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Labor Relations / Unions

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NLRB rules: Unions may try to organize employees in nonwork areas


In December 2017, the National Labor Relations Board handed down a decision that changed the test for determining whether employers have engaged in unfair labor practices.

Labor alleges H-2A visa violations


The Department of Labor has filed suit against a northern Washington berry farm for violating the labor provisions of the H-2A visa program by favoring foreign workers over an eligible U.S. citizen who wanted a job.

Reagan tapped for DOL Hall of Fame


The U.S. Department of Labor on March 1 named the newest honoree in its Labor Hall of Fame: former President Ronald Reagan.

Senate hearings scheduled on confirmation of NLRB nominee Ring


If confirmed, John Ring—currently co-chair of the labor/management practice at the Morgan Lewis law firm—would give Republicans a 3-2 majority on the NLRB.

NLRB must backtrack on joint employment


Browning-Ferris is back! The National Labor Relations Board on Feb. 26 vacated a December 2017 ruling—Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors—that overturned the controversial Browning-Ferris decision.

NLRB’s Emanuel under fire for conflict of interest


National Labor Relations Board member William Emanuel should have recused himself from deliberations leading to the board’s December decision to overturn its 2015 Browning-Ferris ruling. That’s the conclusion of the NLRB’s inspector general.

DOL re-issues previously withdrawn wage-and-hour opinion letters


The U.S. Department of Labor has reissued 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act. Most were written during the George W. Bush administration.

Los Angeles Times unionizes, after management’s bad press


On Jan. 4 this year, employees voted 248-44 in favor of joining NewsGuild, a union that represents more than 25,000 news workers across the country. Missteps by the Times’ parent company, Tronc Inc., may have tipped the vote toward unionization. 

NLRB: Anti-diversity Google engineer wasn’t illegally fired


A National Labor Relations Board attorney recommended dismissing an unfair labor practices claim filed by a Google engineer who says he was illegally fired for stating that women are biologically unsuited for computer coding.

DOL launches internal probe: Was tip pool data suppressed?


The Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General is investigating allegations that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta ordered DOL staffers to quash internal research showing that a proposed rule allowing tip pooling in the hospitality industry would cost employees $5.8 billion per year.

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