Labor

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Official Says Colorado HOA Workers Can Vote On Union

    A National Labor Relations Board official cleared three employees of a Colorado homeowners' association to vote on representation by an International Association of Machinists local lodge next month, rejecting the association's argument that it isn't subject to the board's jurisdiction.

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Official Clears Detroit Medical Residents For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has greenlighted a union representation election at a Michigan nonprofit that places medical school graduates in residencies, internships and fellowships at a Detroit hospital consortium, rejecting the nonprofit's attempts to either prevent the election or narrow the voting pool.

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Won't Disturb Union Election At Wash. Newspaper

    A divided National Labor Relations Board panel backed a regional director's decision over a vote allowing advertising employees to decide whether to join an existing bargaining unit at a Washington state newspaper, with a dissenting board member finding the employees don't share enough in common.

  • April 26, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Wells Fargo & Co Wants Out Of Wage Suit

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a potential ruling on whether to dismiss Wells Fargo & Co. from a proposed wage and hour class and collective action. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • April 26, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears TD Bank Discrimination Suit

    This week, the Second Circuit will hear a former TD Bank manager's attempt to revive his suit claiming he was fired from his branch because he requested parental leave and because of his gender. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Philly Union Leader's 3rd Trial Ends In Deadlock

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday night was unable to reach a verdict in the government's case alleging former Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty threatened a Live! Casino construction contractor with "financial ruin" if he didn't pay his electrician nephew for work he didn't perform, marking a mistrial for the previously twice-convicted union figurehead and his relative.

  • April 25, 2024

    NLRB Backs Judge On Starbucks' Labor Violations In Mich.

    The National Labor Relations Board upheld on Thursday a judge's findings that Starbucks managers in Michigan illegally solicited worker complaints, threatened workers and removed pro-union notes from a community board, but declined prosecutors' push to use the case to revisit two precedents.

  • April 25, 2024

    ADT Must Undo Job Changes, Recognize Union, Judge Says

    A Kentucky federal judge ordered ADT on Thursday to resume recognizing an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local and let the union walk back certain changes to work conditions that the company implemented after withdrawing recognition.

  • April 25, 2024

    Starbucks Illegally Barred Recording, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring a worker from recording a disciplinary meeting and later terminating that pro-union employee from a store near St. Louis, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday, calling for the coffee chain to reinstate the barista and make them whole.

  • April 25, 2024

    Paint Cos. Owe Fringe Benefits, Union Fund Trustees Say

    The trustees of an International Union of Painters and Allied Trades benefits fund accused a Michigan painting company of violating a collective bargaining agreement by not making contributions and subcontracting work to a related entity in an attempt to evade its obligations.

  • April 25, 2024

    Amazon Owes DOL Info On Anti-Union Expenses, Judge Says

    A Washington federal judge has ordered Amazon to comply with a U.S. Department of Labor subpoena seeking information about how much the company spent funding executives' travel to Staten Island, New York, to oppose a union organizing drive, saying the information is relevant to a DOL investigation.

  • April 25, 2024

    Rival Amazon Union Attys Get Warning From Federal Judge

    A Brooklyn federal judge expressed displeasure Thursday with how federal litigation between rival factions inside a nascent Staten Island, New York, union representing Amazon warehouse workers has been conducted, saying it has wasted time and raising the possibility of sanctions.

  • April 25, 2024

    Airplane Fuel Co. Seeks To Ax Union Healthcare Dispute

    A company that fuels airplanes at major U.S. airports asked a New York federal judge to dismiss a $157,000 suit accusing it of underfunding a Teamsters healthcare plan, saying the plan trustees filed the suit too late and can't prove the company owes the money.

  • April 25, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Union Vote At Blood Collection Nonprofit

    A group of workers at some of a blood collection nonprofit's locations in the Seattle area can vote on whether to unionize with a Teamsters local, a National Labor Relations Board official determined, rejecting the employer's claim that three more facilities should be included in the election.

  • April 24, 2024

    DOL Says Firm 'Repeatedly' Misclassified Highway Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently determined that a subcontractor "repeatedly misclassified" employees who worked on 25 federal highway construction projects in Pennsylvania, according to a notice filed in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday in a lawsuit against three construction firms.

  • April 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Says NLRB Can Enforce Starbucks Bargaining Order

    The Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that Starbucks must recognize its Seattle roastery workers' April 2022 vote to unionize, overruling the coffee giant's contention that ballots should have been cast in person and concluding a National Labor Relations Board manager had discretion to call the mail-in election because of COVID-19 case counts at the time.

  • April 24, 2024

    SpaceX Stalling Case's Launch To Calif., NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board told a Texas federal judge it should disregard SpaceX's "last ditch" effort to keep a case challenging the employment agency's constitutionality in the Lone Star State, arguing that the rocket company is revisiting arguments the court already decided.

  • April 24, 2024

    Cemex Effect On Election Petitions Could Be Source Of Delay

    The reasoning behind a National Labor Relations Board official's recent decision dismissing a union representation petition due to a pending case in which prosecutors are seeking a bargaining order could delay representation for workers in some circumstances and change how unions respond to unfair labor practices, experts said.

  • April 24, 2024

    10th Circ. Nixes Worker's Grievance Claims Against Union

    The Tenth Circuit upheld on Wednesday the dismissal of a former U.S. Postal Service employee's duty of fair representation claims against a National Association of Letter Carriers affiliate in Colorado over the resolution of his termination grievance.

