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Labor & Employment E-Note - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: - 13 States Set to Raise Minimum Wage, 11 More Consider Increases - EEOC Reports $372.1M in Monetary Relief for Workplace Bias Claims - N.Y.U. Graduate Assistants Vote to Affiliate with UAW -...more

Labor Letter, December 2013: State of the Unions: New Tactics Target Unorganized Workers

If you've been following the news, you probably realize that it has been a busy year for organized labor. The percentage of unionized workers in the private sector has fallen to historic lows, leaving unions with fewer...more

Social Media in the Workplace -- A New Web of Regulations Falls on Employers

Employers with a non-union workforce may be surprised to learn that their non-supervisory employees have legal protections enforced by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB has recently taken an aggressive...more

Non-Unionized Employers: The NLRB Commands Your Attention

Many non-unionized employers might be surprised to learn that they, too, are governed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In fact, in 2012, the NLRB launched a website directed at non-union employees, which details...more

Party Foul! NLRB Orders Reinstatement and Back Pay for Party Bus Guide After Finding Facebook Postings Amount To Protected Union...

Providing yet another example of how online social networking can amount to protected conduct under the National Labor Relations Act, the NLRB ruled earlier this month in New York Party Shuttle, LLC and Fred Pflantzer, CN:...more

Social Media in the Workplace – Employers Must Now Comply With Strict NLRB Oversight

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”), 29 USC § 157, protects both union and non-union employees who form, join and assist labor unions, participate in collective bargaining, and engage in “other...more

2013 US Labor and Employment Horizon

Overview - As a resource to our clients, the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety team at K&L Gates has summarized major legislative changes and key cases affecting employers in 2013 in certain key states in which we...more

Social Media Policies And The NLRB: What Employers Need To Know

Social media policies. Chances are your company has one, is in the process of drafting one, or is worried about not having one. Employees continue to gripe about their jobs and their bosses on Facebook, as states like...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2012 Year in Review

Introduction - Wow, 2012 was quite the year for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”)! Last year, we discussed the Board’s agenda, which at the time we described as aggressive, but with the benefit of...more

Employers Must Examine Their Employee Agreements For Compliance With The National Labor Relations Act

Recently, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in Quicken Loans, Inc., which found confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions to be unlawful under the...more

National Labor Relations Board Issues Decisions Important To All Private Sector Employers

In the waning days of 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued several game-changing decisions that are important to all private sector employers—both union and nonunion....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2013

In This Issue: *FEATURE ARTICLES - New Pregnancy and Disability Regulations for California Employers - Washington Federal Court Declines to Uphold Broad Non-compete Restrictions Against California...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

Labor & Employment E-Note - January 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Protects Workers' Rights to Post About Job on Facebook - 6 States Ban Companies from Asking for Social Media Passwords - Health Law Requires Employers to Offer Family Care to All - Fiscal...more

Reading the Tea Leaves for Employment Law in 2013 (Harry Potter Edition)

In this week’s Connecticut Law Tribune, I filed my annual “forecast” of employment law for 2013. As with the weather forecasts, it is subject to change on a moment’s notice. So drink your “tea” with a grain of...more

Second of a series: Privacy and Security Issues for 2013

Our series over the next 10 days will highlight the top issues, as we see them, in privacy and security for 2013. Yesterday, we looked at the increase in cybcersecurity disclosure by public companies, triggered by the...more

NLRB Continues Its Transformation

Depending on one’s perspective, in recent years the NLRB has either blazed a radical path in favor of unions and individual concerted activity or it is returning to its original role under the National Labor Relations Act...more

Board Affirms Decision Ordering Reinstatement Of Employees Terminated For Facebook Comments

On September 20, 2011, we reported on Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc., the first National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge decision examining an employee's discharge for social media activity. Recently, the...more

Holiday Season Extravaganza: NLRB Issues Flurry Of Law Changing Decisions

Last week the NLRB issued several significant decisions. In the press release announcing the decisions, the agency noted that most were actually issued “the week of December 10, but were issued this week following editing and...more

NLRB: Discharging Non-Union Employee’s for Facebook Posts Violated NLRA

In September 2011, we alerted you to the decision in Hispanics United of Buffalo, a decision by a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) examining an employer’s termination of employees because...more

Around the Virtual World - December 17, 2012

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Union Facebook Page Not Picket Line Extension: NLRB Judge - Parody New York Times Twitter...more

How the NFL Was Forced into Fourth and Long

As of this writing, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and John Clayton are reporting that the NFL’s regular referees have ended their lockout and will return to work tonight for the Thursday night matchup between the Cleveland Browns...more

The NLRB and Social Media

The NLRB has issued recent opinions and advice memoranda regarding employer policies and social media. This article summarizes the state of the law regarding employer social media policies as of April, 2012....more

McNees White Paper -- The National Labor Relations Board 2011 Year in Review An Overview of the Board’s Significant Decisions and...

By all accounts, 2011 was a busy year for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”). In 2011, the Board saw a 17 percent increase in filings as compared to the prior year, which included both unfair labor practice charges...more

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