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NLRB Overturns Election Win For Employer That Failed To Timely Serve Voter List (Even Though Union Received List In Timely Fashion)

Posted in Employer policies, Handbook, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Election Rules, Uncategorized

The NLRB is down to three members, the bare minimum required to conduct business, and so cases are being issued somewhat sporadically. The so-called ambush election rules have received a lot attention over the last few years.  We recently discussed here a case where the NLRB found that a union had not timely filed a… Continue Reading

Employer Claims Of Unprofitability And Competitive Disadvantage Enough To Trigger Audit Of Financials By Union, NLRB Majority Concludes

Posted in Collective Bargaining, Duty to furnish information, Duty to provide information, General Counsel, NLRA, NLRB, Section 8(a)(5), Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices

The end of another NLRB fiscal year is upon us.  Today, September 30, marks the last date of the fiscal year.  We can expect to see a number of decisions issue from the Board, and many determinations made at the regional level, as the agency attempts to pump up its case processing statistics.  We will… Continue Reading

Non-Compete Agreement A Mandatory Subject of Bargaining, NLRB Rules

Posted in Collective Bargaining, Confidentiality, Employer policies, NLRA, NLRB, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Section 8(a)(5), Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices

The first day of employment is often chaotic.  New employees must learn their way around the jobsite, meet (and remember the names of) many new people and otherwise familiarize themselves with working at a new job.  Oh, and there’s the paperwork.  Seemingly endless mounds of paperwork.  New employees are asked to sign a multitude of documents… Continue Reading

Recent NLRB Decision A Reminder That NLRA Can Protect Actions Of A Single Employee

Posted in Collective Bargaining, NLRA, NLRB, Protected activity, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices

So far, it has been a long quiet Summer with little NLRB activity, – with the exception of the recent ruling that temporary agency employees can be part of a bargaining unit with the principal employer’s employees, of course.  More change may be coming, though.  The end of the NLRB’s fiscal year is September 30 and… Continue Reading

DC Circuit: NLRB Acting General Counsel Solomon’s Tenure Violated Vacancy Statute, Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Unauthorized

Posted in NLRA, NLRB, Recess appointments, Uncategorized

The political gridlock in Washington DC caused several years of tumult at the NLRB, spawning two Supreme Court decisions (Noel Canning and New Process Steel) and several courts of appeals decisions regarding the Board’s ability to act without regular appointments, and resulted in scores of decisions having to be reconsidered by a newly constituted Board.  Most… Continue Reading

NLRB Refuses to Approve Withdrawal of Charges Despite Settlement of Class Action Case

Posted in Arbitration, Employer policies, Handbook, NLRA, NLRB, Protected activity, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Uncategorized

We know that, among many other common employer policies, the NLRB considers many mandatory arbitration agreements to be unlawful, particularly where they prohibit class or collective actions.  See Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 72 (2014).  Unlike a more run of the mill handbook violation where the government seeks removal or modification of the policy, an… Continue Reading

Union Represented Employee Not Entitled To Co-Worker Witness During Investigatory Interview, NLRB Rules

Posted in General Counsel, Investigations, Mandatory submissions, NLRA, NLRB, Non-Union employers, Protected activity, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices, Workplace Investigations

The last few months at the NLRB have been relatively quiet, save of course for the ambush election rules which went into effect on April 15; the true impact of these rules has yet to be revealed.  Many of the recent Board cases involve correcting decisions that were  invalidated by the Supreme Court in its Noel Canning recess appointment decision…. Continue Reading

Search Of Company Vehicle Not Employee Interview Triggering Weingarten Rights, NLRB Division of Advice

Posted in Advice, Investigations, Investigations, NLRA, NLRB, Section 7, Section 8(a)(1), Uncategorized, Unfair Labor Practices, Workplace Investigations

The scope of a union-represented employee’s right to have a union representative present during an investigatory interview is one of the more interesting areas of labor law.  Even though most people who practice labor relations know the basics of the so-called Weingarten rights, the same types of questions continue to arise because there are an… Continue Reading

No Duty To Bargain Over Discipline During Contract Hiatus, NLRB Division of Advice

Posted in Advice, Collective Bargaining, Due Process, General Counsel, NLRA, NLRB, Section 8(a)(5), Uncategorized

The NLRB has been active but quiet during the last few months as the agency quietly reaffirms decisions nullified by the Supreme Court.  By all accounts, however, and as history has proved, the NLRB is getting ready to issue an onslaught of law-changing decisions as we head into the holiday season.  This onslaught of change… Continue Reading

