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Labor Relations Today Issues ‘Labor Law 2015: Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Bush Board Reversal, Card Check, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
McGuireWoods labor attorneys and the editors of Labor Relations Today are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2015: A Year In Review. For most of 2015, the National Labor Relations Board consisted of five members and the general counsel — all Senate-confirmed. This Board and the White House continued aggressive efforts to overhaul traditional labor law administratively,… Continue Reading

House Bill Aims To Reverse NLRB’s Expanded “Joint Employer” Definition

Posted in House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB
On October 28, 2015, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce met to mark up the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act (H.R. 3459)—a bill designed to curtail the National Labor Relations Board’s recent expansion of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). As previously discussed, the NLRB’s Browning Ferris Industries decision dramatically… Continue Reading

Senator Sanders (I/D-VT) Re-Introduces Employee Free Choice Act

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, House of Representatives, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
At a press conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) would introduce the “Workplace Democracy Act” (S. 2142, H.R. 3690). This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to facilitate union organizing by requiring certification based on “card check” —… Continue Reading

More About the Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084)

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
As noted yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced a bill to curtail the authority of the National Labor Relations Board.  The Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084) — co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) — is analogous to a House bill (H.R. 1893) introduced earlier in 2015, now with seventy… Continue Reading

GOP House Committee Chairpersons Ask DOL and FAR Council to Withdraw Proposed Blacklisting Regs

Posted in Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Government Contracting, House of Representatives
On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council proposed regulatory amendments and guidance to implement the President’s Executive Order 13673, entitled “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.”  What the Order and proposed regulations subject government contractors to a broad new set of record-keeping, reporting and compliance requirements. Failure to fulfill these… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Panel Criticizes NLRB Jurisdiction Over Indian Tribes, But Affirms Exercise

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Senate
When Congressional Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) commenced a hearing last month on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (H.R. 511), he explained: The subjective nature of the [NLRB]’s process for determining jurisdiction has also produced a mess of legal confusion. Years of litigation have produced inconsistent and misguided board decisions, compounding the uncertainty… Continue Reading

The Road Ahead: Top 10 Labor Issues to Watch in the Back Half of 2015

Posted in Amici Briefs, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
road ahead1.  Will the Courts Uphold the New Expedited Election Rules? The National Labor Relation Board’s new expedited election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, but not before two lawsuits could be filed seeking to invalidate them in January 2015. The first lawsuit was filed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in… Continue Reading

House, Senate Propose NLRB Budget Cuts and Policy Limitations

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
The House and Senate appropriations committees both advanced bills on June 17 and June 23, respectively, seeking to slash the National Labor Relations Board’s budget. The House’s bill seeks a 27 percent reduction, taking the NLRB’s current budget of $274 million down to $200 million. Meanwhile, the Senate bill proposes a ten percent reduction of… Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to Exclude Indian Government Employers From NLRA

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, State/Local Issues
A subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 on H.R. 511, “The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015.”  The bill, which has a counterpart, S. 248, in the Senate, would amend the National Labor Relations Act to expressly exclude tribal employers from the Act’s definition… Continue Reading

President Vetoes GOP Attempt To Nix Quickie Election Rules

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
In an unsurprising move, earlier today President Obama vetoed a measure put forward by House and Senate Republicans under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would have invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” procedures.  The rules, set to take effect in about two weeks, could shrink the period from the… Continue Reading

Chamber Fires Another Round At Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups filed a Motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules should be invalidated. The rules, which were published at the end of last year in the Federal Register, would allow a… Continue Reading

Chairman Pearce Testifies Before House

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits
Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce was called to testify at a House of Representatives budget hearing.  Chairman Pearce’s testimony covered a wide range of topics, beginning with the Board’s backlog of cases resulting from the Supreme Court’s invalidation of President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the Board. Chairman Pearce noted that… Continue Reading

House Passes Measure Disapproving of Quickie Election Procedures

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and passed a measure under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that expresses disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  Among other radical changes made by the Board, the “quickie election” procedures would allow a labor union to hold… Continue Reading

House Takes Up Ambush Election Disapproval Measure

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently debating a resolution brought under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would express its disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s new “quickie election” procedures.  The quickie election rules, set to go into effect next month, could allow a labor union to hold an election in as little… Continue Reading

House Debating Quickie Election Rules After Senate Disapproval Measure Passed

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
As we predicted ($$), the Senate yesterday passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) disapproving of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules, which the Board passed in December, would allow a labor union to hold an election in as little as 11 days after the Board receives an… Continue Reading

Senate Takes Aim At Quickie Election Rule

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 53-45 in favor of proceeding to formal debate on Senate Joint Resolution 8.  S.J. Res. 8 is a joint resolution with the U.S. House of Representatives designed to express both the House and Senate’s disapproval of the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules.  The quickie election rules are… Continue Reading

Congress Has Quickie Election Rule In Its Sights

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
On Monday, Senate Republicans exercised a rarely-used power in an attempt to strike down the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial “quickie election” rule.  The rule, which goes into effect in April of this year, is designed to allow labor unions to hold a union election in as little as 11 days after the filing of… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Releases ‘Labor Law 2014: A Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Amici Briefs, Bush Board Reversal, Corporate Campaigns, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
MLA labor attorneys are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2014: A Year In Review. This marks the fourth straight year that we have produced this annual review of developments in traditional labor law and labor-management relations. 2014 ushered in a National Labor Relations Board with more prospective stability than in recent years as the seats… Continue Reading

With the Mid-Term Elections No Longer a Concern, Expect Flurry of Activity by the NLRB Before Schiffer’s Term Expires

Posted in Amici Briefs, Bush Board Reversal, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Presidential Appointments, Senate
481384017National Labor Relations Board Member Nancy Schiffer’s term expires December 16, 2014. With the mid-term elections out of the way and given the uncertainty of how a Republican-controlled Congress next year could affect the Board majority’s agenda, it is expected that the NLRB will issue decisions addressing significant issues as well as finalize the NLRB’s… Continue Reading

Proposed House Bill Would Make Organizing A Civil Right

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits
The Nation reports that House Democrats John Lewis (GA) and Keith Ellison (MN) plan on introducing legislation that would make labor organizing akin to a civil right.  As currently written, the bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to make union campaigning a fundamental legal right similar to the right to be free from age, sex, or… Continue Reading

HELP Committee Holds Hearing On Board Agenda

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Unions
Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) conducted a hearing concerning the National Labor Relations Board’s current agenda.  MLA’s own Seth Borden testified at the hearing that the Board could issue rulings in the next several months that would both contradict long-standing precedent and undermine the purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.  Specifically, Borden… Continue Reading

Congress Hears Testimony On Student/Athlete Unions

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Yesterday, a Congressional Committee chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) heard testimony regarding the myriad of unintended consequences that could result from allowing student/athletes to form labor unions.  Current Baylor president Ken Starr was particularly adamant that allowing student/athletes to unionize would accidentally expose the students to a host of regulations and laws, such as wage/hour laws and workers’… Continue Reading

College Athletes Union Congressional Hearing Today

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions
Later today, the House Education and Workforce Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding unionization in college sports.  The hearing, of course, comes in the wake of the Northwestern University football team’s union election vote, which took place last month.  The reader may recall that even though the vote was allowed to take place, the… Continue Reading

House To Hold Hearing On Student/Athlete Unionization

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Unions
Next week, the Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing to investigate the consequences of “Unionizing Student Athletes.”  The hearing was called in response to last week’s union election at Northwestern University.  While the votes in that election will be impounded until the full National Labor Relations Board decides whether… Continue Reading