In 2019, several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board have either issued new regulations, new guidelines, or employer-friendly decisions that every employer should be aware of as we begin our journey into this 2020 election year. Most of the changes coming at the […]

Today, Friday, March 6, 2015, the Wisconsin State Assembly after a marathon session passed right-to-work legislation by a vote of 62 to 35. The State Senate had previously approved the right-to-work legislation by a vote of 17 to 15 the previous week. The votes were cast according to party lines.  The fast-tracked bill will be […]

On Monday, December 15, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued rules that will speed up the union election process.  Although the rules do not take effect until April 14, 2015, employers should be aware of them and start preparing for the changes now. Under the current rules, representation petitions are filed seeking to […]

On December 11, 2014, in Purple Communications, Inc., the NLRB overturned its 2007 Register Guard decision and held that employees have the right to use their employers’ email systems for nonbusiness purposes, including communicating about union organizing.  The NLRB emphasized the importance of email as a critical means of communication for employees, especially in today’s workplace culture, […]

Although we previously posted an article outlining that the mid-term elections could improve the landscape for employers regarding administrative agency enforcement, including the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), employers may still see a significant pro-union push from the NLRB before the end of 2014. Democratic-appointee Nancy Schiffer’s term on the NLRB ends December 16, 2014. […]

In a move that could significantly increase the risk associated with unfair labor practice litigation for employers, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued a decision on October 24, 2014 that stated it has authority to order expanded remedies for violations of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that are “egregious and pervasive.” In HTH […]

Earlier this year, we alerted employers when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, a case involving the President’s appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) without U.S. Senate approval while the U.S. Senate was on break. Today, Thursday, June 26, 2014, the […]

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Regional Director for Region 13 issued a decision on March 26, 2014, finding that college football players receiving grant-in-aid scholarships from Northwestern University who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are “employees” under Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). What does this mean for Northwestern football […]

Employers’ social media and internet policies are a top enforcement priority for the NLRB. Below is a checklist that employers can use to create an effective social media policy. Please continue to visit the Employment LawScene™ for more policy pointers and practical guidance. Evaluate your business’ needs and goals. Take a stance on social media […]

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