Labor

  • May 14, 2024

    Mass. Pot Shop Ordered To Recognize Union, Rehire Workers

    A Massachusetts cannabis retailer found to have engaged in union busting must recognize and bargain with a United Food and Commercial Workers local and offer to rehire two fired union supporters, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Mexican Mine Labor Row Ruled Outside Trade Pact's Scope

    An international tribunal formed under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement declined to examine if workers at a Mexican mine were denied collective bargaining rights, finding that much of the 17-year dispute had already been decided under now-defunct labor laws.

  • May 14, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs UFCW Vote At Calif. Planned Parenthood

    A group of Planned Parenthood workers at six facilities in Southern California may vote on whether they want a United Food and Commercial Workers affiliate to represent them, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, tossing the reproductive health care provider's arguments for a larger bargaining unit.

  • May 13, 2024

    NLRB Official Lets SoCal Nurses Vote On SEIU Representation

    Twelve registered nurses at a Southern California hospital are free to vote on representation by a Service Employees International Union local later this month, a National Labor Relations Board official has held, rejecting the hospital's claim that the nurses are union-ineligible supervisors.

  • May 13, 2024

    Amazon Can't Duck Order To ID Workers For Union Election

    A New York federal judge ordered Amazon on Monday to immediately turn over workers' contact information to a monitor overseeing a vote to elect the Amazon Labor Union's first officers, rejecting the company's request that she reconsider a May 9 decision.

  • May 13, 2024

    Workers At New Jersey Apple Store Vote Down Union

    Workers at an Apple Store in New Jersey voted against being represented by the Communications Workers of America as the union accused the company of using an "anti-union playbook" to sink the unionization effort.

  • May 13, 2024

    Imaging Co. Flouted Deal By Not Rehiring Worker, NLRB Says

    A medical imaging facility in the Los Angeles area wrongly laid off a union-represented worker in 2019, promised to reinstate her and then never did, the National Labor Relations Board found, ordering the facility to rehire the worker after five years.

  • May 13, 2024

    Starbucks Cracked Down On Union Gear, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring workers at a New York store from wearing union shirts on the job, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company allowed workers to wear shirts with logos supporting other causes.

  • May 13, 2024

    Rail Worker Wage Case Won't Get High Court Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't intervene in a pending Massachusetts lawsuit against the operator of a freight rail line over whether its employees are covered by the state's Prevailing Wage Act, declining Monday to review the case.

  • May 10, 2024

    Starbucks Fired Worker Over Early Closure, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks unlawfully fired a worker who closed a store early in protest of staffing issues, a National Labor Relations Board judge held Friday, saying the action was a protected strike and that the worker did not lose the protection of federal labor law during heated conversations with managers.

  • May 10, 2024

    American Airlines Worker Fights To Keep OT Suit Alive

    An American Airlines employee is trying again on a claim that the company owes him overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, telling an Arizona federal judge Friday that the latest version of his complaint shows he's covered by the FLSA, not the Railway Labor Act. 

  • May 10, 2024

    Construction Co. Shakes Black Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    A Washington federal judge granted a win Friday to a construction company in a Black ex-worker's lawsuit, saying he failed to show he was forced to quit because he complained about his manager's racist comments and not because of the 18 safety warnings he received.

  • May 10, 2024

    Biz Faked Closure After Union Vote, NLRB Judge Says

    An Illinois sprinkler installer committed a barrage of labor violations around its workers' overwhelming vote to unionize in late 2022, including by withholding Christmas turkeys and firing 10 perceived union backers in a false shutdown, a National Labor Relations Board judge said.

  • May 10, 2024

    Deal Reported In Union Production Workers' Benefits Fight

    A settlement is likely coming in a proposed class action filed by Parsec Inc. employees against the National Production Workers Union in Illinois federal court, signaling an end to claims that the rail transportation company's withdrawal from a collective bargaining agreement should have triggered the payout of severance and retirement funds.

  • May 10, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears Police Officer's Bias Case

    This week, the Second Circuit is scheduled to consider a former Ramapo, New York, police officer's lawsuit claiming the town discriminated against her on the basis of her race and gender when it did not assign her a light duty assignment after she returned to the job from an injury. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • May 10, 2024

    Union Seeks To Force Kellanova To Arbitrate Wage Grievances

    The company formerly known as Kellogg Co. breached its union contract with a Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers local by refusing to take two long-running wage grievances to arbitration, the union told a Michigan federal court Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs NLRB In Union Rep. Discipline Case

    A tape manufacturer's decision to punish two Michigan employees for not adequately cleaning their work areas was motivated by animus toward their actions as a union steward and a union committee member, the Sixth Circuit found, upholding a National Labor Relations Board ruling.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: 9th Circ. To Hear Ex-Chief's Free Speech Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for Ninth Circuit oral arguments in a former police chief's First Amendment case. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • May 09, 2024

    Tesla Illegally Imposed Tech Policy In Buffalo, NLRB GC Says

    National Labor Relations Board prosecutors accused Tesla of having an illegal policy to dissuade workers from unionizing at its Buffalo, New York, manufacturing plant, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by Law360 on Thursday, with agency prosecutors seeking a nationwide posting of workers' rights.

