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Workplace Civility Legal Again

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Rules mandating workplace civility and protection of confidential business information — recently the target of the National Labor Relations Board — are lawful again....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 2017

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

End of the Year Whirlwind for Labor and OSHA Matters! Part II of III – NLRB.

by Fisher Phillips on

No other agency so radically changed the law under the Obama Administration; nor galvanized so much management-side resistance as the National Labor relations Board (NLRB). So it seems appropriate that the NLRB would stagger...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

Flurry of NLRB Activity Highlighted by Board’s Reversal of Browning-Ferris and Return to Prior Longstanding Joint Employer...

by Benesch on

The National Labor Relations Board, composed of a Republican majority for the first time in more than ten years, acted quickly to reverse the controversial 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries decision which had drastically...more

Labor Board Overrules Unworkable Joint-Employer Test - Crucial Victory For Employers Halts Labor’s Momentum

by Fisher Phillips on

The newly constituted National Labor Relations Board announced that a troublesome joint-employer test adopted in 2015 would be immediately scrapped, instead reaffirming its prior reasonable standard for determining...more

New NLRB General Counsel Memorandum Hints that Changes May Be Coming

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On December 1, 2017, Peter B. Robb, the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”), issued an advice memorandum outlining the Board’s enforcement priorities and policy objectives. Many of these...more

New NLRB General Counsel Fires Shot Across The Bow

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb has made a first and lasting impression with his initial Memorandum describing Mandatory Submissions to Advice. General Counsel Robb announced his intent to review, through the Division of...more

New NLRB General Counsel Signals Major Shift Away From Obama-Era Board Policies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel (GC) has signaled in a sweeping memorandum that the agency, under the Trump administration, is likely to reconsider and reverse many of its...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

Top Five Labor Law Developments For August 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employees had no right to union representation in their employer’s peer review committee proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled. Midwest Division – MMC, LLC, dba Menorah Medical...more

“Civil” War At The Workplace: Enforcing Civility Rules In Light Of Federal Roadblocks

by Fisher Phillips on

Almost everyone would agree they prefer to work in a civil and respectful environment. Because of this, many employers have developed policies and training sessions to promote civil and respectful behavior in the workplace....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

To Search A Supervisor’s Phone Or To Not Search A Supervisor’s Phone? That Is The Question

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 7, 2017, the Board held that in order to comply with the Board’s Election Rules, an employer may need to search the phones of supervisors to identify the phone numbers of eligible voters, even if...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

Management Rights Clause Does Not Give Management Right to Skip Bargaining Over Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreement D.C....

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Minteq v. NLRA, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held an employer committed an unfair labor practice under Section 8 (a)(5) by failing to notify and bargain with a union over its...more

Federal Court: NLRB Correct That Successor Employer Must Bargain With Existing Union Under Labor Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the first test of the National Labor Relations Board’s 2011 “successor bar” rule, the federal appeals court in Boston has upheld the NLRB’s decision that the union is protected from decertification after a change of...more

“Do You Kiss Your Mother With That Post?” Second Circuit Rules on Foul Facebook Post about Employer

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in to support the NLRB’s finding that an employee’s profanity-ridden social media posting about his employer (and his employer’s mother) was not so offensive that it went beyond the...more

F-Word Facebook Firing Flipped By Federal Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling that could leave employers fuming and possibly cursing, a federal appellate court ruled that an employee who used a public Facebook page to curse out not just his boss, but also his boss’s mother and entire...more

Dues Checkoff Revocations May Be Valid in Wisconsin Despite Federal Court Ruling

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A Wisconsin federal court has invalidated a key provision in Wisconsin’s Right to Work law that gave employees the right to cancel deduction of union dues from their paychecks. Int’l Ass’n of Machinists v. Allen, et al., No....more

Will Employers Cry Mayday This May 1? What You Need To Know About Planned Protest Activities

by Fisher Phillips on

May Day has historically been a day marked by workers’ rights protests, with union organizing activities and other employee advocacy actions taking place across the country on what is now known as “International Workers’...more

Giving the Unions Their Dues: NLRB ALJ Finds Partial Preemption of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Administrative Law Judge found that the NLRA preempts part of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that restricts employers from deducting union dues directly from employees’ paychecks....more

NLRB General Counsel Looks to Expand Reach of Federal Labor Law to Private Colleges and Universities; Believes that Scholarship...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Since 2014, the National Labor Relations Board has issued three significant decisions related to union organizing at private universities: Pacific Lutheran University; Columbia College; and Northwestern University. ...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Report on NLRA Protections For Faculty and Students

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a last minute attempt to leave his mark on the NLRB, the Board’s outgoing General Counsel issued a report attempting to expand the rights of university faculty and students, including scholarship...more

Don’t Believe Everything You Read: Labor Board Has Not Ruled College Athletes Are Employees (Yet)

by Fisher Phillips on

ESPN recently reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had “ruled” that Northwestern University’s football players were actually “employees,” and that the University’s policing of its football players’ social...more

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