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Upending a Fifty-Three Year Old Precedent, National Labor Relations Board Holds that an Employer’s Obligation to Deduct Union Dues from Employee Paychecks Continues after the Expiration of a Collective Bargaining Agreement

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Unions
On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) held that an employer’s obligation to deduct union dues from employee paychecks continues after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement. Lincoln Lutheran of Racine, Case 30-CA-111099 (Aug. 27, 2015). In doing so, the Board nullified its fifty-three year old Bethlehem Steel, 136 NLRB… Continue Reading

Five Practical Issues Browning-Ferris Creates for Employers

Posted in Joint Employer, NLRA, NLRB Decisions
National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), will have significant and far-reaching effects as it greatly expands the scope of relationships in which the Board can and will find entities to be joint employers. While the full ramifications of the Board’s decision remain to be… Continue Reading

NLRB Rewrites Decades-Old Joint Employer Test

Posted in Joint Employer, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
Today the National Labor Relations Board issued its long-awaited ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), a 3-2 decision overruling the NLRB’s prior joint-employer standard adopted in 1984. The Board majority, consisting of Chairman Pearce and Members Hirozawa and McFerran, prefaced its need for revisiting the thirty-year-old standard on the fact that “the… Continue Reading

BOARD FINDS THAT AN EMPLOYEE’S BRIEF SUSPENSION VIOLATED LABOR LAW

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions
In Bellagio, LLC, 362 NLRB No. 175 (Aug. 20, 2015), the National Labor Relations Board concluded that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”) when it supposedly denied an employee’s request for union representation during a disciplinary interview and also suspended him for refusing to participate in the investigation without union representation.… Continue Reading

NLRB Declines to Assert Jurisdiction Over Northwestern University Football Players

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
Inspiring a torrent of “punt”-related puns, the National Labor Relations Board on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction over the unionization effort of scholarship football players at Northwestern University.  In Northwestern University, 362 NLRB No. 167 (Aug. 17, 2015), a unanimous decision of all five Board Members held: …we conclude, without deciding whether the scholarship players are employees… Continue Reading

DC Circuit Invalidates Most of Lafe Solomon’s Tenure as Acting General Counsel

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB Decisions, Presidential Appointments
On August 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that Lafe Solomon, the former Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, served in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (“FVRA”) from January 5, 2011 to November 4, 2013. In SW General, Inc. v. NLRB, the… Continue Reading

BOARD CONCLUDES THAT AN EXECUTIVE’S “VEILED THREAT” INTERFERED WITH ELECTION

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Decisions
In Student Transportation of America, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 156 (Aug. 3, 2015), the National Labor Relations Board concluded that an executive’s statement, shortly prior to a union election, that the employer “could walk away” from a contract with the proposed bargaining unit’s only client if “operations became too costly” might have tarnished the vote.… Continue Reading

Board Finds Deferral to Arbitration Inappropriate Where Employer Clearly Violated the Express Terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices
In Oakland Physicians Medical Center, LLC, 362 NLRB No. 129 (July 22, 2015), the National Labor Relations Board both rejected the employer’s request for deferral to arbitration and found that the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act by making unilateral changes to employee health care coverage, including the premiums paid by the employees, during… Continue Reading

NLRB to Decide Whether It Can Impose Mixed Units of Both Solely and Jointly Employed Workers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
For those that have followed developments in labor law over the years, it should come as no surprise that the National Labor Relations Board is again visiting the issue of whether it can direct a representation election for a unit consisting of both jointly employed temporary workers and regular workers employed solely by the user… Continue Reading

NLRB Sets Aside Election Results Due to Bonuses Paid During Critical Period

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections
In SBM Management Services, 362 NLRB No. 144 (July 8, 2015), the National Labor Relations Board held that an employer’s distribution of bonuses to 11 employees in a bargaining unit of approximately 35 employees just days before a vote on union representation violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act and ordered that a… Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Reverses Board Decision Allowing Employees to Wear “Inmate,” “Prisoner” Shirts in Customer Homes

