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Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective...more

New Jersey Senate Approves Legislation Extending Unemployment Benefits to Striking Workers

Under current New Jersey law, most individuals who are unemployed due to a stoppage of work are disqualified from unemployment benefits. While the New Jersey Supreme Court held that strikers are entitled to unemployment...more

Have a Management Rights Clause? It May Not Save You from Bargaining with the Union

Many union employers insist on strong management clauses in their labor agreements. Such clauses contain language reserving for the employer the right to adopt new rules and regulations. A reasonable employer may assume that...more

[Event] "Americas Labor & Employment Law Conference: Managing a workforce across the Americas and beyond" - Dec. 8th-9th, Miami,...

Attorneys from FordHarrison and Ius Laboris, the global Alliance of leading labor and employment law firms, will join in-house counsel to discuss the many challenges faced by multinational companies. The conference is aimed...more

Labor Board Rules Off-Duty Employees May Picket On Employer Premises

In a groundbreaking expansion of union rights, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that off-duty employees have the right to picket on an employer’s premises, unless the employer can prove under the National Labor...more

Discrimination Class Certified Based On Union’s Job Referral Policies Despite Third-Parties’ Discretion In Hiring

Seyfarth Synopsis: African American pipefitters filed a class action against their labor union based on its allegedly discriminatory system for referring jobs to union members. Despite the fact that third-party employers...more

Can privileged settlement negotiations be used to prove a hostile work environment?

In Shaw Communications Inc. and Unifor, Local M1, Re, 2016 CarswellNat 4032 (Saunders), a dispute arose following an employee’s allegation of harassment against a coworker. The employee filed a harassment complaint, and then...more

Federal ALJ Says NLRA Also Protects Employee Social Media Use from Union Interference

Employers are well aware of the National Labor Relations Board’s increasingly aggressive prosecution of employers accused of violating employee rights by attempting to restrict their social media interactions. Earlier this...more

Loi Travail : plus d’heures de délégation pour les délégués syndicaux

Since August 10, 2016, the delegation of hours granted to union representatives increased 20%. Each Steward now enjoys (Labour, Article L. 2143-13, as amended..)...more

Election 2016: Three Employment Law Debate Questions for Hillary Clinton

Yesterday, I offered up three questions for moderators to use during the Presidential Debates to question Donald Trump on employment law issues. Today is Secretary Hillary Clinton’s turn....more

NLRB Benchslap: Enabling Racism/Sexism

One highly-respected federal appeals court judge recently called the NLRB out for its history of condoning strike behavior that is racist and sexist. In Consolidated Communications, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 14-1135 (D.C. Cir....more

NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

In two separate cases decided on August 24, 2016, a divided National Labor Relations Board concluded that charter schools in Pennsylvania and New York are not political subdivisions within the meaning of Section 2(2) of the...more

NLRB Signs Off On Narrow Confidentiality Provision for Employee Reinstatement Agreements

In the recent case of S. Freeman & Sons, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board confronted the question of “whether an employer can require an employee to keep confidential the terms of a settlement agreement in exchange...more

Local Tax Incentives Tied to Use of Union Labor —Preempted by the NLRA?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Third Circuit rejects market-participant argument, opening the door for preemption challenge to local law tying tax incentives to use of union labor. The case before the Third Circuit, Associated...more

OSHA Sued Over Employee Inspection Walk-Around Rights Interpretation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Industry has sued to block OSHA’s efforts to give unions increased access to non-union worksites. We had blogged previously about OSHA’s new standard interpretation guidance letter that would allow...more

Loi Travail : Les nouvelles précisions en matière de transfert d’entreprise

Labour law: business transfer new information regarding - Five provisions of the Labour Law concerning the transfer of undertakings and are directly applicable since 10 August 2016....more

NLRB Administrative Judge Finds Employee Facebook Post Was Protected Speech

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new NLRB decision that attempts to define further the boundaries of protected speech under the NLRA. In Laborers’ International Union of North America and Mantell, Case No. 03-CB-136940 (NLRB...more

NLRB Again Imposes Duty to Bargain Over Discipline Even Before Agreement on a Contract

On August 26, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision in Total Security Management Illinois 1, LLC, in which it held that an employer who is engaged in negotiations for an initial collective bargaining...more

So Much for Management Rights Clauses — The Board Strikes Again

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Graymont PA, Inc. the Board majority ruled that a unionized employer cannot unilaterally change rules or policies that affect bargaining unit employees even if its collective bargaining agreement...more

Could the NLRB Make it Easier for Unions to Access Employers’ Financial Records?

Many practitioners at one time or another have been frustrated by the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) regarding union requests for employer financial...more

NLRB Scrutinizes Employer Motivation in Hiring Replacement Workers During Strike

Denying a motion for reconsideration, the National Labor Relations Board recently affirmed its decision in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, addressing the relevance of an employer’s motive in hiring...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: September 2016 #2

Last week, as we learned that the CIA has invested in another Big Data analytics startup, new headlines and commentary addressed the dangers of hidden bias in technology. LinkedIn changed its search algorithm after the...more

Recent NLRB Decisions Affect Private Education

With summer over and school back in session, two recent National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decisions affecting the education industry ensure that students aren’t the only ones with homework to do this fall. On...more

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