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Labor Relations / Unions

Rutledge nominated to head DOL branch that regulates benefits

President Trump has nominated Preston Rutledge to run the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, a position that carries the title of “assistant secretary of labor.”

Penn grad student unionizing effort gets complicated

GET-UP, an organization allied with the American Federation of Teachers union, has been attempting to organize graduate student teaching assistants at the University of Pennsylvania. Independently of the university, grad students opposed to unionization formed a group called No Penn Union.

DOL jobs vacant as nominations lag

Of 14 Department of Labor appointments requiring Senate approval, only Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has been confirmed, and the White House has submitted just five more nominations.

NLRA doesn’t bar unrelated arbitration

The National Labor Relations Act lets workers file unfair labor practice complaints with the National Labor Relations Board. But that doesn’t mean employers can’t have workers sign arbitration agreements for employment-related claims, according to a recent federal court decision.

House bill to reverse Browning-Ferris advances

Legislation that would overturn the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 Browning-Ferris decision has been approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Nonmember union dues case heads back to Supreme Court

The case the court just accepted—Janus v. AFSCME—is virtually identical to one it dismissed a year ago. It involves a child support specialist in Illinois, Mark Janus, who objects to paying about $44 per month in fair-share dues to the union that represents workers in his government office.

8th Circuit backs NLRB: What happens on the picket line stays on the picket line

Employers generally don’t have to tolerate racially hostile or otherwise offensive language at work. But under some circumstances, you may not be able to discipline a worker’s behavior if it occurred on a picket line.

With Emanuel confirmed, NLRB now at full strength

The Senate voted Sept. 25 to confirm the nomination of William Emanuel to fill the final seat on the National Labor Relations Board, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority that is likely to hold until at least 2020.

Outgoing NLRB chair Miscimarra promises busy fall for rulings

Expect a flurry of activity from the National Labor Relations Board in the run up to the departure of chair Philip Miscimarra.

Employer alert: Support for unions growing

Pro-labor movements like the Service Employees International Union-backed “Fight for $15” campaign and the AFL-CIO’s “Union Yes!” advertising blitz are influencing public opinion, according to a recent Gallup poll that shows increasing support for unions.