Labor

  • May 07, 2024

    Ogletree Adds Shareholder In Detroit From Miller Canfield

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a labor and employment partner from Michigan firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC to its Detroit office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Union Calls On High Court To Nix Hotel's NLRB Rehire Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't overturn the Ninth Circuit's affirmation of a National Labor Relations Board decision ordering a hotel to rehire 100 union-represented workers, a UNITE HERE affiliate argued, because there isn't disagreement between circuit courts over the evidence required to show anti-union animus.

  • May 07, 2024

    Teamsters Say Workers' Honoring Of Picket Line Wasn't Strike

    Dump truck drivers for a Seattle-area construction company did not violate the no-strike provisions of a set of labor contracts by supporting a strike on a different company, the drivers' union told a Washington federal court, seeking dismissal of the breach-of-contract claim in the company's lawsuit against the union.

  • May 07, 2024

    Women's Advocate Discusses Unions' Impact On Pay Gaps

    Unions help women earn higher wages and narrow gender pay gaps, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the National Women’s Law Center. Here, Law360 speaks with the law center’s senior counsel Adrienne DerVartanian about the protections unions afford women and others.

  • May 06, 2024

    Apple Unlawfully Questioned Worker Over Union, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday upheld a judge's ruling that Apple violated federal labor law when a manager asked a worker about his views on a union drive and his discussions with co-workers.

  • May 06, 2024

    Amazon Union, Reformers Pursue Bids For Worker Info List

    The Amazon Labor Union and members of a reform caucus fought against Amazon's challenge in New York federal court to requests for workers' contact information ahead of an officers vote, with the union saying the e-commerce conglomerate isn't facing a burden.

  • May 06, 2024

    Mass. Justices Wary Of Spiking Uber, Lyft Ballot Questions

    Justices on Massachusetts' highest court appeared unlikely Monday to strike down ballot proposals to reinvent app-based drivers' relationships with Uber, Lyft and the like, commenting that the scattershot ideas for voters in March all carry the underlying theme of creating a carveout from the state's worker-friendly employee classification law.

  • May 06, 2024

    DOL Wants New Union Officer Vote For Midwestern Bakers

    An Illinois federal judge should compel a Midwestern bakery workers union to rerun a 2023 officer election because it didn't properly update its members' addresses before sending out ballots, the U.S. Department of Labor has claimed in a new lawsuit against the union.

  • May 06, 2024

    NLRB Official Tosses Starbucks Union Ouster Bid In Mich.

    A Starbucks worker in Michigan can't proceed with a bid to oust the Workers United union, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, finding that pending refusal-to-bargain claims block the petition from moving ahead for now.

  • May 06, 2024

    Electric Co. Dodged Union On Info Request, NLRB Says

    A Nebraska electrical contractor improperly withheld wage information from an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, with one member writing that he would be open to a remedy requiring that employers let NLRB agents train workers on their labor rights.

  • May 06, 2024

    College Football Players Assoc. Eyes Athlete Protection Bill

    The College Football Players Association will meet this week with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to craft legislation that gives athletes certain worker protections and collective bargaining rights but stops short of classifying them as full employees, the organization said Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Employment Pro Joins Fisher Phillips In NJ

    Fisher Phillips LLP is building out its New Jersey presence with the addition of a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP labor and employment partner coming aboard as of counsel.

  • May 03, 2024

    Cruise Contractors Aim To End $2.8M Union Fund Debt Row

    Two cruise ship contractors and a union pension fund told a Louisiana federal judge Friday that they're winding down their dispute over the contractors' $2.8 million debt to the fund, asking him to toss the case but let them reopen it if they can't settle the last outstanding issue.

  • May 03, 2024

    NLRB Threats May Lurk In Litigation Questioning

    A handful of recent decisions out of the National Labor Relations Board offer employers a reminder that they may risk labor lawsuits if they probe workers' conversations with colleagues or unions to bolster their cases in wage suits, challenges to union elections and other litigation.

  • May 03, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Weighs Class Cert. In Tax Prep OT Case

    In the coming week, a federal magistrate judge will consider whether to grant class certification to New York income tax preparers who claim they were denied overtime pay due to their employer's practice of paying them on commissions. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • May 03, 2024

    Ex-Spirit Flight Attendant Drops FMLA Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit a former flight attendant lodged against Spirit Airlines accusing it of firing her after she complained that its medical leave policies ran afoul of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • May 03, 2024

    Biden Vetoes Joint Employer Rule Disapproval

    President Joe Biden vetoed a congressional resolution to block an enjoined National Labor Relations Board rule treating more employers as joint employers Friday, following through on an earlier threat to shoot down the measure. 

  • May 03, 2024

    Social Media Policy Lawful Under Old Test, NLRB Judge Says

    A National Labor Relations Board judge said a home remodeler's social media policy violated federal labor law under the board's revised standards, but nonetheless tossed a worker's challenge to the policy because it's unfair to apply the new standard retroactively.

  • May 03, 2024

    Walkout Played Role In NYC Server's Firing, NLRB Judge Says

    A New York City waiter's participation in a staff walkout partially motivated his managers' decision to fire him about three months later, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, deeming the firing illegal and ordering the restaurant to rehire him with back pay.

