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Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

New Administration Dismantles More Of Obama Arbitration Regulations

It was only a few weeks ago that this blog covered the reversal of the CMS regulation on arbitration in nursing homes. Now, the Trump Administration has altered course on two other issues of arbitration policy....more

Class Action Waiver Update: Will a Switch in Time Persuade Nine?

It was no surprise when, on June 16, 2017, numerous business and employer groups (including several represented by Ogletree Deakins) filed over a dozen amicus briefs supporting the employers in the three class action waiver...more

Another Facially Neutral Employment Policy Bites the Dust

About a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) struck down another neutral employer workplace rule – this one against making unauthorized recordings in the workplace. The NLRB’s decision just was...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments In May 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1. Handbook rules requiring employees to obtain preapproval to use cameras and other recording devices at work are not per se unlawful, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Mercedes-Benz U.S. Int’l Inc., 365 NLRB...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Whole Foods Decision Allowing Employee Recording in the Workplace

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

With little fanfare, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision striking down Whole Foods’ policies prohibiting workplace audio or video recording without prior approval from...more

DOL Withdraws Guidance on Independent Contractors and Joint Employers: What It Means and What Employers Should Do Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently withdrew the federal Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) Obama-era guidance documents on independent contractors and joint employment. Those documents,...more

DOJ Changes Position in a Class Waiver Case Pending Before the Supreme Court

by BakerHostetler on

Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), in a rare move, changed its position in a class waiver case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Jan. 13, 2017, the Court granted certiorari in three consolidated cases...more

The Sixth Circuit Holds That Class Action Arbitration Waivers Are Prohibited Under The National Labor Relations Act

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The Sixth Circuit enforced a National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) order finding that Alternative Entertainment Inc., a Michigan-based satellite television retailer, violated the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

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Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ban on No Recording Policy

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) surprised many employers when it declared illegal Whole Foods’ policy that prohibits employees from video or audio recording in the workplace. The Board concluded that the...more

Class Action Waiver Update: Ogletree Deakins Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting Businesses and Employers

On June 16, 2017, Ogletree Deakins filed an amicus brief in the class action waiver cases that are currently before the Supreme Court of the United States: National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc., Epic Systems...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #2

Class Certification Denial Reversed in Wake of Augustus - Why it matters - Applying the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, a California appellate panel reversed a trial...more

Department Of Justice Changes Stance On Class Action Waivers In Favor Of Employers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a fascinating turn of events, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) switched sides in a critical pending Supreme Court case last Friday. The three consolidated cases—National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil...more

Senate Introduces Own Version Of Bill To Restore National Labor Relations Board Election Procedures

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced introduction of The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (S. 1350): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act with respect to the timing of...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Given the prevalence of social media in our online culture, employers are forced to navigate the ever changing landscape of issues presented by the social media usage of their employees. Please see full E-Note below for...more

A Union Has Filed A Petition To Represent Your Employees: Make A List And Check It Twice!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Several deficiencies in a voter eligibility list justified rerunning an election that the employer had won, the NLRB has held, 2-1 (Chairman Philip Miscimarra dissenting in part). RHCG Safety Corp., 365 NLRB No. 88 (June 7,...more

Federal Court Washes Away New York City’s Pro-Union Ordinance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New York City ordinance requiring car wash companies to post a higher surety bond if they do not sign a union bargaining agreement covering their employees is invalid because it unlawfully favors unionization, and therefore...more

Sixth Circuit Adds to a Growing Circuit Split; SCOTUS to Decide Scope of Employees’ Arbitration Rights

In National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, Inc., No. 16-1385, 2017 WL 2297620 (6th Cir. May 26, 2017), the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh and Ninth Circuits in upholding the NLRB’s decision that barring...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

6th Circuit Joins Employee Class Action Bandwagon

Previously we wrote about the pendulum swing regarding employee class action waivers; first to one extreme, with the Supreme Court’s 2011 AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion decision, which looked like the death knell for...more

Employees’ Social Media Activity: Proceed with Caution

by Burr & Forman on

Given the prevalence of social media in our online culture, employers are forced to navigate the everchanging landscape of issues presented by the social media usage of their employees. What recourse does an employer have...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Ruling That Employer’s “No Recording” Policy Violated National Labor Relations Act

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Employers need to be mindful about policies prohibiting employees from recording or videotaping in the workplace, as such rules, if not drafted carefully, may run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act). This...more

Are We Being Taped? – The Second Circuit Weighs in on Workplace Taping

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the era of the ever-present cell phone, where many people seem to video and record (and then post to social media) virtually everything that goes on in their lives, employers have tried to limit such activity in the...more

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

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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

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