Total Articles: 10
Franczek Radelet P.C • March 18, 2018
On March 14, 2018, leaders from the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, the American Federation of Teachers, and UNITE HERE announced a new coalition to organize graduate students at private universities. Each union will contribute money, political connections, and membership to support organizing efforts at private universities.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 18, 2018
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has confirmed Republican John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board by a 12-11 vote. The next step is a vote by the full Senate.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 14, 2018
The National Labor Relations Board has held that an employee lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act when he improperly accessed a secure area of the employer’s hotel, even though he did so in order to engage in otherwise protected concerted activity. KHRG Employer, LLC, 366 NLRB No. 22 (Feb. 28, 2018).
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 11, 2018
The National Labor Relations Board has vacated its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd., 365 NLRB No. 156 (Feb. 26, 2018), and restored the Board’s union-friendly joint employer test set forth in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), which Hy-Brand overruled.
Franczek Radelet P.C • March 08, 2018
On February 28, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued an important decision for employers and employees, reminding all that protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act does not always shield an employee from discipline.
Less than two weeks after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) surprised employers by resurrecting its Browning-Ferris ruling - which had established a more expansive standard for determining whether two or more employers are joint employers under federal labor law - it has asked a federal appellate court to review the case once again.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 07, 2018
In response to new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb’s proposed changes to case processing and regional office structure, two groups of senior managers and organizations representing the Board’s front-line staff deemed Robb’s ideas an “existential threat” aimed to destroy the NLRB from the inside. A group of NLRB associate regional directors indicated the potential moves have caused general anxiety Agency-wide and have noticeably hurt morale in the field.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 02, 2018
The song “Changes,” written by Phil Ochs, provides an opportune prism to examine the arguably cataclysmic changes implemented and portended by the new employer-friendly majority at the NLRB at the end of 2017 and expected in 2018.
FordHarrison LLP • February 28, 2018
Executive Summary: The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) has vacated its decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, Ltd., (“Hy-Brand”), thereby reinstating the joint employer standard created by the Obama Board in the Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. (“BFI”) decision. The Board’s reversal was due to an apparent conflict of interest created by Board Member William Emanuel’s participation in the Hy-Brand decision.
Phelps Dunbar LLP • February 28, 2018
In a 3-0 order the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) vacated its December 2017 decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors. The Hy-Brand case had reversed the Board’s controversial decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. from 2015 (“BFI”), which had arguably expanded the circumstances under which an employer could be found as a “joint employer” with its contractors. The withdrawal of Hy-Brand followed ethical scrutiny into whether new member, William J. Emanuel, should have participated in the decision based on an Inspector General report regarding member Emanuel’s previous law firm’s work for BFI. In so doing, it returned to the “share or codetermine” test for determining joint-employer status announced in BFI. Most importantly, direct and immediate control over terms and conditions of employment would no longer be a prerequisite to joint-employer status. Rather, under the re-instated “traditional” test stating: