Labor

  • February 27, 2024

    FTC Puts Labor Focus In Merger Basket For 1st Time

    Higher consumer prices and reduced choice are no longer the only reasons the Federal Trade Commission will challenge mergers after the agency contested Kroger's planned $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons based in part, for the first time ever, on allegations the deal will reduce competition for employees.

  • February 27, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Says It Was Barred From Labor Dispute Interviews

    A Hogan Lovells attorney for Mexico's San Martín Mine told Law360 that his team has been shut out of proceedings in the first-ever labor-focused panel dispute under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, centered on alleged collective bargaining violations. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Starbucks Says Comments On Union Views Not Defamatory

    Starbucks urged a Pennsylvania federal court to toss claims that it defamed a union by framing it as favoring violence and terrorism, arguing that the challenged statements were expressions of opinion that could not be disproved and thus could not be defamatory.

  • February 27, 2024

    5th Circ. Sends SpaceX's NLRB Challenge Back To Texas

    A Fifth Circuit panel has ordered a Texas federal judge to pull back a suit from California filed by SpaceX that seeks to declare the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional, saying it belongs in Texas while the panel mulls its proper venue.

  • February 27, 2024

    NLRB Official Nixes Bid For Union Ouster Vote At ADT

    A worker with ADT LLC can't move ahead with an effort to oust an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local in St. Louis, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, finding an ongoing unfair labor practice case over requested information bars the vote from happening.

  • February 27, 2024

    DC Circ. Rejects Hospital's NLRB 'Successor Bar' Challenge

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a Puerto Rico hospital unlawfully withdrew recognition from a union after inheriting five bargaining units, rejecting the company's challenge to a board standard blocking employers from withdrawing recognition after acquiring a unionized company's operations.

  • February 27, 2024

    Coffee Shop Fought Work Protest Too Hard, NLRB Judge Says

    A Buffalo, New York-area coffee shop violated federal labor law when its owner responded to employees' lawful protest of workplace conditions by sending her boyfriend to a meeting with the workers to take their keys, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    NLRB Should Overrule Anti-Union Hiring Precedents, GC Says

    Agency prosecutors urged the National Labor Relations Board to overrule four of its precedents in a refusal-to-hire case between a pipefitters union and Georgia manufacturer, calling for a shift in analysis for cases involving alleged discrimination against so-called union salts.

  • February 27, 2024

    Biden's Labor Secretary Nom Clears Senate Committee Again

    Julie Su, President Joe Biden's long-running nominee for labor secretary who has been temporarily serving in the role for the past year, made it through a Senate committee Tuesday, though her fate in the full chamber is uncertain.

  • February 26, 2024

    NLRB Takes Moderate Path In BLM Protest Case

    The National Labor Relations Board's recent ruling that Home Depot violated federal labor law by demanding a worker take a Black Lives Matter message off their apron takes a broad view of workers' rights but stops short of the radical position prosecutors had advocated.

  • February 26, 2024

    UAW, Fiat Chrysler Escape Engineers' Bribery Scheme Suit

    The United Auto Workers, Fiat Chrysler and others are off the hook for state fraud and civil conspiracy claims brought by auto engineers in connection to a bribery scheme between union officials and the automaker, a Michigan federal judge ruled Monday, citing a recent Sixth Circuit decision finding related allegations untimely.

  • February 26, 2024

    6th Circ. Sanctions Prison Co. For Not Disclosing Asset Info

    A Sixth Circuit panel has held a Federal Bureau of Prisons contractor in contempt for its "woefully inadequate" efforts to turn over financial records to the National Labor Relations Board as ordered, in a dispute over two fired union supporters' back pay.

  • February 26, 2024

    Teamsters Tell 7th Circ. Sysco Must Arbitrate Benefits Dispute

    A Sysco distribution center in Indianapolis must arbitrate its dispute with a Teamsters local over workers' entitlement to early retirement benefits, the union told the Seventh Circuit, arguing the applicable collective bargaining agreement includes a broad arbitration clause.

  • February 26, 2024

    Mich. Judge Vacates Award For Fund's $40M Liability Claim

    An arbitrator must again review a dispute over a union pension fund's claim that a demolition company owed more than $40 million in withdrawal liability, a Michigan federal judge ruled, vacating the arbitration award because evidence didn't back conclusions about the number of labor contracts involved.

  • February 26, 2024

    FTC Challenges Kroger's $25B Albertsons Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission announced a new, national front Monday against Kroger's heavily criticized $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, challenging a deal it said threatens both shoppers and workers and cannot be saved by the planned divestiture of a "hodgepodge" of hundreds of stores.

  • February 23, 2024

    Cal State Student Assistants Vote To Unionize

    Student workers at California State University voted to unionize with a Service Employees International Union affiliate, a vote that the union said creates the largest bargaining unit for such workers in the United States.

  • February 23, 2024

    NCAA Can't Enforce NIL Restrictions Amid Suit, Judge Rules

    A Tennessee federal judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction preventing the NCAA from enforcing its ban on name, image and likeness compensation for athletes being recruited by institutions, allowing the schools to immediately offer NIL deals to recruits without punishment.

