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What’s Union Membership Got to Do with It? Nothing, According to a Proposed Alabama Constitutional Amendment

Republican state legislators recently introduced parallel bills that would amend the Alabama Constitution and reiterate Alabama’s status as a right to work state. Right to work states recognize and protect an employee’s right...more

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

We’ve written a lot about employee health data and the inherent risks of requesting and maintaining this sensitive information. Last week, Forbes published a post arguing that employee health data could be the next business...more

Bankruptcy Trumps Collective Bargaining Agreement

A federal court recently ruled that the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) permits an employer to escape their expired collective bargaining agreement obligations under certain circumstances. In the matter of In re Trump...more

Employment Major Russian legislation changes for 2015

New Moscow trilateral agreement concluded between the Government of Moscow, Moscow trade union associations and Moscow employers’ associations for 2016-2018...more

How Have Dealerships Fared In Fight Against Union "Quickie" Elections?

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “quickie” election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, substantially expediting the union election process. Among other things, the new rules cut the time period between...more

One More Win for the Union: 24 Hours Less to Campaign in Mail-Ballot Elections

On January 29, 2016, the NLRB in Guardsmark, LLC, 363 NLRB No. 103 (decision), changed over 50 years of precedent under the guise of “clarifying” a well-established rule concerning when the captive-audience speech prohibition...more

NYC Passes Bill Targeting Grocery Industry

The New York City Council’s targeted attacks on specific industries continue unabated. After levying onerous new labor law requirements on car washes this past summer, the Council recently turned its attention to the grocery...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2015 Year in Review - An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

To mark the 80th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board apparently decided to make history in 2015. The Board did just that, issuing several ground breaking decisions, and in the...more

Captivating! NLRB Reverses 57-Year-Old Decision, Expands "Captive Audience" Rule in Mail Ballot Elections

In conjunction with other recent changes to its rulings regarding organizing and elections, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled to expand the period of time during which "captive audience" meetings are banned in...more

Fraternal Order of Police data breach

The nation’s largest police union recently suffered a data breach enabling hackers to steal hundreds of private internal documents including bargaining contracts, the names and addresses of several police officers, and...more

Class Action Results in Hefty Bill: C$2-Million in Punitive Damages

In the recent decision Biondi c. Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (SCFP-301), the Superior Court of Quebec (Court) ordered the Syndicat des cols bleus regroupés de Montréal (Union) to pay C$2-million in punitive...more

DC Circuit Upholds FEC’s Limited Disclosure Rule for Corporations and Labor Unions

On January 21, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) rule requiring corporations and labor organizations to disclose on an electioneering...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2016

The National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") had quite an eventful year in 2015. This article reviews how, in rapid succession, the Board broke decades-old precedent in five different ways, and explores three more...more

Can Your Non-Union Workers Strike? Yes, They Can.

If your employees don’t have a union and they stop working, can you discipline them? In a recent decision, an Administrative Law Judge for the National Labor Relations Board said not if it is a true strike and not just an...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2016

In our last issue, we reported on an interesting lawsuit filed by about 50 plant construction workers who were out of work for months following an explosion resulting from a “gas blow” at the Kleen Energy facility in...more

Labor & Employment in 2016: Issues to Watch in the New Year

This year is shaping up to be a dynamic one in labor and employment law. From changes to minimum wage and overtime protections to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) investigations, here’s an outline...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Permits Chapter 11 Debtor to Reject Expired CBA

It is a familiar scenario: a company is on the verge of bankruptcy, bound by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), and unable to negotiate a new agreement. However, this time, an analysis of this distressed...more

A Break From The Trend? NLRB Regional Director Finds Carroll College Exempt From Board Jurisdiction Under Pacific Lutheran

Union organizing directed at religious college and university faculties has gained momentum since the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued its decision in Pacific Lutheran University (“PLU”) in 2014. In PLU, the...more

Fourth Circuit Backs NLRB on Supervisor Status

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a finding of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that four employees were not supervisors, even though each employee oversaw the daily work of between 22 and 40 workers. The Fourth...more

Never too Late for Some 2016 Employment Predictions!

While we are still saying “Happy New Year” (I checked and was told that January 21 was still “not too late” to wish good tidings for 2016), and as we get ready for the Great East Coast Blizzard of 2016, I thought it would be...more

Labor Law 2015: A Year In Review

National Labor Relations Board spends Most of 2015 With a Full Complement of Members; Down to Four at Year’s End. For about two-thirds of the year, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of...more

Rauner Administration Declares Impasse, Seeks Ruling from the Illinois Labor Relations Board

Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner broke off contract negotiations with AFSCME Council 31, the union that represents nearly 40,000 state workers, and will seek a declaration from the Illinois Labor Relations Board (“the Board”)...more

Burr Alert: The Board is Going to do What? A Look at the National Labor Relations Board: Could 2016 Bring Even More Change?

The National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") had quite an eventful year in 2015. Just think, the Board has recently broken decades-old precedent in five different ways: 1) On December 11, 2014, the Board decided...more

2016 Labor & Employment Outlook

This year is shaping up to be a dynamic one in labor and employment law. From changes to minimum wage and overtime protections to large-scale Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) investigations. Here are the top 6...more

Can Graduate Student Assistants Unionize?

In 2004, the NLRB found that graduate student assistants at Brown University who performed services in connection with their studies were not employees and thus could not unionize. The NLRB is now revisiting this issue in a...more

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