Labor

  • April 09, 2024

    Carpenters Urge 9th Circ. To Restart Union Retirement Fight

    A group of carpenters urged the Ninth Circuit to revive allegations that their union's retirement plan trustees played fast and loose with their savings, saying Tuesday that the trustees should face claims that their risky investment choices caused two retirement plans to plummet in value when the pandemic hit.

  • April 09, 2024

    NLRB GC Refuses To Back Down Over Constitutional Rows

    National Labor Relations Board general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo hit back Tuesday at SpaceX, Amazon, Starbucks and other employers that have challenged the agency's constitutionality after it accused them of labor law violations, casting their arguments as attempts to slow board prosecutions and avoid obligations to workers.

  • April 09, 2024

    Hotel Owed Union Bargaining Over Renovation, DC Circ. Says

    A Hilton hotel in Alaska is on the hook for federal labor law violations after renovating rooms in a way that changed housekeepers' work conditions without sufficiently looping in the employees' union, the D.C. Circuit held Tuesday, enforcing a National Labor Relations Board decision.

  • April 09, 2024

    NLRB Election Petitions Jump 35% In 1st Half Of FY 2024

    Representation election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board rose by about 35% in the first half of the current fiscal year compared with fiscal year 2023, the agency announced Tuesday, attributing the boost to its Cemex decision, which increased the petitions filed by employers.

  • April 09, 2024

    Medieval Times Drops Appeal In TM Battle With Union

    Medieval Times has dropped its bid to revive trademark infringement claims against the labor union representing its entertainers, according to a filing in the Third Circuit.

  • April 09, 2024

    Distillery Gave Bourbon To Undercut Union, NLRB Judge Says

    A National Labor Relations Board judge ordered a Kentucky distillery to bargain with a Teamsters local after finding the distillery violated federal labor law by giving workers raises and free bourbon, among other job improvements, in trying to undermine support for an organizing campaign.

  • April 09, 2024

    PBGC Gets $127M Overpayment Back From Teamsters Fund

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has recovered nearly $127 million mistakenly allotted to dead Teamsters pensioners in a bailout of multiemployer retirement plans approved during the pandemic, the federal government said.

  • April 08, 2024

    NLRB GC Urges Make-Whole Remedies For Illegal Work Rules

    The National Labor Relations Board's top prosecutor issued a memorandum Monday telling regional offices to seek make-whole remedies for workers "regardless of whether those employees are identified" in an unfair labor practice investigation involving illegal work rules or employment agreements.

  • April 08, 2024

    Teamsters Benefits Row Isn't Arbitrable, Sysco Tells 7th Circ.

    An Indiana federal judge correctly held that a Sysco distribution center in Indianapolis didn't have to arbitrate a dispute with a Teamsters local over workers' entitlement to early retirement benefits, the company has told the Seventh Circuit, asking the appellate court to uphold the judge's ruling. 

  • April 08, 2024

    Marine Co. Beats Ex-Worker's Wage Row, For Now

    A civil marine contractor successfully convinced a California federal judge to toss an ex-worker's wage and hour proposed class action for lack of evidence, but the judge left the door open for the worker to refile the suit.

  • April 08, 2024

    8th Circ. Upholds NLRB's Broad Remedies Against Meat Co.

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a meat processor in Nebraska illegally bargained in bad faith with a United Food and Commercial Workers affiliate, backing the board's broad remedies order that included reimbursing the union for negotiating expenses.

  • April 08, 2024

    Worker Says UAW Race Bias Ruling Flouts 7th Circ. Order

    A former GM worker told the Seventh Circuit it should intervene in his suit alleging his United Auto Workers local withdrew a grievance over his termination without telling him because he's Black, arguing a trial court judge ignored the appeals court's previous instructions when ending the suit.

  • April 08, 2024

    Black Worker's Bias Suit Against VA Lacks Proof, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge tossed a black worker's suit Monday claiming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs subjected him to a racially hostile work environment and suspended him for complaining about it, ruling he didn't put forward proof that bias drove the agency's decision making.

  • April 08, 2024

    NLRB Judge Says Racism Accusation Protected By Labor Law

    A school-choice nonprofit must offer to reinstate an employee who was fired after telling co-workers she believed her supervisor was racist, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, reconsidering the case after the board used the dispute to hold federal labor law protects worker advocacy for nonemployees.

  • April 08, 2024

    Seyfarth Bolsters Dallas Shop With Hunton Employment Ace

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP has expanded the labor and employment department in its Dallas office after opening the office late last year, bringing on a former longtime Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP partner to serve as its founding L&E partner in the North Texas city, the firm announced on Monday.

  • April 08, 2024

    3 Questions For California's Fast Food Council

    The California Fast Food Council has a mandate to reform the fast-food industry, and coming off its first meeting, employment law practitioners have questions about how it can improve upon the state's already robust regulations and whether it will be balanced. Here, Law360 explores three such questions for the council as it gets up and running.

  • April 08, 2024

    Cemex Case Puts Focus On Detail Of Recognition Demands

    The National Labor Relations Board's landmark decision in August that reworked the process for union representation elections has put more focus on unions' requests for voluntary recognition from employers, but experts said the changes have been more technical than drastic.

  • April 05, 2024

    Starbucks Tells Judge Union Dealings Aren't 'Mission Critical'

    Starbucks denied Friday that complying with federal labor law was "mission critical" to its business as it urged a Washington state judge to dismiss a shareholder suit accusing company leaders of union busting, which they say tanked Starbucks' reputation.

  • April 05, 2024

    GC Urges NLRB To Reverse Whole Foods BLM Gear Ruling

    Whole Foods should be found in violation of federal labor law for preventing workers from wearing Black Lives Matter apparel and buttons, National Labor Relations Board prosecutors contended Friday, saying an agency judge wrongly found the workers' adornment of the gear wasn't protected.

