Labor

  • May 10, 2024

    Construction Co. Shakes Black Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    A Washington federal judge granted a win Friday to a construction company in a Black ex-worker's lawsuit, saying he failed to show he was forced to quit because he complained about his manager's racist comments and not because of the 18 safety warnings he received.

  • May 10, 2024

    Biz Faked Closure After Union Vote, NLRB Judge Says

    An Illinois sprinkler installer committed a barrage of labor violations around its workers' overwhelming vote to unionize in late 2022, including by withholding Christmas turkeys and firing 10 perceived union backers in a false shutdown, a National Labor Relations Board judge said.

  • May 10, 2024

    Deal Reported In Union Production Workers' Benefits Fight

    A settlement is likely coming in a proposed class action filed by Parsec Inc. employees against the National Production Workers Union in Illinois federal court, signaling an end to claims that the rail transportation company's withdrawal from a collective bargaining agreement should have triggered the payout of severance and retirement funds.

  • May 10, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears Police Officer's Bias Case

    This week, the Second Circuit is scheduled to consider a former Ramapo, New York, police officer's lawsuit claiming the town discriminated against her on the basis of her race and gender when it did not assign her a light duty assignment after she returned to the job from an injury. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • May 10, 2024

    Union Seeks To Force Kellanova To Arbitrate Wage Grievances

    The company formerly known as Kellogg Co. breached its union contract with a Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers local by refusing to take two long-running wage grievances to arbitration, the union told a Michigan federal court Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs NLRB In Union Rep. Discipline Case

    A tape manufacturer's decision to punish two Michigan employees for not adequately cleaning their work areas was motivated by animus toward their actions as a union steward and a union committee member, the Sixth Circuit found, upholding a National Labor Relations Board ruling.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: 9th Circ. To Hear Ex-Chief's Free Speech Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for Ninth Circuit oral arguments in a former police chief's First Amendment case. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • May 09, 2024

    Tesla Illegally Imposed Tech Policy In Buffalo, NLRB GC Says

    National Labor Relations Board prosecutors accused Tesla of having an illegal policy to dissuade workers from unionizing at its Buffalo, New York, manufacturing plant, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by Law360 on Thursday, with agency prosecutors seeking a nationwide posting of workers' rights.

  • May 09, 2024

    NLRB Official Allows Union Vote For Joint Medical Employers

    A medical group and a Pacific Northwest healthcare system are joint employers, a National Labor Relations Board regional director concluded, greenlighting an election among medical providers to vote on representation by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

  • May 09, 2024

    Miami Ballet Can Unionize, NLRB Official Says

    Dancers in the Miami City Ballet can vote on representation by the American Guild of Musical Artists, a National Labor Relations Board official held, rejecting the ballet's claim that an existing labor contract forecloses the possibility of a union election.

  • May 09, 2024

    Labor Rights Murky As Gaza Protests Spill Into Work

    As protests over the Israel-Hamas war spill into the workplace, workers have accused their employers of suppressing their labor rights in a test of the National Labor Relations Act's nuanced protections for political advocacy.

  • May 09, 2024

    Amazon Must Provide Worker List In ALU Case

    A New York federal judge hearing a dispute over a leadership election at the Amazon Labor Union on Thursday ordered Amazon to turn over an employee mailing list to a neutral monitor, saying the information is necessary to notify members of the coming vote. 

  • May 09, 2024

    6th Circ. Panel Skeptical Of NLRB Hazard Pay Ruling

    A Sixth Circuit panel questioned on Thursday a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a Michigan nursing home violated federal labor law with its handling of temporary hazard pay and staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with judges appearing skeptical the company had to bargain over the changes.

  • May 09, 2024

    Concrete Co. Illegally Toyed With Strikers, NLRB Judge Finds

    A New Jersey concrete manufacturer illegally told striking employees they could return to work only if they resigned from their Teamsters local, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, rejecting the company's argument that it shouldn't face a labor law violation because it rescinded the statement.

  • May 09, 2024

    NLRB Judge Finds 'Serious' ULPs At 2 Ohio Starbucks Stores

    Starbucks committed "serious and widespread unfair labor practices" at two stores in Cleveland where union organizing campaigns were underway, a National Labor Relations Board judge concluded, finding the coffee chain must read a notice to workers about their rights.

  • May 09, 2024

    Acting Labor Sec. Urges Senate Panel To Back DOL Funding

    Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su on Thursday defended President Joe Biden's U.S. Department of Labor budget, telling a Senate panel that such funding is necessary to recover workers' stolen wages and fight unlawful child labor, among other priorities.

  • May 08, 2024

    GW Hospital Bargained In Bad Faith, NLRB Dems Say In Redo

    A split National Labor Relations Board panel said Wednesday that George Washington University Hospital sabotaged union negotiations with unworkable proposals, reasserting precedent that employers bargain in bad faith by insisting on contract provisions that effectively nullify unions.

  • May 08, 2024

    Employers Preparing For Post-Chevron World In NLRB Cases

    Employers contesting National Labor Relations Board decisions are preparing arguments in anticipation of looming U.S. Supreme Court rulings that could overhaul the deference administrative agencies receive from federal courts under a landmark doctrine known as Chevron deference, though experts say it's unclear how courts will handle the current uncertainty.

  • May 08, 2024

    Colo. Sheriff Fights State Law That Let His Deputies Unionize

    A Colorado county sheriff whose staff is unionizing has sued the state over the 2023 law that gave his workers the right to organize, seeking a declaration that the law does not apply to his office.

  • May 08, 2024

    Apple Illegally Retaliated Against Union Backer, CWA Says

    Apple violated federal labor law by denying a Communications Workers of America supporter's requests for leave at a New Jersey store, according to an unfair labor practice charge obtained by Law360 on Wednesday, ahead of a union representation election set to begin at the end of this week.