Reading the NLRB Signs at the Triple Play Sports Bar

Posted in Employer policies, Facebook, Handbook, NLRA, Protected activity, Social Media, Social Media Policies, Uncategorized

In Three D, LLC d/b/a Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, 361 NLRB No. 31. (August 22, 2014), the National Labor Relations Board ruled that an employee “liking” a status on Facebook is engaging in protected concerted activities under the NLRA.   Employees were unlawfully terminated for ranting about the employer’s tax-withholding error, which resulted in… Continue Reading

NLRB Divides Sharply on Employee Concerted Activity for “Mutual Aid or Protection”

Posted in NLRA, Protected activity, Section 7, Uncategorized, Workplace Investigations

In a complex, twenty-eight page opinion, a sharply divided NLRB has ruled that when an individual employee seeks assistance from fellow employees with respect to a violation under Title VII (or other workplace laws), the action is not only concerted but also presumptively for the purpose of mutual aid or protection, and thereby also covered… Continue Reading

NLRB Work Rule Decisions Continue to be a Mixed Bag

Posted in Handbook, NLRB, Social Media Policies, Uncategorized

As the NLRB continues to wade through the pool of issues arising from social media policies and other workplace rules, an Administrative Law Judge’s recent decision in Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (July 25, 2014) illustrates the growing number of problems employers face in developing corporate policies and the variability of NLRB decisions. In this… Continue Reading

NLRB Overturns Decert Election Based On Employer’s “Promises” Of 401(k)

Posted in Decertification elections, Employer policies, Handbook, NLRA, NLRB, Section 8(a)(1), Uncategorized

The last few months have seen very little in the way of NLRB decisions.  The recent Supreme Court decision  where the recess appointments to the NLRB were invalidated, likely will further slow down the process of issuing decisions. Still, the NLRB has had a full complement of members for almost a year, and the agency manages to… Continue Reading

Bubba Gump Shrimp’s Social Media Policy Passes Muster, ALJ Says

Posted in Uncategorized

In Landry’s Inc., Case No. 32-CA-118213 (June 26, 2014), an NLRB Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found a social media rule concerning its wholly owned subsidiary, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurants, Inc., to not violate the NLRA.   The General Counsel had alleged that the following policy infringed on employee’s rights because, purportedly, it would tend to… Continue Reading

Hail Mary: NLRB Regional Director Holds College Football Players are Employees

Posted in Bargaining units, NLRA, NLRB, Section 7, Uncategorized

On March 26, 2014, Peter Sung Ohr, the Chicago Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that members of the Northwestern University football team receiving athletic scholarships are employees, and not students, under the National Labor Relations Act, allowing them the opportunity to unionize through an NLRB election. First and Ten: A… Continue Reading

Griffin Confirmed as NLRB General Counsel

Posted in Uncategorized

The United States Senate has confirmed Richard Griffin to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, giving the Board its first confirmed General Counsel in over three years, probably the longest time that the Board has gone without a confirmed General Counsel in its seventy-eight year history.  NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce issued the following… Continue Reading

Furloughed NLRB Employees Return to Work — Will GC Nominee Griffin be Next?

Posted in General Counsel, Uncategorized

On the same day that furloughed federal government employees are returning to work, it is being reported that a roll call vote will be scheduled in the Senate to invoke cloture (i.e., end debate) on the nomination of Richard Griffin to be General Counsel of the NLRB.  The vote is reportedly scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.  We assume that cloture… Continue Reading

Opening Salvo

Posted in Uncategorized

The NLRB has filed its opening Supreme Court brief in the Noel Canning case, in which the validity of the President’s January, 2012 recess appointments of former, putative NLRB members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block are at issue.  Included as an appendix to the brief is an exhaustive list of intra-session recess appointments, going back to President Andrew Johnson… Continue Reading

Overtaken by Events

Posted in Uncategorized

A few weeks ago we blogged about consolidated cases pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in which the petitioners were seeking writs of mandamus or prohibition, to stop the NLRB from issuing further decisions unless and until it had a properly appointed quorum.  The cases were scheduled for oral… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Upholds Board’s Decision in Specialty Healthcare

Posted in Bargaining units, Representation Elections, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Collective Bargaining, Employer policies, Handbook, NLRA, NLRB, Objectionable Conduct, Recess appointments, Representation Elections, Uncategorized

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

Let’s Make a Deal!

Posted in Uncategorized

Updated 5:21 p.m. Reportedly there is a tentative deal between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate which will avoid the so-called “nuclear option” of eliminating filibusters of certain Presidential nominations.  We do not have all the details, and it remains to be seen how it will play out, but here is what we have… Continue Reading