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Will The NLRB’s Protection of Unacceptable Conduct Last?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

It’s ironic, isn’t it? While the EEOC could find an employer liable for tolerating racist or sexist remarks by employees, the NLRB has repeatedly found employers liable for failing to do so under the guise of protecting...more

Wage and Hour Changes for NYS Employers, plus a New Form I-9

by White & Case LLP on

Salary Thresholds for Exempt Employees Increased for NY Employers - Although the increase in the minimum salary required for employees to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law has been put on hold by a federal...more

Employment News - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Springing into action – start date for Trade Union Act - The Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017. The new rules apply to any industrial action for which the ballot opens (by sending out voting...more

Leveling the Playing Field: Hospital’s Nonunion Hiring Preference Not Discriminatory

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed the NLRB, holding that the Board lacked substantial evidence to find that the hospital group unfairly preferred nonunion workers when filling nonunion...more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

by Dentons on

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

Five Key Issues Impacting Health Care Employers

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers in the health care industry are likely to face significant changes under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration and should expect a healthy dose of uncertainty for the next few months. During his campaign,...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

by Littler on

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

Employment Matters – UK - November 2016

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Autumn Statement – Employment Issues The Chancellor has issued an autumn statement setting out certain proposed fiscal changes in the UK. One of these is to the Employee Shareholder Status (ESS) regime, which is set to...more

ABCC Law Changes Explained

by K&L Gates LLP on

Originally published in Australian Financial Review on November 23rd, 2016. In the next two weeks the Turnbull government will attempt to negotiate the passage of its industrial relations bills through the Parliament....more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Counties May Enact Right To Work Laws

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

The term “right to work state” is fairly well known. After all, 25 of the United States are “right to work states,” states which have enacted laws prohibiting compulsory unionism as part of a collective bargaining agreement....more

The Election is Over, Now What?

Now that the election is over, many clients and friends are asking what labor and employment law might look like under the soon to be President Trump. Of course, no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming term....more

Does the NLRA Protect Racist Insults by Picketing Workers?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A case currently under consideration in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals deserves watching. The case will determine whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects a picketing employee’s right to hurl racist...more

Forget Trump or Clinton—What Else is on the November 8 Ballot?

by Littler on

Next week, Americans will head to the polls to elect their 45th President. Across the nation, voters will also fill 469 congressional seats, including 435 in the House and 34 in the Senate. While these federal races tend to...more

NLRB Issues Numerous Decisions Against Employers as Hirozawa's Term Expires

by Littler on

In the midst of a heated presidential election cycle, employers are following recent decisions of the National Labor Relations Board closely. Before losing its three-member Democratic majority at the expiration of Board...more

Employer Claims Of Unprofitability And Competitive Disadvantage Enough To Trigger Audit Of Financials By Union, NLRB Majority...

The end of another NLRB fiscal year is upon us.  Today, September 30, marks the last date of the fiscal year.  We can expect to see a number of decisions issue from the Board, and many determinations made at the regional...more

NLRB Reaffirms Alan Ritchey Doctrine with New Make-Whole Twist

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board reaffirmed, prospectively, the Alan Ritchey doctrine requiring employers to bargain over discretionary discipline issued to newly organized employees pre-first contract and mandated prospective...more

Discrimination Class Certified Based On Union’s Job Referral Policies Despite Third-Parties’ Discretion In Hiring

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: African American pipefitters filed a class action against their labor union based on its allegedly discriminatory system for referring jobs to union members. Despite the fact that third-party employers...more

NLRB Signs Off On Narrow Confidentiality Provision for Employee Reinstatement Agreements

by Littler on

In the recent case of S. Freeman & Sons, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board confronted the question of “whether an employer can require an employee to keep confidential the terms of a settlement agreement in exchange...more

NLRB Scrutinizes Employer Motivation in Hiring Replacement Workers During Strike

by Littler on

Denying a motion for reconsideration, the National Labor Relations Board recently affirmed its decision in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens, addressing the relevance of an employer’s motive in hiring...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

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

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, as we learned that the CIA has invested in another Big Data analytics startup, new headlines and commentary addressed the dangers of hidden bias in technology. LinkedIn changed its search algorithm after the...more

Spruce Up Survives, But a Successor's First Communication to a Predecessor's Employees is More Critical Than Ever

by Littler on

In Paragon Systems, Inc., 364 NLRB No. 75 (2016), the National Labor Relations Board declined the General Counsel’s request to overturn its 42-year-old decision in Spruce Up Corp., 209 NLRB 194, 195 (1974), enfd. per curiam...more

Tilting the Battlefield: NLRB Makes It Easier For Unions To Challenge Use Of Permanent Replacements

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently denied review of its ruling in American Baptist Homes. That ruling upended the decades-old bright line test that an “independent unlawful purpose” is established only when...more

Discover (or rediscover) Russian employment law - Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Is Russian employment law a codification of rules? Yes. Is Russian employment law protective of employees? Yes. Is Russian employment law complex? Certainly. However, we would like to note that Russian employment law...more

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