Labor Relations items

  • 5th Circuit Affirms NLRB Determination Striking Down Confidentiality Policy

    11 April 2014

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) determination that an employer's confidentiality policy prohibiting employees from disclosing all company financial and personnel information was overly broad and in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

  • NLRB Finds Northwestern Football Players 'Employees,' Permitted to Unionize

    28 March 2014

    In a decision that may have widespread implications for college sports, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that Northwestern University football players receiving scholarships are "employees" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). As a result, the Regional Director directed an election to be conducted so that "all football players who receive football grant-in-aid scholarship and not having exhausted their playing eligibility" at Northwestern can vote whether they want to be represented by a union.

  • BLS: 2013 Major Work Stoppages Down from 2012

    14 February 2014

    According to a news release issued by the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 15 major work stoppages in 2013, down from 19 work stoppages in 2012. The term "work stoppage," as used by the BLS, includes strikes initiated by workers as well as lockouts initiated by employers that involve 1,000 or more workers and last at least one shift.

  • NLRB Revives Efforts to Speed Up Union Election Process

    06 February 2014

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reissued proposed amendments to rules and regulations that would streamline and shorten the time for representation case procedures governing the union election process. The amendments are identical to those first proposed by the NLRB in 2011, which were later struck down by a district court judge because the NLRB lacked a quorum when the amendments were adopted.

  • Private Sector Unionization Increases for First Time in Years

    28 January 2014

    According to the new annual report released by the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the percentage of private sector workers who are union members increased from 6.6 percent in 2012 to 6.7 percent in 2013.

  • Employers Need Not Pay Employees for Changing In and Out of Protective Gear, Supreme Court Rules

    27 January 2014

    Items such as flame-retardant jackets, hardhats and work gloves that are both designed and used to cover the body and are commonly regarded as articles of dress count as clothes under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Supreme Court ruled in Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp.

  • Justices Appear Skeptical of NLRB Recess Appointments

    15 January 2014

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday regarding whether three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were constitutional in NLRB v. Noel Canning. The case is among the most significant of the Court's term because it could place hundreds of NLRB rulings in doubt.

  • NLRB to Charge Wal-Mart for Retaliating Against 2012 Black Friday Protesters

    20 November 2013

    On November 18, 2013, The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) announced that it has authorized complaints against Wal-Mart for unlawfully retaliating against its employees who engaged in strikes and protests on November 22, 2012, otherwise known as "Black Friday."

  • Employers May Not Condition Collective Bargaining on Outcome of Noel Canning

    12 November 2013

    An administrative law judge (ALJ) for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by refusing to bargain with a union unless the union agreed that any collective bargaining agreement (CBA) reached would be void if the US Supreme Court upholds the controversial Noel Canning decision.

  • Supreme Court to Hear First Amendment Challenge to Union "Fair Share" Agreement

    17 October 2013

    The Supreme Court has agreed to review a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that held that requiring Illinois non-union home health care workers to pay a "fair share" of union dues based on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) does not compel their speech and association with the union in violation of the First Amendment.

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