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Hiring & Firing The National Labor Relations Act

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -

The NLRB/EEOC Landmine – When Does Offensive Speech Amount to Protected Activity?

Employers need to be on the lookout for instances of offensive employee speech, which may put them between a rock and a hard place as they navigate potential claims under either anti-discrimination laws or federal labor laws....more

Can You Fire an Employee Involved in Racist Protests? Should You?

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Following recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia involving a “Unite the Right” rally organized by multiple white nationalist groups protesting the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, which turned violent and ended in...more

Fired Google Manifesto Author Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge: Did He Engage In Protected Activity?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A Google engineer was fired last week after circulating a 3,000 word memorandum, among other things, criticizing the tech giant’s approach to diversity issues and questioning the root causes of the industry’s gender gaps. He...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For July 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1.The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Marvin Kaplan to one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board on August 2, 2017. Kaplan was sworn in on August 10. Kaplan is a former counsel to the Commissioner of the...more

Q And A On The Recent Controversy

On the recent uproar involving a major, major employer and its recently-terminated employee: No. 1. Is it a good idea to provide an “open forum” to employees if there are certain topics that are off limits? No. If you want...more

Brief Answers To Frequently Asked Employment- Related Questions

by Payne & Fears on

With potential deregulation at the federal level and variance among the states, keeping up with employment law can be challenging. Here are some brief answers to employment-related questions frequently asked by corporate...more

Two Employees, Social Media, An Unlawful Policy ... What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The advent of social media resulted in a feverish effort by the NLRB to keep up with new technology. In reality, the legal standard for evaluating whether conduct is protected concerted activity did not change. Rather, all...more

No Union Protection for Employees “Sick” Over No Paid Absences

Can employees protest a company sick leave policy with an internet meme that suggests the company’s food is not safe? Not according to a recent Eighth Circuit decision. MikLin (doing business as Jimmy John’s in Minnesota)...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Law

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 12, 2017, a three judge panel in the seventh circuit unanimously affirmed District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by two International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) locals that...more

Digital Disruptions: Handling Social Media Misuse By Students And Educators

by Fisher Phillips on

Beginning with the launch of Myspace and Facebook in the early part of the last decade, social media communication has taken the world by storm. Today, social media networking is the primary means of communicating about one’s...more

Eighth Circuit Rules that Jimmy John’s Employees’ “Disloyal” Attacks Lost Protection of the NLRA

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On July 3, 2017, the Eighth Circuit overturned a National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) decision finding that a Jimmy John’s franchisee, MikLin Enterprises, Inc. (“MikLin”) violated the National Labor Relations Act...more

En Banc Eighth Circuit Reverses National Labor Relations Board’s “Sick Day” Jimmy John’s Decision

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On July 3, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, sitting en banc, rejected the reasoning of an ALJ, the NLRB, and a panel of the Eighth Circuit regarding whether Jimmy John’s employees could hang posters at...more

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

Second Circuit Holds Pro-Union Sentiment Outweighs Impropriety of Profanity-Laden Rant Against Supervisor, His Mother, and “His...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Use of profanity by employees, whether in the workplace, outside the workplace, or on social media, presents difficult legal issues for the employer, as highlighted by a recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision...more

Labor Board Finds Employer Guilty Of “Textual Harassment” - Manager’s Text Message During Union Campaign Deemed Unlawful...

by Fisher Phillips on

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked a pointed question via text message...more

Sometimes It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A recent First Circuit opinion demonstrates that sometimes how you say something is more important that what you say. In fact, that principle led the court to reverse the NLRB’s order that a Massachusetts hospital must...more

“Tantrums” Aside, the Law Leans Toward the Employee in Issues of Social Media and Free Speech

Whether or not your friends and family get a kick out of your misery at work, that online post of yours might tick off your employer. But what rights do employers have to restrain their employees from complaining about them...more

Outsourcing In The Hotel Industry – Beware Of The Pitfalls

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent years, a number of hotels both in the United States and abroad have increasingly outsourced certain departments. Housekeeping, valet parking, and some or all aspects of food service are frequently selected as...more

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

How Weak Are Employee “Nondisclosure Agreements”? The Answer May Make You Gag

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in a world of “leaking” and threats of dire consequences for the leakers. Does an employer have the legal means to prevent disclosure of information acquired during employment? Likewise, can an employer seek legal...more

Another One Bites The Dust: 6th Circuit Latest To Strike Down Mandatory Class Waivers - Supreme Court To Have Final Say In...

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers returning from the Memorial Day weekend were on the receiving end of bad news as they learned that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals became the third federal appeals court to strike down mandatory class action...more

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board

Amicus Brief in Support of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

by Restaurant Law Center on

Summary of position of amicus: “While employees have the right to withhold their labor, they do not have the right to occupy the workplace and prevent customers from enjoying an atmosphere that is free from disruption and...more

Off-Duty Employees Had Right to "Hang Out" on Employer's Property to Publicize Dispute

by FordHarrison on

An administrative law judge recently ruled that a Pacific Northwest fast food chain violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by maintaining a policy that prohibited off-duty employees from loitering or “hanging out”...more

National Labor Relations Board Finds Union Supporter’s Profanity-Laden Rant Unprotected by the National Labor Relations Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a rare win for the employer, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) unanimously affirmed an Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) decision that the termination of a union bargaining-committee representative for a...more

Politics in the Workplace

by Baker Donelson on

Employees are complaining that they are being discriminated against or harassed by management or other employees based on their political beliefs because an employee's political beliefs may relate to, or be intertwined with,...more

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