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Employment Law Alliance’s Higher Education Council Files Amicus Brief with NLRB in Graduate Workers of Columbia v. Trustees of...

A trio of law firms, representing more than a dozen firm members of the Higher Education Council of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), have filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. National Labor Relations board in the...more

Threats, And Rumors Of Threats, Enough To Overturn Union Election, Court Says

Your kid plays a joke on you, and you respond, “I’m gonna kill you” while laughing at the joke. Idle threat, or serious? A co-worker tells you she will slash your tires if you vote against the union. Idle threat, or...more

Unionized Employers, Take Note: E-Verify Is a Minefield

On May 13, 2016, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ordered The Ruprecht Company, a meat processor and food manufacturer, to provide confidential immigration documents to the union and to rescind its participation...more

NLRB General Counsel Seeks to Limit an Employer's Ability to Withdraw Union Recognition

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin wants the Board to declare it unlawful for employers to withdraw recognition from an incumbent union without an NLRB election.  See GC Memorandums GC 16-01...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

Joint Employer Standard Causing Jurisdictional Headaches

Ever since the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) blew open the joint employer concept last year in Browning-Ferris, it has been a rocky road for all involved to understand the implications of this new standard. The latest...more

The Right to Withdraw Recognition is Under Attack

For over 65 years, an employer has had a legal right to withdraw recognition from an incumbent union based on the union’s lack of majority status. In 1951, in Celanese, the NLRB permitted withdrawal based on the employer’s...more

Unwanted Unions: May Be Harder To Shake than Your Ex

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB’s General Counsel seeks to impede an employer’s ability to extract a union that lacks the support of a majority of bargaining unit members by requiring in all cases a decertification election prior...more

Be Uber Prepared To Do Business In The Gig Economy

Until recently, the word “gig” had two common meanings: - ..A live music performance; and - ..A long trident used to hunt swamp-dwelling amphibians - However, a noted linguist recently crowned “gig” as the...more

April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

Save Your Soliciting for Snack Time

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (the “court”) (ConAgra Foods, Inc. v. NLRB, 813 F.3d 1079 (8th Cir. 2016)) recently overturned a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) which had...more

Orchestra Left Without A Chair When The Music Stops: Another Independent Contractor Misclassification

How independent are musicians who play and perform with others? Do they have more artistic control on their own, or do they only become truly great artists in collaboration with others when their independent talents combine...more

NLRB Regional Director Files a Complaint Alleging that Misclassification of Workers as Independent Contractors is an Unfair Labor...

On April 18, the Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”)’s Los Angeles office issued an unfair labor practice complaint against a transportation company, alleging that the company had...more

The Beat Goes On: D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB View That Orchestra Musicians Are Employees

Last week, a federal appeals court enforced a ruling by the NLRB that orchestra musicians are employees, not independent contractors. The import of the decision in Lancaster Symphony Orchestra v. NLRB is sure to reverberate...more

Executive Labor Summary - March / April 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - DOL’s “Persuader Rule”: Fight on! – As we have previously reported, the U.S. Department of Labor on March 24 issued new regulations that adopt a new interpretation of the "persuader" reporting...more

Is the NLRB Trying to Make Independent Contractor Misclassification an Unfair Labor Practice?

A Regional Director for the NLRB issued an unfair labor practice complaint on April 18, 2016 alleging that a transportation company “has misclassified its employee-drivers as independent contractors, thereby inhibiting them...more

What’s Next at the NLRB? Ask the General Counsel!

On March 22, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin released Memorandum GC 16-01, entitled "Mandatory Submissions to the Division of Advice." The memorandum instructs the Board's regional...more

Union Organizing Update: Quickie Union Election Rules Combined with New Persuader Regulations Emphasize Need for Advance Planning

With private sector union representation at historic lows – just 6.7% of the workforce – many employers have given little thought to how they would respond to a union organizing petition. However, two legal developments, one...more

New DOL “Persuader” Rule Stimulates Exaggerated Persuader Activities by Proponents and Opposition

We will try to keep this straightforward and polemic free. We will try. The last time there were any significant changes to the National Labor Relations Act was in 1959, when Congress passed the Landrum-Griffin bill...more

Two Additional Lawsuits Filed Challenging the DOL’s Final Persuader Rule

In follow-up to our earlier blog post about the first lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Persuader Rule that was promulgated in late March, two additional lawsuits have been filed challenging the Final...more

Not So Fast! Business Groups Sue to Block DOL "Persuader" Rule

On March 30, 2016, one week after the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final “Persuader” Rule, the National Association of Manufacturers and other national, state and local business groups sued the DOL to block...more

What Employers Need to Know Before the USDOL’s New “Persuader Rules” Take Effect on July 1

New guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor creates a barrier for employers seeking confidential advice about dealing with union organizing campaigns. Under the revised “persuader” rules, currently set to take effect on...more

Summer Blockbuster: DOL’s Divisive Union “Persuader” Rule Coming to Employers Near You on July 1, 2016

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. The great Oz has spoken.” Invoking the Wizard of Oz, US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and the US Department of Labor unveiled last week the finished product of its...more

The Final Persuader Rule: What You Need to Know About the New Reporting Requirements

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations revising the “advice exemption” and requiring employers and consultants (including lawyers) to report labor relations advice and services under...more

The Eighth Circuit Upholds Specialty Healthcare

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s Specialty Healthcare framework for determining whether a union’s petitioned-for bargaining unit is appropriate. Under...more

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