Business groups want to stop contractor disclosure regulations

A group of business associations has asked a federal court in Texas to issue a temporary restraining order to block an Obama administration rule requiring federal contractors to disclose previous labor law violations.

Union accepted practice? That kills FLSA claim

In a rare case showing that there may be some benefit to having a unionized workplace, a court has refused to consider whether employees should be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing.

Employment law in the news for New York employers

A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board will affect New York colleges and universities. New state regulations will affect all employers that use paycards to pay their employees.

Complaints against McDonald's bring EEOC into joint-employer fight

A new front has opened in the war to determine if McDonald’s, along with its franchisees, is liable as a joint employer for employment law violations.

2nd union initiation fee OK

Even if union members quit their union, they still have the right to be represented in workplace disputes.

Is it true that California law requires us to give employees a way to work sitting down?

Q. An employee recently complained that I was violating California’s “suitable seating law” by requiring him to stand throughout his shift. Am I required to let my employees sit?

NLRB to hospital: It's time we had a talk

The National Labor Relations Board, which enforces the National Labor Relations Act, has issued an order telling a Minnesota employer to hold a “talk” with employees about their rights to unionize.

Columbia grad students win right to unionize

The National Labor Relations Board in late August ruled that Columbia University graduate students who serve as teaching assistants may form a union.

DOL mounts vigorous defense against business groups' lawsuits

It’s been a busy summer for the beleaguered lawyers at the U.S. Department of Labor. On Aug. 19, the DOL filed briefs in three separate cases filed against it in federal courts, covering everything from benefits advice to safety records to resisting unionization.

Texas court blocks union 'persuader' rule, appeal likely


A federal court in Texas on June 27 ruled that the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule” could not go into effect July 1. An injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas means employers have at least a temporary reprieve from having to disclose who advises them on ways to discourage union organizing.

NLRB: Temps can vote in union elections, too

The NLRB is at it again, this time overturning its own previous ruling that determined which employees can vote in a union election.

Unions call 87% fewer strikes than they did 25 years ago

A study by the pro-union, nonprofit Century Foundation found that only 103 strikes were called in 2014, lasting an average of 35 days.

Bosses are first line of defense against unions

Before a union election can be scheduled, the union must first obtain authorization cards from at least 30% of employees in a proposed bargaining unit.

Philadelphia union local launches drone attack

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 and its president, John Dougherty, have recently purchased three quadcopter drones outfitted with high-resolution cameras to fly over worksites around the city.

NLRB ambush election rule upheld by 5th Circuit

In a significant defeat for small business, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on June 10 upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial “ambush election” rule that critics say unfairly makes it easier for unions to organize.
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