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Labor Relations / Unions

Clock ticking on Trump’s picks to fill Labor Department vacancies

The 115th Congress is set to adjourn for good on Dec. 14. Between now and then, all manner of business needs congressional action.

Employment law update: Harassment training, Labor Class protections

Final statewide sexual harassment policy and training guidelines have finally been issued in New York, and the rules differ significantly in several important ways. Plus, more civil service employees now have job protection.

How to legally limit recording devices in the workplace

Be it a smartphone, tablet or laptop, cameras and voice recording systems are everywhere. Employers can take concrete steps to limit how much of the technology is allowed in the workplace. But those policies may violate state and federal laws if not carefully crafted.

California Labor Code allows collective bargaining that waives some meal breaks

When employees elect a union to represent them, they give it the power to negotiate away some worker rights already granted to them by law. That can include a statutory benefit such as meal breaks if the law authorizing the breaks allows for individual worker waivers. Here’s how that played out in a recent case.

DOL offers post-Florence assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide assistance to workers in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina who lose their jobs because of Hurricane Florence.

NLRB proposes looser joint-employer standard

The National Labor Relations Board wants to revise the rule that determines if two employers can be considered joint employers for the purpose of deciding labor-management disputes.

Pearce again tapped for NLRB

President Trump has nominated Mark Gaston Pearce to serve another term on the National Labor Relations Board.

Senate set to do the unthinkable

The Senate appears poised to do something it hasn’t been able to pull off in 11 years: Pass an appropriations bill to fund the Department of Labor.

‘Right-to-work’ law fails Missouri referendum test

Organized labor got a rare shot in the arm Aug. 7 when Missouri voters rejected a ballot measure that would have implemented a right-to-work law that passed in 2017.

Layoffs and union contracts: When seniority collides with disability, seniority prevails

When conducting layoffs, some employers give preference to more experienced workers, letting them keep their jobs while less senior workers must go. Disabled employees who get bumped may claim they should have been given preference, keeping their jobs as a reasonable accommodation.