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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

NLRB to Consider Whether Grad Students at Private Universities Are “Employees” Covered by the NLRA

Whether graduate student assistants at private universities are “employees” covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) might soon be taken up (again) by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Since overruling...more

Seattle Becomes First City in U.S. to Allow Uber Drivers to Unionize

In December, 2015, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted in favor of legislation that expressly permits drivers for Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing services to unionize. Drivers for these companies, who are treated as...more

Uber Complicated? State and Local Labor Law May Fill in Federal Gaps

Last week, Seattle passed a historic law that would allow Uber drivers – whom Uber has steadfastly maintained are independent contractors despite legal challenges – to organize, form a union, and bargain over the terms and...more

The Flipside of BFI: Joint Employment Not Found

Back in August of this year, Baker Donelson issued a Labor & Employment Alert regarding the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) new joint employer standard as announced in its Browning Ferris Industries (BFI) decision. In...more

Seattle City Council Passes Union Legislative Over Mayor’s Objections

On December 14, 2015, the Seattle City Council passed a highly controversial bill purporting to allow individuals who drive for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize. The law would further permit...more

How to Deal with Employees

I always say that the main reason that I don’t want to have employees is because I was an employee once too. The union lawyers I worked with just didn’t understand the whole dynamic of the employer-employee relationship. They...more

Company’s use of GPS to track employee did not violate collective bargaining agreement

On November 2, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released an advisory letter stating that Shore Point Distribution Co. (Shore Point), an alcoholic beverage distributor in New Jersey, did not violate labor laws...more

Ford UAW Workers Defy Logic Of Ricky Bobby With New Tentative Agreement

If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the...more

NLRB Hands Employers a Win (Seriously!): GPS Tracking of Employee Upheld

It is no surprise that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been busy this summer establishing several principles that are frightening to employers. But in an unexpected turn of events, the NLRB Office of the General...more

NLRB to Reconsider Whether Graduate Teaching Assistants at Private Universities Can Unionize

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) voted 3-1 to reconsider its decision in Brown University, 342 NLRB 483 (2004) that graduate teaching and research assistants are not employees under the National...more

The NLRB Confuses with Ruling on Successorship Doctrine in Cases Where Worker Retention Laws Apply

When one company acquires another company with a unionized workforce, some key questions almost inevitably emerge: will the acquiring company be bound by the acquired company’s collective bargaining obligations and union...more

Shanghai updates regulations on collective contracts

The original Regulation of Shanghai Municipality on Collective Contracts has been in force for almost eight years. By the end of 2014, collective contracts had been signed by 140,000 enterprises and more than 5.48 million...more

Germany: Act on Collective Bargaining Unity in Force

In 2010, Germany’s Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) abolished the principle of collective bargaining unity, commonly referred to as “Tarifeinheit” (“One business, one collective agreement”). As a consequence, since...more

Canadian Employment News Series - October 2015

When an employer carries on business during a strike or lockout, one of the difficult questions has been the status of employees who cross the picket line to work during the labour dispute. In a decision on July 22, 2015,...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reached: What does it mean for you?

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim trading partners recently announced that they have come to a provisional agreement on the wide-ranging trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), which, over...more

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Act Goes Into Effect January 11, 2016

The City of Pittsburgh recently became the second city in Pennsylvania to enact a paid sick leave law, with Mayor William Peduto signing the Paid Sick Days Act into law on August 13, 2015.  While the Act is facing legal...more

Parent Companies Ready for Labor Pains? NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard

The end of August saw the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issue a highly-anticipated opinion in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc.[1] In that opinion, the NLRB broadened the standard for what it considers...more

It’s Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

For the second time in just over three weeks, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2015, narrowly avoiding a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. unilaterally imposed by the UAW. This time, however,...more

White House Holds Worker Voice Summit

On Wednesday, the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice, an all-day event focused on promoting organized labor. The Summit featured panel discussions involving workers, union officials and organizers, and "model"...more

NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Could Uproot Hotel Franchise Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has likely thrown a mammoth monkey wrench in the traditional hotel franchisor/franchisee model. On August 27, 2015, in its highly controversial Browning-Ferris Industries of...more

Not So Fast My Friend – UAW Membership Rejects Tentative Agreement

During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends...more

NLRB Issues Guidelines on Use of Electronic Signatures in Representation Cases

As we reported earlier, on December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted a Final Rule that modified its processing of representation cases. See, 79 Fed. Reg. at 74308. As part of this rule, the NLRB...more

How’s your leverage? The bargaining equation

Leverage in collective bargaining negotiations is so important in a regulatory framework which condones its use. When does an employer in a collective bargaining negotiation in a tough environment typically close the...more

Can an Employee Decline FMLA Leave Simply by Checking a Box on a Form?

Do you require your employees to fill out a form or an application to request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act? If not, are you thinking of changing to such an approach? Either way, pay attention to this story...more

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