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NLRB’s New Election Rules Are Here to Stay

The NLRB’s “ambush” or “quickie” election rules are definitely here to stay. A federal judge in a Washington, D.C. district court rejected the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups’ challenge to the Board’s new...more

Someone’s Knocking: If It’s the Union, Don’t Let Them in

The National Labor Relations Act protects employee solicitation of other employees and distribution of literature to form or join a union or to engage in other “concerted” activities. However, employers have the ability to...more

“Common Sense” Shows The Value of a Well-Written Dissent: Southern New England Telephone Company v. NLRB

It must be frustrating to be in the minority of an administrative adjudicatory body and to constantly be forced to write dissenting opinions, as was the case for former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Brian E....more

D.C. Circuit Reverses NLRB's Decision that AT&T Violated Employees' Rights When It Suspended Employees for Wearing T-Shirt...

It was probably not that surprising that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) decision in Southern New England Telephone Company, 1356 NLRB No. 118...more

Court of Appeals Rebukes NLRB: “Common Sense” Allows Employer to Prohibit Employees from Wearing “Prison Shirts”

Eschewing legal niceties in favor of common sense, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ruled that AT&T did not violate federal labor law when it prohibited its employees from wearing...more

NLRB Overturns 37-Year Precedent Regarding Duty to Provide Witness Statements to Unions

On June 26, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed its 37-year precedent, ruling in American Baptist Homes of the West, d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, that employers must disclose to unions confidential witness...more

D.C. Circuit Declares AT&T Had Right to Ban "Prisoner" T-Shirts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that AT&T had a right to forbid employees, when interacting with the public, from wearing t-shirts that the company reasonably believed could harm its...more

Texas Federal Court Rules in Favor of NLRB’s “Quickie” Election Rules

A federal judge in Texas recently rejected a challenge to the NLRB’s “quickie” election rules that went into effect on April 14, 2015. One of the significant changes resulting from the enactment of the new rules is the...more

Board Overrules Longstanding Protections Against Disclosure of Witness Statements

Since 1978, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has treated witness statements as exempt from an employer’s general duty to furnish information to unions under Section 8(a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

NLRB Limits Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations

In two decisions issued on June 26, the National Labor Relations Board overruled its longstanding precedent holding that employers may withhold witness statements from requesting unions and further held that general policies...more

NLRB Overrules Precedent; Allows Unions Easy Access to Employee Witness Statements

For nearly 40 years, the National Labor Relations Board has followed a bright-line rule pursuant to which an employer is privileged to withhold witness statements from unions. In its 1978 Anheuser-Busch Inc. decision, the...more

Tinley Park Hotel and Convention Center: The NLRB Gets Out Its Selfie Stick

Over the past few years, many employers have found out—the hard way—that the National Labor Relations Board is serious in policing employee handbooks for provisions that the Board believes are “overly broad” under Section 7...more

In Fresenius, the NLRB Admits It Was Wrong . . . Sort Of!

On June 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a new decision involving allegations that an employer had unlawfully discharged an employee who had scrawled sexually-oriented obscenities and threatening...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

NLRB Rules that Racism is a Protected Activity

Although no one reading this article would disagree with the premise that employers cannot and should not tolerate bigotry from anyone in their workforce, the NLRB apparently thinks otherwise. In a troubling decision handed...more

Unfortunately, Offensive Racial Comments Don’t Always Get You Fired (At Least Under Labor Law)

Under the National Labor Relations Act, certain union activities are considered “protected.” That is, employees engaging in union activity, or union representatives carrying out their duties in the context of grievance...more

“Ambush” Election Challenge Fails in Federal Court

A federal judge in Texas recently ruled in favor of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a case challenging the Board’s “ambush” election rules. The lawsuit, Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, Inc. v....more

Helpful Guidelines For Employee Handbook Drafting

The NLRB has recently been active in analyzing whether employee handbooks violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”). In light of this, it is advisable for employers to try to imagine their handbook...more

NLRB Rules 'Vulgar' Union Buttons Allowed

In our prior alerts, we notified you of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent decisions clarifying when, in the current board's estimation, an employer violates Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act...more

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge to NLRB Ambush Election Rules

Employers concerned over the impact of new National Labor Relations Board union election rules lost some hope last week that federal courts would step in to stop the regulations from going into effect. The NLRB rules...more

WTF?!

WTF already?! As in, “where’s the fairness?” Time for an acronym update from our favorite government acronym, the NLRB. You will certainly remember that we have recommended asking yourself three questions before determining...more

Texas Federal Court Upholds Legality of NLRB Election Rule

In a closely watched case, Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas, Inc., et al v. NLRB,* a federal district court judge in Texas has dismissed one of the two lawsuits filed earlier this year against the National Labor...more

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to Contractor Labor Posting Requirements

In 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13496 requiring federal contractors to post a new notice of employee federal labor rights. Among other things, the posting advised contractors’ employees of their rights to...more

Union or Not, the NLRB Has Employers (and Their Employee Handbooks) In Its Sights

Here’s something that often comes as a surprise to my clients with a non-union employee base: the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) likely applies even without any union employees. Yep – you read that...more

NLRB Continues to Scrutinize Employer Policies - NLRB General Counsel’s Guidance Memorandum and Recent Cases Highlight NLRA Issues

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the “Board”) continues to address the scope of permissible employer policies and workplace rules through guidance issued by its General Counsel and in Board decisions. In March...more

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