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Hiring & Firing Unions The National Labor Relations Act

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -

Joint Employer Standard Relaxed – For Now

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Business owners, franchisors, contractors, and staffing agencies can breathe a little easier – for the moment – following the National Labor Relations Board’s reversal last month of a controversial Obama-era standard that...more

What’s Past is Prologue - NLRB Restores the Common Sense Meaning of Past Practice

In Raytheon Network Centric Systems, 365 NLRB No. 161 (December 15, 2017), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) jumped back into the quagmire of past practice, dynamic status quo, and impasse to create firmer ground for...more

NLRB Reverses Several Obama-Era Decisions; Loosens Grip on Employers

by Hogan Lovells on

In a flurry of decisions late last week, the newly-constituted majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) issued a number of decisions that signal a less interventionist approach with respect to the...more

Gale Force Winds of Change: National Labor Relations Board Reverses Course on Workplace Rules and Joint Employer Standards

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, we noted that the winds of change are blowing at the NLRB. Last week, those winds picked up considerable force as the newly-constituted NLRB dismantled two earlier cases that were the subject of extensive employer...more

NLRB Overturns Browning Ferris Joint Employer Standard

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd. and Brandt Construction Co., 365 NLRB No. 156 (December 14, 2017), by a 3-2 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) overturned its 2015 decision in...more

GC Memorandum 18-02 Suggests A More Sane Approach To Independent Contractors

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Friday, December 1, 2017, newly appointed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memorandum containing a broad overview of his initial agenda as General Counsel. It previews many anticipated...more

NLRB Rejects Browning-Ferris and Returns to Prior Joint-Employer Standard that Benefits Union and Non-Union Employers Alike

by Littler on

On December 14, 2017, just two days before the end of Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s term, the new Republican majority at the National Labor Relations Board continued its shift in labor policy and issued yet another reversal of...more

New Board Restores Proper Joint Employer Test

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Last week the newly constituted Trump Board overruled the Obama-era joint employer test that has caused confusion and legal uncertainty for many employers. ...more

Sea Change in Labor Policy as the Newly Minted Trump NLRB Loosens Restrictions on Workplace Policies and Narrows the...

by Burr & Forman on

In the past eight plus years, the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) with a Democratic majority under former President Barack Obama (the “Obama Board”) has issued labor friendly decisions that have had...more

NLRB Rolls Back "Browning-Ferris" Joint Employer Test

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday overruled Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., an Obama-era decision that expanded the doctrine of joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)....more

House Passes Bill Limiting Joint-Employer Liability

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed H.R. 3441—the Save Local Business Act—which, if enacted, would redefine the term "joint employer" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Fair Labor Standards...more

Passage of the Save Local Businesses Act in the House May Signal a Broader Rejection of Obama-Era Rules On Joint Employment

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Save Local Businesses Act. If passed by the Senate, the bill would overturn Obama-era decisions and agency guidance broadly defining and...more

Auto Manufacturer Pays Over $20 Million To Settle Union Dispute

by Fisher Phillips on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that it negotiated a $21.6 million settlement on behalf of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to settle allegations that VIUSA, Inc. refused to hire a group...more

Dallas Cowboys Controversy Highlights Trap for Union and Non-Union Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones publicly announced recently that he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, the flap momentarily diverted my attention from the Cowboys’...more

The Devil Is In the Details: New Board Members Likely To Change Law In Nuanced Ways

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

The end of September in most years sees a spate of new NLRB decisions, sometimes dozens, issued on or about September 30, to coincide with the end of the agency’s fiscal year. Not so this past September 30 because of the...more

D.C. Circuit Weighs in on Employee’s Right to Union Representation at Disciplinary Meetings

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

In a recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has shed light on the scope of an employee’s right to union representation at an investigatory interview conducted by the employer. The prior case of NLRB v....more

DOL Withdraws Guidance Letters Leaving Employers to Pick up the Pieces

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) guidance on independent contractors and joint employment issued during the Obama administration,...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

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

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

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

NLRB Settlements Can Be Tricky, Especially If You Don’t Inform The Agency

The last few decisions issued by the NLRB have addressed a wide spectrum of rather unique situations. Just in the last several days we saw decisions involving a combative registered nurse and a human resources representative...more

National Labor Relations Board Finds Union Supporter’s Profanity-Laden Rant Unprotected by the National Labor Relations Act

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a rare win for the employer, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) unanimously affirmed an Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) decision that the termination of a union bargaining-committee representative for a...more

Court Upholds Reinstatement of Fired Facebook Ranter

Employers, what would you do if an employee made a post on Facebook that referred to his/her supervisor as a “nasty mother***er” and also stated “f**k [the supervisor] and [his/her] entire f***ing family?” It’s a no-brainer...more

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