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Labor Relations / Unions

NLRB OKs limited bans on cell phones at work

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld an employer policy requiring employees to stow personal cell phones in lockers because safety concerns on the factory floor outweigh the “relatively slight risk” that the policy would interfere with employees’ right to engage in activity protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Job losses, safety concerns spark union interest

The spike in activism is being fueled by social media and features walkouts and sick-outs at several companies.

NLRB: Union elections resume

National Labor Relations Board regional offices have begun processing and conducting union representation elections following a brief hiatus in late March and early April.

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.