National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency of the United States federal government created in 1935 as part of the National Labor Relations Act. The Board consists of five presidentially-appointed... more +
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency of the United States federal government created in 1935 as part of the National Labor Relations Act. The Board consists of five presidentially-appointed members, who are charged with overseeing union elections and hearing complaints of unfair labor practices under the NLRA.    less -
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How the NLRB Spent Its Summer — Could Be a Chilly Autumn

For those of us in the employment field attempting to recover from the languor of long summer days, it’s time to catch up and ask what the NLRB has been up to during the dog days. The answer – a lot. And so we take this...more

NLRB Says Employee Protest of Government Action is Protected Concerted Activity

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ rights to engage in “concerted activity.” Concerted activity means persons acting on behalf of two or more employees with regard to issues involving terms and...more

Browning-Ferris: The NLRB Redefines Joint-Employer Status

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) diverged from three decades of precedent by broadening the reach of its joint-employer test in a decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries (“BFI”), a waste...more

Arbitration Puzzler: Nevada’s Anti-Waiver Rule Preempted; California’s Anti-Waiver Rule Not Preempted

Two opinions came out recently in disputes over the arbitrability of putative class actions alleging that employees were not paid for overtime (and other labor violations). In one, the Nevada Supreme Court acknowledged that...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Could Uproot Hotel Franchise Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has likely thrown a mammoth monkey wrench in the traditional hotel franchisor/franchisee model. On August 27, 2015, in its highly controversial Browning-Ferris Industries of...more

Connecticut Bolsters Employee Whistleblower Protection

Based on a new and unique interpretation of the state constitution, the Connecticut Supreme Court has greatly increased the potential exposure of employers to damage claims by whistleblowers. In Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors...more

A Quick Update on Speedy Election Rules (Hint: The Predictions Have Come True — Somewhat)

The National Labor Relation Board’s new election procedures became effective April 14, 2015. You may recall that the new rules were largely designed to shorten significantly the time between a union’s filing of a petition for...more

Congress Considers Amending NLRA to Require Direct Control for Joint Employer Findings

On September 29, the House subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions held a legislative hearing to consider the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act, H.R. 3459. This bill, which is mirrored in the Senate,...more

Senate Panel Takes up Joint Employer Issue

A week after a House subcommittee held a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board's new joint employer standard, it was the Senate's turn to address the aftermath of the Board's Browning-Ferris decision. In...more

What’s the Real Effect of OSHA’s Revamped Inspection Process, the “Enforcement Weighing System?”

On October 1, OSHA started its “Enforcement Weighing System,” which means that OSHA Compliance Officers and Area Offices will be under less pressure to complete a number of inspections and will receive credit for separate...more

NLRB Issues Guidelines on Use of Electronic Signatures in Representation Cases

As we reported earlier, on December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted a Final Rule that modified its processing of representation cases. See, 79 Fed. Reg. at 74308. As part of this rule, the NLRB...more

Hot Topics: Worker Classification Issues

Worker classification issues are popping up in the news a lot again. This is because the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a more aggressive view on joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue 8, September 2015

The NLRB’s Decision In Browning-Ferris Industries Of California (2015) One Month Later: Is The Sky Falling For Employers? - The short answer to the question is, “Not yet.” Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc....more

The Government’s Embrace of Technology

When we think of the federal government and technology, the descriptors “tech savvy,” “early adopter,” or “cutting edge” don’t come to mind. In fact, despite all of the Obama Administration’s high-tech dreams, the federal...more

Why Getting Handbooks Right Matters: NLRB Judge Holds Verizon’s Restrictions on Employee Communications During Non-Working Time...

Despite previous NLRB rulings telling them to stop, some employers continue to impose broad prohibitions on personal employee communications over company email. As an administrative law judge recently reminded us, failing to...more

To Follow or Not To Follow … (Social Media in the Workplace—Part 1 of 2)

You’re reading a blog post, and thus need no primer on the prevalence of social media. But you may not be aware of the pitfalls facing employers that use, monitor, or implement policies regarding social media....more

And The Beat Goes On… The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues

Many employers believe they have the absolute right to prohibit their workers from disclosing “confidential” information to coworkers and third parties. They are dead wrong. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has...more

House Hearing Addresses NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard

Members of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on a bill that would undo the new joint employer standard the National Labor Relations Board recently established. As previously...more

Be Aware of Public Employees Disciplinary Proceedings Protections: Loudermill, Wiengarten and Garrity

This post is primarily for public sector employers such as state agencies, municipalities and districts. By virtue of being employed by the government and quite likely represented by a labor union, public sector employees in...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2015

The National Labor Relations Board’s (the Board) Democratic majority handed the organized labor movement one of its biggest legal victories in recent years. The decision radically redefines the concept of “joint employment”...more

Do Your Employees Have the Right to a Union Rep During a Drug Test?

On August 27, 2015, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued Manhattan Beer Distributors, LLC and Joe Garcia Diaz, (29-CA-115694) finding that an employer had unlawfully denied an employee his...more

NLRB Ruling Expands Contractors’ Liability for the Actions of Subcontractors

In an August 27, 2015 split decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced a new standard for determining when businesses will be considered to be “joint employers,” significantly expanding the scope of joint...more

Recordkeeping and Reporting Post-BFI

In a prior OSHA Bulletin, we wrote about the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., d/b/a BFI Newby Island Recyclery, and FPR-II, LLC, d/b/a Leadpoint Business...more

OFCCP Issues Final Rule on Contractor Pay Transparency

Last April, President Obama issued Executive Order 13,665, prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from publishing or enforcing rules intended to keep employees from discussing their compensation. On September 10,...more

NLRB: Peer Review Obligations Trumped by NLRA

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) held that a Kansas hospital must afford an employee Weingarten rights before a nursing Peer Review Committee, allow the union access to peer review documents and...more

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