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Employment Flash - December 2014

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Security Screening Time Pay - NLRB Finalizes Union Election Rule - NLRB Reverses Employers’ Ability To Ban Employee Nonwork Email Use - EEOC Challenges Employer...more

Executive Labor Summary - November/December 2014

NEWS & ANALYSIS - NLRB changes longstanding rule for deferral to arbitration awards - The National Labor Relations Board has had a busy December with four major new developments. We have already reported on two of the...more

A Happy New Year Is in Store for Unions: Organizing Just Got Simpler

Beginning April 14, 2015, a new National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) rule will take effect, implementing an accelerated election process, or “quickie elections,” and making it easier for unions to organize unrepresented...more

Faculty Can Unionize Absent Actual Managerial Control, NLRB Decides

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) revised its standard for determining when faculty members can unionize. Although the decision is expected to be appealed, it undoubtedly will open the door to a...more

NLRB Provides Employee Access to Employer Email Systems

On December 11 in a 3-2 ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) held in Purple Communications, Inc., that employees may use their employer’s email systems during non-work time in furtherance of their rights...more

NLRB upends legality of employer email policies

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its opinion in Purple Communications, Inc. The NLRB decided employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must...more

The NLRB’s Busy Holiday Season

The National Labor Relations Board has been busy this holiday season. In the last few weeks, the Board has pushed ahead with its “quickie election rules” and changed the analysis it uses to determine whether to assert...more

NLRB Makes Two Big Changes That Will Affect All Employers: Lifting the Ban on Using Company Computers for Union-related...

Does Your Email Policy Run Afoul of the New Rule? - If your email policy says that your computer systems exist to facilitate company business and therefore “all such equipment and access should be used for business...more

NLRB Issues Quickie Union Election Rules

The National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that are intended to speed up the union election process. These new rules will take effect on April 14, 2015. Read more about the final rule in the Federal Register. ...more

NLRB Gives Employees the Right to Use Company Email for Protected Communications

Breaking new ground, the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that employees have the right to use company email during non-working time to communicate about the terms and conditions of their employment. The Board’s...more

2015 Hot Topics for Multinational Companies

As we enter the New Year, Littler's international practice has identified a number of key employment and labor law issues for multinational companies (MNCs). The past year has brought to the fore some challenging issues...more

What Employers Should Know About NLRB's New "Quickie Election" Rules

On December 12, 2014, the National Relations Labor Board (NLRB) announced new rules for the handling of union organizing petitions that will become effective in April 2015. The NLRB's publication explaining the changes and...more

Companies Seeking to Remain Union Free Must React to New NLRB Rules

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its long anticipated “quickie” election rules. These rules, which will govern the procedures for union representation elections going forward, will become...more

How NLRB's New ‘Quickie Election' Rule Strengthens Unions' Positions

On December 12, 2014, by a 3-2 party-line decision, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) issued a final rule, which if implemented will drastically truncate union election procedures. Such changes are...more

The NLRB Shakes Things Up: Purple Communications and the Board’s New “Ambush” Elections Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made waves last week in two highly controversial maneuvers: first, its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which reversed long-standing NLRB precedent and held that...more

Labor Board ruling has far-reaching impact on employers and workplace policies

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board changed the rules on employee use of the employer’s email systems for labor organizing. The Labor Board’s new rule is that employee use of email for union-related...more

NLRB Adopts Expedited Union Election Procedures - Differing Views on the Shortened Time Frame and Other New Procedures Reflect the...

Effective April 14, 2015, the long-standing election procedures to resolve questions concerning union representation will be truncated to facilitate what a number of commentators critical of the changes refer to as "ambush...more

NLRB Implements Dramatic Changes to Union Representation Election Procedures

Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) issued a long-anticipated final rule implementing dramatic changes to the procedures for union representation elections. The so-called “quickie election” or...more

NLRB Update: Policy Reversals Affect All Employers

Nancy Schiffer’s term with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”) expired yesterday, but the Board made the most of its time with the former Associate General Counsel at the AFL-CIO and Deputy General...more

NLRB Issues Final Rule On "Quickie Elections": What Employers Can Expect, and How to Prepare

As we alerted you last week, on Monday the National Labor Relations Board published its long-awaited final rule on so-called "quickie" or "ambush" elections. The final rule is similar, but not identical, to a prior Board...more

Let it Snow: NLRB Continues Flurry of December Activity by Adopting New Arbitration Deferral Standards

With the holidays quickly approaching, the National Labor Relations Board’s union-friendly majority continues to churn out decisions that will significantly impact union and non-union employers in 2015 and beyond. Earlier...more

NLRB Reverses Course and Creates Presumptive Right For Employees to Use Employers’ Email Systems for Union Organizing

Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that employees who are given access to employer email systems for work purposes are now presumptively permitted to use those systems for certain union...more

Michigan Passes Student-Athlete Union Ban

Michigan is poised to officially ban student-athletes at public colleges and universities from forming or joining a labor union. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the recently passed bill into law by the end of the year. ...more

Multiemployer Pension Relief Act Provides Little Relief to Contributing Employers

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (“Omnibus Spending Bill”), which will fund government operations through September, 2015. Typically, the...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule on So-Called “Quickie Elections”

On December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) published a final rule regarding its handling of union representation petitions and the timing of elections. The new procedures, dubbed the “quickie election”...more

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