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Labor Relations / Unions

NLRB suspends union elections

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The National Labor Relations Board on March 19 temporarily suspended all representation elections, including mail ballot elections, at least until April 3.

New NLRB rule clarifies ‘joint employer’ status

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule ending years of confusion about what constitutes a joint employer in the context of the National Labor Relations Act.

DOL funding would fall 11% under Trump’s 2021 budget

The Trump administration wants to cut Department of Labor funding by 11% in Fiscal Year 2021, according to its annual budget proposal issued Feb. 10. The FY 2021 discretionary budget request for the DOL is $11.1 billion.

House backs pro-union PRO Act

The House of Representatives on Feb. 6 approved legislation its backers say would protect workers’ right to unionize.

DOL celebrates Women’s Bureau 100th anniversary, created in 1920

The U.S. Department of Labor is commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Women’s Bureau—one of the department’s longest-serving agencies—with a year-long celebration that marks its establishment in 1920.

NLRB extends timetable for scheduling union elections

Most union elections will take place no sooner than 20 business days after being authorized, according to a new rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board. That’s significantly longer than the election schedules that have been possible since a 2014 NLRB decision dramatically compressed the election timeline.

‘Reply All’ email response may be protected by NLRA

The National Labor Relations Act allows employees to discuss working conditions among themselves. That includes responding to a critical email about working conditions by hitting “Reply All” to offer support or thanks to the original sender.

NLRB gives back email control to employers

The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 17 reestablished the right of employers to restrict employee use of company-owned email for purposes unrelated to work, striking a blow against labor unions.

McDonald’s win in NLRB joint-employer case

McDonald’s must pay $250,000 to be split between hundreds of workers who claim they were assigned harder work and inconvenient shifts after they joined a 2014 protest organized by the Fight for $15 worker advocacy group.

Proposed rule could end push for graduate student unions

On Sept. 23, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses the longstanding issue of whether undergraduate and graduate students who perform services for compensation (including teaching or research) at private colleges and universities can form a union under the National Labor Relations Act.