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Executive Labor Summary - July/August 2014

NLRB extends Weingarten right of union representation to drug and alcohol test situations - On July 31, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Ralph's Grocery Co. ruled that a union-represented...more

Personal View: Union rules force changes

The National Labor Relations Board is set to make the final moves in a strategy seemingly designed to expand union representation in the private sector. Under the Obama administration, the NLRB has systematically...more

Two Recent Cases May Indicate Expansion of the NLRB’s Position Regarding Organizing Activity

In June, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Starbucks violated labor law by firing a worker, union supporter Joseph Agins, who used profanity in front of customers. In 2010, the NLRB found that Starbucks...more

Dealership Handbooks Are Being Picked Apart

Whether your dealership is unionized or you’ve never had to deal with organized labor, your employment policies are more likely now than ever to be targeted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Over the past two...more

Recent NLRB Retail Rulings Muddy the Micro-Unit Waters

At the end of July, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued two decisions under its controversial Specialty Healthcare standard, approving of one “micro unit” and disavowing another in the retail context. The NLRB’s...more

ALJ Declares NLRB’S Dues Checkoff Termination Decision a Dead Letter

In WKYC-TV, Inc., 359 NLRB No. 30 (2012), the NLRB overruled 50 years of precedent under Bethlehem Steel, 136 NLRB 1500 (1962), and held that going forward, employers could not unilaterally end dues checkoff at the expiration...more

Micro Unions Are Here to Stay: Cosmetics Workers Made Up for Unionizing But Shoes Salespeople Need to Find a Better Fit

The question – or controversy, depending on who you talk to – about the propriety of “micro-units” or “micro-unions” has been a pressing issue for employers since the National Labor Relations Board issued its Specialty...more

Really? Requiring Someone To Use Information “Fairly And Lawfully” Can Be Illegal?

Companies have lots of very good reasons for adopting codes of conduct. These reasons include: - Ensuring compliance with applicable exchange listing rules (e.g., NYSE Rule 303A.10 and NASDAQ Rule 5610); -...more

Department Store Units Decided Under Specialty Healthcare

This week the NLRB decided two cases involving union organizing in large department stores. In each case an NLRB regional director applied the Board’s Specialty Healthcare test to determine whether the bargaining unit...more

NLRB to McDonald’s: Not Lovin’ It

In a breathtaking announcement issued on July 29, 2014, the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has authorized the issuance of complaints against McDonald’s USC, LLC in at least 43 unfair labor...more

Act Now Advisory: NLRB's Macy's Decision Raises Questions About Best Strategies for Combating Union Efforts to Organize...

In a decision released this past week, a majority of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") recommitted the federal agency to the principles set forth in Specialty Healthcare, further expanding the way for...more

Can Works Councils Be Legally Imported From the EU and Germany?

After workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected an attempt by the United Auto Workers to gain representation, the company continued to express interest in bringing in a German-style works council, Kristin...more

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

Employer’s Discharge of Employees Did Not Violate Bargaining Obligations under NLRB’s Alan Ritchey Decision

Under the National Labor Relations Board’s 2012 Alan Ritchey decision, an employer generally must bargain with a newly-certified union before imposing certain discipline, including a suspension, demotion, or discharge, where...more

Employers’ Right to Restrict Non-Employees’ Access to Their Property

Can Non-Employees Be Denied Access to Employers’ Property? Employers often raise questions on whether labor law requires them to allow non-employees to solicit, hand-bill, demonstrate, etc. on the employers’ property....more

"Busted" by Buttons — When Union Propaganda May Be Permitted in Patient Care Areas

Nurses and other health care workers are usually allowed to wear pro union buttons, stickers and other insignia at work absent special circumstances. However, one area of health care facilities, such as hospitals, where...more

Despite an Appellate Remand, the NLRB Allows an Ad Hominem Attack on an Employer

In its recent 2-1 decision in Plaza Auto Center, Inc., 360 NLRB No.117 (May 28, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board again demonstrated its pro-employee bias and its willingness to twist a circuit court mandate and facts...more

Employers Involved in Union Campaigns Must Remain Vigilant to Avoid Rerun Elections

Employer conduct during a union organizing drive is intensely scrutinized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Decisions issued by the current NLRB make clear that even minor violations occurring during the...more

NLRB Finds Health Care Employer Unlawfully Removed Union Flyers and Prohibited Employees From Wearing Union Insignia

On May 22, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in Healthbridge Management, finding that Healthbridge Management, LLC violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by removing flyers from...more

NLRB To Determine If Employees Have A Statutory Right To Use Employers' Email And Other Communications Systems For Union...

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has invited the public to file amicus ("friend of the court") briefs by June 16, 2014 addressing whether employees have the statutory right to use employers’ email and other...more

“Top 10 Signs of Union Activity”

On April 1, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce invited top labor lawyers from the Southeast to talk frankly about union activities and their possible impacts on South Carolina’s manufacturing facilities. The forum, held...more

The Changing Faces of Unions

While union membership has declined precipitously over the last few decades, union activity is now popping up in many new sectors. From 1983 to 2013, according to the Department of Labor, union membership dropped from over...more

OSHA and the NLRB Offer Safety Whistleblower Plaintiffs a Second Bite of the Apple by Resurrecting Untimely Whistleblower Claims

In our last Workplace Safety & Health blog post, we discussed proactive steps employers can take should the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrive with a union representative or community activist to...more

Unionized Employers: Review the Wage Provisions in Your Collective Bargaining Agreements

Employers face many headaches in a unionized workplace, but one supposed benefit of a union is that it streamlines procedures across large groups of employees. The employer can look to the collective bargaining agreement to...more

Coming to Your Workplace Soon? Union Organizing Efforts Via the Company’s Email System

In late 2007, the Bush-era National Labor Relations Board issued what has since simply become known as the Register Guard decision. In that decision, a divided Board (along political lines) held that employees have no...more

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