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Attack Falsely Alleging Sandwich Maker Engaged In Unhealthy Practices Not Protected Activity Concludes Appeals Court, Overruling...

Labor disputes are passionate affairs. Workplace grievances elicit all sorts of strident behavior. When the dispute involves a group of employees, the effect can become magnified. The exact point at which the stridency of an...more

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

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Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....more

Novel Theory Related To Violation Of Bargaining “Ground Rules” Fails (Fortunately)

When an employer and a union sit down to bargain they often agree to ground rules for how negotiations are to be conducted. A common ground rule, for example, is for the parties to agree to address “non-economic” items before...more

Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

Labor Board Finds Employer Guilty Of “Textual Harassment” - Manager’s Text Message During Union Campaign Deemed Unlawful...

by Fisher Phillips on

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked a pointed question via text message...more

To Search A Supervisor’s Phone Or To Not Search A Supervisor’s Phone? That Is The Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 7, 2017, the Board held that in order to comply with the Board’s Election Rules, an employer may need to search the phones of supervisors to identify the phone numbers of eligible voters, even if...more

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

Union Adherent’s Antics Not Protected By Act, NLRB Rules

The NLRB recently issued a rare decision completely dismissing all allegations against an employer; rarer still because it was unanimous. In Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, 365 NLRB No. 79 (May 15, 2017) the NLRB was...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

Management Rights Clause Does Not Give Management Right to Skip Bargaining Over Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreement D.C....

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Minteq v. NLRA, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held an employer committed an unfair labor practice under Section 8 (a)(5) by failing to notify and bargain with a union over its...more

Federal Court: NLRB Correct That Successor Employer Must Bargain With Existing Union Under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the first test of the National Labor Relations Board’s 2011 “successor bar” rule, the federal appeals court in Boston has upheld the NLRB’s decision that the union is protected from decertification after a change of...more

“Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Post?” Second Circuit Rules on Foul Facebook Post about Employer

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to support the NLRB’s finding that an employee’s profanity-ridden social media posting about his employer (and his employer’s mother) was not so offensive that it went beyond the...more

F-Word Facebook Firing Flipped By Federal Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse out not just his boss, but also his boss’s mother and entire...more

Dues Checkoff Revocations May Be Valid in Wisconsin Despite Federal Court Ruling

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A Wisconsin federal court has invalidated a key provision in Wisconsin’s Right to Work law that gave employees the right to cancel deduction of union dues from their paychecks. Int’l Ass’n of Machinists v. Allen, et al., No....more

Will Employers Cry Mayday This May 1? What You Need To Know About Planned Protest Activities

by Fisher Phillips on

May Day has historically been a day marked by workers’ rights protests, with union organizing activities and other employee advocacy actions taking place across the country on what is now known as “International Workers’...more

T-Mobile Ordered to Dismantle Company-Controlled "Union"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Notwithstanding the change in administrations, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to be active in the non-unionized workplace, giving employers another reason to carefully review policies that affect workers,...more

Court Upholds ULP Finding Against Employer Despite Union “Gamesmanship”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

An employer that withdraws recognition from a union as the exclusive bargaining agent of its employees does so, as the Board and Courts say, “at its peril.” It’s a risky move, one that requires objective evidence that a union...more

Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

NLRB General Counsel Looks to Expand Reach of Federal Labor Law to Private Colleges and Universities; Believes that Scholarship...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Since 2014, the National Labor Relations Board has issued three significant decisions related to union organizing at private universities: Pacific Lutheran University; Columbia College; and Northwestern University. ...more

Federal Legislators Tell NLRB GC Griffin to Rescind His Education Report or Step Aside

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Congressional Committee Head Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Subcommittee Chair Tim Walberg (R-MI) ask NLRB General Counsel Griffin to either immediately rescind his January 31 report regarding the purported...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a last minute attempt to leave his mark on the NLRB, the Board’s outgoing General Counsel issued a report attempting to expand the rights of university faculty and students, including scholarship...more

Public Employers in PA Required to Bargain over Attendance Policies with Disciplinary Provisions

Public employers in Pennsylvania beware: if you implement an attendance policy designed to get your employees to show up for work, you may commit an unfair labor practice! If your employees are represented by a labor union,...more

NLRB Majority Stuns Nation By Ruling Employer Has Management Right, Chairman Dissents

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

In another example of the inconsistency of the current state of Board law, a 2-1 majority of the NLRB ruled that an employer not only had a management right but it wasn’t necessary that this right be expressly set forth in...more

You Said It, Now We’re Going to Hold You to It! Hospitals Estopped From Asserting Disqualification Argument.

In theory, it is not an unfair labor practice to refuse to negotiate with a union engaged in competition with the employer—unless, of course, the employer gave the union other reasons for refusing to negotiate. The...more

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Labor Board Has Not Ruled College Athletes Are Employees (Yet)

by Fisher Phillips on

ESPN recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had “ruled” that Northwestern University’s football players were actually “employees,” and that the University’s policing of its football players’ social...more

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