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Labor Relations / Unions

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.

Administration rescinds rule that required naming anti-union advisors

The Department of Labor on July 17 officially rescinded a controversial “persuader rule” enacted in 2016 by the Obama administration, a formality because the rule never took effect.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

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

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