  • April 05, 2024

    NJ Smoking Law Violates Casino Workers' Rights, UAW Says

    A law preventing smoking in certain indoor workspaces violates New Jersey's Constitution by excluding casino workers, the United Auto Workers alleged Friday in a state court suit against the governor and state health department commissioner.

  • April 05, 2024

    UAW Seeks Vote At Ala. Mercedes Plants, Cites Broad Support

    The United Auto Workers petitioned the National Labor Relations Board on Friday to hold a union representation election among more than 5,000 workers across two Mercedes plants in Alabama, the union's second petition targeting Southern car plants amid an organizing blitz.

  • April 05, 2024

    USW Says Arbitrator Right To Call For Meme Poster's Rehire

    The United Steelworkers have urged a Washington federal judge to enforce an arbitrator's order that Shell and its successor at a Washington refinery rehire a worker fired over an offensive meme, saying that the order jibes with a union contract and that the employers share liability for fulfilling it.

  • April 05, 2024

    DOL Joins DOJ's Artificial Intelligence Fairness Pledge

    The U.S. Department of Labor joined a U.S. Department of Justice pledge to enforce civil rights and related federal laws in the use of automated tools like artificial intelligence.

  • April 05, 2024

    LA Hotel Seeks Uniform Rule In High Court NLRB Appeal

    Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles implored the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit's enforcement of a National Labor Relations Board decision ordering the rehire of more than 100 workers, telling the justices to create a uniform rule for evaluating evidence of anti-union bias.

  • April 05, 2024

    Calif. Cannabis Delivery Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

    California cannabis delivery company Eaze Technologies and its subsidiary Stachs LLC face a possible work stoppage just ahead of the April 20 weekend, after the union representing drivers announced they have rejected the companies' contract proposal and secured strike authorization from its members.

Expert Analysis

  • Weighing Workplace Surveillance For Remote Workers

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    Workers who opt to continue working remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic remain under the watchful eye of their employers even from their own homes, but given the potential legal risks and adverse impacts on employee well-being, employers must create transparent policies and should reconsider their use of monitoring technologies at all, says Melissa Tribble at Sanford Heisler.

  • Don't Ignore NLRA When Using Employee Resource Groups

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    Companies often celebrate the benefits of employee resource groups when recruiting in a tight labor market, and while it’s not common to associate National Labor Relations Act protections with ERGs, employers should assess the potential for labor claims when using this worker engagement tool, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O’Connor.

  • My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned Education Never Ends

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    D.C. Circuit Judge David Tatel reflects on what made Bernard Meltzer a brilliant teacher and one of his favorite professors at the University of Chicago Law School, and how Meltzer’s teachings extended well past graduation and guided Judge Tatel through some complicated opinions.

  • How The NLRA May Slow Down The FAST Act

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    California's Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act takes on many of the activities already managed by the National Labor Relations Act and may give rise to arguments that the new law is federally preempted, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Cos. Must Consider Union Vs. Nonunion Employee Treatment

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recent actions challenging Starbucks' exclusion of union employees from new benefits may guide employers on the treatment of union-represented employees versus others that are not, but companies should still beware of the NLRB’s tendency to shift positions with different administrations, says Hugh Murray at McCarter & English.

  • How NLRB Status Quo Rule Change Affects Employers

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    In its recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette decision, the National Labor Relations Board changed the application of the corollary to a rule that requires maintaining the status quo after a bargaining agreement expires, which could negatively affect employers by complicating operational decisions, says James Redeker at Duane Morris.

  • Company Considerations For Cash Award Incentives: Part 2

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    Cash awards can help companies address some issues associated with equity awards to compensate employees, but due to potential downsides, they should be treated as a tool in a long-term incentive program rather than a panacea, say Denise Glagau and Kela Shang at Baker McKenzie.

  • Why Minor League Labor Negotiations Will Be Complicated

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    Despite the Major League Baseball voluntarily recognizing the recently announced Minor League Baseball union and avoiding a potentially contentious process, the forthcoming labor negotiations will be complex for multiple reasons — from minor leaguer demographics to the specter of antitrust scrutiny, says Christopher Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • Alternatives For Employers Considering Workforce Reduction

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    Employers' reduction in force decisions can be costly, increase exposure to employment lawsuits and lower morale of remaining employees, but certain other approaches can help reduce labor costs while minimizing the usual consequences, say Andrew Sommer and Megan Shaked at Conn Maciel.

  • How Weingarten Rights May Operate In A Nonunion Workplace

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    A recent National Labor Relations Board memo signals an interest in giving nonunion employees a right to have a coworker representative present in disciplinary hearings, but concerned employers may find solace in limits the agency has placed on union employees' Weingarten rights over the years, say David Pryzbylski and Thomas Payne at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Employer Discipline Lessons In DC Circ. Vulgar Protest Ruling

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Constellium Rolled Products v. NLRB — that a worker was improperly fired for using profanity while protesting company policy — highlights confusion surrounding worker protections for concerted activity and the high bar for employers to prove discipline is unrelated to such activity, say John Hargrove and Anne Yuengert at Bradley Arant.

  • NLRB Reversal On Union Apparel Is A Warning For Employers

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent reversal of Trump-era case law in its Tesla ruling significantly limits when employers may restrict union insignia on clothing in the workplace and provides multiple cautionary takeaways for employers, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Proposed NLRB Rule Would Vastly Expand Joint Employment

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recently proposed rule for determining when joint employment exists would replace a 2020 standard with expansive new definitions, including the problematic addition of workplace health and safety as an essential term and condition, says Todd Lebowitz at BakerHostetler.

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