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NLRB Vacates Hy-Brand Joint Employer Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has revived a broad, union-friendly joint employer test, at least for now. In December 2017, the board issued its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, which put in place a...more

Trump Board Kills Micro-Units, Weakens Unilateral Change Claims, Questions Quickie Election Rules

In PCC Structurals, Inc., in a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) overturned the 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision which allowed “micro-units” of small groups of employees to organize within a...more

NLRB Relaxes Standard for Review of Employer Work Rules and Joint Employer Status

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has overruled two precedents that had been particularly nettlesome to the employer community. First, in The Boeing Company the NLRB, in a 3-2 decision on Dec. 14, 2017,...more

A New Direction for the National Labor Relations Board

Sworn in less than a month ago, National Labor Relations Board’s new General Counsel Peter B. Robb is wasting little time setting a new direction for the NLRB. On Dec. 1, 2017, Robb issued General Counsel Memorandum 18-02...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama Era Guidance on Sexual Harassment & Provides Interim Rules

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") this morning formally rescinded its April 4, 2011, Dear Colleague Letter as well as the April 29, 2014, Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence....more

NLRB Regional Director Orders Union Election in a Unit of Undergraduate Employees

On Friday, April 21, 2017, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered that a union representation election must be held in a unit composed of 110 undergraduate student residential advisors at...more

7th Circuit Becomes First Appellate Court To Extend Title VII Protection To Sexual Orientation

On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, sitting en banc, issued a landmark opinion becoming the first appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits...more

Student Athletes Are Not Employees, Seventh Circuit Rules

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit released a decision broadly ruling that student-athletes are not employees for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Berger v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, two women...more

NLRB Allows Private University Students to Unionize

The National Labor Board of Relations decision released on Aug. 23, 206, will have far-reaching consequences for private universities and colleges. The decision promises to be a potential source of litigation and headaches...more

Board Continues Expansion of Joint Employer Doctrine, Allows Unions to Organize Mixed Units of Regular Employees and Staffing...

Employers who rely on staffing agencies for employees must be aware of the significant expansion in the National Labor Relations Board’s treatment of the joint-employer doctrine as determined in two major recent decisions....more

Employer May Terminate Pre-Hire Agreement with Union, Sixth Circuit Rules

On April 21, 2016, resolving a situation not previously decided by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court held that a construction company that was a party to a pre-hire collective bargaining agreement lawfully...more

Supreme Court Rules That Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action & NLRB Doubles Down on Horton and Expands Its...

An unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment does not moot a plaintiff's case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez. In the case, Jose Gomez filed a nationwide class-action on behalf of...more

Notice of Future Termination Does Not Constitute Immediate Employment Loss Under the WARN ACT

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently clarified that when an employer provides notice to a group of workers that their employment will be terminated in the future, they do not suffer an immediate employment...more

Divided Ninth Circuit Splits the O’Bannon Baby

In a two to one decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld in part and reversed in part the district court injunction that prohibited universities from denying certain forms of compensation to Division I...more

NLRB Again Upends Long-standing Precedent in Creating Broad New Joint-Employer Standard

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued its highly anticipated decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California. In the 3-2 decision, the Board majority modified the standard for determining whether...more

NLRB Punts on College Athlete Unions

On August 17, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board issued the long awaited decision in the Northwestern University football union case. 362 NLRB No. 167 (8/17/2015). In a rare display of unanimity, the five members of...more

NLRB Decision Highlights Problems For Colleges Responding To Organizing Efforts

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has upheld the SEIU’s narrow election victory at Laguna College of Art + Design, despite evidence that a supervisory full-time faculty member had campaigned for the union. In Laguna,...more

Colorado High Court Finds Smoking Medical Marijuana a Drag on Employment

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that an employee who uses medicinal marijuana at home during non-working hours can be discharged for failing a drug test. While application may be limited by its heavy reliance on Colorado...more

SCOTUS Pregnancy Discrimination Ruling Could Have Wide Impact On Discrimination Cases

Employers should re-evaluate any employment policies that exclude –intentionally or not –pregnant employees from job accommodations, leave or other benefits in the face of Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v....more

College Athletes as Employees

Spring 2014 saw the first ever attempt to form a union among Division I college athletes, specifically the football team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The National Labor Relation Board’s (“NLRB” or “Board”)...more

Michigan Passes Student-Athlete Union Ban

Michigan is poised to officially ban student-athletes at public colleges and universities from forming or joining a labor union. Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the recently passed bill into law by the end of the year. ...more

NLRB Ups the Stakes for Successor Employers

A recent National Labor Relations Board decision could significantly increase the damages that employees can recover against an employer that acquires a business but refuses to hire the employees of the predecessor. The...more

New Pregnancy Accommodation and Payroll Card Laws Coming To Illinois

In the run up to Labor Day, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed two public acts into law that significantly impact Illinois employers. The first is a major extension of the Human Rights Act that enhances pregnancy discrimination...more

Illinois to Limit How Employers Can Use Criminal Checks in Hiring

A new Illinois law that takes effect next year will affect how employers in the state handle job candidates’ criminal records in the hiring process. The law prohibits employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s criminal...more

Agency Fees Can’t Be Required for Illinois Rehab Personal Assistants, SCOTUS Rules

The State of Illinois cannot require Rehabilitation Program “personal assistants” (PAs) who decide not to join a union, to pay compulsory union dues, commonly known as “agency fees,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Harris v....more

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