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New Rules for Tipped Employees in Brazil and How They Affect the Hospitality Industry

On March 13, 2017, Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law new regulations concerning the payment, distribution, tax withholdings, and reporting of tips, whether voluntarily given by customers or charged by employers...more

Court Upholds ULP Finding Against Employer Despite Union “Gamesmanship”

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

Unions Winning More Elections, But Organizing Fewer New Workers

Unions won 72% of all representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in 2016, and 74% when the election involved a small unit of 49 workers or less, according to a Bloomberg BNA report based on NLRB...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

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

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

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R....more

Will The NLRB’s Protection of Unacceptable Conduct Last?

It’s ironic, isn’t it? While the EEOC could find an employer liable for tolerating racist or sexist remarks by employees, the NLRB has repeatedly found employers liable for failing to do so under the guise of protecting...more

Unions Continue Their Organizing Success in Silicon Valley

In addition to championing greater employee and workplace protections via ballot measures and city ordinances in Santa Clara County, California, several unions have set their eyes on the employees of the private companies...more

Wage and Hour Changes for NYS Employers, plus a New Form I-9

Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees Increased for NY Employers - Although the increase in the minimum salary required for employees to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law has been put on hold by a federal...more

New Hampshire Legislature Rejects Right-to-Work Legislation

The New Hampshire Legislature has rejected a proposed “Right-To-Work” bill which would have prohibited unions from charging non-members for the costs of representation. The measure failed to pass the House with a final...more

Is There A Women’s March On Employers? What Employers Need To Know About The ‘Day Without A Woman’ Protests

After the Women’s March on Washington earlier this year, organizers have now called for a worldwide protest to take place this Wednesday, March 8 – fittingly to take place on International Women’s Day, a day historically...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report Catalogs Extensive Extreme Activity by Obama Era National Labor Relations Board

Last week, the United States Chamber of Commerce issued a report intended to provide a blueprint to the Trump administration as it looks toward formulating a labor relations agenda. “The Record of the National Labor...more

Right-To-Work Laws Continue to Gain Momentum at Federal, State, and Local Levels

For nearly fifty years, the debate over “right-to-work” laws had largely been considered settled. The concept was popular in the south, where a number of states have had right-to-work-laws on the books since before the...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

The Dissenter’s Uprising: Miscimarra to lead Republican-majority NLRB

Philip A. Miscimarra was nominated to the National Labor Relations Board by President Obama in April 2013. Mr. Miscimarra was quickly confirmed by the Senate and began his term in August 2013. Previously a management-side...more

Executive Labor Summary - January / February 2017

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Better times ahead at the NLRB, but it may take a while - For nearly eight years, the National Labor Relations Board has been in the majority control of Democratic appointees of President Obama. During...more

Did the Union Cross the (Picket) Line?

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

Decreto por el que se declaran reformadas y adicionadas diversas disposiciones de los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución...

Con fecha 24 de febrero del año en curso, ha sido publicada en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Decreto por el cual se reforman los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en...more

Mexico: Decree Amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States Published

On February 24, 2017, Mexico's Official Gazette published the Decree issued by President Enrique Peña Nieto amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States, which deal with labor proceedings and...more

Employment Matters – UK - February 2017

New Cases Highlighting When "Gig Economy" Workers Are Entitled to Employment Rights - The "gig economy" is characterised by work performed on a short-term/temporary basis, in contrast to more traditional long-term roles....more

The Ninth Circuit Reiterates State Law Applies to Non-Preempted Claims under the Labor Management Relations Act

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”) recently provided much needed clarification of the standard for when a unionized employee’s claim may be preempted under § 301 of the Labor Management...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

Labor and Employment Regulations Potentially Affected by Trump Regulatory Freeze

The Trump administration's "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" (Freeze Memo) instructs the heads of federal executive departments and agencies to send no regulation to the Office of Federal Register (OFR) until a presidential...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

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