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Doubling Down: NLRB Joint Employer Standard Under Dual Review

Whether the National Labor Relations Board’s recently articulated joint employer standard can withstand judicial scrutiny is about to be tested. Browning Ferris Industries of California has filed a petition for review (in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit) of the NLRB’s bargaining order, asking the Court to deny enforcement … Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Announces Wish-List Of “Hot-Button” Issues To Be Handled By His Office

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel has assembled his latest wish-list of “hot-button” issues he hopes to present to the Board for decision when the right cases are presented to his office. Because certain NLRB unfair labor practice cases “are of particular interest and would benefit from centralized consideration,” the General Counsel has determined … Continue Reading

Labor Board Acts to Address Budget Deficit

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel has directed the Board’s regional offices to institute  cost-cutting measures in light of a significant budget deficit facing the agency for the balance of fiscal year 2016 (ending September 30). In Memorandum OM-16-09, NLRB Associate General Counsel Anne Purcell instructed regional directors, officers-in-charge, and residents officers to institute … Continue Reading

Seattle Ordinance Giving Drivers Right to Bargain Collectively Violates Federal Law, Chamber Says in Lawsuit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has challenged the Seattle City Ordinance giving drivers of app-based transportation companies that use independent contractors to provide services (such as Uber and Lyft) the right to collectively bargain.  (See our post, Seattle City Council Enacts Ordinance Giving Drivers Right to Collectively Bargain, Legal Challenges Expected.) On its face, the … Continue Reading

Browning-Ferris Appeals NLRB’s Landmark Joint Employer Decision to U.S. Court of Appeals

As expected, Browning-Ferris Industries has appealed to the United States Court of Appeals (in Washington, D.C.) from the National Labor Relations Board’s ground-breaking decision finding that BFI, as a joint employer of employees that BFI used from Leadpoint Business Services, unlawfully refused to bargain with Teamsters Local 350. BFI’s “Petition for Review” was filed in … Continue Reading

Unions Fight Each Other to Represent LaGuardia Airport Uber Drivers

A petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board by Armonk, New York-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1430, seeking  an election to represent a unit of 600 “full-time and regular part-time taxicab drivers employed by Uber working from the Laguardia [sic] airport” has sparked  infighting at  the AFL-CIO, the IBEW’s parent organization. The … Continue Reading

Labor Board Sets 24-Hour Ban on Meetings about Unions Prior to Mail Ballot Elections

The National Labor Relations Board has significantly changed its rule governing when “mass campaign meetings” with employees by the parties (employer or union) to an NLRB-conducted mail-ballot election may be held. Mass campaign meetings are planned or unplanned “captive-audience” meetings or discussions about unionization involving two or more employees at a time. The new rule … Continue Reading

2015 Union Membership Rate Relatively Stable Despite New NLRB Election Rules

Despite the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election rules,” the percentage of unionized workers in the private sector remained stable during 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor: 6.7% of private-sector workers were in unions in 2015, up from 6.6% in 2014. Not surprisingly, public-sector workers had a … Continue Reading

Browning-Ferris Appeals ‘Joint Employer’ Decision to U.S. Court of Appeals

Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. (“BFI”) has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the National Labor Relations Board’s January 20, 2016 decision that it, a waste management company, and Leadpoint Business Services, Inc. (“Leadpoint”), a staffing agency that provided employees to BFI, were joint employers of those employees under … Continue Reading

Labor Department Joins Joint-Employer Controversy with Interpretation of Fair Labor Standards Act

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act taking a broad view of joint employment. To read about the DOL’s interpretation, click here. This fuels the fire ignited by the National Labor Relations Board’s broad new standard for determining joint-employer … Continue Reading

Employer “Captive Audience” Communications Rule Under Attack

A group of 106 university and law school professors of labor law and employment relations has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to issue a rule amending its long-held position regarding “captive audience” meetings held by employers in connection with NLRB-conducted union elections. The petition, filed on January 15, 2016, requires “equal time” for unions, … Continue Reading

NLRB Joint-Employer Decision Moves Closer to Review by Circuit Court of Appeals

The NLRB’s landmark Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. decision, creating a new joint employer standard, has taken another step toward judicial review in a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On August 27, 2015, the Board found that Browning-Ferris and Leadpoint Business Services were joint employers of certain workers that BFI subcontracted from Leadpoint. After an … Continue Reading

