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Showing 40 posts in National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Amidst Unionization Trends, What Can Employers Do?

Posted In Labor Law, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Union

With strikes and unionization efforts appearing in recent news with great frequency, many employers are left wondering, “Am I next?” Though labor organizing creates a tough legal line for employers to walk, there are options to protect your business from union activity. More >

NLRB Time Travels Back to 2014 Rule to Speed Up Union Elections

Posted In Labor Law, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Union

Once again, the NLRB has taken up time travel, this time reversing a 2019 rule about union election procedures to return to the 2014 “quickie election” rule that allows unions to organize workplaces at lightning speed. More >

NLRB Gets Back in the Time Machine, Reverts to Previous Independent Contractor Test

Posted In Independent Contractors, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Worker Misclassification

It’s 2023: do you know who your employees are? If you think you do, think again: the National Labor Relations Board announced in a June 13th decision on the case The Atlanta Opera, Inc., that it is changing its test for determining which workers are independent contractors and which are covered employees, reverting once again to an Obama-era standard.  For employers, this means that the potential for running into issues with misclassification and unionization has increased significantly. More >

New NLRB Memo Says Non-Compete Agreements Violate NLRA

Posted In Employee Agreement, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Non-Compete Agreement

Following the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) January proposal to ban non-compete agreements, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a memo stating that non-compete agreements, except in very specific circumstances, violate the National Labor Relations Act. Any employer who uses non-compete agreements, or other agreements that functionally serve as non-competes, should be bracing for impact. More >

NLRB Modifies Test for Bargaining Units, Resurrecting the Dreaded Micro-Unit

Posted In Labor Law, National Labor Relations Act, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

On December 14, 2022, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision in the case American Steel Construction, Inc., modifying the test for determining inclusions in bargaining units. The Board’s decision reverts the test to an Obama-era standard that allows unions to form smaller, easier-to-organize bargaining units known as “micro-units”—the mention of which will send many employers into a panic. More >

NLRB GC Seeks to End Captive Audience Meetings

Posted In Employment Law, National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Union

In yet another bid to weaken employers’ stance in the face of organized labor, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo has issued a memo calling for an end to employer-led “captive audience” meetings. This move by the NLRB threatens one of employers’ key tools for curbing unionization in the workplace and is yet another foreboding sign of the Biden administration’s pro-labor agenda. More >

Boeing, Boeing, Gone! NLRB GC Recommends Reversal of Employer Handbook Standards

Posted In Employee Handbook, Employment Law, Labor Law, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

With any new administration in Washington comes changes to the National Labor Relations Board. From the start, Biden’s NLRB has made clear their goal to reverse the employer-friendly handbook standards established by the Boeing decision, and the General Counsel’s March 7th post-hearing brief includes recommendations that take further steps towards that goal. More >

ALERT: NLRB General Counsel Signals Sea Change in Labor Regulation

Posted In Employee Handbook, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

For more on this subject, register here for our October 12th webinar, All Handbooks on Deck: How the Changing Tides of the NLRB May Lead Your Employee Policies into Rough Waters.

The new National Labor Relations Board General Counsel has issued a memo outlining her issues priorities, and it’s a doozy for employers. The broad outlines of the policy reconsiderations are massive in scope, effectively revisiting the entirety of the NLRB output over the last four years. While a discussion of the larger implications of each policy provision will be forthcoming, here is a general outline of what’s in store from the NLRB going forward, and employers should already be set to make some changes. More >

Abusive or Offensive Language? NLRB Says “@#$% No” to Section 7 Protection

On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued an important decision in General Motors, LLC and Charles Robinson, modifying the standard to be used in determining whether an employee has been unlawfully disciplined or discharged for abusive or offensive statements or conduct while engaged in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). This decision is intended to provide needed clarity and give employers more leeway in disciplining employees for egregious misconduct and upholding existing anti-discrimination laws and policies. More >

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