Dangers Of Improper Workplace Labeling

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT) -- Employers rely a lot on labels and titles when classifying employees. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reminded employers that it's what the employee actually does that matters, and not what the employee is called or how he or she is officially listed in company records.

In Rochelle Waste Disposal LLC v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (7th Cir. No. 10-3212, March 8, 2012), the Seventh Circuit ruled that, despite his title, a "landfill supervisor" was not a supervisor within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) because he did not actually exercise supervisory...

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