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Tag Archives: Covid-19

Employers Take Note: Covid-19-Related Actions that Will Get the Attention of the NLRB

Posted in Employee Discipline, Negotiations, NLRB
This blog previously discussed the NLRB’s dismissal of virus-related charges.  The NLRB General Counsel, however, recently released a new memorandum summarizing cases related to Covid-19 where the NLRB found the virus-related issues had merit and pursued litigation. Because the cases are still in active litigation, the memo merely summarizes the facts of the cases.  It… Continue Reading

Remote Hearings are New Default for Unfair Labor Practice Complaints

Posted in NLRB
The regional offices no longer need approval from the NLRB headquarters to schedule remote hearings for most unfair labor practice complaints.  Last week, the Office of the General Counsel released a memorandum instructing the regional offices to hold remote hearings for most ULP matters.  The memorandum also indicated that, effective immediately, any pending requests for… Continue Reading

A Series of Dismissals Occur in Virus-Related NLRB Charges Against Employers

Posted in Employee Discipline, Negotiations, NLRB
In a positive series of events for employers, the General Counsel’s Division of Advice called for the dismissal of five different coronavirus-related charges against employers.  The GC’s office sent memos to regional NLRB offices directing them to dismiss specific cases, all of which were labor disputes sparked by the pandemic.  All charges were either dismissed… Continue Reading

NLRB Suggests Safety Protocols for In-Person Union Elections

Posted in Elections
After the COVID-19 pandemic caused a temporary suspension of both in-person and mail ballot labor union elections, the NLRB permitted elections to resume in early April.  On Tuesday, July 6, the General Counsel issued guidance addressing suggested safety protocols for conducting manual elections.  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the General Counsel acknowledged the… Continue Reading

COVID-19 and the Duty to Bargain: Advice from the General Counsel

Posted in Negotiations, NLRB
With COVID-19 disrupting business, employers may be questioning whether the virus has an effect on the duty to bargain with labor organizations.  On Friday, the NLRB’s General Counsel, Peter B. Robb, attempted to answer these questions, issuing a letter to regional officials clarifying employers’ duty to bargain during emergencies. The General Counsel’s letter summarized nine… Continue Reading

A Stimulus for Organized Labor

Posted in Union Organizing
Here’s one you may not have heard about yet.  Buried in the last 100 pages or so of the 600+ page CARES Act, the Covid-19 bill the Senate passed this morning, I found this nugget: (X) that the recipient will remain neutral in any union organizing effort for the term of the loan. For the… Continue Reading

The NLRB and Covid-19: An Update

Posted in NLRB, Rulemaking
Covid-19 has disrupted the operations of many employers and governmental functions.  The NLRB is no different.  Here is a summary of where things stand tonight. Regional Offices Many regional offices have been closed for varying periods of time.  The NLRB is sending out updates on these events as they occur and has devoted a page… Continue Reading