

As mentioned in the last issue of Manufacturing Matters, “Smart Manufacturing”, including automation, is gaining momentum. A number of leading global manufacturers have already adopted it, and according to The Annual...more

Union Adherent’s Antics Not Protected By Act, NLRB Rules

The NLRB recently issued a rare decision completely dismissing all allegations against an employer; rarer still because it was unanimous. In Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, 365 NLRB No. 79 (May 15, 2017) the NLRB was...more

A Wild Ride - Reviewing the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session for Employers

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Like on The Monster at Adventureland, the 2017 legislative session was a thrill ride full of ups and downs for Iowa employers. Starting with the signing of the collective bargaining bill in February and continuing to last...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

First Circuit Enforces Arbitration of ERISA Dispute

The First Circuit concluded that, pursuant to the applicable collective bargaining agreement, it was for an arbitrator, not the court, to decide whether the union’s claim that the employer failed to properly fund a defined...more

Court of Appeal Permits Union Certification Application in Face of Insolvency Stay of Proceedings

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a decision allowing a certification application by a union to proceed in the face of a receivership of the employer. The decision garnered a strong dissent from Justice Lauwers,...more

AT&T Privacy Rule Goes Too Far Says NLRB

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative judge ruled that AT&T Mobility interfered with employees’ labor rights with an overly broad privacy rule. The rule prohibited employees from recording any...more

SEIU Local 500 Withdraws Petition to Represent Resident Advisors at George Washington University

On May 2, 2017, SEIU Local 500 made a request to Region Five of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) to withdraw its petition to represent a bargaining unit of Resident Advisors (“RAs”) at George Washington University....more

Spending Bill Leaves NLRB Budget Unchanged From 2016, Nixes Electronic Voting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board’s wish that its budget for fiscal year 2017 be increased over its FY 2016 budget apparently will not be granted. According to Politico, at $274.2 million, Congress has left the NLRB’s...more

Discover (or rediscover) U.S. employment law: Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Companies doing business in the U.S. invariably encounter a legal system and employee relations laws that differ in many significant respects from those in other countries. The sources of U.S. law come from the U.S. federal...more

Federal Court: NLRB Correct That Successor Employer Must Bargain With Existing Union Under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the first test of the National Labor Relations Board’s 2011 “successor bar” rule, the federal appeals court in Boston has upheld the NLRB’s decision that the union is protected from decertification after a change of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-Teaching Employees of a Private Religious University

by FordHarrison on

In an April 6, 2017, decision, Saint Xavier University, 365 NLRB No. 64 (2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that it was appropriate to exercise jurisdiction over a petitioned-for unit of housekeeping...more

The NLRB Rules That It Will Assert Jurisdiction Over Nonteaching Employees of Religious Institutions And Nonprofit Religious...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In its 2014 landmark decision in Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that it will assert jurisdiction over faculty at religious colleges and universities unless the college or...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Retirees’ Claim for Vested Health Benefits

The Fourth Circuit upheld an employer’s unilateral decision to amend a collective bargaining agreement to cap employer contributions to retiree health benefits and freeze Medicare reimbursements for hourly retirees...more

The Survival of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Part 3

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Exactly a year ago today in what now appears to be a temporary reprieve, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. An “equally divided court” affirmed the judgment...more

Spain: Termination Pay Can Include Bonuses and Other Variable Pay

by Dentons on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

by Perkins Coie on

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

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

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