Labor

  • March 28, 2024

    NLRB Judge Finds Buffalo Starbucks Firings Illegal

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by constructively discharging a former barista in Buffalo, New York, who is now a union spokesperson, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, while dismissing other unfair labor practice allegations against the coffee chain involving cut hours and failure to negotiate over discipline.

  • March 28, 2024

    As Calif. Fast-Food Wages Rise, Carveouts Bring Concerns

    Days before a $20 hourly minimum wage for California fast-food workers takes effect, a last-minute law containing exemptions brings relief but also concerns to employers, attorneys said. Here, Law360 explores A.B. 610.

  • March 28, 2024

    AFL-CIO Names Ex-CWA General Counsel For Advocacy Role

    Union federation AFL-CIO announced it has named an experienced attorney who spent nearly 25 years working on government and labor movement matters, including a stint as general counsel with the Communications Workers of America, as its new director of advocacy.

  • March 28, 2024

    Amazon Overreached With Subpoenas, NLRB Judge Says

    Amazon can't force a group of pro-union employees to reveal what they've told National Labor Relations Board prosecutors during investigations into the company's union response, an NLRB judge ruled, trimming a series of subpoenas issued to the workers.

  • March 27, 2024

    Sega Workers Ratify 1st Contract In 'Landmark Moment'

    Unionized Sega of America workers backed the ratification of their first contract with the video game giant, according to an announcement from the union Wednesday, saying the parties agreed to raises, benefits and other protections for workers.

  • March 27, 2024

    DC Circuit Upholds NLRB Firing Decision Despite Legal Shift

    The D.C. Circuit upheld an NLRB ruling that a Cadillac dealer illegally fired a worker even though the board changed the applicable precedent during the appeal, saying Wednesday that the long-running case appears to shake out the same under either version of the shifting standard for worker outbursts.

  • March 27, 2024

    Hospital Co. Can't Quash ERISA Suit Subpoenas, Judge Says

    A Buffalo, New York-area hospital network lost its bid to quash two subpoenas in a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action Wednesday, with a New York federal judge ruling that the network challenged the subpoenas to two of its advisers in the wrong court.

  • March 27, 2024

    Black Workers' Race Bias Suit Against Union Can't Proceed

    A group of Black workers can't bring race bias allegations against a union, a federal international trade judge concluded, dismissing a proposed class action complaint that claimed the union had a "long history of discrimination" against Black people.

  • March 27, 2024

    Governor Directs Pa. To Use More Project Labor Agreements

    Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Wednesday that he is directing state agencies to consider including project labor agreements — pre-hiring collective bargaining agreements that can cover multiple contractors and labor unions — in all major capital projects.

  • March 27, 2024

    Employers Wary Of NLRB GC's Work Rule Remedy Push

    The National Labor Relations Board's top prosecutor is pushing to expand available remedies for workers whose employers discipline them under unlawfully overbroad work rules, prompting concerns from employers that the initiative could result in a complicated process for determining who is entitled to the relief.

  • March 27, 2024

    Construction Orgs Call Prevailing Wage Rule Unconstitutional

    Several construction groups said the U.S. Department of Labor is illegally trying to expand the reach of the Davis-Bacon Act with its final rule regulating prevailing wages, urging a Texas federal court to bring the rule to a screeching halt.

  • March 27, 2024

    Rail Union Can't Strike Over Operations Spat, Judge Says

    A dispute between The Belt Railway Co. of Chicago and a rail workers union over operations changes must head to arbitration, an Illinois federal judge ruled, siding with the carrier's claims that a potential strike could cause it harm. 

  • March 27, 2024

    NLRB Seeks Contempt Order In Meat Co. Subpoena Fight

    National Labor Relations Board prosecutors asked a New York federal judge to hold two meatpacking companies in contempt of court for refusing to fully comply with a subpoena in a work transfer dispute, saying their stated reason for withholding certain documents is not valid.

  • March 27, 2024

    House Subpoenas PBGC Over $127M Teamsters Overpayment

    A House committee subpoenaed the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. as part of its probe into a $127 million overpayment to Teamsters pensioners who had already died, distributed as part of a multibillion-dollar bailout of multiemployer funds Congress approved during the pandemic.

  • March 27, 2024

    Cannabis Retailer Sues To Revive Union Decertification Bid

    A western Massachusetts cannabis retailer has asked a state court to reinstate an employee's petition to decertify a budding local of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which was dismissed by a state labor board following a settlement of separate prohibited practices complaints.

  • March 26, 2024

    Alcoa Retirees Score Partial Win In Life Insurance Fight

    Alcoa USA Corp. violated its collectively bargained obligations when it unilaterally cut off company-provided life insurance benefits, but was within its rights to pay retirees to waive their claims to benefits, an Indiana federal judge ruled.

