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Second Lake County Judge Finds Indiana's Right-to-Work Law Unconstitutional

A second Lake County judge has ruled that Indiana's right to work law (RTW) violates a provision in the Indiana Constitution. On July 17, 2014, Lake County Judge George Paras struck down RTW on the basis that it is...more

Mississippi's Right to Work State Status Made Stronger with Three New Bills

Mississippi's current Constitution, adopted in 1890, confirmed the State's intention to be a "right to work" state: It is hereby declared to be the public policy of Mississippi that the right of a person or persons to...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Union Fee Requirements Imposed on Homecare Employees

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Illinois law that required homecare providers for Medicaid recipients to pay fees to a union. In Harris v. Quinn, the Court held that compulsory union agency fees imposed on...more

Harris v. Quinn Decision May Set Stage for Further Rulings Limiting Public Unions

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Quinn. As readers of my June 10 posting will recall, the plaintiffs in that case objected on First Amendment grounds to being required to contribute public union dues as a...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision In Harris V.Quinn: Abood Survives, But For How Long?

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court issued its anxiously anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case brought by Illinois home health aides challenging the requirement in a collective bargaining agreement that they...more

Agency Fees Can’t Be Required for Illinois Rehab Personal Assistants, SCOTUS Rules

The State of Illinois cannot require Rehabilitation Program “personal assistants” (PAs) who decide not to join a union, to pay compulsory union dues, commonly known as “agency fees,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Harris v....more

Radical Shift Coming In Public Sector Agency Fees

On Monday, the Supreme Court took a swipe at public sector compulsory unionism. In doing so, the Court took a slice out of decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence and suggested a future re-thinking of agency fees in the public...more

Supreme Court Rejects Labor’s Mandatory Dues Collection Initiative in Favor of Workers’ First Amendment Rights

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits a public-employee union from collecting an agency fee from home-care workers who do not want to join or...more

Supreme Court Decides Harris v. Quinn

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Harris v. Quinn, No. 11-681, holding that the First Amendment does not permit a state to compel public employees to subsidize speech on matters of public concern by a union...more

Two Significant Decisions Affecting Employers Issued the Final Day of the U.S. Supreme Court Session

On the last day of its 2013-2014 session, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that (1) for-profit companies are protected as "persons" under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and (2) that the...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Union "Fair Share" Deductions For Public Sector Employees

Today, in a 5 to 4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend its previous holdings regarding “fair-share” fees (fees that an employee who refuses to join a union is required to pay in lieu of union dues) to...more

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Illinois Regulatory Framework Requiring Personal Assistants for Medicaid Recipients to...

In its much anticipated decision in Harris v. Quinn, 573 U.S. __ (2014), the Supreme Court of the United States in a five to four ruling struck down an Illinois regulatory framework that required personal assistants (PAs) for...more

Public Employers and Unions Hold Breath as High Court Ponders Whether Public Employees Can Be Compelled to Pay Dues

The U.S. Supreme Court will recess for the summer at the end of June. But before doing so, it must decide the remaining cases on its docket from the October 2013 term, including Harris v. Quinn. Strangely, this case has...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

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

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

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

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