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
With a subtle introductory rebuke, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has reined in one of the National Labor Relations Board’s more outrageous decisions of the past few years.  In Southern New England Telephone Company v. NLRB, No. 11-1099 (D.C. Cir., July 10, 2015), the court vacated the Board’s ruling that the… 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

NLRB Flip Flops, Finds Employer Legally Terminated Employee for Dishonesty

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
On remand because of the Supreme Court’s ruling in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 134 S.Ct. 2550 (2014), the National Labor Relations Board reversed course in Fresenius USA Manufacturing, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 130 (June 24, 2015), and found that an employer lawfully terminated an employee for dishonesty during an investigation of employee misconduct. The 2015 decision is a stark… Continue Reading

NLRB Invalidates Conflict of Interest Rule

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
The National Labor Relations found an employer’s conflict of interest rule invalid on its face in The Sheraton Anchorage, 362 NLRB No. 123 (June 18, 2015). In its employee handbook, the employer maintained a rule providing: “I understand that conflict of interest with the hotel or company is not permitted.” The rule was immediately adjacent to… Continue Reading

NLRB Judge Overturns Arbitrator’s Decision To Fire Racist Employee

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
In a decision that should unsettle employers, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled last week that Cooper Tire & Rubber violated the National Labor Relations Act by unlawfully terminating an employee who made racist statements on the picket line.  [Cooper Tire decision]  Even worse, Cooper Tire must offer to rehire the racist employee.… Continue Reading

Board Pushes For Enforcement of Controversial Facebook Decision

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Unfair Labor Practices
Late last week, the National Labor Relations Board asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the Board’s ruling that Bettie Page Clothing unlawfully terminated three employees for criticizing their manager on Facebook.  [Reply Brief].  In its April 2013 decision, the Board held that the terminated employees were engaged in protected… Continue Reading

Board Nixes Honda Dress Policy

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, Quick Hits, Remedies, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions
Last week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a Honda car dealership violated the National Labor Relations Act by promulgating unlawful work rules.  Specifically, the dealership maintained an overly broad dress code and unlawfully prohibited employees from wearing pins. In a split decision, member Kent Hirozawa and Chairman Mark Pearce determined that the employer… 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

National Labor Relations Board Issues Complaints in 13 Cases Against Multiple Franchises and McDonald’s as Joint Employers

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions, Unfair Labor Practices
In a post this morning, we noted that the Board has still not issued its decision in the Browning-Ferris case, wherein it is considering whether to preserve or discard its decades-old standard for determining “joint employment” standard.  Undeterred by the fact that the current state of the law does not support his case, the Board’s… Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Narrows Arbitral Deferral Standards.

Posted in NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices
​In yet another holiday “gift”, on December 15, the National Labor Relations Board issued its decision in the closely watched Babcock & Wilcox case, reversing 30+ years of NLRB precedent on whether the NLRB will defer an unfair labor practice charge to a parallel arbitration award. ​The NLRB has a long history of deferring an… Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Issues Final Rule Expediting Union Representation Elections

Posted in Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Expedited Elections, NLRA, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, Representation Elections, Unions
On the heels of yesterday’s Purple Communications, Inc. decision, the National Labor Relations Board today has taken more significant measures to facilitate union organizing.  The Board today has announced issuance of its final rule overhauling representation election procedures to expedite union representation elections. The Board rule contains many of the same controversial measures published in… Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Creates Right of Employees to Use Employer E-Mail Networks for Union Organizing

Posted in NLRA, NLRB Decisions
With midterm elections and Senate confirmation of a fifth Board Member behind us, the National Labor Relations Board returned to the portion of the pending Purple Communications case on which it chose to pass just weeks ago.  In a Decision and Order published today, Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (Dec. 11, 2014), the… 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

NLRB Draws a Line, Unlikes Employees’ Facebook Posts

Posted in NLRB Decisions, Social Media
480534553Cases involving employee Facebook and other social media posts rarely end well for employers (see here, here, and here). However, on October 28, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board gave an employer a rare Facebook victory in Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 361 NLRB No. 74 (2014), finding that the employer lawfully rescinded rehire offers for two employees because… Continue Reading