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Tag Archives: NLRB

Former NLRB Acting General Counsel’s Service Invalid

Posted in Courts
Former NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon was not permitted to serve in that capacity once former President Obama nominated him for the position of General Counsel of the NLRB.  So held the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in a 6-2 decision.  The decision is just the most recent in a line of cases on the NLRB’s… Continue Reading

Puzder, and Acosta, and Boeing, and Griffin, Oh My!

Posted in Department of Labor, NLRB, Union Organizing
What a last couple of weeks on the labor law front.  Here is a quick round up of significant developments, just to make sure you are caught up: Puzder Out, Acosta Up Next President Trump’s first DOL secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from contention earlier this week.  Press reports suggest that there was insufficient support… Continue Reading

Judge Gorsuch and the NLRB Part 1: An Initial Overview

Posted in Courts
Earlier this week, as I’m sure everyone has now heard, President Trump announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. For those of you who missed it, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Curious about his decisions in cases involving the NLRB, I set… Continue Reading

Trump Appoints Miscimarra as Acting NLRB Chairman

Posted in NLRB
Earlier this week, newly inaugurated President, Donald Trump, named Philip A. Miscimarra the acting chairman of the NLRB.  Miscimarra, the sole Republican currently on the NLRB, is serving in a term that expires in less than 12 months. Two of the five NLRB positions are currently vacant.  The details on the appointment process have not… Continue Reading

My Obligatory SCOTUS Nominee Blog Post….

Posted in Courts
So, by now, I’m sure everyone has heard that President Obama announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court last week.  In case you missed that, he selected Chief Judge Merrick Garland, from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  As a result, many have been writing about how Judge Garland has ruled in any given… Continue Reading

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Takes on the NLRB

Posted in Employee Handbooks
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a biting analysis of the NLRB’s recent decisions that attack employers’ basic handbook policies. The lengthy report summarizes a number of decisions that find many basic handbook policies on courtesy, respect, and confidentiality in the workplace to be unlawful under the NLRA.  Many of these cases have been covered… Continue Reading

Northwestern Football Players Lose Effort to Unionize: NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
Earlier today, the long-running saga of whether NCAA Division I football players are employees under the NLRA came to an end — at least temporarily.  The NLRB unanimously declined to exercise jurisdiction over Northwestern University’s scholarship football players and dismissed the union election petition. In January 2014, Northwestern University’s scholarship football players filed a petition… Continue Reading

Requesting Police Enforcement of Trespass Law is a “Petition” to the Government

Posted in Courts, Unions
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  Courts have concluded that when a person petitions the Government in good faith, the First Amendment prohibits any sanction for that conduct.  Applied in the labor law context, therefore, employer conduct that… Continue Reading

Court Disagrees with NLRB Ruling on Dress of Customer-Facing Employees

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB, Union Insignia
More than four years ago, the NLRB gave priority to an employee’s right to wear clothing with messages critical of their employer over an employer’s interest in its reputation with customers.  In a case involving AT&T employees, the NLRB ruled that an employer violated the law when it prevented its service technicians, when visiting customer… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Business Groups Appeal Loss on Election Rule

Posted in Courts, Elections, Union Organizing
Updating our post from yesterday, the Texas business groups who lost their challenge to the NLRB’s “ambush” election rule wasted no time filing a Notice of Appeal (pdf) of that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  While it is certainly possible that the appeals court could reverse the decision, any… Continue Reading

More Election Petitions, Quicker Votes: Data About the Early Impact of the NLRB’s New Election Rule

Posted in Elections, NLRB, Union Organizing
On the heels of the Texas court’s ruling earlier this week, and with more than a month of experience with the NLRB’s new election rule behind us, I thought it would be interesting to find out what the data actually shows is happening under the new rule.  So, yesterday I turned to Susan Connelly of… Continue Reading

Policies on Employee Appearance and Social Media Use Declared Unlawful

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
Recently, the NLRB, in a three-member panel of Chairman Pearce (D) and Members Hirozawa (D) and Johnson (R), ruled on more employee handbook provisions covering an expanse of topics including social media, employee conduct, and dress and grooming. In Boch Imports, Inc., the NLRB determined that the employer, a car dealer, violated the NLRA by… Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Releases New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
Last week, NLRB General Counsel (GC) Richard F. Griffin, Jr. released a new report addressing problematic employee handbook provisions which could be “reasonably construed” as having a chilling effect on employees’ Section 7 activity.  Similar to the three reports previously issued by predecessor Lafe Solomon on social media cases, Griffin offers the report as guidance on… Continue Reading

Update: Second Lawsuit Filed Challenging NLRB Ambush Election Rule

Posted in NLRB, Rulemaking
Updating our previous post, a second group filed suit (pdf) against the NLRB last week, challenging its ambush election rule.  This time, the challenge comes from The Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas Inc., who are joined by the same organization’s Central Texas Chapter and the National Federation of Independent Business/Texas.  They have asked the… Continue Reading

New Rule on Election Procedures will Speed Up Union Elections

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
The NLRB has, after much anticipation, issued its “ambush election” or “quickie election” final rule.  A summary of the major provision in the rules can be found here.   The rulemaking, which followed a long and tortured procedural path, is a major overhaul of the procedures used to conduct secret ballot, union elections. These elections are an important… Continue Reading