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Supreme Court Reverses NLRB, Rules Individual Arbitration Agreements Enforceable

The Supreme Court of the United States held today that arbitration agreements, which waive the right to proceed as part of a class or collective action, are enforceable in the employment context. ...more

Some Unions Planning for Impact of Big Decision on Fair Share Fees

It appears that a number of labor unions are planning for the potential negative impact of a big decision regarding fair share fees. We have heard from several public sector clients who have been contacted directly, or who...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2017 Year In Review – An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

For employers, 2017 brought some long awaited relief and hope that return to normalcy in labor law is on the way. Admittedly, the wait for employers turned out to be a little longer than expected. The National Labor Relations...more

Ahhhhhh – NLRB Rips Off Series of Pro-Employer Decisions

That sound you just heard was employers everywhere breathing a sigh of relief, and maybe even high-fiving. That’s because the newly constituted National Labor Relations Board fired off several pro-employer decisions in the...more

Worksite Notices, Who Needs ‘Em?

Well, if you are an organization that has employees, you do! Although they may be a bit unappealing and often overlooked, worksite notices are required under both federal and state law. In fact, many municipalities and cities...more

Employers Permitted to Modify Retiree Benefits Following Expiration of CBA

In a closely watched case for employers, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands, recently held that retiree healthcare benefits provided in...more

A Tale of Two Cities: The Demise of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and the Durability of Philadelphia’s

Back in 2015, Pittsburgh enacted a paid sick leave ordinance, following a trend among cities throughout the country. Pittsburgh’s paid sick leave ordinance required employers with fifteen employees or more to provide up to...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2016 Year in Review – Whitepaper

Introduction - In comparison to recent history, 2016 was a tame year for the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “the Board”). While continuing to issue decisions that left employers scratching their heads, the...more

Three Workplace Trends that will Impact your Bottom Line in 2017

Employers in the food and beverage industry face countless and ever increasing regulatory challenges, including food safety and handling, labeling, distribution requirements, and on and on. Regulatory compliance often has an...more

NLRB Raises Price of College Tuition

In yet another reversal of precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that students who perform work for a university for which they are compensated can form and join labor unions under the National Labor...more

To Enforce a Call-off Policy or Not to Enforce a Call-off Policy; that is the Question

Recently you’ve noticed that an employee takes FMLA-covered leave the same week every year or always seems to have a medical emergency between Thanksgiving and January 1. Similarly, another employee regularly calls out of...more

Deflategate Update

An appeals court recently reinstated the four game suspension issued to Tom Brady by the National Football League. The Patriots quarterback previously had his four game suspension reversed by the United States District Court...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Coming To A Federal Court Near You; The Federalizing Of Trade Secret And Post-Employment Conduct...

On April 27, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted 410-2 to approve the proposed Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The vote follows the Senate’s unanimous approval of the bill. President Obama has stated that...more

The National Labor Relations Board 2015 Year in Review - An Overview of Major Developments in Labor Law

To mark the 80th birthday of the National Labor Relations Act, the National Labor Relations Board apparently decided to make history in 2015. The Board did just that, issuing several ground breaking decisions, and in the...more

UPDATE: Employee Tip Pooling – Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You!

We have talked with you in the past about the risks of allowing employees to pool or share tips. This is a pretty common practice in the food service industry, but there can be concerns because of the complexity of compliance...more

Deflategate: Four Games and Four Lessons for Unionized Employers

This week would have marked the return of Tom Brady, had his four game suspension not been reversed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Much ink has been spilled over Brady’s suspension...more

Ingles Solamente Reglas

English-only rules are not as common as they once were, but many employers still require employees to speak English only in the workplace. Justifications for these rules vary, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Still Waiting for Those New Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

You may recall that over a year ago, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the “white...more

NLRB GC Release Report Offering Employers Guidance on Handbook Policies

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel recently released a Report of the General Counsel Concerning Employer Rules, which is apparently designed to offer guidance to employers regarding workplace...more

3/23/2015  /  Employee Handbooks , New Guidance , NLRB

ADA Claim Brought by Claustrophobic Attorney Allowed to Proceed

When the Americans with Disabilities Act definition of "disability" was expanded by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, we told you to expect an increase in accommodation requests and disability discrimination claims. Many of you...more

Board Continues Aggressive Policing of Employee Social Media Use

Stop me if you heard this one: the National Labor Relations Board recently reinstated employees who were discharged for comments made on their Facebook pages and found that the employer's social media policy was unlawful....more

NLRB Modifies Standard Remedial Notice to Include QR Code and Link to Board's Web Site

The National Labor Relations Board recently took the opportunity, in a case dating back to 2011, to update and modernize some of the standard language contained in the remedial notice that the Board requires to be posted as a...more

10/23/2014  /  Employee Rights , NLRA , NLRB

Screaming Profanities and Threatening the Boss Not Enough to Get You Fired According to NLRB

Yep, that's right. The employee's outburst is too obscene to reproduce on the Blog. Suffice to say that the employee, who was employed for only about two months: (1) called the owner of the company a crook and a number of...more

UPDATE: Still No Love for No Gossip Policy

We previously reported that a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by implementing a "no gossip" policy and firing an employee who violated...more

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