The National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1935 to prevent labor strife by encouraging collective bargaining, protecting concerted activity and curtailing certain unfair labor... more +
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Seventh Circuit Says Student Athletes Are Not Employees

Back in August, the National Labor Relations Board threw the higher education community a curve ball ruling that student assistants at Columbia University were employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and were...more

“Smile, Though Your Heart is Aching": Great Lyric . . . But as a Workplace Policy? Employers Might Be Left Frowning

Recently the news media reported on a Trader Joe’s employee in New York City who was supposedly fired for not smiling enough. The story behind the glib headlines is that the employee, Thomas Nagle, filed an unfair labor...more

Micro-Units under the Microscope: The Second and Fifth Circuit Courts Consider Specialty Healthcare and Its Misapplication

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in upholding the Board’s Specialty Healthcare standard for determining appropriate bargaining...more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements? Not as 'Fresh & Easy' as You Think

Many companies require their employees to sign employment agreements in which the employees agree that any claims they have against the company, including class action claims, will be decided only through private arbitration...more

The NLRB’s Challenge To Bridgewater’s Confidentiality Clauses: Its Significance For Employers

The NLRB’s new focus on non-union employment has been well–chronicled here. Employment contract provisions thought to be governed only by state contract law principles are now subject to the federal National Labor Relations...more

NLRB General Counsel Requests To Expand Worker Protections Regarding Intermittent Or Partial Strikes

Intermittent or partial strikes are becoming more common as unions continue to push for an increased minimum wage, particularly in the quick-serve restaurant industry. The National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) General...more

Catch-22 for Franchisors: The Joint Employment Dilemma

As government agencies steadily expand the concept of joint employment, franchisors increasingly find themselves in a difficult position. Since August 2015, when the NLRB ruled in Browning-Ferris that entities with the...more

5 Key Takeaways from My Long List of Regulatory Changes Shared at ECVC2016

As 2016 draws to a close with a major political transition underway in Washington, D.C., organizations already dealing with a rapidly evolving regulatory environment now face uncertainty regarding whether some of the new...more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Counties May Enact Right To Work Laws

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

Fight for $15 Plans Protests, ‘Civil Disobedience’ on November 29

Fight for $15, the four-year-old movement to secure a minimum wage of $15 an hour, has announced plans for demonstrations, strikes, and protests in 340 cities across the country on November 29. Tens of thousands of employees...more

Browning-Ferris Appeals the NLRB’s Revised Joint-Employer Test

In August of this year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) revised its joint-employer test, which has incited much debate from employers across the country. The newly developed test permits a worker to be considered an...more

The Election is Over, Now What?

Now that the election is over, many clients and friends are asking what labor and employment law might look like under the soon to be President Trump. Of course, no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming term....more

Where Are We With the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements?

With the 9th Circuit’s late summer anti-class action waiver decision, the circuit split widened over the issue of whether employers can require employees, through an arbitration agreement, to waive their rights to bring class...more

Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

Legislative Opportunities for Tribal Governments Under the Trump Administration

With the advent of a Republican-controlled White House and Congress, many who work in Washington, D.C., on behalf of Indian tribes may be tempted to adopt a defensive posture. But while it always is important to defend tribal...more

Best Practices for Tribes When Faced with Union Organizing Activity

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a dispute between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The U.S. Supreme Court's decision effectively...more

Does the NLRA Protect Racist Insults by Picketing Workers?

A case currently under consideration in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals deserves watching. The case will determine whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects a picketing employee’s right to hurl racist...more

Top Ten Employment Regulations or Initiatives Employers Want Trump to Dump or Fix

After the Obama administration’s employee friendly policies, employers will have a wish list of changes they believe a Trump administration would favor. Here are ten items that should be at the top and why employers want to...more

With the Election (Mercifully) Behind Us, What Will a Trump Administration Mean for Employers?

The 2016 Presidential election was arguably the most contentious, unpredictable, and politically polarizing race in this nation's history. The contours of the electoral map changed by the hour in the days leading up to...more

Winds of Change: the NLRB Challenges Confidentiality Agreements and The Obama Administration’s “Call to Action” to Prohibit...

This year, the federal government is challenging contractual provisions that regularly appear in private employment agreements. Both the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Obama administration have challenged the...more

Pennsylvania Charter Schools Are Subject to Jurisdiction of National Labor Relations Board

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board confronted the issue of whether it has jurisdiction over The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PVCS) – a school formed pursuant Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law. In...more

The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2016

Court Upholds Employer’s Dreadlock Ban Finds Grooming Policy Did Not Violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act - A federal appellate court recently held that an employer’s policy banning dreadlocks did not constitute...more

Leave The Political Boxing Gloves At The Office Door

We love a good political fight, but dealerships would be well-advised to check the gloves at the office door and instead heed the wisdom offered long ago by Calvin Coolidge: “No man ever listened himself out of a job.”...more

Even Non-Union Employers Must Consider the National Labor Relations Act When Drafting Social Media Policies

While employers should enact social media policies to protect trade secrets and prevent employees from defaming the employer, employers must ensure the policies do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). Even...more

NLRB Assumes a Position on Employee Classification in the On-Demand Economy

Seyfarth Synopsis: By filing a complaint against Postmates, Inc. challenging their arbitration waiver, the NLRB assumed that couriers for Postmates are employees, rather than independent contractors. Earlier this month,...more

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