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Let it Snow: NLRB Continues Flurry of December Activity by Adopting New Arbitration Deferral Standards

With the holidays quickly approaching, the National Labor Relations Board’s union-friendly majority continues to churn out decisions that will significantly impact union and non-union employers in 2015 and beyond. Earlier this week, the Board overturned another longstanding precedent when it issued a decision adopting a new, more demanding standard before the Board will defer to an arbitrator’s decision on a contractual issue that also implicates Section 8(a)(1) and (3) unfair labor practices. In doing so, the Board abandoned a standard that it had used for 30 years.

NLRB ISSUES FINAL RULE ON "QUICKIE ELECTIONS": What Employers Can Expect, and How to Prepare

As we alerted you last week, on Monday the National Labor Relations Board published its long-awaited final rule on so-called "quickie" or "ambush" elections. The final rule is similar, but not identical, to a prior Board attempt in 2011. The new rule will take effect April 14, 2015, but employers will need to be prepared well before the effective date.

Should Your Ultimate Goal Be a Union-Free Workplace?

Last week’s NLRB Purple Communications decision about employee emails combine with the announcement by the National Labor Relations Board of the so-called “quickie elections” process, is going to stir up employers.

NLRB Opens Company Email Systems to Employees for Communications Protected by the National Labor Relations Act

Executive Summary: Perhaps overlooked due to the announcement by the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or the "Board") of its revised procedures for union elections, the NLRB issued a decision on December 11 that will have a far-reaching impact on employers' e-mail systems.

NLRB: Hot for the holidays

The National Labor Relations Board is busy — the Board came out late last week with a decision saying that employees can have access to their employers’ email systems for organizing activities under most circumstances. David Phippen has the full story here.

eLABORate: NLRB's New Election Rule

On December 12, 2014 the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule, 29 CFR §§ 101, 102, 103, which expedites the union election process and makes it more difficult for employers to defend against an election. The new rule shortens the time between the petition and the election, limits pre-election litigation, and provides employees with broader access to resources to organize themselves, at the employer’s expense.

Fix for Unions’ Declining Membership? NLRB Issues Quickie Election Rule

A divided National Labor Relations Board (3-2) has issued its long-awaited final rule governing the conduct of representation elections, reducing the time between the filing of a representation petition and the election through procedural changes.

NLRB Implements New “Ambush Election” Rules

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented a final rule amending the agency’s representation-case procedures. The long-anticipated “ambush election” rules, which govern the procedures for union representation elections, go into effect on April 14, 2015. The new rules arguably constitute the most sweeping regulatory change ever implemented by the Board.

Labor Board Adopts Presumption that Employees Can Use Employer’s Email System to Engage in Protected Activity

In a controversial, but not unexpected, decision reversing precedent, the National Labor Relations Board has held that, absent special circumstances that justify specific restrictions, employers must permit employees who have been provided access to their employer’s email system to use that system for statutorily protected communications on their non-working time under the National Labor Relations Act. Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014). The 3-2 decision applies retroactively.

Fix for Unions’ Declining Membership? NLRB Issues Quickie Election Rule

A divided National Labor Relations Board (3-2) has issued its long-awaited final rule governing the conduct of representation elections, reducing the time between the filing of a representation petition and the election through procedural changes.