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Unions Winning More Elections, But Organizing Fewer New Workers

Unions won 72% of all representation elections conducted by the National Labor Relations Board in 2016, and 74% when the election involved a small unit of 49 workers or less, according to a Bloomberg BNA report based on NLRB...more

March Inevitableness? Considering the Legal Consequences of Pay to Student-Athletes

As of this writing, it has been over 850 days since the UConn women’s basketball team has lost a game. When the Huskies last tasted defeat (in an overtime thriller to Stanford on November 17, 2014), football players at...more

House Bill Spotlights Paid Union Activities By Federal Employees

A House bill would require federal agencies to report annually on the amount of “official time” (i.e., taxpayer-paid time) that federal employees spend on union activities rather than working at their regular job duties. H.R....more

Unions Continue Their Organizing Success in Silicon Valley

In addition to championing greater employee and workplace protections via ballot measures and city ordinances in Santa Clara County, California, several unions have set their eyes on the employees of the private companies...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report Catalogs Extensive Extreme Activity by Obama Era National Labor Relations Board

Last week, the United States Chamber of Commerce issued a report intended to provide a blueprint to the Trump administration as it looks toward formulating a labor relations agenda. “The Record of the National Labor...more

Decreto por el que se declaran reformadas y adicionadas diversas disposiciones de los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución...

Con fecha 24 de febrero del año en curso, ha sido publicada en el Diario Oficial de la Federación el Decreto por el cual se reforman los artículos 107 y 123 de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos en...more

Mexico: Decree Amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States Published

On February 24, 2017, Mexico's Official Gazette published the Decree issued by President Enrique Peña Nieto amending Articles 107 and 123 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States, which deal with labor proceedings and...more

Employers Earn an Important Victory in “Union Walk-around” Lawsuit

On Friday, February 3, a federal judge in Texas denied (in part) a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an OSHA Standard Interpretation Letter (known as the “Fairfax Memo”) that contains policies for safety walk-arounds. ...more

Agreement terminations on the up – 5 union response strategies

The Aurizon decision handed down on 22 April 2015 and endorsed by a Full Federal Court on 3 September 2015 has created a viable option for employers needing to move away from legacy industrial arrangements that are bad for...more

Missouri is Now a Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a right-to-work law.  The bill, passed by the Show Me State’s Republican-controlled state legislature, was signed into law by newly-elected Governor Eric Greitens. ...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

Labor Law 2016: A Year In Review

Introduction - In the final year of his two term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double barrelled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor...more

Kentucky Passes Right-to-Work Law: FAQs on What This Means to Kentucky Employers and Their Employees

Kentucky has passed House Bill 1, the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state to adopt right-to-work legislation....more

Courts Disagree on Whether Locally Enacted "Right-to-Work" Laws Are Pre-empted by the NLRA - Illinois District Court and Sixth...

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) generally permits private sector employers and unions to agree to include "union security" provisions in their collective bargaining agreements. Union security provisions promote...more

The Practical NLRB Advisor - Issue 4 | Winter 2017

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued making life more difficult for employers in 2016. The agency issued a host of decisions that significantly expand the number and type of individuals that unions can seek to...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

Employer Did Not Violate Duty To Bargain Over Change To Christmas Gift Policy, NLRB Rules

What would the holiday season be without a Christmas gift case?  A perennial problem for labor relations personnel is whether the yearly Christmas turkey given to employees is something that an employer must bargain over...more

Surprise!: Decertification Does Not End Employer Contribution Obligations to the Multiemployer Funds

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seventh Circuit finds employer still obligated to contribute to benefit funds for the life of the CBA even though the employees decertified the union. Employers often assume that when their...more

Under Construction - December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your year has been good to your family, your company and you as we wrap up these remaining few weeks of 2016. A recent hot topic with...more

NLRB Finds that Employer Unlawfully Refused to Bargain with Union

Seyfarth Synopsis: NLRB rules that the operators of the Detroit Masonic Temple unlawfully refused to bargain with a union that represented various engineers and maintenance workers at the temple, even though none of the...more

Public Employers in PA Required to Bargain over Attendance Policies with Disciplinary Provisions

Public employers in Pennsylvania beware: if you implement an attendance policy designed to get your employees to show up for work, you may commit an unfair labor practice! If your employees are represented by a labor union,...more

What Employers Can Expect from the New Administration – Part 1: Executive Orders & Administrative Actions

What will a Trump administration do to the labor and employment law landscape? While we can’t predict for certain, we figure we can at least provide better insight than the pollsters who have spent the last year following the...more

Micro-Units under the Microscope: The Second and Fifth Circuit Courts Consider Specialty Healthcare and Its Misapplication

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit joined the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits in upholding the Board’s Specialty Healthcare standard for determining appropriate bargaining...more

Joint Employer Rule: Is Guidance on the Way?

As we have previously discussed, in its 2015 “Browning Ferris” decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) set a new standard for determining whether two entities are joint employers under federal labor law. Since...more

The “Persuader Rule” Permanently Enjoined

As we have previously reported, in March of 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a reinterpretation of the Persuader Activities Rule (The “Revised Rule”). This Revised Rule required that: - employers must...more

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