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Legislative Matters – Labor and Employment

The Maryland legislative session is in full swing. While there remains the possibility of additional bills being introduced which impact Maryland employers and employees (as well as other topics/citizens), the historical...more

2013 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

In this guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities...more

The Future Of Labor Unions In The U.S.

Labor unions in the United States have been struggling with declining membership for decades. After reaching an all-time high of approximately 35% unionization of private sector employees in the 1950s, labor unions represent...more

Court Finds Indiana Right-To-Work Law Unconstitutional

In a stunning decision, a state court judge has ruled that Indiana’s hard-won right-to-work law is unconstitutional. The reasoning is strained and rests on the rather peculiar notion that “just compensation” for a union...more

Michigan Becomes the 24th “Right-To-Work” State

On March 27, 2013, the “right-to-work” bills, SB 116, now known as Public Act 348 of 2012 and HB 4003, now known as Public Act 349 of 2012, became effective. Also called Michigan’s “Freedom-To-Work” laws, the statutes make it...more

Right-to-Work’s Impact on Union Membership in Michigan

Michigan’s two right-to-work laws became effective on March 28, and have likely left many wondering how they impact their own workplaces and what effect they will have on union membership in the future. Essentially, the laws...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2013

In This Issue: - Immigration. Washington takes the first step toward immigration reform. - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state. - Traditional. Wade Fricke and Matthew Kelley...more

Employment And Labor Law Alert - It's Official: Michigan's "Right-To-Work" Law Takes Effect

On March 28, 2013, Michigan's "right-to-work" law, the Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, went into effect. The law prohibits any requirement that an employee pay union dues or join a union as a condition of employment. The...more

Right-To-Work: What Does the Effective Date Mean to Your Workplace?

As we alerted you in December, effective today, all agreements, contracts, understandings or practices that take effect, are extended or renewed are subject to Michigan’s Right-To-Work laws, Public Acts 348 (private sector)...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 7: Medicaid Reform Takes the Stage as the Battle for Education Continues

As the Alabama Legislature marked the halfway point of the 2013 Regular Session, progress continued to move at a slow pace where repercussions of the Alabama Accountability Act continue to linger in the halls of the...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 5: "Right to Work" Amendment Passed

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act, the legislative process slowed considerably in the State House. However, there was some movement on a few significant pieces of...more

Indiana’s Right-to-Work Statute Survives First Challenge While Court Clarifies Statutory Ambiguities

On February 1, 2012, Indiana became the 23rd “right-to-work” (RTW) state. Since that date, unions have filed two lawsuits in Indiana federal courts hoping to overturn the law on different grounds. One of those lawsuits,...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook - 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords - Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All - Fiscal...more

Right-To-Work Laws In The Heart Of The Auto Industry

On December 11, 2012, Michigan became the 24th state to adopt “right-to-work” laws. These laws prohibit any requirement that an employee become or remain a member of a labor organization; pay dues, assessments or other...more

Michigan's New Right To Work Legislation

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Governor Snyder signed two bills consisting of "Right to Work" legislation for Michigan. These two bills cover public sector and private sector employers in Michigan. The Public Sector Law...more

Where the Action Is: State Labor and Employment Legislation

With divided government in Washington relegating most congressional labor and employment legislation to the dead letter file, state legislation becomes a more viable option for interest groups to press their initiatives. The...more

Michigan Becomes The Newest "Right to Work" State

As the home of Ford and General Motors, Michigan was once considered the heart of America's union workforce. On December 11, 2012, however, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined a growing trend among states and signed...more

Michigan Becomes the 24th Right-to-Work State: What Employers Need to Know and Do Now

Last week, while legislators debated in Lansing, union supporters demonstrated outside the capitol. Now that right-to-work is the law in Michigan for the public and private sectors, the demonstrations may be over, but unions...more

Federal Judge Orders Reinstatement of Workers and New Bargaining with Union

The headlines this week have already written the obituaries for unions, at least in Michigan, where the state passed a new “right to work” law. But here in Connecticut, unions may be weakened, but, when bolstered by the...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 2012

In This Issue: - Michigan Becomes 24th State to Prohibit Mandatory Membership, Dues - Lawsuit Questions Whether Employers Own Social-Media Accounts - Companies, Job Candidates Battle Over Use of Credit...more

Michigan Becomes 24th Right-To-Work State—Now What?

As expected and amid demonstrations by thousands of union supporters, the Michigan House of Representatives passed SB 116 and HB 4003, and both bills were signed by Governor Rick Snyder. Now officially known as PA 348 of 2012...more

It’s Official: Michigan Is A “Right-To-Work” State

As we reported last week, in a surprising move last Thursday, the Michigan House and Senate both passed right-to-work legislation and sent the legislation to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for his review and signature....more

Michigan Becomes 24th Right to Work State with Public Acts 348 and 349 of 2012

As promised, yesterday evening, Governor Rick Snyder signed two separate bills into law: SB-01116, now known as Public Act 348 of 2012 and HB-4003, now known as Public Act 349 of 2012....more

Labor Stunner: Michigan Joins Ranks Of Right-To-Work States

The Michigan legislature voted on December 11, 2012 to pass controversial right-to-work legislation affecting private and public sector employees throughout the historically union-friendly state. The legislation, which was...more

Right-To-Work Becomes Law In Michigan: What It Means For Employers

On December 11, 2012, the Michigan House passed and Governor Snyder signed HB 4003 and SB 116, commonly referred to as "right-to-work" legislation. This legislation effectively prohibits a "closed" union shop...more

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