Seattle City Council Enacts Ordinance Giving Drivers Right to Collectively Bargain, Legal Challenges Expected

Landmark legislation giving drivers of app-based transportation companies, such as Uber and Lyft, the right to collectively bargain, has been passed by the Seattle City Council.  However, the new law faces significant legal hurdles. Although the new law, enacted on December 13, on its face is intended to improve public health, safety and welfare by … Continue Reading

What is “Available” Voter Contact Information Under the Quickie Election Rule Remains Unclear for Now

The American Federation of Teachers Connecticut has withdrawn its petition to represent 866 full-time, part-time, and per-diem non-professional employees employed at Danbury Hospital. The move likely makes moot the employer’s appeal (Request for Review) of a National Labor Relations Board Regional Director’s ruling that the employer did not exercise “a reasonable amount of diligence” in … Continue Reading

Citing NLRB’s Long Delay, Court Refuses to Issue Temporary Injunction

Pointing to the NLRB’s 15-month delay in filing its petition as undermining its claim of irreparable injury, a federal district court in Illinois has denied the National Labor Relations Board’s application for injunctive relief against an employer under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act. Ohr v. Arlington Metals Corporation, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue Reading

Has NLRB’s Reach Exceeded its Grasp in Trashing Restaurant’s Non-Board Lawsuit Settlement?

A settlement of two Fair Labor Standards Act claims (an individual lawsuit and a class action) by employees of a Bronx restaurant and the employer’s Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations Act lawsuit against a union seeking to represent the employer’s employees has fallen through as a result of National Labor Relations Board objections to two … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Ruling Yet Another Reminder of NLRB’s Handbook Initiative

Three policies in an employer’s handbook violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held, agreeing with the National Labor Relations Board. The Court disagreed, however, that two other policies found illegal by the NLRB violated the Act. Hyundai Shipping Agency, Inc. … Continue Reading

Union Seeks Labor Board Review of Regional Director’s Adverse Joint Employer Decision

In Green JobWorks LLC/ACECO, LLC, No. 05-RC-154596 (Oct. 21, 2015), discussed here, a case believed to be the first post-Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), to apply the new joint employer “test” articulated there, a National Labor Relations Board Regional Director found that a subcontractor and temporary staffing agency … Continue Reading

Subcontractor, Temporary Staffing Agency not Joint Employers, NLRB Regional Director Decides

An NLRB case involving the construction industry provides insight into how the agency’s new joint employer standard may be applied. The Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), provided that “the initial inquiry [under the Board’s new joint employer standard] is whether there is a common-law employment … Continue Reading

Company’s Property Rights Can be Trumped by Safety Concerns, Federal Court Rules

Enforcing a National Labor Relations Board order, the federal appeals court in Chicago has held an employer unlawfully denied a union safety specialist access to its facility to examine the site of a fatal accident (the cause of which had not been determined) involving a bargaining unit employee. Caterpillar Inc. v. NLRB, No. 14-3528 (7th … Continue Reading

Act Two: Employer Failed to Provide Union with Available Voter Contact Information, NLRB Regional Director Finds

In Employer Ambushed by Labor Board’s New Election Rule, we reported that a National Labor Relations Board Hearing Officer decided that Danbury Hospital had not complied with its obligation under the NLRB’s new “quickie election” rule to provide the union which had petitioned to represent approximately 850 of the Hospital’s non-professional employees with “available” personal … Continue Reading

Drug and Alcohol Testing May Contribute to Joint Employer Finding By NLRB

We have written previously about the National Labor Relation Board’s 3-2 decision in Browning-Ferris of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (August 27, 2015), increasing the likelihood the Board may find two employers to be “joint employers,” and thereby share many collective bargaining responsibilities as well as liability for each other’s violations of the National … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Camelot: A Less Congenial Spot for Happy Independent Contracting

Trying to keep track of the “tests” that various government agencies use to determine whether an individual is (or is not) an independent contractor? Don’t ignore the National Labor Relations Board’s latest. It was applied recently in Sisters’ Camelot, 363 NLRB No. 13 (Sept. 25, 2015). Whether individuals performing services for an entity are employees, … Continue Reading
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