Supreme Court skeptical about required union dues

Organized labor had what appeared to be a bad day in court Jan. 11 when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that asked whether government employees can be required to pay union dues if they object to the union’s political activities.

Hourly pay for temps could create 'employees'

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Penn­­sylvania employers, has ruled that paying an hourly rate for temporary employees coming from an outside agency may mean those workers are your “employees” under anti-­discrimination laws.

Labor issues looming from new TPP trade agreement

The recently negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will go before Congress for ratification next year. Organized labor has been one of the most vocal critics of the pact and certainly labor leaders will be scrutinizing the agreement’s Chapter 19.

The NLRB 'joint employer' decision: New risks, new liability

Under a new standard, many contingent employment arrangements may open the door to union organizing activities.

Key Supreme Court case could affect controversial union shop fees

Among the cases that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear during its 2015-2016 term is one of particular significance to those in the public sector—Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. A decision in favor of the plaintiffs has the potential to affect the implementation and regulation of union agency shop fees nationwide.

The big UAW/automaker contract: What it means for the rest of us

Pay attention to the deal struck recently between the top automakers, GM and Chrysler, and the United Auto Workers, the largest union representing autoworkers.

'Evergreen clause' may mean contract didn't expire

Here’s something to consider when contracting with a union. If the contract contains a so-called “evergreen clause,” be sure to follow the directions if you want to cancel the agreement after a term.

NLRB rejects employer contention of no union support

Anderson Lumber Co. in Sacramento has lost its bid to decertify Local 150 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters as its employees’ bargaining unit. The controversy arose in 2012 when the two sides were negotiating a successor agreement. The Teamsters have represented Anderson Lumber employees for 50 years.

Quickie union elections get quicker with e-signature OK

Unions no longer need to collect employees’ handwritten signatures on authorization cards before they file an election petition.

NLRB supports free expression, condemns lying about it

An employee at Fresenius Manu-facturing in Chester, N.Y., was fired for writing comments on union newsletters and then lying about doing so during a company investigation.

NLRB: No hiring preference for crossing picket line

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Dresser-Rand Co., located near Corning, N.Y., violated the National Labor Relations Act when it reinstated workers who crossed the picket line before it hired back those who stayed on strike during labor unrest at the plant.

Business, employment lawyers react to Browning-Ferris decision

The National Labor Relations Board’s Aug. 27 decision in Browning-Ferris, which redefined the concept of “joint employer,” sparked lots of buzz in the legal and business worlds. Here's a sampling.

Who's the boss? NLRB rules on joint employers

The National Labor Relations Board on Aug. 27 scrapped decades of precedent with a decision that greatly expanded the definition of a “joint employer” to include entities that exert even indirect control over another organization’s employees.

San Diego hospital must pay union's negotiating expenses

A federal court has affirmed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that Fallbrook Hospital in San Diego County is liable for the California Nurses Association’s negotiating expenses because the company negotiated in bad faith.

NLRB McDonald's ruling paves way to redefine 'joint employer'

A narrow procedural decision by the National Labor Relations Board may be one more sign of a coming change in the definition of “joint employer” and its effect on employers and their business partners.
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