Unfair Labor Practices

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That Persnickety and Persistent NLRB

As has been reported in previous editions of the Health Law Update, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-watching now is a required activity for all employers—union and nonunion alike. On February 25, 2014, NLRB General...more

Act Now Advisory: Overbroad Handbook Policies May Constitute Unfair Labor Practices

At-will disclaimers in employee handbooks may provide protection from contract claims, but a recent decision by a National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") serves to remind employers that the...more

Redefining the Power of Arbitration in Unfair Labor Practice Cases: NLRB Solicited Briefs on the Issue

In line with recent efforts in the courts to define the scope of power of the arbitral forum, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently took on the issue of whether to modify the standard it applies to determine...more

Is the NLRB’s Obsession with “Default Language” in Informal Settlement Agreements Waning?

The 2011 decision of the former Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to mandate inclusion of “default language” in every informal unfair labor practice settlement agreement (General Counsel...more

Industry, Members of Congress Take Action on FTC Process

As the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) continues to flex its consumer protection muscles by bringing numerous administrative lawsuits, industry and members of Congress are questioning whether there is a level playing field...more

NLRB Partners With The U.S. Department Of Justice To Address Unfair Labor Practices And Employment Discrimination

This summer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC”) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the National Labor...more

Back To The Drawing Board For The Board

On January 6, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it would not seek Supreme Court review of two federal appeals court decisions striking down the NLRB's rule requiring employers to display "Employee...more

Fifth Circuit Permits Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed a victory to employers in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, 12-60031, 2013 W.L. 6231617 (5th Cir. Dec. 3, 2013), reversing an Order of the National Labor...more

Arbitration Agreements Can Be Used to Avoid Class Claims Under Labor Laws

Employers can avoid class claims by entering agreements that require individual arbitration, but they should review those agreements to ensure that they contain clear exceptions for employees’ right to pursue unfair labor...more

Not So Fast, My Friend! Eleventh Circuit Weighs In On NLRB Recess Appointment Issue

As we previously reported, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB, 705 F.3d 490 (D.C. Cir. 2013) struck down President Barack Obama’s “recess appointments” of three members of the...more

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 3: California Immigration Related Legislation

The final post in this three-part series on the newly-signed legislation in California covers the three immigration-related bills that Governor Brown recently signed. I also discuss two significant bills that the governor...more

Ohio's Highest Court Holds Unions Are Not Required to Give Public Employers Advance Notice of Informational Picketing

On October 23, 2013, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled, in Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities v. State Employment Relations Board, that unions are not required to provide public sector employers ten-day...more

Finally, For The First Time In Over A Decade, The National Relations Labor Board Has Five Senate-Confirmed Board Members

Those active in labor law are familiar with the political chaos that has surrounded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since this past January. In six months, the NLRB went from being the subject of a Circuit Court...more

Delaware Court of Chancery - no fiduciary breach, although directors engaged in unfair process: four key takeaways

While management and the preferred stockholders of Trados, Inc. received all of the merger consideration in an end-stage transaction and the common stockholders received nothing, the Delaware Court of Chancery has found that...more

NLRB marches forward with its prohibition on blanket confidentiality in HR investigations

Extending on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) precedent, on July 26, 2013, Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey D. Wedekind ruled that The Boeing Company's human resources (HR) investigation confidentiality policy violated...more

Macy's Fined $175,000 And Ordered To Create $100,000 Back Pay Fund For Violations Of Anti-Discrimination Law In The Form I-9...

In June 2013, Macy’s Retail Holdings and other Macy’s entities (Macy’s) entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices...more

Court Finds Two State Agencies Are In Privity Despite Being Created By Separate Statutes

The doctrine of collateral estoppel may seem to be a more fitting subject to a blog devoted to civil procedure than corporate law. However, the doctrine can have important ramifications in the corporate setting as I noted...more

How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations

No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late – especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for a...more

A Bell Is Un-Rung: It’s “Never” too Late to Update the Handbook

Regularly updating your employee handbook is not just a good practice, but it is of particular importance given the recent scrutiny of handbook language by the Acting General Counsel (AGC) of the National Labor Relations...more

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down NLRB Notice Rule

In a major victory for employers on May 7th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) August 2011 regulation requiring private businesses to post an...more

D.C. Circuit Tells NLRB "No Workplace Poster for You!"

Many would contend that inherent in the freedom of speech is the freedom to decide when not to speak such that the government, as the argument goes, cannot compel one to say or otherwise disseminate certain information....more

D.C. Circuit Invalidates NLRB’s Notice Posting Rule

In yet another blow to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), today the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in National Association of Manufacturers v. National Labor Relations Board reversed an earlier ruling of the U.S....more

D.C. Court Of Appeals Vacates NLRB Notice Posting Rule

A federal appellate court yesterday rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s “notice posting rule” that would have required nearly 6 million employers to conspicuously display the Board’s employee-rights poster. Last...more

PERB Ruling Affirms Teacher on 39-Month Reemployment List Remains an Employee of the District and Able to File Grievance

In Nelson v. Jurupa Unified School District (PERB Decision 2309E, March 8, 2013), the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") considered whether a school district committed an unfair labor practice by rejecting a...more

Teacher On 39-Month Reemployment List Remains A District Employee With The Right To File A Grievance

In Nelson v. Jurupa Unified School District (PERB Decision 2309E, March 8, 2013), the Public Employment Relations Board ("PERB") considered whether a school district committed an unfair labor practice by rejecting a teacher’s...more

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