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Employers Take Note: Public’s Approval Of Unions Goes Up, Gallup Reports

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Apparently, reports of the demise of organized labor are greatly exaggerated. According to a Gallup poll conducted from August 2 to 6, 2017, 61% of adults answered that they approve when asked, “Do you approve or disapprove...more

Bills In Congress Would Short-Cut ‘Quickie Election Rule,’ ‘Micro-Unit’ Reversals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the recent confirmation of Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board, the Obama (pro-union) Board is officially transitioning into a Trump (pro-business) Board. With that, Republicans hope, will come a change...more

Management Labor Attorney Being Considered For NLRB General Counsel Nomination

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Peter B. Robb, a management-side labor law attorney, reportedly is being considered to be the National Labor Relations Board’s next General Counsel. The four-year term for the current NLRB General Counsel, Democrat Richard F....more

Employer’s Asking Employee “How Things Are Going?,” Prelude to Unlawful Solicitation of Grievances, Board Majority Rules

We are on the verge of the Board majority changing for the first time in approximately a decade. The President’s two appointees, if confirmed, will bring the Board up to a full five members. After the new members are seated...more

NLRB Affirms Employer's Right to Terminate Employees Who Disparaged Company's Food Safety Practices

Over the past several years, we have reported on a seemingly never-ending series of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions proclaiming a variety of abusive employee practices as protected behavior under federal labor...more

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

Are Your Employees’ Personal Phone Numbers “Available” to You?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In April of 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its new Election Rule (“Rule”) governing representation case procedures. The NLRB recently construed a portion of the Rule in a way which will make it more...more

Senate Introduces Own Version Of Bill To Restore National Labor Relations Board Election Procedures

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced introduction of The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (S. 1350): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act with respect to the timing of...more

A Union Has Filed A Petition To Represent Your Employees: Make A List And Check It Twice!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Several deficiencies in a voter eligibility list justified rerunning an election that the employer had won, the NLRB has held, 2-1 (Chairman Philip Miscimarra dissenting in part). RHCG Safety Corp., 365 NLRB No. 88 (June 7,...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

NLRB's Quickie Election Rule Lives Up to its Name

You may remember that the NLRB issued its “quickie election rules” a little over two years ago. Those rules took effect in April 2015, and now we can clearly see that this is one law that actually lives up to its name. Prior...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 5, Spring 2017

Mom’s Home Cookin’ prides itself on the strong relationship it has built with its employees over more than 25 years in business. The bustling restaurant has grown from a humble beginning, with just two employees, to a...more

Second Circuit Rules on Bounds of Protected Concerted Activity

In a case at the edges of protected employee conduct during a union organizing drive, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last week found that an employee’s expletive-laden Facebook post cursing out his boss—and his boss’s...more

Second Circuit Weighs in on Social Media, Profanity, and the NLRA

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One of the fundamental protections of the National Labor Relations Act is that employers may not discipline employees for engaging in concerted activities relating to the terms and conditions of their employment. Whether an...more

In Fastest Elections, Union Victory Rate Soars

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Unions fare better in the quickest elections under the National Labor Relations Board’s April 2015 “quickie” election rules, according to a Bloomberg BNA report. Unions have continued to win elections about 67 percent of the...more

Court Upholds Reinstatement of Fired Facebook Ranter

Employers, what would you do if an employee made a post on Facebook that referred to his/her supervisor as a “nasty mother***er” and also stated “f**k [the supervisor] and [his/her] entire f***ing family?” It’s a no-brainer...more

Every Manager and Their Mother: Second Circuit Shields Social Media Insults against Supervisor and His Entire Family

On Friday, April 21, 2017 a Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a catering company server was wrongfully terminated for making an obscene and vicious Facebook post that...more

Is Calling Your Boss “a Nasty Mother******” Protected Activity?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a decision from the Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) that may just surprise you. Then again, if you’ve been following this line of reasoning, perhaps not....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

NLRB Regional Director Orders Union Election in a Unit of Undergraduate Employees

by Miller Canfield on

On Friday, April 21, 2017, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered that a union representation election must be held in a unit composed of 110 undergraduate student residential advisors at...more

NLRB Decision Reminds Employers to Tread Cautiously Amidst Union Push

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On April 13, 2017 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set aside a vote defeating a union organizing campaign and ordered a new election because the workforce could have perceived management’s statements as impermissible...more

South Carolina Boeing Workers Vote Against Unionization

South Carolina has the lowest percentage of any unionized workforce in the U.S. On February 15, mechanics at Boeing’s Charleston facility overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by the International Association of Machines and...more

Did the Union Cross the (Picket) Line?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Seeing men and women carrying placards in your front yard or outside of your business is never a comfortable feeling. Unions use picketing to organize workers; in other words, to convince workers that they should join a union...more

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch's Judicial Conservatism May Benefit Employers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could shape the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come because of the judge's relatively young age (49) and because he could be part of a conservative majority on the Court,...more

Department of Labor Refuses to Let the Clock Run Out on the Persuader Rule…How about Overtime?

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Sam R. Cummings’ November order that blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule.” The rule, discussed by HRLegalist...more

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