All Items: Labor Relations

  • Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Mandatory Public Employee Union Fees

    January 13, 2016

    The Supreme Court heard a significant labor case this week that could put the future of public employee unions in doubt. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a majority of the Court's justices appeared ready to agree with a group of California teachers who claim their free speech rights are being violated when they are compelled to pay dues to the state's teachers' union.

  • NLRB Hands Down Groundbreaking Joint Employer Ruling

    August 31, 2015

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has broadened the definition of "joint employer" in a landmark ruling that could make it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of workers at companies that rely on contractors and franchisees.

  • NLRB Rebuffs Northwestern Football Players' Unionization Bid

    August 18, 2015

    In a case that sparked nationwide debate, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has declined jurisdiction and, therefore, dismissed an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize.

  • Morris County SHRM's 8th Annual Conference Addresses Hot-Button Issues for Employers

    July 24, 2015

    On June 22, 2015, the Morris County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (MC SHRM) held it Eighth Annual Employment Law Symposium, presented in collaboration with Fisher & Phillips, LLP.

  • Supreme Court Case Could Put Future of Public Sector Unions in Doubt

    July 1, 2015

    The Supreme Court announced on June 30 that it will hear a case challenging the mandatory union dues that nearly all California teachers are currently required to pay. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the justices will consider the legality of a practice that labor unions consider crucial - collecting dues from all workers whether they belong to a union or not.

  • Employers May Have to Bargain With Unions Over Response to Employee Data Breaches

    May 4, 2015

    In a precedent-setting complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has alleged that the US Postal Service (USPS) violated employees' right to collectively bargain about wages, benefits and working conditions when it failed to collectively bargain with the postal workers union over the response to a data security breach.

  • President Vetoes Congressional Resolution Overturning NLRB Election Rule

    April 1, 2015

    President Obama has pocket vetoed a congressional resolution that would have overturned a new rule governing union representation election procedures issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

  • NLRB General Counsel Report Addresses Employee Handbooks, Work Rules

    March 25, 2015

    National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr., has issued a report concerning recent employer work rule cases. The report discusses and synthesizes a number of recent challenges to employee handbooks and policies that were presented in cases reviewed, challenged or resolved by the Office of the General Counsel.

  • Wisconsin Now a Right-to-Work State

    March 10, 2015

    Governor Scott Walker has signed Special Session Senate Bill 44, or the Freedom to Work Act, into law. The Act eliminates any requirement that employees pay union dues as a condition of employment.

  • Illinois Executive Order Limits Public Sector Unions

    February 13, 2015

    Newly-elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order to bar unions from requiring all state workers to pay the equivalent of union dues. This order affects an estimated 6,500 state employees who are not union members.

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