  • May 03, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Justices To Hear PAGA Intervenor Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for oral arguments before the California Supreme Court on the issue of the right of workers bringing a case under the state's Private Attorneys General Act to intervene in a separate matter. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in the Golden State.

  • May 03, 2024

    Waste Co.'s Raise Memo Tainted Union Vote, Split NLRB Says

    A split National Labor Relations Board has upheld an agency judge's decision to greenlight a redo of a union representation election at a New Jersey waste management company, finding the company tainted the first election by creating the impression that the union's presence was interfering with an upcoming raise.

  • May 02, 2024

    Union Abandoned Suspended Members, Musicians Say

    Two orchestra musicians represented by an American Federation of Musicians local accused their union in New York federal court of breaching its duty of fair representation by not enforcing an arbitration award after the duo was suspended based on allegations from years ago.

  • May 02, 2024

    5th Circ. Pauses NLRB Suit Against SpaceX Amid New Appeal

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday paused an ongoing National Labor Relations Board suit against SpaceX to consider the company's challenge to what it calls the "effective" denial of its bid to block a suit by an agency it claims is unconstitutional.

  • May 02, 2024

    NLRB Says Starbucks Withheld Info About NJ Store Closures

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by delaying its response to Workers United's request for information about temporary closures of a New Jersey store, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    NLRB Affirms Dismissal Of Starbucks Union Ouster Bids

    The National Labor Relations Board backed dismissals of decertification petitions from Starbucks workers at two stores, with the board's lone Republican member noting the consideration of delays in processing unfair labor practice cases when weighing the toss of ouster bids.

Expert Analysis

  • Eye On Compliance: Cross-State Noncompete Agreements

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent proposal to limit the application of worker noncompete agreements is a timely reminder for prudent employers to reexamine their current policies and practices around such covenants — especially businesses with operational footprints spanning more than one state, says Jeremy Stephenson at Wilson Elser.

  • Conducting Employee Investigations That Hold Up In Court

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    A recent Maryland federal court decision, which held that Elite Protective Services failed to provide a worker under internal investigation with protections required by his collective bargaining agreement, highlights important steps employers should take to ensure the conclusions of internal reviews will withstand judicial scrutiny, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Memo Shows NLRB Intends To Protect Race Talk At Work

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    A newly released memo from the National Labor Relations Board advising that discussions of racism at work count as protected concerted activity should alert employers that worker retaliation claims may now face serious scrutiny not only from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also the NLRB, says Mark Fijman at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Cannabis Co. Considerations For Handling A Union Campaign

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    As employees in Connecticut and across the country increasingly unionize, cannabis employers must understand the meaning of neutrality and the provisions of labor peace agreements to steer clear of possible unfair labor charges, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Handling Severance Pact Language After NLRB Decision

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    Following the National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that severance agreements with broad confidentiality or nondisparagement provisions violate federal labor law, employers may want to consider whether such terms must be stripped from agreements altogether, or if there may be a middle-ground approach, says Daniel Pasternak at Squire Patton.

  • Eye On Compliance: Service Animal Accommodations

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    A Michigan federal court's recent ruling in Bennett v. Hurley Medical Center provides guidance on when employee service animals must be permitted in the workplace — a question otherwise lacking clarity under the Americans with Disabilities Act that has emerged as people return to the office post-pandemic, says Lauren Stadler at Wilson Elser.

  • Joint Employment Mediation Sessions Are Worth The Work

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    Despite the recent trend away from joint mediation in employment disputes, and the prevailing belief that putting both parties in the same room is only a recipe for lost ground, face-to-face sessions can be valuable tools for moving toward win-win resolutions when planned with certain considerations in mind, says Jonathan Andrews at Signature Resolution.

  • A Look At NLRB GC's Memos On Misleading Employees

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    The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently confirmed her plan to limit what she considers coercive and misleading statements by employers during union organizing drives, and provided some guidance for employers that, if recognized and followed, may keep a company out of legal trouble with the NLRB, says Rebecca Leaf at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Termination Lessons From 'WeCrashed'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Fulton Bank’s Allison Snyder about how the show “WeCrashed” highlights pitfalls companies should avoid when terminating workers, even when the employment is at will.

  • Labor Law Reform Is Needed For Unions To Succeed

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    Though support for unions is at an unprecedented high, declining union membership levels expose the massive disconnect between what Americans want from unionizing and what they are actually able to achieve, primarily due to the disastrous state of U.S. labor law, say Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs at Harvard Law School.

  • How Cos. Can Avoid Sinking In The Union Organizing Storm

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    Faced with a new NLRB administration and pandemic-fueled employee unrest, employers must deal with the perfect storm for union organizing by keeping policies up-to-date and making sure employees’ voices are heard, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Eye On Compliance: Employee Biometric Data Privacy

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    Following recent high-profile developments in Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act lawsuits and an increase in related legislation proposed by other states, employers should anticipate an uptick in litigation on this issue — and several best practices can help bolster compliance, say Lisa Ackerman and Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • Examining Employer Best Practices For Reserved Gates

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    Joshua Fox at Proskauer discusses the legal implications of employers establishing a reserved gate system for union picketing — which creates a separate worksite entrance for employers not involved in the dispute — with a focus on rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, and preventing disruptions toward secondary employers.

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