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HR Support on the Management of Labor Relations

Editor's Note: Keep tabs on the NLRB (whether you're a union or non-union workplace)!

Melissa BoyceOverview: While the percentage of US workers that are unionized has been declining for years, the importance unions play for those they represent continues to be high. The management of labor relations is an important area of concern in the workplace. Both employers and employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) have rights and obligations regarding the unionization of employees. Some key concepts for employers include collective bargaining, lockout, strikes, unfair labor practice, protected concerted activity, right to work, and good faith bargaining - but there are many more!

Trends: Currently 28 states, mostly in the southern and western areas of the United States, are "Right to Work" states. Union organizing is more difficult in these states because they prohibit a union and an employer from reaching an agreement to require union membership and financial support in the form of dues as a condition of continuing employment.

Non-union employers should NOT be complacent that the NLRA or the NLRB don't apply to them. The NLRB has recently ruled in several broad areas, notably work rules, social media and joint employers, which affect all workplaces, union and non-union alike.

Author: Melissa Boyce, JD, Legal Editor

New and Updated

  • Confidential Company Information Handbook Statement

    Type:
    Employee Handbooks

    Under review in relation to recent NLRB legal developments; revised statement to ensure that the provisions do not conflict with an employer’s arbitration program.

  • Trump Nominates John Ring to Fill NLRB Vacancy

    Date:
    January 19, 2018
    Type:
    News

    President Trump has nominated management-side attorney John Ring to fill a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board. If confirmed, Ring will solidify a 3-2 Republican majority on the NLRB.

  • What the NLRB Shakeups Mean for HR

    Date:
    January 4, 2018
    Type:
    Editor's Choice

    An employer should understand recent legal developments from the National Labor Relations Board and how it affects its workplace. XpertHR rounds up resources to help an employer comply with these developments.

  • Labor Rights and Enforcement: Federal

    Type:
    Employment Law Manual

    Updated in light of the NLRB General Counsel Memo 18-02 concerning employer rules and other significant workplace issues.

  • The Unionization Process: Federal

    Type:
    Employment Law Manual

    Updated to reflect NLRB recent developments relating to joint employer liability, bargaining units and email usage at work.

  • Employer Liability: Federal

    Type:
    Employment Law Manual

    Updated in light of the NLRB General Counsel Memo 18-02 concerning employer rules and other significant workplace issues.

  • NLRB Rulings Return Pre-Obama Standards to Some Labor Relations Issues

    Date:
    December 26, 2017
    Type:
    News

    In its last week with a Republican majority, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed several labor relations rulings issued by the prior Democrat-led Board, restoring standards that had been followed for decades.

  • Republican-Led NLRB Reverses Obama-Era Joint Employment Ruling

    Date:
    December 18, 2017
    Type:
    News

    The National Labor Relations Board has reversed the 2015 Obama-era Browning-Ferris Industries ruling that had greatly expanded the definition of joint-employers, and restored the joint-employer standard of "direct control" that had been followed for decades.

  • New NLRB General Counsel Memo Sets Course to Reverse Obama-Era Rulings

    Date:
    December 7, 2017
    Type:
    News

    A new memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board requires regional offices to consult with the General Counsel's office on cases with "significant legal issues" and effectively prevents regional board officers from using discretion to pursue cases against employers based on Obama-era policies and rulings.

  • Podcast: Supreme Court Weighs Crucial Mandatory Arbitration Dispute

    Date:
    October 24, 2017
    Type:
    Podcasts and Webinars

    This podcast features a unique look inside the US Supreme Court as Legal Editor David Weisenfeld provides coverage of a major employment arbitration dispute affecting an estimated 25 million workers and their employment contracts.

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