  • April 24, 2024

    Solar Co. Must Pay Workers, Union Benefit Funds

    A Kalamazoo, Michigan-based solar company must follow an arbitration board's order to remit unpaid wages to two workers and unpaid contributions to a group of union benefit funds, a Michigan federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ivy League Says Unionization Could 'Threaten' College Sports

    Ivy League schools may eliminate certain varsity sports if college athletes can unionize, the Ivy League athletic conference has told the National Labor Relations Board, urging the board to reverse a precedent-setting decision that allowed Dartmouth College's men's basketball team to unionize.

  • April 24, 2024

    Airline Says Teamsters Lack Standing For Retaliation Claims

    Sun Country Airlines asked a Minnesota federal court to toss retaliation claims brought by the Teamsters on behalf of workers who were involved in an organizing drive, saying the union cannot bring allegations for employees who aren't named plaintiffs.

  • April 23, 2024

    Justices Probe NLRB's Burden In Starbucks' Injunction Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to hold that the courts' traditional factors apply when the National Labor Relations Board pursues injunctions, though it's unclear from Tuesday's argument how closely it will direct courts to examine a key factor: the strength of the board's case.

  • April 23, 2024

    Divisive Cost Cap Deadline Looms For Calif. Healthcare Cos.

    California healthcare attorneys are preparing for the state's first cap on healthcare spending proposed by a new state office tasked with making care affordable. Industry leaders are sharply split on the viability of a proposed 3% target, which some say may ultimately do more harm than good for a state suffering from skyrocketing healthcare costs.

  • April 23, 2024

    NLRB Defends Bargaining Order Shift At 9th Circ.

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a decision in which it lessened the standard for issuing bargaining orders against employers who commit labor law violations in response to organizing, saying the revised approach will better deter unfair labor practices.

Expert Analysis

  • New NLRB Bench Book Is An Important Read For Practitioners

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board's Bench Book is aimed at administrative law judges who adjudicate unfair labor practice hearings, key updates in its 2023 edition offer crucial reading for anyone who handles charges before the agency, say David Pryzbylski and Thomas Payne at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Eye On Compliance: An NLRB Primer For Private Employers

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    Many employers, especially those with nonunionized workforces, may not realize they are subject to federal labor law, but with a recent flurry of precedent-changing rulings from the National Labor Relations, understanding how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act may now be more important than ever, says Bruno Katz at Wilson Elser.

  • NBA Players Must Avoid Legal Fouls In CBD Deals

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    The NBA’s recently ratified collective bargaining agreement allows athletes to promote CBD brands and products, but athletes and the companies they promote must be cautious of a complex patchwork of applicable state laws and federal regulators’ approach to advertising claims, says Airina Rodrigues at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Labor Law Lessons From NLRB Judge's Bargaining Order

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge’s recent decision to issue a so-called Gissel bargaining order against IBN Construction is a reminder that a company’s unfair labor practices may not just result in traditional remedies, but could also lead to union certification, says Andrew MacDonald at Fox Rothschild.

  • PGA, LIV Tie-Up Might Foreshadow Future Of Women's Soccer

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    The pending merger between PGA Tour and LIV Golf is entirely consistent with the history of American professional sports leagues that faced upstart competitors, and is a warning about the forthcoming competition between the National Women's Soccer League and the USL Super League, says Christopher Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • NLRB's Stricter Contractor Test May Bring Organizing Risks

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recent Atlanta Opera decision adds another layer of complexity to the legal tests for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, and could create new risks of union organizing and unfair labor practice charges for companies, say Robert Lian and James Crowley at Akin.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Office Drug Abuse Insights From 'Industry'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Squarespace general counsel Larissa Boz about how employees in the Max TV show "Industry" abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with their high-pressure jobs, and discuss managerial and drug testing best practices for addressing suspected substance use at work.

  • A Look At 2023's Major NLRB Developments Thus Far

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    Over the last six months, the National Labor Relations Board has broadened its interpretation and enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act, including increasing penalties and efforts to prohibit restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, say Eve Klein and Elizabeth Mincer at Duane Morris.

  • What 3rd Circ. Niaspan Decision Means For Class Cert.

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    The Third Circuit's recent denial of class certification in the Niaspan antitrust case underscores its particularly stringent understanding of the implicit ascertainability requirement, which further fuels confusion in the courts, threatens uneven results and increases the risk of forum shopping, says Michael Lazaroff at Rimon Law.

  • 2 Steps To Improve Arbitrator Diversity In Employment Cases

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    There are prevalent obstacles in improving diversity among arbitrator ranks, but in the realm of employment-related disputes, there are two action items practitioners should consider to close the race and gender gap, say Todd Lyon and Carola Murguia at Fisher Phillips.

  • Cos. Should Consider Virtual Bargaining To Show Good Faith

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that a Starbucks union's insistence on hybrid meetings was not an attempt to stall negotiations, the board’s lack of a formal decision on when virtual bargaining might be warranted should warn employers to stay flexible about how they come to the table, says Brandon Shemtob at Stevens & Lee.

  • Employers Must Beware NLRB Noncompete Stance

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    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s position that overly broad noncompete agreements could violate federal labor means employers should weigh the potential risks before offering such agreements, even though this issue has yet to come before the board for decision, says Samantha Buddig at Laner Muchin.

  • AI Voice Tech Legal Issues To Consider In The Film Industry

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    As studios create believable and identifiable artificial voice performances, there will be several legal pitfalls that rights-holders should evaluate in the context of rights of publicity, consumers' rights, relevant guild and union agreements, and the contractual language of performers' agreements, says Karen Robson at Pryor Cashman.

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