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NLRB’s Micro-Union Standard May Be Set For Reversal

Change is coming.  We noted recently that the administration is thinking about changing the newly adopted persuader regulations.  We also know that a majority of make-up of the NLRB is likely to shift very soon, and with it some of the precedents of the last few years will be reversed.  Newly appointed Chairman Miscimarra seems to be reiterating what … Continue Reading

17 Year Old Ruling In Representation Case Can Preclude New Claim For Employees, Divided NLRB Rules

Of all the changes to the law the NLRB has made in the last several years, the most significant involve how the agency determines bargaining units.  For example, the NLRB’s decision in Specialty Healthcare drastically altered the manner in which bargaining units were determined by the Regional Directors and the NLRB.  Also, the NLRB’s ambush election rules also … Continue Reading

Higher Education Alert: NLRB Trend in Easing Unionization Continues with Recent Decision

The National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-2 decision last month in Pacific Lutheran University, 361 NLRB No. 157, in which it significantly modified the standards for determining:  (1) whether college or university faculty members are managerial employees and thus not protected by the National Labor Relations Act; and (2) when the Board should decline to exercise … Continue Reading

NLRB Issues Final Election Rules Revision

As anticipated, the National Labor Relations Board today made public its final revised election rules.  The new rules will become effective 120 days following their publication in the Federal Register.  The publication date is scheduled to be Monday, December 15, 2014, one day before the expiration of the term of Member Schiffer. There are really … Continue Reading

NLRB Refines Its Test for Independent Contractor Status

The National Labor Relations Board, with one member dissenting, has issued a decision in which it “refines” the test it uses for determining whether it will find individuals performing services for an employer to be employees, who are covered by the National Labor Relations Act, or independent contractors, who are not.  The case is FedEx … Continue Reading

¿Cómo Se Dice: “Lost in Translation”?

Labor law is filled with many technical rules, the meaning of which can sometimes can be lost in translation.  The recent NLRB decision in Labriola Baking Co., 361 N.L.R.B. No. 41 (2014), is a case in point. During a campaign before a decertification election, an employer’s representative stated in a speech to the employees:  “If you … Continue Reading

NLRB Gets #SocialMedia: Board and ALJ Rulings Recap

‘April rulings bring May muddling’ might be a better way to tweet recent social media decisions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) given the Board’s ruling in Durham School Services (April 25, 2014) and an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) opinion in Kroger Co. of Michigan (April 21, 2014).  Together, these two decisions show that the … Continue Reading

They’re Ba-ack: NLRB to Re-Propose Election Regulations

As expected, the NLRB has announced that it is again proposing regulations to amend its representation case election procedures.  A copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking submitted to the Federal Register for publication can be viewed here.  The proposed regulations appear identical to those the Board attempted to promulgate in 2011. At that time the Board … Continue Reading

One Step Backward for NLRB Election Rules

The NLRB has agreed to voluntarily dismiss its D.C. Circuit appeal in the so-called “ambush” election rules case.  The voluntary dismissal of the appeal effectively renders the Board’s previously promulgated election rules a dead letter.  But this may be a case of one step backward, two steps forward, for the Board. The case was on appeal from a federal district court decision holding … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Upholds Board’s Decision in Specialty Healthcare

In the first judicial challenge to the NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the Board. In Specialty Healthcare the Board held that it will find a petitioned for unit appropriate where the unit is made up of (i) an identifiable group of employees (ii) who share a community of interest with … Continue Reading

NLRB Rules That Union’s Offer To Waive Dues For Six Months To Make Up For Tiny Wage Increase Did Not Interfere With Decertification Election

As of July 31, the NLRB has a full complement of Board Members, for the first time in about ten years.  The fact the deal on appointments has been progressing for a few weeks did not prohibit the three member Board of questionable constitutional validity from continuing to render decisions. The NLRB recently ruled that … Continue Reading

NLRB Upholds One Election, Overturns Another In Pair Of Decisions

The very real questions about the NLRB’s decision-making authority may have finally slowed the agency down.  We have come to expect over the last few years, a relentless expansion of NLRB authority and reach, especially given the December timeframe when all sorts of surprises seem to come out of the agency.  So, it is somewhat noteworthy … Continue Reading