  • March 26, 2024

    Examples Seen As Crucial To Useful EEOC, NLRB Guidance

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board may be joining forces to clarify how protections for workers who get heated during union activity square with anti-discrimination law, and experts said specific examples on this interplay are at the top of their wish list.

  • March 26, 2024

    Turf Co. Secures Dismissal Of Funds' Contributions Row

    Benefits funds affiliated with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades can't move ahead with their claims that a turf installer didn't pay contributions, a California federal judge ruled, saying the funds didn't include the calculation for payment in their allegations.

  • March 26, 2024

    Mercedes Fired 3 Union Backers In Ala., UAW Claims

    Mercedes-Benz has fired at least three workers for openly backing the United Auto Workers' organizing campaign at an Alabama plant, the union claimed Tuesday in a National Labor Relations Board charge.

  • March 26, 2024

    DC Circ. Rebukes NLRB's 'Nonsense' In Driver Camera Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday vacated a National Labor Relations Board decision that found a produce company unlawfully disciplined a pro-union worker and gave another the impression he was being surveilled, calling the board's approach to the case "nonsense."

  • March 26, 2024

    Hollywood Strip Club Violated Settlement, NLRB GC Says

    The National Labor Relations Board's Los Angeles office accused a North Hollywood strip club of breaching a settlement with the Actors' Equity Association, according to a copy of a complaint obtained by Law360 on Tuesday, with agency attorneys seeking payment for terminated workers and a reading notice.

  • March 26, 2024

    Teamsters Duck Yellow's $137M Suit Over Restructuring Talks

    The Teamsters have defeated Yellow Corp.'s $137 million lawsuit accusing them of pushing the trucking company into bankruptcy through intransigence in negotiations over a corporate restructuring, with a Kansas federal judge finding the company didn't exhaust the grievance process under a union contract before suing.

  • March 26, 2024

    Legal Aid Union Fights Subpoena Over Palestine Resolution

    The New York Civil Liberties Union on Monday backed the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys in its fight against a subpoena from the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce following the union's adoption of a resolution in support of the Palestinian cause.

  • March 25, 2024

    NLRB Defends 10(j) Tests In Starbucks High Court Dispute

    The National Labor Relations Board told the U.S. Supreme Court that Starbucks is ignoring the history of how courts use injunction standards under federal labor law, explaining to the justices that a two-part test doesn't lead to more favorable outcomes for the agency.

  • March 25, 2024

    Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers To Vote On UAW In April

    Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will take their third crack at voting on representation by the United Auto Workers next month, the National Labor Relations Board announced Monday, revealing that the election has been scheduled without company pushback.

Expert Analysis

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • The Issues Brewing Around Starbucks Labor Practice Cases

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    Starbucks is faced with fighting off another push for a nationwide injunction against firing any employees that support unionization, and there's a distinct possibility that the company and the National Labor Relations Board could be fighting the same fight over and over in various locations, says Janette Levey at Levey Law.

  • Employer Tips For Fighting Back Against Explosive Verdicts

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    Massive jury verdicts are a product of our time, driven in part by reptile tactics, but employers can build a strategic defense to mitigate the risk of a runaway jury, and develop tools to seek judicial relief in the event of an adverse outcome, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman at Seyfarth.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Changing Status Quo In A Union Shop

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    A recent administrative law decision concerning a dispute between Fortune Media and the NewsGuild of New York is an important reminder to employers with unionized workforces to refrain from making unilateral updates to employee handbooks that will change the terms and conditions of employment, says Jennifer Hataway at Butler Snow.

  • Eye On Compliance: A Shift In Religious Accommodation Law

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    The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Groff v. DeJoy is making it more difficult for employers to deny religious accommodations, and there are three takeaways employers should keep in mind, say William Cook and Matthew High at Wilson Elser.

  • Conflicting NLRB Stances Create Employer Compliance Plight

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    Contradictory positions set forth by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel — asserted in a recent unfair labor practice judgment against CVS and a pending case against Starbucks — place employers in a no-win dilemma when deciding whether they can provide wage and benefit improvements to both union and nonunion employees, says Alice Stock at Bond Schoeneck.

  • Biden Admin Must Take Action On Worker Surveillance

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    As companies increasingly use electronic surveillance to monitor employees, speed up work and quash organizing efforts, the Biden administration should use its well-established regulatory authority to study the problem and protect worker safety, say Matt Scherer at the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Reed Shaw at Governing for Impact.

  • Novel NLRB Action Highlights Aggressive Noncompete Stance

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    While a first-of-its-kind noncompete complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel against a Michigan cannabis processor recently resulted in a private settlement, the action shows how broadly the general counsel views her authority over such covenants and how vigorously she intends to exercise it, say Erik Weibust and Erin Schaefer at Epstein Becker.

  • 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.

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