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Department of Labor’s Long-Debated “Persuader” Regulations Expand the Scope of the Consulting Relationships that Must be Reported...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (“OLMS”) recently issued its long-debated “persuader” regulations which, as of July 1, 2016, will require employers and their labor relations consultants,...more

DOL Suspends Filing of Certain Parts of Required Form LM-21 Reports

On April 13, 2016, the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Form LM-21 Special Enforcement Policy announcement. Effective immediately, the policy is suspending the...more

Union Organizing Update: Quickie Union Election Rules Combined with New Persuader Regulations Emphasize Need for Advance Planning

With private sector union representation at historic lows – just 6.7% of the workforce – many employers have given little thought to how they would respond to a union organizing petition. However, two legal developments, one...more

Another Reason To Avoid a Mail Ballot Election

In a recent blog post, we discussed the Board decision changing the rule concerning captive audience speeches in mail-ballot elections by setting the prohibition (on such speeches) to start 24 hours before the Region is...more

New DOL “Persuader” Rule Stimulates Exaggerated Persuader Activities by Proponents and Opposition

We will try to keep this straightforward and polemic free. We will try. The last time there were any significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act was in 1959, when Congress passed the Landrum-Griffin bill...more

Five Challenges Facing Employers in the Health Care Industry

Employers in the health care industry are facing a number of looming threats. Workplace violence is one of the most serious occupational hazards facing health care workers, while cyber-attacks pose a significant threat to the...more

Recent NLRB Decision Gives Manufacturers Another Reason to Update Policies

As I have commented in this space multiple times, under the Obama Administration, government agencies (particularly the U.S. Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations...more

NLRB Operations Memo Instructs Regional Offices to Seek Settlements to Address Budget Deficit

On March 9, 2016, the Office of the General Counsel issued an operations memorandum (OM-16-09) to the NLRB’s regional offices directing them to implement cost-saving measures to address a significant budget deficit facing the...more

Equal Time for Union Organizers: How Far Will the NLRB Go?

Recently, 106 labor law professors and labor studies academics filed a rulemaking petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking an administrative rule that would require employers to provide “equal time” to...more

NLRB Sets Aside Election Results Due to Overbroad Work Rules

In an unpublished decision (Blommer Chocolate Co. of California, LLC, Case No. 32-RC-131048) issued on February 17, the NLRB set aside the results of an election in which the tally of ballots was 18 for and 50 against the...more

NLRB Says "Road Supervisors" Entitled to Organize

The NLRB continues to scrutinize closely cases presenting issues of supervisory status. In Veolia Transportation Services, Inc., 363 NLRB No. 98 (slip op. January 20, 2016), an NLRB panel voted 2 to 1 to overturn a Regional...more

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: NLRB Further Reduces Time Employers Have to Educate Employees During Union Campaigns

On January 29, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (Jan. 29, 2016) moving the deadline for employers to hold captive audience meetings in mail ballot...more

One More Win for the Union: 24 Hours Less to Campaign in Mail-Ballot Elections

On January 29, 2016, the NLRB in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (decision), changed over 50 years of precedent under the guise of “clarifying” a well-established rule concerning when the captive-audience speech prohibition...more

Captivating! NLRB Reverses 57-Year-Old Decision, Expands "Captive Audience" Rule in Mail Ballot Elections

In conjunction with other recent changes to its rulings regarding organizing and elections, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled to expand the period of time during which "captive audience" meetings are banned in...more

Fourth Circuit Backs NLRB on Supervisor Status

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a finding of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that four employees were not supervisors, even though each employee oversaw the daily work of between 22 and 40 workers. The Fourth...more

NLRB "Quickie Election" Rule Providing A Big Boost To Unions

At the start of 2015, employers across the country were bracing for the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” rule. We warned that the new procedures would have a significant impact on union-organizing...more

Employers Must Use Reasonable Diligence When Searching for Voter Personal Contact Information for Union Elections

Under the new union election rules which became effective on April 14, 2015, an employer must file with the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) and provide to the petitioning union, a list of all voters (including those...more

Breaking News: UAW Wins VW Manufacturing Plant Vote in Tennessee

On Friday, the United Auto Workers claimed victory in its long-running efforts to organize the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Reportedly capturing 71 percent of the vote (108 in favor to 44 against), the election...more

UAW Gets Vote On “Micro-Unit” At VW-Chattanooga

The National Labor Relations Board granted yesterday the United Auto Workers’ petition for a union election at the Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The election will be in a “micro-unit” of skilled tradesmen at...more

[Event] EEOC & NLRB Updates: Important Issues Every Employer Should Know for 2016 - Nov. 17th, Philadelphia, PA

The Labor Relations & Employment Law Department at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP will be hosting an interactive panel discussion covering key issues and trending topics that will impact employers’ practices and...more

Executive Labor Summary - September / October 2015

Back to the Past at VW Chattanooga? - On October 23, the United Auto Workers' Local 42 filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to represent a bargaining unit of skilled trades workers at Volkswagen's...more

The NLRB’s New Election Rule: Lessons Learned From the First 150 Days

About six months ago, the National Labor Relations Board’s new regulations and procedures governing union representation elections went into effect. Before they did, many people predicted that the new rules would...more

NLRB Issues Union Friendly Decision Regarding Applicability of Quickie Rules: When 94% Just Ain’t Enough

With that the NLRB’s quickie election rules going into effect in April 2015, we are just now starting to see the Board decide cases applying the new rules. In Danbury Hospital, Case 01-RC-153086, the Regional Director...more

How Not to Fire a Union Organizer

The best reminders often come from the most obvious situations. In a case decided by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on October 13, the employer laid down a clear path to remind employers what not to do. Allied...more

NLRB Regional Director Finds that Employer Failed to Substantially Comply with New Requirement to Provide “Available” Personal...

After the NLRB’s expedited election rules went into effect last April, the extent to which an employer faced with a union representation petition must search for and provide voters’ personal email addresses and cell phone...more

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