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Short List of Possible Trump NLRB Candidates Reported

President Donald J. Trump has narrowed his list of candidates to fill the two open seats on the five-member National Labor Relations Board to Marvin Kaplan, William Emanuel, and Douglas Seaton, according to Bloomberg BNA. Emanuel and Seaton are labor attorneys and Kaplan is counsel to the Commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review … Continue Reading

DOL Nominee’s Confirmation Hearing To Take Place Next Week

The confirmation hearing for Secretary of Labor-nominee Andrew Puzder before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee will take place on February 16, according to Politico. The hearing has been delayed four times. The last one, scheduled for February 7, was put off “indefinitely” because the HELP committee had not received the required … Continue Reading

NLRB GC Instructs Regions to Hold on Class Action Waiver Cases Until Supreme Court Rules

The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has instructed Regional Offices to hold in abeyance cases involving mandatory arbitration agreements with opt in or opt out clauses. Regions must do the same in cases where an employer argues that the class action waiver in its arbitration agreement is different than the one at … Continue Reading

Public Sector Employees in Three States Sue to Nix Fair Share Fees

Four Pennsylvania school teachers, two Santa Clara Valley Medical Center pharmacists, and three New York school workers have filed separate suits challenging the constitutionality of state requirements permitting the unions that represent them to require them, if they do not join and pay dues, to pay a “fair share fee” (similar in amount to the … Continue Reading

Defamation Verdict Drives Union into Bankruptcy

A Texas jury has awarded a company $7.8 million in compensatory damages and interest after finding Service Employees International Union Local 5 significantly damaged the company’s business through false claims of workplace violations. As a result, Local 5 has filed for federal bankruptcy protection. In 2006, Local 5 launched the infamous “Justice for Janitors” campaign … Continue Reading

Puzder Chosen to Head DOL: Many Changes Expected

President-elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Andrew Puzder, Chief Executive Officer of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, to head the U.S. Department of Labor. Puzder has criticized state and local minimum wage increases, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and government overregulation, among other things. If Puzder is … Continue Reading

Non-Union, Specialty Lights Maker Must Return Work from Mexico, Federal Appeals Court Rules

The NLRB properly found a non-union employer unlawfully retaliated against striking employees and violated the National Labor Relations Act by transferring work from Illinois to Mexico, the federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled. Amglo Kemlite Labs., Inc. v. NLRB, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 15100 (7th Cir. Aug. 17, 2016). The Court enforced the Board’s … Continue Reading

No Supreme Court Rehearing in Case on Public Sector Unions’ Right to Charge Mandatory Union Fees

The United States Supreme Court has refused to rehear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., in which the Court had issued a 4-4 opinion in April. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915 (Mar. 29, 2016). Friedrichs  sought to overrule, on First Amendment grounds, Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, a 1977 Supreme Court … Continue Reading

Minnesota Court Rules in Persuader Lawsuit, Finds “Strong Likelihood” of Success on the Merits, But Rule Remains Effective July 1

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota today ruled in Labnet Inc. d/b/a Worklaw Network, et al v. United States Department of Labor, et al, that the plaintiffs have a strong likelihood of success on the merits of their lawsuit challenging the DOL’s new “persuader” rule, but refused to stay or enjoin the rule. Therefore, for now, … Continue Reading

NLRB Requires Employer to Bargain with Union over Unilateral Use of Temp Agency Employees and E-Verify

An Administrative Law Judge of the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that a meat processing company had violated provisions of the National Labor Relations Act when it utilized a temporary employment agency to fill vacant bargaining unit positions, and enrolled in the E-Verify program without first adequately notifying or bargaining with the local union. … Continue Reading

New Georgia Law Says Franchisors Generally Not Employers of Franchisees or Franchisees’ Workers

The “Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act” amends Georgia’s Labor and Industrial Relations Code to provide that neither a franchisee nor a franchisee’s employee is considered an employee of a franchisor for “any purpose.” However, the amendment does not apply to Georgia Workers’ Compensation Code. The Act goes into effect on January 1, 2017. The Georgia … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Upholds Right of Public Sector Unions to Charge Mandatory Union Fees

