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NLRB Adopts New Broader Joint-Employer Standard

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) substantially changing and expanding the standard for finding a joint-employer...more

NLRB Imposes New "Indirect Control" Joint Employer Standard in Browning-Ferris

On August 27, 2015, the last day of Harry Johnson, III's term as a Board member, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. The Board voted 3-2 to...more

The Necessary Ingredient to Compliance Success: Interpersonal Skills

We always bandy the phrase around of “people skills,” or the old trendy phrase of “emotional intelligence.” Hopefully, this posting can create some ideas around new approaches to these old concepts and trendy terminology....more

Based on Improper Appointment of Acting General Counsel to NLRB, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Voids Unfair Labor Practice Ruling

On August 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon's appointment violated the Federal Vacancies Reform...more

The NLRB Refuses to Require its General Counsel to Explain the Joint Employer Case Against McDonald's

The National Labor Relations Board continues the string of controversial moves in its unfair labor practice cases against McDonald’s. In December 2014, the NLRB’s General Counsel filed thirteen complaints naming the...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders for the week ending August 14, 2015....more

Former CFPB Deputy Director joins Eastern Bank

The American Banker reported earlier this week that Steven Antonakes, the former CFPB Deputy Director, has joined Eastern Bank in Boston as a senior vice president and chief compliance officer. According to the article, the...more

Social Media Week Part VI – Social Media and CCO 3.0

I conclude this exploration of the uses of social media in doing compliance by exploring why the compliance function is uniquely suited to using social media tools. Long gone are the days when Chief Compliance Officers (CCO)...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders for the week ending August 8, 2015...more

New Jersey Tax Court Eliminates Non-Profit Hospital’s Property Tax Exemption

On June 25, 2015, a New Jersey Tax Court issued a significant opinion in the case of AHS Hospital Corp. d/b/a Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown, upholding the Town of Morristown’s denial of Morristown...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders for the week ending July 31, 2015....more

New Texas Law: Is it Enough to Ease Concern Over Franchise Liability for Employment-Related Claims?

In response to concerns of franchisors that recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) actions threaten to undermine the common understanding of a franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Texas Labor Code was amended by the...more

Who's in the House? Recent Moves by General Counsel, Legal Officers, and Corporate Leaders

A look at recent moves and promotions for general counsel, in-house lawyers, and other corporate leaders for the week of July 24, 2015....more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2015: Top 10 Checklist

A compilation of time-sensitive and trending legal and regulatory issues that general counsels and business leaders should be aware of in 2015. Employers Should be Aware of Multigenerational Workforce Risk - For...more

The Third Man and the Authority of Chief Compliance Officers

Harry Lime is back, although he really never left us. As reported by Kristin M. Jones in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article, entitled “Harry Lime Reborn”, the glorious British film noir The Third Man, written by Gra ham...more

"WTF", Under the NLRB, Employers Should "Cut the Crap?" The NLRB on Employer Rules, Handbooks, and Increased Employee...

As you have likely seen by now, on March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel ("GC") issued an extensive memorandum offering guidance on employer rules and handbooks. This memorandum...more

And The Survey Says . . . GCs Need More Cybersecurity And Social Media Training

Becoming better versed in issues surrounding cybersecurity and social media risk would greatly benefit general counsel at publicly traded companies, according to a recent survey of executive leadership....more

ACE Portal, in association with NYSE, Brings Technology to Private Equity Fundraising – An Interview with the General Counsel

In the Summer 2014 issue of the PE Newsletter we reviewed a private placement platform set up by ACE Portal, in partnership with the New York Stock Exchange, to facilitate the private placement of securities by issuers. The...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

NLRB Chairman Pearce and GC Griffin Face Grilling by Senate Appropriations Committee

During a May 14 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board's FY 2016 budget, NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce and General Counsel (GC) Richard Griffin indicated the Board has no plans to...more

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March...more

NLRB General Counsel's Recent Report on Work Rules Tracks Areas to Watch - Employers of Union and Non-Union Work Forces Need to Be...

For the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the "Board") has engaged in a well-publicized expansion of scrutiny for employer work rules and has liberally identified those rules that it believes...more

King Arthur Week – The Round Table and Compliance Professionals and Lawyers as Whistleblowers – Part III

Today we use King Arthur’s Round Table as the entry into our topic. The Round Table is the famous table around which he and his Knights congregated. Its shape implies that everyone who sits there has equal status. Wace, who...more

Entire In-House Legal Department Disqualified Following Lateral Hire - A Closer Look at Dynamic 3D Geosolutions, LLC v....

This court opinion demonstrates that in-house legal departments can and will be treated the same as traditional law firms when it comes to imputation of conflicts and the resulting potential for...more

"What Every General Counsel Needs to Know to Comply With New Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements"

In 1976, Congress passed legislation requiring the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce to collect information on investment flows between the United States and foreign countries. Subsequently...more

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