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Labor Relations / Unions

Blocked by senator, Feldblum won’t seek another EEOC term

Former EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum announced Jan. 14 she will drop her bid to serve another term after Sen. Mike Lee (R.–Utah) blocked her nomination.

Court sends Browning-Ferris back to NLRB

Employers have been seeking to overturn Browning-Ferris since the day it was issued, and had pinned their hopes on a legal challenge filed in March 2017. The Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on that lawsuit Dec. 28, and employers are … confused.

New Congress, old committee

One of their first orders of business after House Democrats were sworn in on Jan. 3: renaming the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Government shutdown forces EEOC to scale back operations

Until Congress and President Trump can agree on a funding scheme to fully reopen the government, EEOC staff members are not available to respond to public inquiries.

NLRB seeks more comments on joint-employment rule

The National Labor Relations Board is extending the time for submitting comments regarding its proposed rule addressing its joint-employer standard.

Anti-union ultimatum costs tech firm $775,000

Lanetix, a Silicon Valley software start-up, has agreed to pay $775,000 to resolve charges it engaged in unfair labor practices.

Acosta under fire for 2007 plea deal

Thirty-two senators are calling for the Justice Department to investigate a plea bargain brokered more than a decade ago by Labor Secretary Alex Acosta when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Could DHS shake-up follow Kelly’s departure from White House?

When Gen. John Kelly announced he would step down as White House chief of staff by the end of the year, speculation immediately turned to the fate of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

NLRB pledges faster processing of unfair labor practices complaints

The National Labor Relations Board is vowing to achieve a 20% increase in the timeliness with which it processes unfair labor practices charges in the next four years.

Union has no independent duty to investigate harassment

A worker who sued both her employer and her union over alleged sexual harassment doesn’t have a separate action against the union over allegations it didn’t independently investigate her claim.