Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 21, 2017
In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice reversed itself and argued for the legality of mandatory arbitration agreement provisions waiving employees’ rights to bring class actions under the National Labor Relations Act.
Fisher Phillips • July 14, 2017
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
On Wednesday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Wisconsin's right to work law, which ensures that employees must not be required, as a condition of employment, to become a member of a union or pay dues to a union they do not belong to. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139 v. Schimel (Nos. 16-3736 and 16-3834) decision follows a similar 2014 decision regarding Indiana's "right to work" law, which the appeals court found to be controlling precedent.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 07, 2017
President Donald Trump has nominated management labor attorney William Emanuel to fill one of the two vacant seats on the five-member National Labor Relations Board.
Ogletree Deakins • June 29, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) moved one step closer to undoing President Obama's permanently enjoined “persuader activity” regulation when, on June 12, the agency issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for reverse rulemaking to rescind the rule and perhaps revise it. According to the NPRM, the DOL will be accepting public comments on the rule until August 11, 2017.
Ogletree Deakins • June 28, 2017
On June 27, 2017, President Trump nominated labor attorney William J. Emanuel to fill one of two vacancies to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Franczek Radelet P.C • June 22, 2017
With little fanfare, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision striking down Whole Foods’ policies prohibiting workplace audio or video recording without prior approval from management. In an unpublished summary order with no precedential value, the Second Circuit ruled that the NLRB’s decision was supported by substantial evidence and consistent with the National Labor Relations Act.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 22, 2017
1. Handbook rules requiring employees to obtain preapproval to use cameras and other recording devices at work are not per se unlawful, according to the National Labor Relations Board. Mercedes-Benz U.S. Int’l Inc., 365 NLRB No. 67 (May 16, 2017).
Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 18, 2017
A New York City ordinance requiring car wash companies to post a higher surety bond if they do not sign a union bargaining agreement covering their employees is invalid because it unlawfully favors unionization, and therefore runs afoul of the National Labor Relations Act, a federal district court judge has ruled on May 26, 2017. Association of Car Wash Owners v. City of New York, No. 15 Civ. 8157. The ordinance was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on June 29, 2015, and the lawsuit was filed in 2015 by the Association of Car Wash Owners representing 100 car washes within the City.
Fisher Phillips • June 14, 2017
In what appears to be a first-of-its kind decision, the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that an employer committed an unfair labor practice when one of its managers asked a pointed question via text message to an employee about whether his loyalties lie with the company or with the union. While most employers know – or quickly learn – that they should avoid interrogating their employees about union matters, this decision demonstrates that the Labor Board could take a very broad approach when determining the contours of the law, and serves as an important lesson for management personnel dealing with a union drive (RHCG Safety Corp. and Construction & General Building Laborers, Local 79).