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NLRB: Employer Should Not Have Asked an Employee How Things Were Going During a Union Campaign

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers must tread carefully when communicating with employees during union organizing campaigns. A seemingly innocuous question can violate the National Labor Relations Act’s (NLRA) prohibition on employers soliciting...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Hold the Mayo: Jimmy John's Workers' Disparaging Statements Not Protected by the NLRA Says 8th Circuit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

How far can employees go during a labor dispute to make their case to the public? For years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has granted employees a surprising amount of leeway, so long as their statements were not...more

Court Ruling Means We’re One Step Closer To A Unionized Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The battle over organizing workers in the on-demand economy continues to heat up. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington dismissed a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others challenging the City of Seattle’s...more

No Union Protection for Employees “Sick” Over No Paid Absences

Can employees protest a company sick leave policy with an internet meme that suggests the company’s food is not safe? Not according to a recent Eighth Circuit decision. MikLin (doing business as Jimmy John’s in Minnesota)...more

Employment Law - July 2017 #2

Union Posters Crossed the Line, Eighth Circuit Rules - Why it matters - A group of Jimmy John’s workers lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with a disloyal poster campaign, the U.S. Court of...more

A Changing of the Guard: DC Circuit Finds that Casino Security Technicians Are “Guards” Under the NLRA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals applied a broad definition of who constitutes a statutory “guard” under the NLRA, finding that security technicians at two Las Vegas casinos were guards who could not be...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Law

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On July 12, 2017, a three judge panel in the seventh circuit unanimously affirmed District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller’s ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by two International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) locals that...more

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

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....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

Executive Labor Summary - May / June 2017

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Trump nominations on track to fill open seats on the NLRB - After a slow start, President Trump is taking the steps to fill more slots at various agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board. On...more

Updates in Federal Employment Law

by White & Case LLP on

No-Recording Policies at Work Must Be Limited - On June 1, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board that the federal National...more

Shifting Sands Continue to Undermine Traditional Definitions of Employment

On June 7, 2017, the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor withdrew two Administrator’s Interpretations issued during the Obama administration that took a broad view of the employment relationship...more

Another Facially Neutral Employment Policy Bites the Dust

About a year ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) struck down another neutral employer workplace rule – this one against making unauthorized recordings in the workplace. The NLRB’s decision just was...more

Top Five Labor Law Developments In May 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

1. Handbook rules requiring employees to obtain preapproval to use cameras and other recording devices at work are not per se unlawful, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Mercedes-Benz U.S. Int’l Inc., 365 NLRB...more

Second Circuit Upholds NLRB Whole Foods Decision Allowing Employee Recording in the Workplace

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

With little fanfare, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision striking down Whole Foods’ policies prohibiting workplace audio or video recording without prior approval from...more

Senate Introduces Own Version Of Bill To Restore National Labor Relations Board Election Procedures

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced introduction of The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (S. 1350): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act with respect to the timing of...more

A Union Has Filed A Petition To Represent Your Employees: Make A List And Check It Twice!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Several deficiencies in a voter eligibility list justified rerunning an election that the employer had won, the NLRB has held, 2-1 (Chairman Philip Miscimarra dissenting in part). RHCG Safety Corp., 365 NLRB No. 88 (June 7,...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

Labor Board Finds Employer Guilty Of “Textual Harassment” - Manager’s Text Message During Union Campaign Deemed Unlawful...

by Fisher Phillips on

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked a pointed question via text message...more

Sometimes It’s Not What You Say But How You Say It

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A recent First Circuit opinion demonstrates that sometimes how you say something is more important that what you say. In fact, that principle led the court to reverse the NLRB’s order that a Massachusetts hospital must...more

To Search A Supervisor’s Phone Or To Not Search A Supervisor’s Phone? That Is The Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 7, 2017, the Board held that in order to comply with the Board’s Election Rules, an employer may need to search the phones of supervisors to identify the phone numbers of eligible voters, even if...more

Republican Lawmakers Introduce Three House Bills To Roll Back National Labor Relations Board Quickie Election Rules

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A trio of bills has been introduced in the House of Representatives to amend the National Labor Relations Act in an effort to roll back some of the more aggressive changes to the union representation election process...more

Outsourcing In The Hotel Industry – Beware Of The Pitfalls

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent years, a number of hotels both in the United States and abroad have increasingly outsourced certain departments. Housekeeping, valet parking, and some or all aspects of food service are frequently selected as...more

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