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Senate HELP Committee Questions NLRB Nominees on Higher Education Issues

by Hogan Lovells on

During the Obama Administration the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) opened wider the gates of private colleges and universities to organized labor. In 2014 the Board made it easier for faculty to...more

Majority Rules: German Constitutional Court Confirms Constitutionality of Tariff Unity Act

by Jones Day on

On July 11, 2017, the German Federal Constitutional Court in essence rejected actions by certain smaller trade unions against a "tariff unity" law introduced almost exactly two years before. This is a major setback for trade...more

Brazil to Enact Expansive Labor Law Reforms

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the Labor Reform Bill, which is now before the president for signing. The Labor Reform Bill is one of the current administration's main projects to reignite the economy and make...more

Novel Theory Related To Violation Of Bargaining “Ground Rules” Fails (Fortunately)

When an employer and a union sit down to bargain they often agree to ground rules for how negotiations are to be conducted. A common ground rule, for example, is for the parties to agree to address “non-economic” items before...more

DOL: "Joint Employer" and "Independent Contractor" Guidance Out and Wage and Hour Opinion Letters In

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of withdrawing published interpretations of the concepts of “joint employer” and “independent contractor,” the Secretary of Labor announced this week that it will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters....more

Department of Labor Moves To Rescind “Persuader Rule” with Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Office of Labor-Management Standards published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding its intention to rescind the so-called “persuader rule,” moving the DOL one...more

Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

DOL Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Rescind Obama Administration’s Final Persuader Rule

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration DOL issues notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind Obama Administration DOL’s long-embattled final persuader rule. The proposed rule is open for public comments for 60 days....more

NLRB Rules That Employers Have a Duty to Bargain Over ACA-Mandated Group Health Benefit Changes

On May 16, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision holding an employer has the duty to bargain with a union over changes to a group health plan even though the changes were mandated by the...more

Federal Court Washes Away New York City’s Pro-Union Ordinance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A New York City ordinance requiring car wash companies to post a higher surety bond if they do not sign a union bargaining agreement covering their employees is invalid because it unlawfully favors unionization, and therefore...more

Restoring the Power of Persuasion – The DOL Takes Another Step Toward Ending the Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) has continued its efforts towards eliminating the “Persuader Rule”, a controversial Obama-era regulation which requires employers to report arrangements made with third parties...more

DOL Takes Action to Rescind the Persuader Rule

by Benesch on

In March 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a revised “Persuader Rule” requiring attorneys involved in union organizational campaigns to file broad public financial disclosures about their own and their law...more

Trump Administration Begins Process To Rescind “2016 Persuader Rule”

The Trump Administration has begun the process to rescind the “2016 Persuader Rule,” one of the most contentious employment-related regulations issued during the Obama Administration. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of...more

National Labor Relations Board Finds Union Supporter’s Profanity-Laden Rant Unprotected by the National Labor Relations Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a rare win for the employer, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) unanimously affirmed an Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) decision that the termination of a union bargaining-committee representative for a...more

Union Adherent’s Antics Not Protected By Act, NLRB Rules

The NLRB recently issued a rare decision completely dismissing all allegations against an employer; rarer still because it was unanimous. In Brooke Glen Behavioral Hospital, 365 NLRB No. 79 (May 15, 2017) the NLRB was...more

MEA's 30 Day Window for Opt-Out Violates PERA

by Clark Hill PLC on

On May 2, 2017, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a unanimous ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ("MERC") that the Michigan Education Association ("MEA") committed an unfair labor practice and...more

Court of Appeal Permits Union Certification Application in Face of Insolvency Stay of Proceedings

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released a decision allowing a certification application by a union to proceed in the face of a receivership of the employer. The decision garnered a strong dissent from Justice Lauwers,...more

Spending Bill Leaves NLRB Budget Unchanged From 2016, Nixes Electronic Voting

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The National Labor Relations Board’s wish that its budget for fiscal year 2017 be increased over its FY 2016 budget apparently will not be granted. According to Politico, at $274.2 million, Congress has left the NLRB’s...more

Federal Court: NLRB Correct That Successor Employer Must Bargain With Existing Union Under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the first test of the National Labor Relations Board’s 2011 “successor bar” rule, the federal appeals court in Boston has upheld the NLRB’s decision that the union is protected from decertification after a change of...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: February 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The key California employment law cases from February 2017 involve collective bargaining/union and wage and hour issues. - Collective Bargaining/Union Issues - Vasserman v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 8 Cal....more

NLRB Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-Teaching Employees of a Private Religious University

by FordHarrison on

In an April 6, 2017, decision, Saint Xavier University, 365 NLRB No. 64 (2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that it was appropriate to exercise jurisdiction over a petitioned-for unit of housekeeping...more

The NLRB Rules That It Will Assert Jurisdiction Over Nonteaching Employees of Religious Institutions And Nonprofit Religious...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In its 2014 landmark decision in Pacific Lutheran University (PLU), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that it will assert jurisdiction over faculty at religious colleges and universities unless the college or...more

Unions Winning More Elections, But Organizing Fewer New Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

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

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