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The Devil Is In the Details: New Board Members Likely To Change Law In Nuanced Ways

The end of September in most years sees a spate of new NLRB decisions, sometimes dozens, issued on or about September 30, to coincide with the end of the agency’s fiscal year.  Not so this past September 30 because of the recent changeover from a majority of Democrat Board Members to a majority of Republican … Continue Reading

Circuit Court Rejects Attack On NLRB’s New Witness Rule

During the last several years, the NLRB has overturned a great deal of existing precedent.  Among other changes, the Board has required bargaining over discipline in newly organized units, found graduate students to be employees entitled to organize, and found that two employers may have to bargain together.  The Board also changed the longstanding rule … Continue Reading

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

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

NLRB Majority, Management Rights Clause Must Be Specific To Enable Employer To Make Unilateral Changes

Collective bargaining agreements, do not, and cannot cover every issue that will arise during their term.  Matters concerning terms and conditions of employment that are not addressed in the labor contract have to be negotiated before changes can be made.  Sometimes, however, the parties agree that management can make changes to certain terms and conditions of … Continue Reading

Update: NLRB Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review Of Recess Appointments

The NLRB announced today that the agency would seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit decision in Noel Canning, which ruled that the President’s recess appointments made last year (and perhaps in the years prior) were unconstitutional.  The decision of the appeals court has cast a great deal of uncertainty over past and current … Continue Reading

NLRB Overrules Another Longstanding Precedent: Witness Statements No Longer Exempt From Disclosure

The precedents are falling fast.  Last week the NLRB overruled the five decade old Bethlehem Steel decision, and now another longstanding precedent has fallen.  The NLRB issued a decision overruling Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 237 NLRB 982 (1978), the case that held that witness statements obtained during an employer investigation of workplace misconduct are exempt from disclosure … Continue Reading

Holiday Season Extravaganza: NLRB Issues Flurry Of Law Changing Decisions

Last week the NLRB issued several significant decisions.   In the press release announcing the decisions, the agency noted that most were actually issued “the week of December 10, but were issued this week following editing and formatting which is typical for the final decisions in a Member’s term.”  This is a reference to Member Hayes’ … Continue Reading

Nitpicking Continues As NLRB Finds Employer’s Failure To Timely Respond To Information Request A Violation Of The Act

The Board’s fiscal year ended on September 30 with a whimper instead of a bang.  We saw a few decisions in the usual year end flurry but most of the major Board initiatives were advanced in the last two years, and so this probably is a calm before the Presidential election. Yet change still is occurring.  … Continue Reading

Duty To Provide Employee Witness Names And Pro-Union Supervisory Election Interference On This Week’s NLRA Fare

The slow pace at the NLRB continues this Spring, as only one or two decisions are issued each week.  Recent decisions, one from the NLRB and one from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, are worth noting because they illustrate recurring themes under the NLRA.   Protecting The Identity Of Employee Informants In Alcan … Continue Reading

The Lull Before The Storm: Blizzard Of NLRB Activity Coming

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 Acting General Counsel Clarifies Duty to Provide Information in Bargaining

In a May 17 memorandum, NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon furnished guidelines to Regional Directors concerning parties’ obligation to provide information in collective bargaining negotiations.  GC Memorandum 11-13  traces the development of two different analytical frameworks for assessing a party’s obligation to provide requested information to its bargaining counterpart.  The first applies to cases involving … Continue Reading

NLRB Hints At Broader Agenda In Witness Statement Case

Employers faced with evidence of employee misconduct often conduct investigations.  In many cases, there is no direct evidence.  Oftetimes, there exists conflicting versions of events, and so witness statements are obtained.  The employer then can consider all the aspects of what happened, taking into consideration who saw what, and the candor of employees.  For over 32 years, such … Continue Reading
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