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NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

In two separate cases decided on August 24, 2016, a divided National Labor Relations Board concluded that charter schools in Pennsylvania and New York are not political subdivisions within the meaning of Section 2(2) of the...more

The NLRB Opens the Door to Union Organizing Among Teaching Assistants and Other Student Assistants at Private Colleges and...

In what will come as no surprise to even the most casual labor law observer, yesterday the National Labor Relations Board jettisoned established precedent and granted teaching assistants and other student assistants at...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – June 2016

Dear Legal Mailbag: Last year, I was a first-year principal at my elementary school and, as I got my sea legs, I let various things slide. However, this year I have a much better idea about the way my school should run....more

Employment Law Letter - Spring 2016

Will Smoking Pot on the Job Get You Fired? You’d think that would be a slam dunk question, but if you’re a state employee whose union is willing to take your case to an arbitrator, apparently it isn’t. Back in 2012,...more

Split Supreme Court Upholds Union Agency Fees...for Now

On March 29, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a decision permitting public-sector unions to continue collecting “agency fees” from nonmember workers. This is a major victory for public sector unions, as a...more

Public Sector Unions Dodge a Bullet on Non-Member Fees

Public sector union officials and their allies will breathe easier as a challenge to the collection of “agency fees” from non-members was rejected by a deadlocked United States Supreme Court earlier this week. In a per curiam...more

The Supreme Court’s Decision on Public Union Fees: Still Valid But No Further Guidance

On March 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a per curiam opinion in a case on the validity of public-sector “agency shop” arrangements, which permit unions to charge a fee (in order to pay for select...more

Supreme Court Leaves in Place “Agency Fees” for Non-Union Teachers, 4-4

I recently speculated that the death of Justice Antonin Scalia might result in a 4-4 split in Friedrichs v. California, a case in which non-union public school teachers in California contended that they should not be required...more

Never Mind! Supreme Court Splits on Public Employee Union Fee Case

The Supreme Court today issued a decision in one of the most anticipated cases of the session on whether public employees could be forced to pay fees to a union that they didn’t want to belong to. And in doing so, the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week - March 2016

Dear Legal Mailbag: Call me old-fashioned, but I have become increasingly disappointed in how the teachers at my school have been dressing. It is not uncommon for male teachers to wear ratty work shirts and jeans, and...more

PAC Rules Collective Bargaining Preparatory Meetings are Subject to OMA

In a non-binding opinion, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) held that a school district violated the Open Meetings Act (OMA) when the board’s negotiations team, which included three board members, held a meeting to discuss...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – July/August 2015

Mr. Superintendent couldn’t believe that it is already again time for negotiations with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS). However, when Mr. Superintendent told Mr. Chairman that teacher negotiations are coming up and...more

Relying on Express Contractual Powers to Change Employees’ Terms

Three recent cases in the UK have highlighted the issues employers need to consider when they want to use express provisions in employment contracts to change employees' terms and conditions. Originally published online...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Do Not Hire Dispute Between Teachers Union and Chicago Board of Education

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide The Board of Education of the City of Chicago v. The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. Board of Education presents the following...more

Chicago School Closings Unlawful?

With summer coming to an end, parents and children alike often worry about the upcoming school year: new teachers, new classrooms, a whole new experience....more

Mexico's Education Reform May be a Catalyst for Change

Under the leadership of President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico has recently approved a historic constitutional amendment reforming the country’s archaic education system. In order to push this historic reform, which is commonly...more

Head of Teachers’ Union Nominated as Next Department of Labor Commissioner

Yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy nominated Sharon Palmer, who has led the state’s chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, to be the next commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor....more

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