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Two Important NLRB Decisions: When Franchisees/Franchisers are a Joint Employer and Forming Micro Bargaining Units in Retail

On July 29, 2014, the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Richard Griffin, authorized NLRB Regional Directors to issue complaints in 43 unfair labor practices cases against McDonald’s USA LLC. The...more

Would You Like Fries . . . and an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with That?

Mainstream media, attorneys, and business owners are discussing the meaning and impact of a two paragraph press release issued on July 29 by the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). That...more

Activity Before NLRB and WA Supreme Court Highlights Joint Employer Risk

A recent announcement by the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel and a Washington Supreme Court decision underscore the risks of potential joint employer liability...more

Big Mac Attack: Is the Franchisor a Joint Employer?

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a brief statement that could turn labor law in the world of franchising upside down. The NLRB’s General Counsel stated that it plans to go forward with a...more

Two All-Beef Patties, Special Sauce, Lettuce, Cheese, Pickles, Onions, on a Sesame Seed Bun – NLRB Rocks Franchise World by...

The National Labor Relations Board is attempting to expand the reach of the National Labor Relations Act once again – this time the NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel authorized formal complaints against McDonald’s USA,...more

Actions May Speak Louder than Words: Can Franchise Agreements Protect Franchisors from Liability as Joint Employers?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has created a buzz within the franchise community by announcing that McDonald's may be responsible as a "joint employer" for alleged unfair labor practices of some of its franchisees....more

Under the Same Golden Arches: NLRB General Counsel Authorizes Complaints Alleging McDonald’s Corporation Is Joint Employer with...

Last week, the NLRB General Counsel’s Office authorized 43 complaints of unfair labor practices brought by McDonald’s workers, naming both the McDonald’s Corporation and its franchisees as joint employers which would hold...more

NLRB Will Charge McDonald’s as “Joint Employer” For Franchisee Labor Violations

In a move with far-reaching ramifications for all businesses that license their brands to independent contractors including franchisees, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced on July 29, 2014 that it has...more

Franchisors Not Lovin’ It: NLRB Announces McDonald’s Named Joint Employer with Franchisees

On July 29, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel announced that McDonald’s, USA, LLC will be named as a “joint employer” in at least 43 cases alleging unfair labor practices against...more

NLRB Lawyers Declare Franchisor to be Joint Employer

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel announced its position that McDonald’s Corporation can be considered a joint employer with its franchisees for purposes of unfair labor practice claims. This...more

The Potential Impact of the NLRB’s Position that McDonald’s and its Franchisees are “Joint Employers”

The National Labor Relations Board created a stir last week when it announced that it intends to hold McDonald’s USA responsible for its franchisees’ violations of employment law. The announcement has created concern and...more

Employment Fissuring in Franchising: NLRB pursues McDonald's

On July 29, the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that, absent settlement, he has directed the issuance of complaints in 43 unfair labor practice (ULP) cases, alleging that McDonald’s...more

Goodbye Precedent, Hello Forced Speech?

The NLRB continues to push for a share of the employment law spotlight. It also continues to act in a way that shows why its “precedent” is truly only “precedent” when the political winds don’t change. ...more

NLRB Considers Radical Changes to Decades-Long Precedent on Deferral to Arbitration

In yet another attempt to expand protection for employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is considering a new standard for deferral to labor arbitration that, if...more

Fifth Circuit Agrees With NLRB That Employer Cannot Prohibit Wage Discussions

The National Labor Relations Board has long held that employers cannot prohibit employees from sharing salary information among themselves. Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an expanded NLRB ban on...more

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

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

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

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