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Protests Move North of the Border? Canadian Employers Responses to a National General Strike

On February 17, 2017, activists opposing the new administration are planning a national general strike, including protests and work stoppages. In light of the growing support for the strike, U.S employers face questions...more

Wait . . . Can They Do This? Employers’ Responses to a National General Strike

What began as a rumor has now become a real possibility for significant grassroots action. Activists who oppose President Trump have called for a national general strike on Friday, February 17, 2017. ...more

Supreme Court to Hear Class-Action Waiver Arguments in its October 2017 Term

As our regular readers already know, the Supreme Court is poised to decide one of the most contentious issues facing the wage-and-hour world—namely, whether class- and collective-action waivers render workplace arbitration...more

NLRB General Counsel Concludes Division I Scholarship Football Players are Employees under Labor Law

Scholarship football players in Division I FBS private sector colleges and universities are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin has concluded....more

Dear Littler: Can A Boss Fire Someone for Off-Duty Political Activities?

Dear Littler: I saw one of my employees on the local news the other night participating in a political rally over the weekend. We try to maintain a tension-free workplace. Can I discipline him for this conduct? Can I at least...more

The National Labor Relations Board’s Crackdown on Social Media Policies

If your company has a social media policy in its handbook, that policy is in the crosshairs of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB is the agency that enforces the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which,...more

NLRB Says Social Media Policy Cannot Prohibit Employees from Posting Pictures of Company Uniforms

At least for now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its assault on employer social media policies. In a recent Board decision, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., the majority declared a variety of policies...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Yet Another Decision Finding An Employer’s Work Rules Overly Broad

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently issued a decision that serves as a reminder for both union and non-union employers that the Board continues to take an aggressive stance on seemingly innocuous employment...more

NLRB Continues to "Like" Enforcement over Social Media Policies and Related Issues

In recent years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has focused attention on company policies that attempt to limit employee engagement in social media. Specifically, the NLRB has consistently taken the position that...more

“Smile, Though Your Heart is Aching": Great Lyric . . . But as a Workplace Policy? Employers Might Be Left Frowning

Recently the news media reported on a Trader Joe’s employee in New York City who was supposedly fired for not smiling enough. The story behind the glib headlines is that the employee, Thomas Nagle, filed an unfair labor...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

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

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

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

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

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

Ninth Circuit Addresses Employee Arbitration Agreements

In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reviewed an arbitration agreement that required employees “as a condition of employment” “to sign agreements not to join with other...more

Adding to Circuit Split, Divided Ninth Circuit Finds Concerted Action Waiver in Ernst & Young’s Employment Agreement Unenforceable...

Ernst & Young’s (“E&Y”) employment agreements contained “separate proceedings” and arbitration provisions, which together required that disputes be resolved individually through arbitration, rather than collectively through...more

Executive Labor Summary - July / August 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - The NLRB continues its assault on workplace civility and efficiency– As we reported more than two years ago, Mark Gaston Pearce, Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, and NLRB General Counsel...more

Employer Handbook Policies Violate the National Labor Relations Act

As we recently noted, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is laser-like focused on scrutinizing employer personnel policies. In yet another example of this ongoing campaign, a recent administrative law judge (ALJ)...more

Ninth Circuit: Arbitration Agreements Cannot Require Employees to Individually Arbitrate Claims in Separate Proceedings

The Ninth Circuit is the latest court to consider the NLRB’s position that class and collective action waivers violate the NLRA; here, the court ruled that an arbitration agreement that completely prevents employees from...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Employees’ Waiver of All Forums for Class or Collective Action Violates NLRA

Employers who require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment should take care: A split is developing among the federal appellate courts regarding the enforceability of so-called “concerted...more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Class Action Waivers In Employment Arbitration Agreements

On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (which covers California) struck down a "concerted action waiver" (i.e., a waiver of class, collective or other group actions) in an arbitration agreement....more

NLRB Says Employees Spreading Inaccurate Information is Protected Conduct

Yet another chapter in the National Labor Relations Board’s assault on employer social media policies. Earlier this month, the Board rejected Chipotle’s policy that prohibited employees from “posting incomplete, confidential,...more

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