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“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....more

NLRB Denies Petition to Use Its Rulemaking Power to Extend Weingarten Rights to Nonunion Employees

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On May 3, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board unanimously denied a petition filed by a former NLRB attorney asking the Board to grant nonunion employees the right to have a representative present during investigatory...more

OSHA Rescinds Guidance Allowing Nonunion Employees to Select Union Representatives to Participate in OSHA Inspections

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 25, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary released a memo withdrawing a 2013 interpretation that allowed nonunion employees to designate a union representative to...more

OSHA Walks Back Allowing Union Representatives on "Walkarounds"

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Heralding a shift at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Labor has confirmed that an Obama administration OSHA memorandum permitting union or community organization representatives to...more

Lessons from Boeing's union election victory in Charleston

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Many of you already know about Boeing workers soundly rejecting the Machinist Union’s effort to represent approximately 2,800 employees at Boeing’s Charleston facility. Seventy-four percent of voting employees desired to keep...more

Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause

by Field Law on

At common law, a non-unionized employee may be dismissed without cause or reasons if he or she is given reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu. However, for non-unionized federal employees, the Supreme Court of...more

Why the NLRB Should Matter To You if You’re Still Union-Free

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Next week, I will be speaking at the CBIA Annual HR Conference along with my colleague Jarad Lucan about why you should care about the NLRB. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have tickets, it’s sold out. It’s being held at...more

Union Construction Unrest at Tesla Gigafactory

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that 350 union affiliated construction workers walked off the job at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site in Northern Nevada, with about 100 of them reportedly actively picketing the project....more

“Round Up the Usual Suspects” and Violate the NLRA? The Implications of Extending Weingarten Rights to Nonunionized Workplaces

by Wilson Elser on

In a unionized workforce, an employer generally may not proceed with an investigatory interview if the employee under investigation demands representation by a union official. This so-called Weingarten right does not...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Closing Shop: Courts Look to Rein in the NLRB

by BakerHostetler on

Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has engaged in an aggressive campaign to extend its reach into non-union workplaces with the goal of facilitating unionization....more

OSHA Issues Controversial Opinion Letter Concerning Union Presence During Inspections

by Genova Burns LLC on

Employers should be aware of a recent opinion letter issued by OSHA, the branch of the United States Department of Labor charged with enforcing federal law governing workplace safety and health....more

OSHA Opens Worksites to Allow Union Representatives to Participate in Walk-around Inspections of Non-Union Companies

by Fisher Phillips on

In a new letter of interpretation publically released on April 5, 2013 (originally dated February 5, 2013), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced for the first time that during an OSHA inspection...more

Non-Compete Agreements Survive Labor Board Scrutiny — For Now

by Burr & Forman on

The National Labor Relations Act (the “NLRA”) has always applied to both unionized and non-unionized workplaces. However, one of the priorities of President Obama’s appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (the...more

NLRB Gets Busy – Part 1 NLRB Departs From Decades Of Precedent

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The close of 2012 brought a flurry of activity by the National Labor Relations Board and the Board has not slowed down in the New Year. Several of the Board’s recent decisions mark significant departures from decades of...more

The Second Obama Term: NLRB Outlook

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers should expect a continuation of the policies from the last four years as the NLRB seeks to extend the reach of the NLRA to nonunion workplaces and promotes increased unionization and collective bargaining....more

NLRB’s Actions in 2012 Highlight Critical Labor Issues for Nonunion Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) aggressively staked out positions on employment policies and practices prevalent in both union and nonunion workplaces. These issues include social media policies...more

NLRB: Discharging Non-Union Employee’s for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

by Miller Canfield on

In September 2011, we alerted you to the decision in Hispanics United of Buffalo, a decision by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examining an employer’s termination of employees because...more

NLRB Decision Regarding Confidentiality of Employer Investigations

by Bracewell LLP on

As a result of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), non-union employers who have a practice or policy that prohibits employees from discussing ongoing internal investigations of workplace misconduct...more

NLRB eyes non union workplaces

by Eli Kantor on

My article entitled "NLRB eyes non union workplaces" discusses the NLRB's recent intrusion into non union workplaces. The NLRB is already limiting what employers can say in their social media policies. Now it is attempting to...more

NLRB Administrative Law Judge Further Expands Controversial D.R. Horton Decision, Strikes Down Non-Mandatory Arbitration Agreement

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The continuing saga over the treatment of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) D.R. Horton, Inc. decision and the broad implications that it holds for both union and non-unionized workforces recently added another...more

Healthcare Update, No. 4, November 2012: NLRB Continues To Set Sights On Healthcare Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has continued its aggressive attack on employers in the healthcare industry and nonunion employers generally. With a membership majority that is widely recognized as being pro-union,...more

The "I"s Have It: NLRB Says Don’t Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

by Jon Hyman on

The NLRB Office of General Counsel issues refreshing (surprising? relieving?) advice memoranda backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and stating that it is willing to evaluate each on a...more

Mum's Not Necessarily the Word: NLRB Complicates Employers' Internal Investigations

by Littler on

In a ruling that affects both union and non-union employers, the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer must establish a specific legitimate business justification for requiring employees to maintain...more

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