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Hoffa Retains Teamsters Union Presidency — Fewer Concessions Ahead?

James P. Hoffa has received a majority of valid votes cast in the election for General President of the Teamsters Union, according to ibtvote.org, the official website for the Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The counting of ballots was completed on November 18, 2016, but the results will not be official until certified by the Election Supervisor, Richard W. Mark. If certified, this will be Hoffa’s fourth reelection win. The last election was held in 2011.

Federal Court Upholds NLRB Decision Finding That Employee Had Right To Physical Presence of Union Representative Before Consenting To Drug Test

A federal appeals court upheld November 16, 2016 the decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that an employer violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act by denying an employee the right to the physical presence of a union representative before consenting to take a drug test, and by discharging him for refusing to take the test without a union representative present. Manhattan Beer Distributors LLC v. National Labor Relations Board, Nos. 15-2845, 15-3099 (2d Cir. Nov. 16, 2016).

DOL's 'Persuader Activity' Rule Stopped

A new rule from the US Department of Labor (DOL) that would have expanded an employer's obligation under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) to report persuader activity - activity engaged in to directly or indirectly persuade employees concerning their rights to organize and collectively bargain - appears to be on its last legs.

DOL Changes Under Fire – Key Ruling Issued and Another Ruling Forthcoming

Back in June, we reported that a district court in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the new “persuader” rules that were set to take effect July 1, 2016 marking a significant victory for employers. That same court on November 16, 2016 issued a nationwide permanent injunction blocking the DOL from implementing the rules — and granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs, who were various business organizations, states, and attorneys.

Implementation of DOL's New Persuader Rule Permanently Blocked

A federal court in Texas has issued a decision permanently blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing the final version of its "persuader rule." See National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Perez (N.D. Tex. November 16, 2016). On June 27, 2016, the court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the DOL from implementing the rule. In its June 27 decision, the court held that a temporary injunction was appropriate because the parties challenging the rule were likely to succeed on their claim that the rule exceeds the DOL's authority under the LMRDA since it conflicts with the plain language of that statute. Additionally, in the June 27 decision the court held that the parties challenging the rule were likely to succeed on their claims it violates the Administrative Procedures Act, is arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of the DOL’s discretion, and that it violates employers’ Constitutional rights to free speech and association. In today’s decision finding the rule unlawful, the court adopted the reasoning set out in the June 27 decision. The court also converted its earlier temporary injunction into a permanent injunction with nationwide effect.

Court Grants Permanent Injunction, Blocking Labor Department’s New Persuader Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, has converted its nationwide preliminary injunction, issued on June 27, 2016, against the U.S. Department of Labor’s “persuader” rule into a nationwide permanent injunction. National Federation of Independent Business, et al. v. Perez, et al., No. 5:16-CV-00066-C (N.D. Tex. Nov. 16, 2016). The court found the rule “unlawful.”

Court Permanently Blocks DOL's Persuader Rule

To the relief of many employers that rely on third parties to provide labor advice and services, a Texas federal court has permanently blocked a rule that would have required them to make certain disclosures about their consultants to the Department of Labor. In National Federation of Independent Business v. Perez, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas held that the DOL's "persuader" rule "should be held unlawful and set aside," and that the temporary injunction the court issued in June to prevent the DOL from enforcing the rule be made permanent. As a result of this permanent injunction, employers—at least for the foreseeable future—do not need to comply with the consultant disclosure requirements.

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins the Persuader Rule

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) converted its injunction preventing implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s revised persuader rule on a national basis from preliminary to permanent. According to Judge Sam R. Cummings’s order, the court converted the preliminary injunction to a permanent one for the same reasons “stated in the Court’s Preliminary Injunction Order entered June 27, 2016” in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al. Judge Cummings found the DOL’s revised persuader rule to be “not merely fuzzy around the edges. Rather the New Rule is defective to its core.”

Employers Claim Crucial Victory In Persuader Battle

Today a federal court judge delivered what could be the final nail in the coffin for the controversial persuader rule, which sought to force attorneys and their clients to report in open records the details of their confidential attorney-client relationships, and which would have complicated employers’ efforts to seek legal counsel in opposing and dealing with unions. District Court Judge Sam R. Cummings, sitting in the Northern District of Texas, today granted a permanent injunction that will block the rule from going into effect on a nationwide basis.

What’s Next in Labor Law?

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States carries with it the possibility of major changes in the field of labor law. The most significant changes likely will come at the National Labor Relations Board.