All Items: Labor Relations

  • Supreme Court Deals Limited Blow to Public Unions

    Date:
    02 July 2014

    The Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn struck down an Illinois law compelling home care personal assistants (PAs) working under the Illinois Rehabilitation Program to pay union dues despite being non-members but stopped short of stripping a state's ability to require non-union public sector workers to pay union dues. In a 5-4 decision, the Court narrowly ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the collection of "fair share" or agency fees from the PAs because they are "partial public employees" rather than "full-fledged public employees."

  • Noel Canning: Supreme Court Invalidates President's NLRB Recess Appointments

    Date:
    27 June 2014

    The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012 are invalid and unconstitutional. This decision is critical for employers because, by concluding that the President lacked the power to make the three recess appointments to the NLRB, the NLRB lacked the legal authority to issue over 800 (including several controversial) decisions that affect both union and non-union workplaces.

  • NLRB, OSHA Enter into Whistleblower Complaint Referral Program

    Date:
    29 May 2014

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) entered into a referral program in which OSHA agreed to refer time-barred whistleblower complaints regarding workplace safety to the NLRB for further investigation. The NLRB is likely to see a surge of safety-related ULPs as a result of this alliance with OSHA.

  • NLRB Invites Briefs on Whether Employers May Prohibit Employee Use of Work Email for NLRA-Protected Activity

    Date:
    02 May 2014

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced yesterday that it is inviting briefs on whether it should adopt a rule providing that "employees who are permitted to use their employer's email for work purposes have the right to use it for Section 7 activity, subject only to the need to maintain production and discipline."

  • 5th Circuit Affirms NLRB Determination Striking Down Confidentiality Policy

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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

    Date:
    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.

About this category

News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding the management of labor relations. Support and guidance on the ever growing field of labor law.