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Take 5 Newsletter: Five Labor and Employment Issues Faced by Health Care Employers

As the Affordable Care Act and the challenges of reimbursement and funding for health care services drive changes in the health care delivery system and employment in the industry, new issues in labor and employment law are...more

Labor & Employment E-Note

In This Issue: - High Court to Hear Case on Pregnancy Accommodations - Supreme Court Says Some Employees Don't Have to Pay Union Fees - Recent Decision Leaves Questions About Religion in Hiring Process - NLRB...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Considers the Duty to Accommodate Probationary Employees

In reasons released on May 6, 2014, the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Telecommunications Workers Union in respect of an unsuccessful judicial review application to question a labour arbitrator award. The...more

Illinois Appellate Court: School District’s Subcontracting of Transportation Services is “Part of Bargaining Process” and an...

The Illinois Appellate Court for the Fourth District recently found that a school district did not engage in any unfair labor practices when it subcontracted student transportation services to a third-party vendor and...more

NLRB Concocts New F’ing Profanity Excuse

In 2005, a Starbucks barista walked into his store with several co-workers while staroff duty. He was there to protest Starbucks’ policy concerning baristas wearing pro-union pins. A row ensued between the barista and an...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 12, 2014

In This Issue: - Unions Battle with Employers Over Covering ACA Costs - More Types of Companies Requiring Workers to Sign Non-Competes - Employers Cut Back on Benefits, Push Health Costs onto Workers - High...more

Under the FLSA, the NLRB Says Even "Non-Concerted" Activity Can Be Concerted

My colleagues and I have noted repeatedly over the past couple of years that the National Labor Relations Board takes a very expansive view of the National Labor Relations Act, even (and perhaps especially) when the case does...more

Be Global - May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS: France: Finding a buyer before a shut down - the "Florange" law - As reported in February's Be Global, the French Government has introduced legislation (known as the "Florange" law) imposing an obligation...more

Latest NLRB Ruling Further Limits Employers' Control of Off-Duty Employees' Access to the Workplace

The National Labor Relations Board (the "Board" or NLRB) ruled on May 1, 2014, that an employer violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (the "Act") by maintaining a work rule prohibiting employees from...more

When Is Someone “At Work”? Implications For Unemployment Compensation Eligibility (And Beyond)

Connecticut’s unemployment compensation statutes disqualify individuals from eligibility for benefits for certain misconduct, such as “willful misconduct in the course of employment.” A recent court case notes that the...more

Jersey City Sick Leave Law and Notice/Poster Requirements Effective January 24, 2014

On September 26, 2013, the Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey signed into law an Ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave to their employees, effective January 24, 2014. For more on the new law, see our past client...more

How To Control A Reduction In Force

Reductions in force (RIFs) can lead to expensive and distracting litigation, and potential liability. ...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2013

Employee Must Prove That Illegal Retaliation Was The "But For" Cause Of Adverse Job Action Under Title VII - University of Tex. S.W. Med. Ctr. v. Nassar, 570 U.S. ___, 2013 WL 3155234 (2013) - The United States...more

Considerations When Changing Enforcement of Personnel Practices

You catch a not-so-good employee sleeping on the job, and you want to fire him. You call your attorney, and the attorney asks how you have handled similar situations in the past. You tell the attorney it has been a mixed bag,...more

Second Circuit: Governor’s Layoffs of Only Union Personnel Subject to Strict Scrutiny

On Friday, the Second Circuit issued an important decision in the long-running battle between the state unions and the government about whether layoffs of only union personnel violated the First Amendment....more

Do You Know the Seven Factors That Comprise "Just Cause"?

The “just cause” standard has long been a cornerstone of traditional labor law (under many collective bargaining agreements, employees generally cannot be discharged except with “just cause”). However, the standard also has...more

Navigating through the Challenging German Employment Law Framework for Japanese Companies Doing Business in Germany

In This Presentation: 1. Employment law in Germany – General facts 2. The Employee 3. Overview on German social security system 4. Dismissal of employees 5. Managerial authority 6. Modification of...more

Safety Violations Get 37-Year Employee Fired For Cause

We don’t often hear of 37-year employees being fired for just cause. An arbitrator has recently upheld the dismissal of a long-service unionized employee for safety violations....more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

Employers May Violate Federal Law By Refusing To Hire Union Organizers

Here’s a challenging scenario for employers: An individual applies for a job. The employer becomes aware that the applicant is a union volunteer who will likely try to organize the workplace if hired....more

Corporate Law Report: Global HR, Textual Harassment, Working Interviews, and Other Workplace Issues [Video]

Our latest video report looks at the employment needs of global companies, textual harassment, working interviews, and other labor & employment law issues. This week we're focused entirely on workplace legal issues -...more

Employers May Not Engage In Coercive Surveillance of Unions

An employer risks violating federal labor laws by monitoring employees’ union activities, or even creating an impression of surveillance....more

Illinois Supreme Court Will File Two Civil Opinions Friday Morning

This afternoon, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that it expects to file opinions in two civil cases at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22. They are...more

Employment Law in France: The Basics

France, the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of approximately 64 million people, and which borders eight different countries plays an integral role in Europe and the worldwide market....more

NLRB’s Actions in 2012 Highlight Critical Labor Issues for Nonunion Employers

In 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) aggressively staked out positions on employment policies and practices prevalent in both union and nonunion workplaces. These issues include social media policies...more

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