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Labor Relations / Unions

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.

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.