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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 -

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

Employer’s Asking Employee “How Things Are Going?,” Prelude to Unlawful Solicitation of Grievances, Board Majority Rules

We are on the verge of the Board majority changing for the first time in approximately a decade. The President’s two appointees, if confirmed, will bring the Board up to a full five members. After the new members are seated...more

New York State Appellate Court Finds Arbitration Agreement Requiring Employees to Bring Claims Individually Violates The National...

by Littler on

On July 18, 2017, in Gold v. New York Life Ins. Co., New York’s Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision that directly contradicted the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Sutherland...more

Trump Department of Justice Reverses Course on Class Action Waivers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On June 16, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) changed its position with respect to the enforceability of class action waivers in the labor and employment context. The move came via the DOJ’s filing of an...more

Appellate Court Nixes Employee Arbitration Agreements

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By Decision dated July 19, 2017 (the “Decision”), the Appellate Division, First Department (the “First Department”) (which has jurisdiction over Manhattan and Bronx) held that arbitration agreements obligating employees to...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

SCOTUS Update: Environmental and Administrative Law Cases Decided in 2017

The 2016 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court was fairly quiet, perhaps reflecting the fact that with only eight members, the Court needed a working consensus to handle its docket. The Court handed down seventy rulings, but only a...more

New York Appeals Court Rejects Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers – But Is This Ruling Short-Lived?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression in the state of New York, last week the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (the state’s intermediate appellate court) weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration provisions that...more

SCOTUS Puts the Class Action Waiver Issue at the Top of Its Agenda

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Perhaps signaling the importance of the issue for American businesses and jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court? chose the first day of its term beginning in October as the date to set oral arguments in three petitions for...more

Trump’s NLRB Picks Advance in the Senate

As you may recall, we recently wrote about President Trump nominating William Emmanuel and Marvin Kaplan to fill the vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, these candidates...more

Murphy Oil Case Scheduled For Oral Argument

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In January, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No....more

NLRB Affirms Employer's Right to Terminate Employees Who Disparaged Company's Food Safety Practices

Over the past several years, we have reported on a seemingly never-ending series of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions proclaiming a variety of abusive employee practices as protected behavior under federal labor...more

New York Appellate Court Strikes Down Class Action Waivers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our loyal readers are well aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in its Fall 2017 term regarding the enforceability of arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers. This has...more

NLRB Nominees Kaplan, Emanuel Advance To Senate Vote

Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, President Trump’s nominees to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board, cleared another hurdle Wednesday by making it out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments For June 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1.In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice reversed itself and argued for the legality of mandatory arbitration agreement provisions waiving employees’ rights to bring class actions...more

Senate HELP Committee Questions NLRB Nominees on Higher Education Issues

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During the Obama Administration the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) opened wider the gates of private colleges and universities to organized labor. In 2014 the Board made it easier for faculty to...more

DOJ About-Face: Supporting Class Action Waivers, Parting Ways with the NLRB

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just switched sides in a trio of high profile arbitration cases now pending before the Supreme Court, joining with the employers to argue that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s)...more

Will Trump-Era NLRB Overrule Recent Decisions?

by Baker Donelson on

The party that holds the White House gets to nominate, subject to approval by the U.S. Senate, a majority (three) of the five National Labor Relations Board's ("NLRB") members. President Trump has nominated, finally, a...more

House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

by Littler on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

Eighth Circuit Rules that Jimmy John’s Employees’ “Disloyal” Attacks Lost Protection of the NLRA

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On July 3, 2017, the Eighth Circuit overturned a National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) decision finding that a Jimmy John’s franchisee, MikLin Enterprises, Inc. (“MikLin”) violated the National Labor Relations Act...more

En Banc Eighth Circuit Reverses National Labor Relations Board’s “Sick Day” Jimmy John’s Decision

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On July 3, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, sitting en banc, rejected the reasoning of an ALJ, the NLRB, and a panel of the Eighth Circuit regarding whether Jimmy John’s employees could hang posters at...more

Senate Hearing On Labor And Employment Nominees Set For Today — But Will It Happen?

The Senate is scheduled to hold a “combined” confirmation hearing starting at 9:30 a.m. Eastern today on three Trump nominees for labor-and-employment-related positions: Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, both of whom have...more

Attack Falsely Alleging Sandwich Maker Engaged In Unhealthy Practices Not Protected Activity Concludes Appeals Court, Overruling...

Labor disputes are passionate affairs. Workplace grievances elicit all sorts of strident behavior. When the dispute involves a group of employees, the effect can become magnified. The exact point at which the stridency of an...more

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Schedules Confirmation Hearing For National Labor Relations Board Nominees

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced that it will hold a committee hearing on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 9:30 AM, to consider the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to...more

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

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