By a 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court ruling that public sector unions could require employees to pay an agency fee to a union as a condition of employment. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915 (Mar. 29, 2016). The plaintiffs had argued that their First Amendment rights were violated … Continue Reading

DOL’s New “Persuader Activities” Rule Is Finalized – Effective Late April 2016

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will publish its final rule relating to “persuader” activity under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) on March 24, 2016, almost five years after first proposing it. The rule (which was opposed by, among others, the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Justices Appear Ready to Overturn Mandatory Union Fees for Public Sector Employees

The United States Supreme Court appears headed toward outlawing “agency-shop” or “fair share” provisions in public sector collective bargaining agreements, requiring non-members to pay union fees, sometimes reluctantly, in lieu of dues.  Frederichs v. Cal. Teachers Ass’n, No. 14-915, argued Jan. 11, 2016. The Supreme Court held in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 … Continue Reading

NLRB Says Beer Dealer’s Refusal-To-Drug-Test Firing Doesn’t Mix With “Weingarten Rights”

Brewing more trouble for workplace drug testing, the National Labor Relations Board has held a New York beer distributor violated the National Labor Relations Act by denying its driver helper, who reported to work with his clothes “reek[ing] of the smell of marijuana” and with “glassy” and “bloodshot” eyes, and was directed to take a drug test … Continue Reading

Public Union Dues Comes under Supreme Court Scrutiny

The constitutionality of “fair share” provisions, requiring non-members covered by public-sector collective bargaining agreements to pay union fees, will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, No. 14-915. In Friedrichs, ten California teachers and the Christian Educators Association International sued the California Teachers Association, the National Education Association, and others, … Continue Reading

New Texas Law Says Franchisors, with Exception, Not Employers of Franchisees’ Workers

The Texas Labor Code has been amended to provide that a franchisor is not considered an employer for claims related to employment discrimination, wage payment, the Texas Minimum Wage Act, and the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act, among other laws. According to S.B. 652, this is so unless the franchisor has been found by a state … Continue Reading

NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rules Effective Today

The National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” rules go into effect today. (Two lawsuits challenging the rules are still pending.) Read here for more information on the rules and their impact on your organization. To learn more about the rules and other important NLRB developments, attend Jackson Lewis’ seminar, “Surveying the New Labor Law … Continue Reading

NLRB Begins New “Educational” Campaign in Run-Up to Quickie Election Rule

In a series of tweets, the National Labor Relations Board is using social media in an attempt to increase  concerted and union activity under the NLRA. Starting on February 4, 2015, the NLRB began tweeting exhortations to non-union employees  to utilize the Agency’s services and notifications to all employees about the broad jurisdictional reach of the NLRA:  Who … Continue Reading

Employer’s Warning Violates NLRA, Board Rules

An employer’s verbal warning for “continued frivolous requests for information…and interfering with the operation of the business,” directed to a shop steward who made two  requests to the employer for information including payroll information, violated the National Labor Relations Act, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Dover Energy, Inc.,Blackmer Division, 361 NLRB No. 48 … Continue Reading

416 Reasons Why There is No Rest for the NLRB

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June that President Barack Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 were invalid, NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce stated, “[The Board is] committed to resolving any cases affected by today’s decision as expeditiously as possible.” Now, the Board has issued a 21-page … Continue Reading

Ray Rice Saga: Not Just About The Punishment Fitting the Crime

Ray Rice is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and the NFL Players Association.  Despite the seriousness of the incident involving the former Baltimore Ravens running back and his wife, it may have been against the “rules” for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have increased Rice’s suspension from two games to … Continue Reading

Supreme Court’s Decision on Compulsory Union Fees May Have Extensive Effect

The United States Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly on a case that could deal a crushing blow to unions representing public employees. The case, Harris v. Quinn, No. 12-861, concerns the lawfulness of Illinois’ statute requiring that home-based health care aides join or support financially a union designated by the state to bargain on … Continue Reading

OSHA and NLRB Update Referral Agreement

OSHA and the NLRB have announced implementation of a joint referral agreement to redirect to the Labor Board OSHA complainants whose claims of discrimination under the OSH Act are time barred, but may form the basis of timely unfair labor practice charges under the NLRA.  The accord was disclosed by NLRB Associate General Counsel Purcell … Continue Reading
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