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NLRB Finds Increased Use of Joint Employees Justifies Removal of Barriers to Organization

On July 11, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or “the Board”) upended more than a decade of precedent and held that a single bargaining unit may be comprised of an employer’s direct hires and the temporary...more

Staffing Company Has to Ask

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded on the EEOC’s guidance on a staffing company’s liability for its client’s discriminatory decisions. According to the court, a staffing company may be liable when a client asks the...more

The Labor Board Wants Those “Temp” Workers to be “Your” Workers So That You Can Become a Union Company

As I was explaining to a client last week that just “sending her back to the temp agency” likely would not be a simple end to a complicated sexual harassment problem, the National Labor Relations Board issued yet another...more

NLRB Reverses Course Again: Organizing Temporary Workers Just Got Easier

The NLRB recently reversed course again to allow temporary employees provided by a staffing agency to join regular employees in a single bargaining unit without the consent of the employer or the staffing agency. Miller &...more

The Latest in Labor: NLRB Update, Part One

Most employers know that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been on a years-long tear to make it easier for workers to unionize and harder for employers to resist those efforts. This post in two parts is the latest...more

NLRB Allows Temporary Employees to Form Part of Bargaining Unit for Union Elections

In its 2004 Oakwood Care decision, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that a union seeking to organize a unit of workers that includes both permanent and temporary employees obtained from a third-party agency, must...more

It’s Official: Temps And Regular Employees Can Be Combined In One Bargaining Unit, NLRB Says

The National Labor Relations Board is again changing the rules for employers, but the outcome is not really a surprise. The NLRB ruled 3-1 in Miller & Anderson, Inc., that unions can combine in a single bargaining unit...more

NLRB and Joint Employment – The Board Continues to Blur the Line Between Employers and Employment Agencies

Many organizations use temporary employment services to provide or supplement their workforce. Such arrangements allow an organization to focus on its core strengths and activities while maintaining access to workers as...more

NLRB Expands Temporary/Contingent Worker Organizing Rights

The Board’s recent decision in Miller & Anderson is another significant consequence of Browning-Ferris and allows unions to form a single bargaining unit of “user” and “supplier” employees much more easily than before....more

NLRB Makes Up More New Rules on Joint Employment

Remember that kid in elementary school who, whenever you were winning at some made-up playground game, would change the rules in the middle? “Kids can be so unfair,” your parent might have said, trying to console you. “But...more

Board Decision Ushers In New Era of The Unionized Temp

In an NLRB decision this week in the case of Miller & Anderson, Inc. and Tradesmen International and Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local Union No. 19, AFL–CIO, the NLRB has made it easier for Unions to...more

Flip-Flops, Not Just For the Beach or Boardwalk: NLRB (Again) Buries Consent Requirement for Bargaining Units with Temps

Seyfarth Synopsis: Overturning decade old precedent, the Board found that temporary workers supplied by a staffing agency may be included in a bargaining unit with regular employees of a host employer without the consent of...more

NLRB Ruling Makes It Easier to Organize Temporary Workers

On July 11, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board in Miller & Anderson, in another pro-union decision, overruled its own precedent and ruled that unions do not need employer consent before organizing bargaining units that...more

NLRB Makes it Easier to Unionize Temporary Workers

On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board made it easier for unions to organize temporary workers in a 3-1 decision in the case Miller & Anderson. In doing so, the Board reversed its ruling in Oakwood Care Center, 343...more

NLRB Reverses Rule Regarding Temporary Employees

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 11, 2016, reversed its existing precedent on organizing of temporary employees. In Miller & Anderson, Inc., the NLRB ruled that permanent...more

NLRB Holds That Unions Can Organize Temp/Contract Workers Together With Host Employer’s Workers

Temporary, contracted-for, or leased employees who are employed by a “supplier,” but are assigned to work at another employer’s premises, currently comprise as much as 5% of American workers, and are among the fastest growing...more

NLRB: Unions may organize permanent and temporary workers without employers' consent

In a decision that will affect staffing companies and the employers that use them, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has smoothed the path for unions that seek to organize and represent permanent and temporary...more

The Other Shoe Drops—The NLRB’s “Contingent Workforce” Activism Continues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will now permit a single bargaining unit to include employees who are solely employed by an employer along with other employees who are jointly employed by that employer and a...more

NLRB Decision Makes Organizing Contingent Workers Even Easier

In a widely expected ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has again reversed existing precedent to make it easier for unions to organize workforces that include contingent workers. ...more

Christmas in July: The NLRB Delivers Another Gift to Help Unions Organize Employees

The National Labor Relations Board has once again delivered a blow to employers by overturning a decision (and standard) that required the consent of a regular employer and the employer of temporary staff to allow both sets...more

NLRB Makes it Easier for Temporary Workers to Unionize

In a 3-1 decision issued this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reinstated a union-friendly standard that makes it easier for temporary workers to unionize either on their own or as part of a bargaining unit...more

NLRB Allows Single Bargaining Unit for Sole and Joint Employer Employees

In the much-anticipated Miller & Anderson, Inc., decision, the National Labor Relations Board has reverted to a policy allowing solely employed and jointly employed employees to be represented in the same bargaining unit...more

NLRB Strikes Down Employer Veto of Combined Leased and Regular Employee Bargaining Units: What Should Employers Do Now?

One year after the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB” or the “Board”) major expansion of its joint employer standard in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015) (“BFI”), the NLRB has...more

NLRB Creates New Headaches for Employers Using Staffing Agency Workers

It has become increasingly common for employers to use workers supplied by a staffing agency or other third party to supplement their work forces, often in the form of “temporary workers” or leased workers. Although these...more

Stuck With It: Labor Board Forces Employers to Recognize Bargaining Units that Contain Employees of Two or More Separate...

Returning to a decision it made 16 years ago (but was overturned just 4 years after that), the National Labor Relations Board has once again ruled that it will certify a bargaining unit containing individuals from two or more...more

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