Unfair Labor Practices

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Employment Law Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Do Your Company Policies & Procedures Stand up against the NLRB? - Potential Pitfalls of Terminating an Employee who Requests Extended Leave - Excerpt from Do Your Company Policies & Procedures...more

NLRB rules employee’s vulgar, unprofessional social media post is protected concerted activity

Over the past few years, we’ve warned our employer clients that discipline of employees for social media activity has become risky business. The National Labor Relations Board has taken the position that employee commentary...more

Court Applies Concepcion And Compels Arbitration, Rejecting Claim That Agreement Precluded “Effective Vindication Of State...

In a putative class action alleging violation of Pennsylvania labor laws, unfair trade practices, and other state law claims brought by a franchisee against the franchisor and two subsidiaries, the court stayed the...more

Top franchise matters of 2014

DLA Piper IPT partners Barry Heller, John Verhey and John Hughes recently conducted a webinar reviewing 2014’s top franchise decisions. Three significant 2014 matters are summarized below. 1. In Patterson v. Domino’s...more

Avoid Discrimination in the Form I-9 and E-Verify Processes: Updated OSC Flyer

The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), in the Civil Rights Division, is responsible for enforcing the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration...more

NLRB Tightens Arbitration Deferral Standards

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board” or “NLRB”) has long limited its involvement in disputes between employers and unions concerning labor agreements that provide for binding arbitration where the disputes involve...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance on Deferral to Grievance Arbitration and Settlements

Following the decision of the National Labor Relations Board in Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., 361 NLRB No. 132 (December 14, 2014), the NLRB General Counsel has issued Memorandum GC 15-02 (February 10, 2015), which...more

Ban on Employee Salary Discussion Violates NLRA

Despite years of legal decisions to the contrary, a surprising number of employers still attempt to prohibit employees from discussing their compensation among themselves. The National Labor Relations Board has repeatedly...more

The NLRB Issues Key Rulings Regarding Employee E-Mail Use, Deferrals To Arbitration, And Representation-Case Procedures

The 2014/2015 holiday season marked a period of change for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, on December 11, 2014, the NLRB ruled that under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees can...more

NLRB Says Individual Gripes About Wages are "Inherently Concerted" Activity

Many employers consider it appropriate to discourage employees from discussing compensation with their coworkers. Particularly in non-unionized environments, employers may not think twice before disciplining employees for...more

NLRB Complaints Claim McDonald’s USA is “Joint Employer” Liable for Labor Violations by Its Franchisees

The Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued 13 complaints, on December 19, 2014, against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC (McDonald’s USA), involving...more

NLRB Dramatically Changes Its Deferral Policies in Alleged Discrimination Cases

In Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc., 361 NLRB No. 132 (December 15, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) significantly altered the standards under which it will defer to grievance and arbitration...more

Franchisors Beware: NLRB Seeking to Super-Size Joint Employer Liability

The National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) General Counsel’s Office has again signaled its commitment to expanding the scope of the current test for joint employment. In a move that could have implications for a broad...more

An Undesirable Consequence

An effort by Richard Griffin, the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to raise wages and otherwise benefit franchise employees may have an unexpected and undesirable consequence: a threat to...more

NLRB Changes Standard for Deferral to Arbitration in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases

In a significant recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) again abandoned long-standing, accepted Board precedent.  In Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., 361 NLRB No. 132 (Dec. 15, 2014), the Board...more

NLRB Eviscerates Standards for Deferral to Arbitration and Settlement

The foundation of the relationship between an employer and a union is the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the parties. Central to those agreements are dispute resolution processes that allow for expedited...more

NLRB Claims McDonalds Is “Joint Employer” of Franchisee Employees

On December 19, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued 13 complaints naming McDonalds as a “joint employer” of the employees at its franchisees....more

NLRB Office of General Counsel Alleges Franchisor Is Liable for Claims of Its Franchisees' Employees

On December 19, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) Office of General Counsel took another step forward in its effort to erase the line between franchisors and franchisees. In a controversial move, the Office of...more

NLRB Reverses Board Precedent on Arbitration Deferral Standards

On December 15, 2014, a divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - split along party lines - overturned 30-year-old precedent addressing standards for the deferral of certain unfair labor practice charges to contractual...more

The NLRB’s Busy Holiday Season

The National Labor Relations Board has been busy this holiday season. In the last few weeks, the Board has pushed ahead with its “quickie election rules” and changed the analysis it uses to determine whether to assert...more

NLRB Update: Policy Reversals Affect All Employers

Nancy Schiffer’s term with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”) expired yesterday, but the Board made the most of its time with the former Associate General Counsel at the AFL-CIO and Deputy General...more

Let it Snow: NLRB Continues Flurry of December Activity by Adopting New Arbitration Deferral Standards

With the holidays quickly approaching, the National Labor Relations Board’s union-friendly majority continues to churn out decisions that will significantly impact union and non-union employers in 2015 and beyond. Earlier...more

NLRB to Re-Hear Labor Arbs

Another NLRB bombshell. The NLRB used to “defer” statutory issues to arbitration. For example, if an employer and union arbitrated the issue of an employee’s discharge for good cause, the NLRB would not then prosecute an...more

ALJ Finds Employer's Pizza Party, Cash and Gift Card Bonuses Interfered with Union Election

SBM Management Services, Inc. provides custodial services for certain commercial facilities. After the company took over the custodial contract at a particular facility, it had regular employee meetings on Fridays. At the...more

Joint Employers in the Building and Construction Industry

On October 21, 2014, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) Associate General Counsel, Barry J. Kearny, discussed the litigation, currently before the Board, on the joint employer issue. Kearny predicted that the...more

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