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Union Avoidance in The Face of the NLRB’s New “Quickie Election” Rule

This past December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its Final Rule implementing an accelerated process for conducting union representation elections—the “Quickie Election” Rule. The new regulations are to go...more

The NLRB Issues Key Rulings Regarding Employee E-Mail Use, Deferrals To Arbitration, And Representation-Case Procedures

The 2014/2015 holiday season marked a period of change for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). First, on December 11, 2014, the NLRB ruled that under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) employees can...more

Significant Multiemployer and Single Employer Benefit Rule Changes Take Effect

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the $1.1 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (Appropriations Act), which includes some significant changes to the rules governing...more

Decision Alert: US Supreme Court Potentially Shifts the Balance in Healthcare Employee Benefits Litigation

Justice Clarence Thomas and a unanimous US Supreme Court decided to vacate a Sixth Circuit decision and hold that the federal courts cannot assume from silence in a union’s collective bargain agreement that retiree group...more

Supreme Court Decides M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010, holding that ordinary principles of contract law govern the interpretation of pension and insurance provisions of...more

North Carolina Keeps Union-Free Crown

It's official. North Carolina has retained the distinction of being the most union-free state in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 1.9 percent of workers in the state were members of unions...more

Labor Issues Staying at the Forefront of Political, Legal Discussions with NLRB, DOL Activity

As we have discussed over the past few weeks, the NLRB was busy as 2014 drew to a close. On December 11, 2014, the Board overruled its Register Guard decision in Purple Communications, establishing a new standard that...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2014 Year in Review - Overview of the Board's Significant Actions

Introduction - If the National Labor Relations Board seemed to be on the ropes in 2013, it certainly came out swinging in 2014. Last year, we reported that the Board faced a number of serious legal battles. Although...more

NLRB Gives Unions Another Prize: Non-Tenure-Eligible Faculty at Private Religious Colleges and Universities

Private colleges and universities are the latest to feel the effects of the more union-friendly National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a recent ruling, the Board concluded in unprecedented fashion that it has jurisdiction...more

United Firefighters' Union of Australia v Country Fire Authority [2015]

In a landmark judgment with significant implications for the state public sector, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) has upheld an appeal by the United Firefighters' Union of Australia (UFU) against...more

NLRB Holds That Employees Can Use Company Email for Union and Other Protected Communications

In December, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) held that Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) requires employers to allow employee use of company email, during non-working time, to communicate...more

New NLRB Determination Makes It Easier For Unions To Organize Faculty At Universities And Colleges

In still another break with long-standing precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has once again eased the way for union organizing – this time for unions seeking to organize faculty at private sector...more

New Year, New Rules, New Union-Avoidance Strategies

The National Labor Relations Board topped off 2014 with several jabs to employers, including its recent decision in Purple Communications, where the Board held that employees have a presumptive right to use email for...more

NLRB Election Rule Under Fire

On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation, and the Society for Human Resource Management...more

Year in Review: NLRB Edition

With the new year upon us, we have rounded up some of the most important NLRB decisions of 2014. By all accounts, the NLRB was as active as ever in 2014. Its decisions and rulemaking will preoccupy HR and LR professionals in...more

Ten New Year’s Resolutions Retail Employers Should Consider Making in 2015

Now that the busy 2014 holiday shopping season is over and the new year has begun, it’s a good time for retail employers to take a breath and think about 2015—what’s coming, what issues they should be watching, and what...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2015

In This Issue: - Purple Communications Inc. Update - NLRB Issues Key Changes To Election Rules *Effective April 14, 2015* - Making Headlines - Excerpt from NLRB Issues Key Changes To Election...more

Employers: Be Ready for a Union Ambush

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule regarding representation case procedures to become effective on April 14, 2015. In doing so, the NLRB sought to update its rules to better...more

Ambush Elections and Access to Email - A Bad Combination for Employers

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made a combination of moves that present significant challenges for employers. First, the Board issued its decision in Purple Communications, Inc., allowing employees...more

Higher Education Alert: NLRB Announces Two New Standards Favorable to Faculty Unions

In Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, a case that had been watched closely by the higher education community, the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-2 decision the week before Christmas announcing new...more

Higher Education Alert: NLRB Trend in Easing Unionization Continues with Recent Decision

The National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-2 decision last month in Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, in which it significantly modified the standards for determining: (1) whether college or university faculty...more

U.S. Chamber and Business Groups File Suit to Block New NLRB Election Rule

This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several business trade groups announced that they jointly filed a complaint in federal court against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), seeking to strike the Board’s new...more

NLRB Allows Employees to Use Employer Email Systems for Organizing Purposes, and Issues New Speedy Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has implemented dramatic changes that will greatly limit the ability of employers to respond to union organizing efforts. Last month, the NLRB held in Purple Communications, Inc. and...more

NLRB Issues Final Rule on ‘Quickie Elections’

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published its much-anticipated final rule (Rule) on “quickie elections.” The Rule, which amends union representation and election procedures, is scheduled to...more

NLRB Wishes Employers a Not-So-Happy New Year – Issues New Election Rules and Overrules Register Guard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has amended its internal rules to speed up the union election process. The changes were made with one goal in mind: to make it easier for unions to organize your workforce. Starting...more

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