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NLRB Discards 50 Years Of Precedent – Dues Checkoff Clauses Now Survive Expiration Of Bargaining Agreement

Claiming that the Board “has never provided a coherent explanation” for the 50 year old rule that the obligation to continue deducting dues pursuant to a dues checkoff provision ceases upon expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, the NLRB recently announced it has overruled existing precedent.  Dues checkoff provisions now survive the expiration of an agreement … Continue Reading

Court of Appeals Rules Employee Efforts To Take Over Editorial Control At Newspaper Unprotected By NLRA

An issue we have discussed previously is whether all employee action that is “concerted” is also protected by the NLRA.  We have seen that maliciously false statements made to third parties are unprotected.  But what about when employees disagree with managerial control of the operations?  How far can they press their claims?  When it comes to … Continue Reading

NLRB Developments Post-Election – What The Future May Hold In Labor Relations

Now that the election is over, one of the main questions being asked is, what next?  We recently held a Webinar entitled “The Latest at the NLRB and Post-Election Developments” to address this question.  It seems clear that with Congress still divided that there likely will not be much in the way of legislative change.  The pressing issues … Continue Reading

NLRB Division, Some “At-Will” Clauses Ok

The Board’s excruciatingly close scrutiny of employer policies continues as the agency looks for opportunities to expand its juridiction by rooting out all evil lurking in handbooks and other written employment policies.  The NLRB has taken the position that certain “at-will” language in handbooks, language that in various forms exists in virtually every private employer’s handbook in … Continue Reading

Contract Language Requires Continued Wage Increases Even After Expiration, rules divided NLRB

The process of collective bargaining is filled with nuance and sublety.  Unlike other business negotiations, there is often a dance that takes place as the parties attempt to reach an agreement.  Given the Act’s mandate that the parties “meet and confer” at “reasonable times” to try to reach an agreement, it is legally impossible to … Continue Reading

Update: NLRB Upholds Termination For Facebook Posting, But Nails Employer For Unrelated Handbook Policy

The NLRB has received a lot of attention for its actions the last couple years.  One of the storms was caused by the agency’s attention to employer actions based on employee Facebook postings.  More to the point, employers were not too thrilled with some things being posted by employees on the internet for the multitudes to see, … Continue Reading

Boilerplate Language In NLRB Settlement Agreement Leads To Default Judgment

During the last several months, the NLRB has made no secret that it wants to make changes to precedent and policy.  We have seen public pronouncements about ambush elections, employee rights posters, micro bargaining units, and other issues.  Just because the NLRB doesn’t highlight a policy change doesn’t mean the change cannot have widespread consequences. … Continue Reading

Dues Checkoff Clear In Revocation Requirements, Says NLRB (By Default)

The looming presidential election seems to have slowed the NLRB down, despite the fact the Board is currently at a full complement of five members.  As of July 24, it will be down to four, as Member Flynn’s resignation will become effective at that time. The Board cases being decided these days largely involve mundane matters, … Continue Reading

Independence Day Incrementalism: NLRB (Again) Expands On Precedent By Ruling Employer Off-Duty Access Rule Unlawful

Last year the NLRB’s order of the day was sweeping change.  That brought us the employee rights poster, the ambush election rules, and micro unions.  The Board today is not acting in such a bold manner, and instead is seeking gradual change through a policy of incrementalism.  We saw recently how the current Board expanded … Continue Reading

Social Media In Perspective: Labor and Employment Law Developments

Following on the success of our March webinar, “Labor Relations Update: Live,” Ronald Meisburg and Katharine Parker will be presenting a webinar on Wednesday, June 13th, entitled “Social Media in Perspective – Labor and Employment Law Developments.”  Ronald is a frequent author of this blog and the co-head of Proskauer’s Labor-Management Relations Group.  Katharine is … Continue Reading

Acting NLRB GC Issues Additional Report On Social Media – Somewhat Useful

The Acting General Counsel of the NLRB has issued today an “updated” report on social media cases.   As we have reported frequently here, the NLRB has taken action against employers who clamp down on employee use of social media that may implicate the National Labor Relations Act.  At times, the NLRB has struggled with … Continue Reading

NLRB Ambush Election Regulations Set To Go Into Effect – April 30

As anticipated, the new election regulations adopted by the Board shortly before the holidays are set to go into effect as planned on April 30, 2012.  In anticipation of this event, Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon issued  GC 12_04 Guidance Memorandum on Representation Case Procedure Changes.pdf, a 24 page guidance to the Regional Offices on … Continue Reading

NLRB Reveals More Details To Proposed Election Rule Changes

As we reported earlier, the NLRB announced it was ready to vote on some proposed amendments to the rules concerning representation elections. There was no indication in the original announcement of about the substance of the changes. On November 29, 2011, NLRB Chairman Mark Pierce disclosed more information in the form of a Board Resolution. … Continue Reading

Rhyme or Reason? Trying to Make Sense of the NLRB’s Social Media Cases

Since the NLRB’s Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) issued the first “Facebook” complaint in American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc. in October, 2010, dozens of unfair labor practice charges involving social media have been filed, the Acting General Counsel has identified social media cases as a priority, and gallons of electronic ink have been … 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 General Counsel Allows Discharge for Inappropriate “Tweeting”

Employee use of social media remains at the forefront of issues at the National Labor Relations Board.  Coming on the heels of the NLRB General Counsel’s decision to issue a complaint against an employer who fired an employee for her postings on Facebook (the first time such on-line activities were considered “protected, concerted activity” by the … Continue Reading

Greater Access To Employer Property A Priority To Acting NLRB GC

Acting NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon reiterated a commitment to seek ways for unions to gain greater access to employer property during organizing situations, as well as gain greater leverage in first contract negotiations.  In his GC Memorandum 11-11.pdf  dated April 12, 2011, the Acting General Counsel identified the types of matters that are required to be  … Continue Reading

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

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
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