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Labor Relations / Unions

Supreme Court sides with employers on arbitration class action waivers

06/14/2018
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that employers may include language in arbitration agreements that bars employees from filing class-action lawsuits to resolve employment disputes. It’s a huge win for employers.

Employment law update: FMLA & ADA, FLSA & higher education

06/14/2018
Here are  updates on the interaction between the FMLA and the ADA, and on the U. S. Department of Labor’s new guidance on the FLSA and higher educational institutions.

Department of Labor opinion letters are back

06/14/2018
As part of fulfilling its mission to enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA and other laws—and in recognition of their complexity—the DOL allows employers to ask specific questions about how to comply.

NLRB: Withholding Disney bonuses wasn’t an unfair labor practice

06/05/2018
The NLRB has ruled that Walt Disney World in Florida did not violate the National Labor Relations Act when it withheld $1,000 bonuses from union members unless they ratified a new union contract.

Unions win more elections during Trump administration

05/21/2018
Unions won 1,013 organizing elections in 2017, the first year of the Trump presidency. That’s up from 998 elections in 2016.

NLRB wants to settle troublesome joint employer issue with new rule

05/15/2018
The National Labor Relations Board is considering enacting a rule to address the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act.

Trump nominates Gustafson to be EEOC’s top lawyer

04/30/2018
President Trump has nominated Wash­ington, D.C.-area attorney Sharon Fast Gustafson to be the new general counsel to the EEOC. The general coun­­sel is the commission’s top litigator.

Lowry tapped for DOL post overseeing veterans employment

04/24/2018
The Trump administration has nominated John Lowry to become assistant labor secretary for veterans employment and training.

Ring confirmed for NLRB, is immediately appointed chair

04/17/2018
The Senate confirmed employment lawyer John Ring to fill the last remaining vacancy on the National labor Relations Board. The next morning, President Trump announced Ring would become chair of the NLRB. Republicans again hold a 3-2 majority on the board.

Unfair labor practices can result in union win even if employees voted union down

04/09/2018
Facing a push for unionization? Be careful! If you aggressively resist efforts to unionize and end up committing an unfair labor practice in the process, you may end up with a union workplace, even if employees vote down the union.