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The NLRB’s Challenge To Bridgewater’s Confidentiality Clauses: Its Significance For Employers

The NLRB’s new focus on non-union employment has been well–chronicled here. Employment contract provisions thought to be governed only by state contract law principles are now subject to the federal National Labor Relations...more

Where Are We With the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements?

With the 9th Circuit’s late summer anti-class action waiver decision, the circuit split widened over the issue of whether employers can require employees, through an arbitration agreement, to waive their rights to bring class...more

Appeals Court Decisions Strengthen FTC's Hand in Hospital Merger Challenges

The fall of 2016 has proved to be a difficult time for hospitals seeking to complete mergers in the face of antitrust challenges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). After failing initially to persuade federal...more

Winds of Change: the NLRB Challenges Confidentiality Agreements and The Obama Administration’s “Call to Action” to Prohibit...

This year, the federal government is challenging contractual provisions that regularly appear in private employment agreements. Both the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and the Obama administration have challenged the...more

Even Non-Union Employers Must Consider the National Labor Relations Act When Drafting Social Media Policies

While employers should enact social media policies to protect trade secrets and prevent employees from defaming the employer, employers must ensure the policies do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”). Even...more

NLRB Assumes a Position on Employee Classification in the On-Demand Economy

Seyfarth Synopsis: By filing a complaint against Postmates, Inc. challenging their arbitration waiver, the NLRB assumed that couriers for Postmates are employees, rather than independent contractors. Earlier this month,...more

For Its 2016-2017 Term, Supreme Court Takes A Cautious Approach, With Few Blockbuster Labor and Employment Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court began its first full term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the central advocate for the Court’s conservative bloc. Since Justice Scalia’s death this past February, the Court has...more

NLRB Moves Closer to Finding that Scholarship Student-Athletes are Employees

On September 22, 2016, the Associate General Counsel (“AGC”) for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB,” or the “Board”) issued an Advice Memorandum indicating that a number of policies in the Northwestern University...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Labor Board Has Not Ruled College Athletes Are Employees (Yet)

ESPN recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had “ruled” that Northwestern University’s football players were actually “employees,” and that the University’s policing of its football players’ social...more

Employment Law - October 2016

Employers Can’t Arbitrate Any Issues Related to PAGA Claim - Why it matters - The California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles forecloses an employer’s ability to require a...more

NLRB Permits Off-Duty Employees to Picket on Employer Property

An employer’s ability to prohibit picketing on its property was dealt a serious blow when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled in Capital Medical Center that an acute care hospital violated Section 8(a)(1)...more

What does the future hold? UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime.

UK prosecutor sees Bribery Act offence as a template for fighting other forms of financial crime. The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) would like to extend the strict liability "failure to prevent bribery" offence that is...more

Employers Hold Up on the Hand Out Policies: 11th Circuit Classifies Company Non-Solicitation Policy as Overbroad

You know that short non-solicitation policy in your handbook that says don’t handout stuff at work that doesn’t have to do with work that you think is clearly legal? Think again. A recent Eleventh Circuit decision agreed with...more

NLRB General Counsel Wants More Clarity and Employee Protection for Intermittent Strikes

On October 3, 2016, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for the National Labor Relations Board asked the NLRB to clarify and broaden the protection afforded employees who engage in intermittent and partial strikes....more

What’s Good for the Goose…

Over the past few years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken issue with employers that discipline employees over Facebook and other social media postings. The NLRB allows employees to discuss wages and other...more

NLRB Releases Advice Memorandum Affirming Misclassification Constitutes Unfair Labor Practice

At the end August, the National Labor Relations Board released an advice memorandum, originally drafted in December 2015, concluding that a group of drivers who worked for a drayage company called Pacific 9 Transportation...more

Election 2016: Political Speech and Activity in the Workplace

On November 8, voters across the country will head to the polls to determine the next president. Some states have already begun the early voting process. Voters will also decide who fills various U.S. congressional seats,...more

Federal ALJ Says NLRA Also Protects Employee Social Media Use from Union Interference

Employers are well aware of the National Labor Relations Board’s increasingly aggressive prosecution of employers accused of violating employee rights by attempting to restrict their social media interactions. Earlier this...more

NLRB Administrative Judge Finds Employee Facebook Post Was Protected Speech

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new NLRB decision that attempts to define further the boundaries of protected speech under the NLRA. In Laborers’ International Union of North America and Mantell, Case No. 03-CB-136940 (NLRB...more

Don’t Wait: Review Your Company’s Arbitration Agreement Now

Many businesses ask their employees to agree to arbitration to resolve employment disputes because arbitration can be cheaper and faster than the court system. Arbitration can also be used as a shield to prevent the filing of...more

Recent Cases Signal Shifting Tides in Employment Arbitration

Many employers enter into arbitration agreements with their employees to expedite resolution and mitigate the risk of jury trials. For the most part, a proper arbitration agreement would have the effect of requiring both the...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Class Action Waiver In Employment Agreement Is Unenforceable, Adding To The Circuit Split On The Issue

As a condition of employment, Ernst & Young’s employees were required to sign agreements that contained a “concerted action” waiver requiring employees to pursue legal claims against E&Y exclusively through arbitration, and...more

Employer dos and don’ts for 2016 elections (NLRB-friendly version)

Labor Day marked the beginning of the “serious” election season. oIn 2012, I posted on dos and don’ts for employers, but many of my old recommendations aren’t going to work in today’s labor law climate. Here’s an updated...more

NLRB Issues Advice Memorandum Claiming That Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors Violates Section 8(a)(1) of...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an advice memorandum issued on December 18, 2015, but just released to the public at the end of August, 2016, an Associate General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board opined that an employer’s...more

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