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NLRB Regional Director Files a Complaint Alleging that Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors is an Unfair Labor...

On April 18, the Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”)’s Los Angeles office issued an unfair labor practice complaint against a transportation company, alleging that the company had...more

Is the NLRB Trying to Make Independent Contractor Misclassification an Unfair Labor Practice?

A Regional Director for the NLRB issued an unfair labor practice complaint on April 18, 2016 alleging that a transportation company “has misclassified its employee-drivers as independent contractors, thereby inhibiting them...more

NLRB: Joint Liability Inquiry Can Precede Finding on Merits of Underlying Unfair Labor Practice Charge

In the latest development in the National Labor Relations Board's ongoing efforts to redefine joint employer status, the board has determined that an employer (whether franchisee or franchisor) can be named a joint employer...more

Adventures in Joint Employment: the Browning-Ferris Saga Continues with an Appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Last week, Browning-Ferris Industries, the California-based waste management company, appealed two decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board related to the definition of joint employer. Its appeal to the U.S....more

NLRB Invalidates Another Employer Conduct Policy

On December 24, 2015, in Whole Foods Market, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 87 (2015) (Whole Foods), the National Labor Relations Board (Board) invalidated two Whole Foods Market policies that prohibited employees' use of recording...more

“Biggest Idiot” Meets Class Waivers

The “biggest idiot theory” (our term, not the NLRB’s) states that, when the NLRB reviews an employer’s policy to see whether the policy would “chill” an employee from exercising NLRA rights, the NLRB does so from the...more

Update: The NLRB and Single Integrated Employers

In October, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) employed a little-used procedural doctrine to issue a consolidated complaint against a parent company of a chain of hospitals located throughout the U.S. The...more

Amex Employment Arbitration Policy Held Unlawful by NLRB

Amex Card Services Company ("Amex") operates a call center in Phoenix, AZ. Amex required all new hires to sign an acknowledgement form acknowledging receipt and understanding of its Arbitration Policy as a condition of...more

Fifth Circuit (Again) Reverses NLRB and Finds Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Do Not Violate the NLRA

The battle between the NLRB and the Fifth Circuit rages on, as the Fifth Circuit again ruled that employers do not violate the National Labor Relations Act when they require employees to sign arbitration agreements containing...more

Fifth Circuit Stands Pat, Again Rejects NLRB Attempt To Void Class And Collective Action Waiver

As expected, the Fifth Circuit once again has rejected the NLRB’s highly controversial position that the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements that preclude...more

How the NLRB Spent Its Summer — Could Be a Chilly Autumn

For those of us in the employment field attempting to recover from the languor of long summer days, it’s time to catch up and ask what the NLRB has been up to during the dog days. The answer – a lot. And so we take this...more

Why Getting Handbooks Right Matters: NLRB Judge Holds Verizon’s Restrictions on Employee Communications During Non-Working Time...

Despite previous NLRB rulings telling them to stop, some employers continue to impose broad prohibitions on personal employee communications over company email. As an administrative law judge recently reminded us, failing to...more

NLRB Says Arbitration Agreement Without Carve-Out for Unfair Labor Charges Violates Federal Labor Law

Last week’s EmployNews reported on efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to attack employer-prepared releases because they supposedly do not contain adequate assurances that their terms do not prevent...more

Bill Would Greatly Expand Penalties, Remedies for Unfair Labor Practices

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on September 16, 2015 that would greatly expand the remedial scope of the National Labor Relations Act. Crafted with input from labor leaders, the Workplace Action for a Growing...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Threatens to Reorder Employment Relations in the Health Care Industry

More than many other industries, the American health care system has a highly fragmented set of interlocking business relationships. Services are provided in an integrated network by a host of service providers who operate...more

Franchisors Vulnerable to Unfair Labor Practice Allegations

As expected, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently broadened the definition of joint employer.  In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB adopted the joint employment standard recommended by the NLRB’s General Counsel.  The...more

NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Creates Enormous Uncertainty

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board published a decision that will make many business leaders’ heads spin. By pronouncing a new legal standard to be used to determine if a business is a “joint employer” of...more

NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employers” Test: The Employers’ Perspective

The decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week in BFI Newby Island Recyclery expands the circumstances in which two otherwise separate and independent employers may be found to be joint employers of a...more

NLRB Adopts New Broader Joint-Employer Standard

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long-awaited decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) substantially changing and expanding the standard for finding a joint-employer...more

The National Labor Relations Board Issues Pivotal Decision Redefining Joint-Employers

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-anticipated decision revising the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. As a result of the NLRB’s...more

The NLRB Refuses to Require its General Counsel to Explain the Joint Employer Case Against McDonald's

The National Labor Relations Board continues the string of controversial moves in its unfair labor practice cases against McDonald’s. In December 2014, the NLRB’s General Counsel filed thirteen complaints naming the...more

New Texas Law: Is it Enough to Ease Concern Over Franchise Liability for Employment-Related Claims?

In response to concerns of franchisors that recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) actions threaten to undermine the common understanding of a franchisor-franchisee relationship, the Texas Labor Code was amended by the...more

D.C. Circuit Reverses NLRB's Decision that AT&T Violated Employees' Rights When It Suspended Employees for Wearing T-Shirt...

It was probably not that surprising that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) decision in Southern New England Telephone Company, 1356 NLRB No. 118...more

D.C. Circuit Declares AT&T Had Right to Ban "Prisoner" T-Shirts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that AT&T had a right to forbid employees, when interacting with the public, from wearing t-shirts that the company reasonably believed could harm its...more

Unfortunately, Offensive Racial Comments Don’t Always Get You Fired (At Least Under Labor Law)

Under the National Labor Relations Act, certain union activities are considered “protected.” That is, employees engaging in union activity, or union representatives carrying out their duties in the context of grievance...more

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