  • May 08, 2024

    Split NLRB Finds Starbucks Made Threat To Wis. Worker

    A Starbucks manager unlawfully threatened a worker while discussing a Workers United organizing campaign at a Wisconsin cafe, a divided National Labor Relations Board determined, with the board's lone Republican finding what the manager said didn't rise to the level of a threat or interrogation.

  • May 08, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Farmworkers Union Says DOL's 2022 Rules Keep Wages Low

    A farmworkers union in Washington state is challenging rules the U.S. Department of Labor introduced in 2022 that the union said are depressing farmworkers' wages.

  • May 08, 2024

    NLRB Says Amazon Was Wrongly Denied In-Person Hearing

    The National Labor Relations Board found an agency judge wrongly denied Amazon's request for an in-person hearing over an unfair labor practice complaint alleging the company illegally disciplined a worker, saying there weren't "compelling circumstances" to warrant a remote proceeding.

  • May 07, 2024

    Gov't Enforcement Concerns Employers, Littler Report Finds

    Almost three-quarters of U.S. employers share great concern over the impact the U.S. Department of Labor's and the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement actions will have on their businesses, according to a survey Littler Mendelson PC released Wednesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    DC Circ. Denies Hospital's Rehearing Bid Over 'Successor Bar'

    The D.C. Circuit rejected on Tuesday a Puerto Rico hospital's request for an en banc rehearing over the appeals court's decision to affirm the National Labor Relations Board's conclusions that the hospital illegally withdrew a union's recognition after becoming a successor employer. 

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. College Athlete Pay Bill May Lead To Employment Issues

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    While California’s College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act may have a difficult time passing, it could open the door for an argument that players at academic institutions should be deemed employees, and schools must examine and prepare for the potential challenges that could be triggered by compensating college athletes, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Defeating Motions To Decertify FLSA Collective Actions

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    Matthew Helland at Nichols Kaster lays out plaintiff strategies that can help beat a defendant’s motion to decertify a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action and convince the judge that a case should be tried on a groupwide basis, highlighting key issues such as representative proof and varying circuit frameworks.

  • Why NLRB's Return To Joy Silk Would Offer Few Advantages

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    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel's recent push for the reinstatement of the Joy Silk doctrine — which forces employers to bargain with workers after the company has infringed on their organizing rights — appears to be a solution in search of a problem and would almost certainly lead to more litigation, says Peter Finch at Davis Wright.

  • Employer Lessons After Diverging Amazon Union Outcomes

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    Successful union organizing efforts at a Staten Island Amazon distribution center last month, contrasted with a second failed vote at an Alabama facility, carry key takeaways for employers, including the need for new messaging strategies and the importance of creating a positive work environment, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • 3rd Circ.'s CBA Ruling Holds Lessons For Employers

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    The Third Circuit's recent ruling in Pittsburgh Mailers Union Local v. PG Publishing provides clarity into the enforceability of arbitration agreements after a collective bargaining agreement has expired, and employers would be well-advised to implement certain best practices with this decision in mind, says Jeff Shooman at FordHarrison.

  • The TEAM Act Brings Us Back To The Future Again

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    The recently introduced Teamwork for Employees and Managers Act — which would legalize employee involvement committees, an employer-friendly alternative to unions — is likely dead on arrival and revives a legislative effort from the '90s, typifying the pingpong jurisprudence that has come to define U.S. labor law, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • BIPA Ruling May Limit Employer Liability Under Labor Law

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    An Illinois appeals court’s recent decision in Walton v. Roosevelt University, holding that federal labor law preempted an employee’s Biometric Information Privacy Act claims, creates a precedent for employers with unionized workplaces to direct such claims to arbitration and possibly regain some leverage in settlement discussions, say attorneys at Thompson Coburn.

  • Revisiting Calif. 'Right To Recall' As In-Person Work Resumes

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    With many businesses returning employees to in-person work, certain hospitality employers in California face an increased risk of being penalized for noncompliance with a state law that provides job recall rights to workers who were laid off during the pandemic, say Lauren Gafa and Amber Healy at Atkinson Andelson.

  • NLRB History May Hint At Future Of Work Rule Test

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    Given that the National Labor Relations Board may soon overturn its employer-friendly standard for reviewing workplace rule and handbook provisions, companies can look to the past two decades of shifting policies to surmise that the next framework will likely force them to defend reasonable rules, says Patrick Depoy at Bryan Cave.

  • Justices Must Apply Law Evenly In Shadow Docket Rulings

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    In recent shadow docket decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has inconsistently applied the requirement that parties demonstrate irreparable harm to obtain injunctive relief, which is problematic for two separate but related reasons, says David Hopkins at Benesch.

  • Employer's Agenda

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    In this Expert Analysis series, in-house employment attorneys discuss the most important issues companies and counsel should plan for amid the current business landscape, and offer practical advice for how to address the year's unique challenges.

  • Cos. Must Brace For More NLRB Scrutiny On Arbitration Pacts

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    In its recent invitation to file briefs on its 2016 Ralphs Grocery ruling, the National Labor Relations Board signaled its desire to restrict arbitration agreements, so employers may want to revisit their contracts with employees and implement training programs to avoid discrimination claims regardless of forum, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • Contractor Compliance Hurdles In USDA Labor Rule Proposal

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    Given the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent proposal to revive the so-called blacklisting rule requiring certification of compliance with certain labor laws, federal contractors may want to revamp their processes for tracking violations and conducting due diligence in order to avoid the potential for making false representations to the government, says Jack Blum at Polsinelli.

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