NLRB Macy's Ruling Has Lawyers Leery Of 'Micro-Unit' Fights

Law360, New York (July 23, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board's endorsement of a bargaining unit composed of Macy's Inc. cosmetics and fragrance workers demonstrated the labor board's willingness to apply its controversial Specialty Healthcare ruling in the retail sector and left management-side lawyers wondering if challenges to so-called micro-units are winnable before the current board.

Tuesday's 3-1 ruling came in a bellwether case for the retail industry, an area where business groups have warned that the 2011 Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile decision could have a particularly unhealthy impact on businesses. Lawyers said the Macy's ruling was the first published decision they were aware of in...

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