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NLRB Majority Stuns Nation By Ruling Employer Has Management Right, Chairman Dissents

Posted in Collective Bargaining, Deferral, General Counsel, NLRA, NLRB, Section 8(a)(5), Unfair Labor Practices

In another example of the inconsistency of the current state of Board law, a 2-1 majority of the NLRB ruled that an employer not only had a management right but it wasn’t necessary that this right be expressly set forth in the parties’ contract.  This is certainly odd because the NLRB went out of its… Continue Reading

Is Deferral to Labor Arbitration Awards in Jeopardy?

Posted in Arbitration, Deferral, NLRA, NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a press release announcing its intention to revisit precedent created under a pair of Board decisions nearly 59 and 30 years old, respectively.  The precedent involves under what circumstances the NLRB will defer to decisions of labor arbitrators in cases where there are pending NLRB unfair labor practice charges… Continue Reading

D.R. Horton and the Doctrine of Non-Acquiescence

Posted in Arbitration, NLRB

Today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in D.R. Horton, Incorporated v. National Labor Relations Board, is a victory for employers who seek to channel work related disputes (other than NLRB charges) into an arbitration system which does not permit class action claims in either the arbitration or in court.  But the… Continue Reading

A Heaping Helping of Bad Law and a Side of Full Disclosure

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In one of its last rulings before Member Becker’s recess appointment ended, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has held that individual agreements between an employer and an employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), which require the arbitration of employment-related claims arising under other federal and state statutes, but do not allow… Continue Reading

The Lull Before The Storm: Blizzard Of NLRB Activity Coming

Posted in Bargaining units, Duty to furnish information, Healthcare Employers, NLRA, NLRB, Protected activity, Rulemaking, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Section 9(b), Witness statements

The mid-point of Summer has passed.  Although the NLRB has not issued a major decision in several weeks, the agency has not been slacking off this Summer.  In a typical year, August and September are the busiest months for the NLRB, because the federal government’s fiscal year ends September 30.  During the final weeks of the… Continue Reading

NLRB GC To Regional Directors: Scrutinize Arbitration Decisions That May Implicate the NLRA

Posted in Arbitration, Deferral, General Counsel, NLRB

The Acting General Counsel of the NLRB, Lafe Solomon, continued to shake up the way matters are handled at the agency, by issuing new guidelines for the handling of pre- and post-arbitration cases.  The new policy guidelines will have an immediate impact on cases where the employment action (usually a discharge) has prompted both a grievance (alleging… Continue Reading