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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Supreme Court Invalidates Action taken by Former NLRB General Counsel

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel is an important position. The General Counsel is, among other things, the NLRB’s chief prosecutor and sets the Agency’s prosecutorial agenda. The GC is appointed by the...more

NLRB Denies Petitions to Revoke Subpoenas Based on Mere Allegation of Joint Employer Status

The National Labor Relations Board has denied petitions to revoke subpoenas that were issued by an NLRB Regional Director to two companies seeking information about a possible joint employer relationship between the two...more

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

The National Labor Relations Board recently determined that In-N-Out Burger violated the National Labor Relations Act by maintaining and enforcing a work rule prohibiting employees from wearing any type of unauthorized...more

Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in Again on the Nevada Constitution’s Minimum Wage Amendment

On March 16, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court issued yet another 6-0 en banc decision regarding the Nevada Constitution’s oft-litigated Minimum Wage Amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16 (“MWA” or the “Amendment”). The issues...more

Fight Over Seattle’s Attempt To Unionize On-Demand Economy Reaches Critical Point

If the City of Seattle has its way, your next ride-sharing driver could be part of a first-of-its-kind union. And if on-demand economy companies have their way, the courts will block any such unionization efforts before they...more

Court of Appeals Again Rejects National Labor Relations Board, Finds FedEx Ground Drivers Are Independent Contractors

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a published opinion earlier this month emphasized that it means what it says. In 2009, the Court held in FedEx I that single-route FedEx drivers in Wilmington, Massachusetts...more

Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

Supreme Court Decision On Arbitration Clauses Could Significantly Reduce Employer Exposure to Class Claims

Savvy employers always need to be on the look-out for ways to mitigate the ever-growing risks posed by increasingly burdensome state and federal employment laws. Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the chance to...more

Does Your Social Media Policy Apply Globally?

The surprising EU perspective - Drafting a global social media policy is a balancing act. Employers need to protect their legitimate business interests, but must do so with respect for the employees’ rights to freedom of...more

Will The NLRB’s Protection of Unacceptable Conduct Last?

It’s ironic, isn’t it? While the EEOC could find an employer liable for tolerating racist or sexist remarks by employees, the NLRB has repeatedly found employers liable for failing to do so under the guise of protecting...more

Wage and Hour Changes for NYS Employers, plus a New Form I-9

Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees Increased for NY Employers - Although the increase in the minimum salary required for employees to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law has been put on hold by a federal...more

Oral Arguments Held in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held long-awaited oral arguments in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB. The case will be critical in defining joint employment...more

Talk Less, Smile More? Employee Political Speech and Activity

In the current political climate, talking politics has undoubtedly become a national pastime. Over the past several months, political discussions have been infiltrating the workplace, leaving many employers asking whether...more

A Shift Toward Employers?

As most employers are now aware, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB, or the “Board”) in recent years has adopted more restrictive, non-employer-friendly approaches to what it will permit in workplace policies. These...more

NJ Court Rules That Unemployment Benefits Do Not Offset Back Pay Awards

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Jersey’s Appellate Division determined that an award of unemployment compensation benefits will not offset an award of back pay in cases brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. ...more

Appellate Challenge of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard Moves Forward

The National Labor Relations Board’s adoption of a new standard for determining when two separate entities can be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act will be the issue before the U.S. Court of...more

Is There A Women’s March On Employers? What Employers Need To Know About The ‘Day Without A Woman’ Protests

After the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year, organizers have now called for a worldwide protest to take place this Wednesday, March 8 – fittingly to take place on International Women’s Day, a day historically...more

‘A Day Without a Woman’ Demonstrations Planned for March 8

On the heels of the “Day Without Immigrants” protest, thousands of women may take the day off from work on March 8, 2017, to underscore the value of working women to the economy. The organizers of “A Day Without a Woman”...more

FedEx Succeeds Again On Appeal of an NLRB Ruling on Independent Contractor Misclassification

In the past 2-1/2 years, FedEx has suffered through some appellate court setbacks in the area of independent contractor misclassification, beginning with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report Catalogs Extensive Extreme Activity by Obama Era National Labor Relations Board

Last week, the United States Chamber of Commerce issued a report intended to provide a blueprint to the Trump administration as it looks toward formulating a labor relations agenda. “The Record of the National Labor...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

Employee Participation in Social Movements: What's an Employer to Do?

International Women's Day takes place every year on March 8, with the stated goal of raising awareness about women's issues. This year, however, purports to be a bit different, with a call from the Women's March on Washington...more

Blowin' in the Wind? The Evolution of a Balanced Analysis of Workplace Policies by the NLRB

On February 24 , 2017, a two-member majority (Members Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran) of the National Labor Relations Board, over the dissent of Acting Chairman Philip Miscimarra, struck down yet another handbook...more

New Hope for Employee Handbooks?

During the prior Administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) scrutinized employment policies contained in handbooks and policy manuals, and found many of the policies unlawful under the theory that they...more

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