  • February 23, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Teamsters Vote At Calif. Cannabis Facility

    About 54 employees of a Sacramento, California, facility that stores and delivers cannabis can vote on representation by a Teamsters local, a National Labor Relations Board official ruled, saying the United Food and Commercial Workers' pursuit of representing all the company's California employees doesn't bar the election petition.

  • February 23, 2024

    9th Circ. Upholds NLRB's Refusal To Bargain Order

    A Los Angeles restaurant illegally refused to bargain with a UNITE HERE local, the Ninth Circuit ruled, supporting the National Labor Relations Board's determination that the company couldn't avoid liability for a federal labor law violation by raising the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse.

  • February 23, 2024

    NLRB Says Meat Co. Dodged Union On Layoffs, Info Request

    A New York meat distributor violated federal labor law by laying off six employees without consulting its workers' union and by withholding information about forthcoming changes to its production process, a National Labor Relations Board majority ruled.

  • February 23, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Court Weighs Bay Area Transit Vax Mandate

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a potential ruling on summary judgment bids in a religious discrimination case involving former San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District workers. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • February 23, 2024

    Starbucks' Store Closure Threat Is Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks legally reduced a pro-union employee's hours, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, dismissing other unfair labor practice claims but holding that the coffee giant did unlawfully threaten possible closure of stores if workers unionized.

  • February 23, 2024

    NY Forecast: 'Loser Pays' Arbitration Clause At 2nd Circ.

    This week, the Second Circuit will consider a staffing company's challenge to a lower court decision that blocked arbitration proceedings with a worker over a provision in the arbitration agreement that required the worker to pay if he lost the case. Here, Law360 explores this and another major labor and employment case on the docket in New York.

  • February 22, 2024

    NLRB Joint Employer Rule Delayed Again Amid Biz Challenge

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday delayed until March an imminent National Labor Relations Board rule change that will make it tougher for employers to show they are not joint employers while the court mulls a business coalition's challenge.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-Philly Union Manager's Allies Get Embezzlement Sentences

    Three co-defendants of former Philadelphia union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty have been sentenced for their participation in an embezzlement scheme spearheaded by the former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 business manager.

Expert Analysis

  • NLRA Expansion May Come With Risks For Workers

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    The last few years have seen a rapid expansion of the National Labor Relations Act to increase labor law coverage in as many ways and to as many areas as possible, but this could potentially weaken rather than strengthen support for unions and worker rights in the U.S., says Daniel Johns at Cozen O’Connor.

  • What The NLRB Wants Employers To Know Post-Cemex

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    Recent guidance from the National Labor Relations Board illuminates prosecutorial goals following Cemex Construction Materials, a decision that upended decades of precedent, and includes several notable points to which employers should pay close attention, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Cos. Should Be On Guard After Boom In Unfair Labor Claims

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent expansion of protected activity and imposition of case-by-case policies led to a historic boom in unfair labor practice charges in 2023, so companies should prepare for labor complaints to increase in 2024 by conducting risk assessments and implementing compliance plans, say Daniel Schudroff and Lorien Schoenstedt at Jackson Lewis.

  • 3 Developments That Will Affect Hospitality Companies In 2024

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    As the hospitality industry continues its post-pandemic recovery, it faces both challenges and opportunities to thrive in 2024, including navigating new labor rules, developing branded residential living spaces and cautiously embracing artificial intelligence, says Lauren Stewart at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Starbucks Raise Ruling Highlights Labor Law Catch-22

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge recently ruled that Starbucks violated federal labor law when it gave raises to nonunion employees only, demonstrating that conflicts present in workforces with both union and nonunion employees can put employers in no-win situations if they don't consider how their actions will be interpreted, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • Del. Ruling Shows Tension Between 363 Sale And Labor Law

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    The Delaware federal court's ruling in the Braeburn Alloy Steel case highlights the often overlooked collision between an unstayed order authorizing an asset sale free and clear of successor liability under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and federal labor law imposing successor liability on the buyer, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How AI Executive Order Aims To Compete For Foreign Talent

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    Immigration provisions within the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence take a strategic approach to promoting the U.S. as a destination for AI and STEM talent by streamlining visa processing, enhancing educational and exchange programs, and improving current visa programs and pathways to permanent residency, says Eric Bord at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages

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    In light of shifting federal infrastructure priorities and recent updates to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, employers should take the time to revisit the basics of prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and similar laws, says Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.

  • Business Takeaways From Biden's Global Labor Rights Memo

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    President Joe Biden's recent memorandum on protecting worker rights is one of the most expansive statements the administration has made regarding international labor rights policy, and reflects several points of which businesses should take note, including the government’s interest in working with the private sector on these issues and a notable focus on the transition to clean energy, say Tom Plotkin and Pegah Nabili at Covington.

  • How Employers Should Prep For NLRB, OSHA Collaboration

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    The National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recent announcement of increased interagency cooperation may suggest that each agency will be expanding its scope of inquiry moving forward, and signals that employers need to be prepared for inspections that implicate both OSHA and NLRB issues, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • 3 Evolving Issues Shaping The College Sports Legal Playbook

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    Conference realignment will seem tame compared to the regulatory and policy developments likely to transform college sports in the near future, addressing questions surrounding the employment status of student-athletes, athlete compensation and transgender athletes, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

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