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.

WHD takes $160K bite out of Fremont's BitMICRO

BitMICRO in Fremont will pay more than $160,000 in back pay, overtime and penalties to engineers it brought in on the cheap from the Philippines.

Urgent! Union persuader rule loophole opens for just days


If you currently engage the services of an advisor to help employees understand your side on union organizing and collective bargaining issues, get in touch with him or her and your attorney right away!

Target warehouse workers allege overtime law violations

Retail giant Target could face a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York.

7th Circuit ruling sets up split on class-action waivers

A federal appeals court ruled late last month that arbitration agreements prohibiting class-action lawsuits violate the National Labor Relations Act.

A.G. Harris joins call for more predictable work schedules

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined attorneys general from across the nation pressing large retailers to make their employees’ schedules more predictable.

Supreme Court could revisit deadlocked union dues case

The last word may not yet have been written in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

HR Minnesota Legal Briefs

Merely being obese is not a disability under the ADA, a panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

NLRB's 'ambush' rules reduced union election cycle by 2 weeks

An NLRB analysis of union representation cases in the last year reveals there is now about 14 days off the time between initial filings of an election petition and actual balloting.

No free speech protection when speaking out is just part of government worker's job

Unlike employees in the private sector, government workers have the right to speak out on matters of public importance without being punished for doing so.

Uber settles lawsuit for $100M, retains contractor status

The popular ride-sharing service has reached an agreement with its drivers in California and Massachusetts that preserves independent contractor status, but gives some new job protections.

No unemployment benefits for union objector

Refusing to pay dues or agency fees may amount to misconduct. And those who commit employment misconduct don’t get benefits.

Supreme Court deadlocks in union dues case

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued, at least temporarily, a reprieve from a potential death sentence for public employee unions.

How to comply with new DOL rules on anti-union 'persuaders'


A new Department of Labor rule will limit employers’ ability to use “persuaders” to convince workers to resist union organizing efforts, critics say.

Know the fine line between talking about unions and real union organizing

The rules that govern employee efforts to better their working conditions are complex.
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