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Hiring & Firing Unions Collective Bargaining

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 -

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

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

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

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Federal Appeals Court Rules Counties May Enact Right To Work Laws

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

The term “right to work state” is fairly well known. After all, 25 of the United States are “right to work states,” states which have enacted laws prohibiting compulsory unionism as part of a collective bargaining agreement....more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

by Littler on

In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective...more

Discover (or rediscover) Russian employment law - Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Is Russian employment law a codification of rules? Yes. Is Russian employment law protective of employees? Yes. Is Russian employment law complex? Certainly. However, we would like to note that Russian employment law...more

Non-Compete Agreement A Mandatory Subject of Bargaining, NLRB Rules

The first day of employment is often chaotic. New employees must learn their way around the jobsite, meet (and remember the names of) many new people and otherwise familiarize themselves with working at a new job. Oh, and...more

NLRB Decision Potentially Expands "Perfectly Clear" Successorship Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Nexeo Solutions, LLC earlier this week, ruling that the buyer in an asset purchase of the seller’s business was a "perfectly clear" successor. As a result, the...more

New York City Expands Law Governing Displaced Building Service Workers

by Littler on

Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a bill amending the New York City Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act (“the Displaced Workers Act” or “the Act”), first enacted by the City Council in 2002. As originally...more

NLRB Holds That Hiring Permanent Strike Replacements Can Constitute an Unfair Labor Practice

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the courts have long recognized an employer’s right to hire permanent replacements for economic strikers. Permanent replacements have traditionally been viewed as an employer’s...more

Changing Past Practices – You Might Already Have the Right to Do What You Want

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers frequently find themselves in a situation where they have the right to do something under their labor agreements, but they have not been exercising the right. For example, the labor agreement might provide...more

Vermont Becomes the Fifth State to Pass Paid Sick Leave Legislation

by Littler on

On March 9, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed House Bill 187 into law, making Vermont the third state in New England and the fifth state in the United States – after California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and...more

The Flipside of BFI: Joint Employment Not Found

by Baker Donelson on

Back in August of this year, Baker Donelson issued a Labor & Employment Alert regarding the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) new joint employer standard as announced in its Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) decision. In...more

Double-Bagged: Governor Signs Second Piece of Grocery Worker Retention Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 897, a “clean up” bill he requested to address an omission in AB 359, which Governor Brown had signed into law on August 17, 2015. This legislation, effective January 1, 2016,...more

National Labor Relations Board Rewrites Decades-Old Joint Employer Standard

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

New Standard Leaves No Predictability Regarding the Identity of the “Employer” - The National Labor Relations Board recently made sweeping revisions to the standard for determining if two or more entities are joint...more

Be Careful What You Say During a Union Organizing Campaign

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

At the same time that the current National Labor Relations Board is giving employees what seems like the unfettered ability to engage in disparagement, profane outbursts, and racist comments that accompany protected union or...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

The Joint Employer Doctrine Strikes Again

by Sands Anderson PC on

In a post last month (Serving Two Masters- Fourth Circuit Recognizes the Joint Employment Doctrine), we discussed the July 15th Fourth Circuit opinion of Butler v. Drive Auto. Indus. of Am, which made the joint employment...more

Divided NLRB Adopts New Standard for Determining "Joint Employer" Status

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In what is widely viewed as yet another victory for organized labor at the National Labor Relations Board ("Board"), last week the Board issued a decision lowering the bar for determining when two or more employers may be...more

Franchisors Could Be “Joint Employers” Under NLRB’s Newly Expanded Test

by Perkins Coie on

Overturning over 30 years of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on August 27, 2015, “refined” its test for determining whether two separate and independent business entities are a “joint employer” of the...more

NLRB Expands “Joint Employer” Definition

by Polsinelli on

In a pivotal decision on August 27, the National Labor Relations Board “refined” its test for determining joint-employer status, broadening the scope of employers subject to joint collective bargaining and concerted activity...more

NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employers” Test: The Employers’ Perspective

by Perkins Coie on

The decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week in BFI Newby Island Recyclery expands the circumstances in which two otherwise separate and independent employers may be found to be joint employers of a...more

NLRB: When the Law is Not the Law – A Huge Change in Business Relationships

by Baker Donelson on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a 3-2 decision last Thursday gutted more than 30 years of legal precedent when it changed the joint employer standard in business relationships in a case involving Browning-Ferris...more

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