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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

With the Recent Passage of the NLRB’s “Ambush Election Rules,” Employers Must Be Pro-Active in Their Union-Free Message

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board took the long-anticipated step of finalizing its new “ambush election” rules, which will make it easier for unions to organize employers. The driving force behind the...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues New Rules Looking to Speed up Union Election Process

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued its long-promised revision to its representation-case procedures. In its 733-page final rule, the Board outlined various changes that will...more

Employers Beware! Employees are Permitted to Use Employer’s Email Systems for Non Work Purposes, Including Union Organizing

Overturning existing precedent, the NLRB has ruled that certain employees have a right to use employer email systems for protected communications, unless special circumstances exist. This decision potentially has far-reaching...more

NLRB to Re-Hear Labor Arbs

Another NLRB bombshell. The NLRB used to “defer” statutory issues to arbitration. For example, if an employer and union arbitrated the issue of an employee’s discharge for good cause, the NLRB would not then prosecute an...more

NLRB Rejects Ban On Personal E-mail At Work

On December 11, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued to intrude into the workplace by holding that employees have a right to use their employer's email system for union organizing purposes and other "concerted...more

NLRB Protects Workers’ Right to Use Employer Email Systems for Union Activities

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board), in its December 11 Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL–CIO decision, reversed certain Board precedent on employees’ use of employers’...more

NLRB starts holidays early, demands employers gift their email systems to employees and unions

The National Labor Relations Board has put on its ugly holiday sweater and is ready for a repeat of its end-of-2013 gift giving season, when it dumped a slew of game-changing, pro-union decisions on employers....more

The NLRB “Steals” Christmas with New “Ambush” Election Rules

Feeling the holiday spirit, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (i.e., management’s “Grinch”) has stolen any chance for employers to enjoy the holidays, while bestowing another significant Christmas gift on Big...more

National Labor Relations Board Overrules Register Guard and Recognizes Employees' Right to Use Employer's Email for Section 7...

A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that reverses prior law should cause all employers to review and evaluate their email system policies. In Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014),...more

ALJ Finds Employer's Pizza Party, Cash and Gift Card Bonuses Interfered with Union Election

SBM Management Services, Inc. provides custodial services for certain commercial facilities. After the company took over the custodial contract at a particular facility, it had regular employee meetings on Fridays. At the...more

NLRB Reversal Prompts Concerns for Employers on E-Mail Use

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a major decision, Purple Communications. The decision reversed the board’s 2007 decision in Register Guard, where the NLRB had drawn one of the few...more

NLRB’s Election Rules Overhaul Sounds Alarms for Employers

In a one-two punch combination for employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued on Dec. 12, 2014, its final expedited election rules. Supporters colloquially call them “quickie” election rules while opponents...more

New NLRB Developments

As 2014 draws to a close, we wanted to provide you with a brief overview of what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been "up to" lately. ...more

NLRB: Hot For The Holidays

The National Labor Relations Board is busy — the Board came out late last week with a decision saying that employees can have access to their employers’ email systems for organizing activities under most circumstances. ...more

An In-Depth Analysis of the NLRB’s Decision to Permit Employees to Use Employer Email Systems for Union Organizing and Other...

The rights of employees under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act have been given quite the digital treatment over the last few years. In its newest decision issued on December 11, 2014, the National Labor...more

NLRB’s New Quickie Elections May Allow for Union Ambush Tactics

The National Labor Relations Board certainly did not wait long to take the next step in changing the landscape of union organizing to promote the success of labor interests in representation campaigns. Only one day after its...more

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