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Second Circuit Denies NLRB’s Attempt to Issue Bargaining Order Against Novelis Corp.

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 15, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Novelis Corp., et al. v. NLRB, et al., upholding several unfair labor practices against Novelis Corp., but due to passage of...more

A New Push to Organize Graduate Students at Private Colleges and Universities? Four Major Unions Announce a Coalition on Higher Ed...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On March 14, 2018, leaders from the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, the American Federation of Teachers, and UNITE HERE announced a new coalition to organize graduate students at private...more

Restoring “Balance” To The (Work)Force: The Board Clarifies Its Tests To Determine When “Protected Activity” Becomes Unprotected

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Board affirms an employer’s decision to discharge an employee for engaging in dishonesty and a security breach. In the process, it clarifies the legal standards to be used when assessing whether...more

Working Wise: Recent Developments at the NLRB

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode, we review recent transitions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Trump, discuss four significant Board decisions issued in late 2017, and highlight what we should expect from the NLRB...more

NLRB Upholds Discharge of Employee Whose Protected Activity Included Intentional Deception

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 28, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued an important decision for employers and employees, reminding all that protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act does not always shield...more

Federal Appeals Court Hears Next Round In Seattle’s Gig Worker Union Organizing Fight

by Fisher Phillips on

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument today over a proposal that would permit ride-sharing drivers who work for companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize and form unions. Given what could be at stake—the potential...more

Been Harassed? Vote Yes. How Unions Are Leveraging #MeToo To Organize Female Workers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Union organizers are increasingly embracing the #MeToo movement as an organizing tool, claiming that unions are the key to eliminating gender inequity and sexual harassment in the workplace....more

NLRB Overrules Four Key Cases to End 2017 with a Bang

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The National Labor Relations Board isn't waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square. It's ushering in a new era, now. The new and short-lived Republican-appointed majority wasted little time reversing the course the Board...more

A Few (More) of Employers’ Favorite Things From GC 18-02: The End of Alan Ritchey And Preservation of the Levitz and Tri-Cast...

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

“Honey, I Shrunk the Unions!” The Shift Towards Micro-Unions in the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

As union membership in the private sector continues to dwindle (down to 6.4% in 2016), the American labor movement finds itself at a crossroads with the momentous, non-union gig economy. Just as the economy has evolved...more

Knock, Knock… Who’s There And Do I Have To Let You In?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Does an employer have to let a union official in? Only if they have a permit! Right of entry disputes are common – partly because of the multiple laws that at a glance seem to overlap in a way that can be confusing. The...more

Unions Looking to Increase Diversity in Their Leadership Ranks

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recognizing the rise of Millennials and the increasing diversity of the workforce, some labor unions appear to be taking a keen interest in increasing the diversity of those in their leadership ranks, which...more

Feds Come Out Against Seattle’s Law to Unionize Rideshare Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The gig economy just got a strong ally in its fight to remain union-free: the federal government. The latest development in the ongoing saga involving an attempt to put into place the nation’s first unionization law that...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Significantly Alter California Retaliation Law to Benefit Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

Senate Bill 306, among other things, allows an employee or the Labor Commissioner to obtain a preliminary injunction (ordering the employee to be reinstated pending their retaliation claim) upon a mere showing of “reasonable...more

WPI State of the States: Major Bills Advance in September, With More on Deck for October

by Littler on

The baseball pennant races are about to kick off, but not all the action is on the field. Roughly a dozen state legislatures were in session during September, and they considered more than 50 labor and employment bills....more

Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over...more

Board Blows the Whistle on Independent Contractor Status for NBA Video Production Crew

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the NBA season opener just over a month away, at least one team could be getting an unexpected influx of free agents. In Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball, LP, 365 NLRB No. 124 (2017), the Board...more

Unions Win Next Round In Seattle Gig Worker Organizing Battle

by Fisher Phillips on

Chalk this round up to the unions. In a pair of decisions issued last week, a Seattle federal judge ruled that Seattle’s January 2016 Ordinance that seeks to allow for-hire drivers to form unions and collectively bargain with...more

Labor Board Dunks On Employer’s Contractor Classification Attempt - NBA’s Timberwolves Foul Out In Front Of NLRB

by Fisher Phillips on

In a ruling sure to leave businesses and gig economy companies crying foul, the National Labor Relations Board concluded that workers producing electronic video display content for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves were...more

NLRB: Employer Should Not Have Asked an Employee How Things Were Going During a Union Campaign

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers must tread carefully when communicating with employees during union organizing campaigns. A seemingly innocuous question can violate the National Labor Relations Act’s (NLRA) prohibition on employers soliciting...more

NLRB’s Acted More Like “Advocate Than Adjudicator” In Issuing Decision, DC Court of Appeals Concludes

When bargaining over an agreement, it is common to hear union representatives ask “why do we need such elaborate language in an agreement? We are always reasonable.” To which, the company usually responds, “We think you’re...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

The Department of Labor Pulls the Plug on the “Persuader Rule” - Comment Period Open

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Department of Labor has begun the process of withdrawing a 2016 regulation that increased the reporting requirements for employers, labor relations consultants and others under the Labor-Management Reporting and...more

Is the path to Unionized Gig Workers Paved through Credit Card Gratuities?

by Fisher Phillips on

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This mantra holds true for California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher. In February 2017, Gonzalez Fletcher introduced Assembly Bill 1099 – appropriately named for the IRS...more

Major Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Labor and Employment Laws

On June 1, 2017, the Ontario government introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (Bill 148). Bill 148 is not yet the law of the province but, if enacted, it contemplates sweeping changes to both traditional labor and...more

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