Ambush Election Rules Fall Into Noel Canning Abyss As Court Puts Hold On Decision

The fallout from Noel Canning has been felt far and wide.  The DC Circuit Court’s January 25, 2013 decision certainly put all NLRB decisions made since January 4, 2012 (the date Members Block and Griffin received their recess appointments) in jeopardy.  All cases on appeal to the DC Circuit involving panels which included Block and Griffin have … Continue Reading

Micro Union Case Hits Federal Court Of Appeals

One of the NLRB’s most sweeping decisions in decades, Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, 357 NLRB No. 83 (August 26, 2011).pdf, has reached a federal appeals court, as the employer seeks to have the decision overturned.  As we have previously discussed, the Board in this case established the micro union standard, where the bargaining unit sought by a … Continue Reading

Court Strikes Down Portions Of NLRB Notice Posting Rules

A federal judge in the District of Columbia handed employers a significant partial victory in the ongoing skirmish over the NLRB’s attempts to require all employers under its jurisdiction to post a notice of employee rights.  As we have noted previously, the NLRB postponed the original November 14, 2011 compliance date, only to postpone it … Continue Reading

Employer Meetings, Election Site The Next Targets Of NLRB?

It’s been a quiet few weeks for the NLRB.  Since January 1, the NLRB has issued only a small number of decisions, none of which appear to be noteworthy.  There are, of course, many developments that are in process.  For example, we still do not know the full effect of the NLRB’s decision in Specialty … Continue Reading

NLRB To “Vote” On Quickie Election Rules November 30

The NLRB announced today that it was going to hold a vote on its proposed regulations to upend the well established and longstanding representation case procedures.  According to the NLRB’s announcement today, the vote is over “whether to adopt a small number of amendments” proposed earlier this year. This may well be the understatement of … Continue Reading

Blizzard part 2: NLRB Reverses Dana and MV Transportation

The scope of the blizzard is becoming more defined as the NLRB rolls out decisions it reached in the waning days of Chairman Liebman’s term. As previously reported on this blog, the NLRB was considering reversing Dana Corp, 351 NLRB 434 (2007) where it held that employees who become represented by a union pursuant to … Continue Reading

Blizzard begins: NLRB Adopts Micro Union Standard

As previously discussed, the impending departure of Chairman Liebman, as well as the coming of the end of the NLRB’s fiscal year, made it highly likely we would see some significant decisions issued by the agency.  Chairman Liebman departed after fourteen years on Saturday, but not before having one last word about her critics.  The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse captured perfectly a … Continue Reading

NLRB: All Employers Must Post Notice Informing Employees Of Rights Under NLRA

Concluding that “many employees protected by the NLRA are unaware of their rights under the statute,” the NLRB today issued a Final Rule today on Notification of Employee Rights under the National Labor Relations Act.pdf.  As of November 14, 2011, all employers falling under NLRB jurisdiction will be required to post a notice the content … Continue Reading

NLRB Quickie Election Rules Closer To Reality As Comments Are Filed

The NLRB’s initiative to upend the well-established, and by its own declarations “outstanding”, representation election procedures took one step closer to reality yesterday when the initial period for filing comments on the proposed rules closed.  As I noted previously in this blog, the “quickie” or “ambush” elections contemplated by the NLRB’s proposed rules represent an attempt to introduce sweeping change when … Continue Reading

Handbook Rules Alone May Overturn Decertification Election: NLRB

The NLRB continues its march to expand the influence of unions in the workplace, this time revisiting an issue that has been the subject of much litigation over the years.  In a recent decision in Jurys Boston Hotel, 356 NLRB No. 114 (March 28, 2011).pdf the NLRB ruled (2-1, no surprise Member Hayes dissented) that the … Continue Reading

Briefs filed in NLRB’s Specialty Healthcare case

What a difference a few months can make.  Last December, in Specialty Healtcare and Rehabilitation of Mobile the NLRB invited interested parties to file briefs to consider a number of questions about whether it should consider adopting a new “one size fits all” rule for bargaining units in nursing homes (called “nonacute care” facilities).  The case … Continue Reading
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