LABOR RELATIONS / UNIONS

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

05/27/2016
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

05/13/2016
The last word may not yet have been written in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

HR Minnesota Legal Briefs

05/13/2016
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

05/06/2016
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

04/28/2016
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

04/27/2016
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

04/14/2016
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

04/01/2016
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'

03/29/2016

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

03/11/2016
The rules that govern employee efforts to better their working conditions are complex.

Scalia's death could turn union dues case

02/16/2016

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 could affect the outcome of close cases that have already been argued but not yet decided, including one that could determine the future of government employees’ unions.

Labor relations sour at American Crystal Sugar

02/12/2016

American Crystal Sugar in Moorehead fired a warning shot across the bow of the union that represents employees when it announced in November that it wanted to begin contract negotiations early.

Court upholds union for personal care assistants

02/12/2016
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a Minnesota law that allows personal care assistants to unionize. A business group representing for-profit companies that provide in-home care filed the lawsuit.

11.1% of workers belong to a union, membership rate held steady in 2015

02/10/2016
The union membership rate—the percent of hourly and salaried workers who were union members—was 11.1% in 2015, unchanged from 2014, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Supreme Court skeptical about required union dues

02/01/2016
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.
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