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Labor Relations / Unions

Administration rescinds rule that required naming anti-union advisors

07/24/2018
The Department of Labor on July 17 officially rescinded a controversial “persuader rule” enacted in 2016 by the Obama administration, a formality because the rule never took effect.

National council formed to ‘ensure jobs for American workers’

07/24/2018
President Trump on July 19 launched the President’s National Council for the American Worker to develop a strategy to address issues such as skill development and unemployment.

DOL funding could fall … a little bit

07/17/2018
The House Appropriations Committee has approved an FY2019 budget bill that would trim the Department of Labor’s discretionary funding by 0.7%.

NLRB claims Musk violated NLRA

07/17/2018
Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke the law at a meeting last year in which he allegedly told employees he would address their workplace safety concerns as long as they didn’t try to unionize, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

States push back against DOL’s PAID program

07/17/2018
There’s a lot for employers to like about the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Payroll Audit Independent Determination program—known as PAID. Some state officials aren’t so enthusiastic.

Review your handbook: NLRB changes the rules on workplace rules

07/13/2018
The National Labor Relations Board last year overturned an established standard for determining if workplace rules comply with the National Labor Relations Act. Now the NLRB has issued a memorandum providing employer guidance.

Post-Janus, N.Y. legislation favors public-sector unions

07/13/2018
The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME struck down as unconstitutional the Illinois fair share law and similar state laws, including New York’s. This decision could be devastating for New York public-sector unions.

Pennsylvania DLI proposal would more than double exempt threshold

07/10/2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has submitted a proposed rule to amend the regulations that exempt executive, administrative and professional salaried workers from overtime requirements under Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act of 1968.

Supreme Court: Public sector workers can’t be forced to pay union fees

06/27/2018
Expect the decision to substantially weaken public-sector unions—which traditionally support Democratic candidates—as this ruling likely means the unions will likely see a large drop in funding.

DOL rejects senators’ request for harassment study

06/27/2018
The U.S. Department of Labor has refused to help a group of Democratic senators seeking to determine the overall impact of workplace sexual harassment on the economy. Now the legislators, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, have turned to the Government Accountability Office for assistance.