NLRB Says Posh LA Hotel’s Severance Deals Ducked Union

Law360, New York (October 4, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that the owners of the Los Angeles landmark Hotel Bel Air had violated federal labor law by offering severance deals directly to laid-off employees in an effort to sidestep the workers’ union.

A three-member panel of the board affirmed an administrative law judge's previous decision that the upscale Beverly Hills hotel had jumped the gun, offering individual workers rights-waiving severance deals before reaching a full impasse with their union, according to a ruling dated Sept. 27.

The board declared...
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