  • May 09, 2024

    NLRB Official Allows Union Vote For Joint Medical Employers

    A medical group and a Pacific Northwest healthcare system are joint employers, a National Labor Relations Board regional director concluded, greenlighting an election among medical providers to vote on representation by the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

  • May 09, 2024

    Miami Ballet Can Unionize, NLRB Official Says

    Dancers in the Miami City Ballet can vote on representation by the American Guild of Musical Artists, a National Labor Relations Board official held, rejecting the ballet's claim that an existing labor contract forecloses the possibility of a union election.

  • May 09, 2024

    Labor Rights Murky As Gaza Protests Spill Into Work

    As protests over the Israel-Hamas war spill into the workplace, workers have accused their employers of suppressing their labor rights in a test of the National Labor Relations Act's nuanced protections for political advocacy.

  • May 09, 2024

    Amazon Must Provide Worker List In ALU Case

    A New York federal judge hearing a dispute over a leadership election at the Amazon Labor Union on Thursday ordered Amazon to turn over an employee mailing list to a neutral monitor, saying the information is necessary to notify members of the coming vote. 

  • May 09, 2024

    6th Circ. Panel Skeptical Of NLRB Hazard Pay Ruling

    A Sixth Circuit panel questioned on Thursday a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a Michigan nursing home violated federal labor law with its handling of temporary hazard pay and staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with judges appearing skeptical the company had to bargain over the changes.

  • May 09, 2024

    Concrete Co. Illegally Toyed With Strikers, NLRB Judge Finds

    A New Jersey concrete manufacturer illegally told striking employees they could return to work only if they resigned from their Teamsters local, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, rejecting the company's argument that it shouldn't face a labor law violation because it rescinded the statement.

Expert Analysis

  • Eye On Compliance: Cross-State Noncompete Agreements

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent proposal to limit the application of worker noncompete agreements is a timely reminder for prudent employers to reexamine their current policies and practices around such covenants — especially businesses with operational footprints spanning more than one state, says Jeremy Stephenson at Wilson Elser.

  • Conducting Employee Investigations That Hold Up In Court

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    A recent Maryland federal court decision, which held that Elite Protective Services failed to provide a worker under internal investigation with protections required by his collective bargaining agreement, highlights important steps employers should take to ensure the conclusions of internal reviews will withstand judicial scrutiny, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Memo Shows NLRB Intends To Protect Race Talk At Work

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    A newly released memo from the National Labor Relations Board advising that discussions of racism at work count as protected concerted activity should alert employers that worker retaliation claims may now face serious scrutiny not only from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also the NLRB, says Mark Fijman at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Cannabis Co. Considerations For Handling A Union Campaign

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    As employees in Connecticut and across the country increasingly unionize, cannabis employers must understand the meaning of neutrality and the provisions of labor peace agreements to steer clear of possible unfair labor charges, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Handling Severance Pact Language After NLRB Decision

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    Following the National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that severance agreements with broad confidentiality or nondisparagement provisions violate federal labor law, employers may want to consider whether such terms must be stripped from agreements altogether, or if there may be a middle-ground approach, says Daniel Pasternak at Squire Patton.

  • Eye On Compliance: Service Animal Accommodations

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    A Michigan federal court's recent ruling in Bennett v. Hurley Medical Center provides guidance on when employee service animals must be permitted in the workplace — a question otherwise lacking clarity under the Americans with Disabilities Act that has emerged as people return to the office post-pandemic, says Lauren Stadler at Wilson Elser.

  • Joint Employment Mediation Sessions Are Worth The Work

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    Despite the recent trend away from joint mediation in employment disputes, and the prevailing belief that putting both parties in the same room is only a recipe for lost ground, face-to-face sessions can be valuable tools for moving toward win-win resolutions when planned with certain considerations in mind, says Jonathan Andrews at Signature Resolution.

  • A Look At NLRB GC's Memos On Misleading Employees

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    The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently confirmed her plan to limit what she considers coercive and misleading statements by employers during union organizing drives, and provided some guidance for employers that, if recognized and followed, may keep a company out of legal trouble with the NLRB, says Rebecca Leaf at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Termination Lessons From 'WeCrashed'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Fulton Bank’s Allison Snyder about how the show “WeCrashed” highlights pitfalls companies should avoid when terminating workers, even when the employment is at will.

  • Labor Law Reform Is Needed For Unions To Succeed

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    Though support for unions is at an unprecedented high, declining union membership levels expose the massive disconnect between what Americans want from unionizing and what they are actually able to achieve, primarily due to the disastrous state of U.S. labor law, say Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs at Harvard Law School.

  • How Cos. Can Avoid Sinking In The Union Organizing Storm

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    Faced with a new NLRB administration and pandemic-fueled employee unrest, employers must deal with the perfect storm for union organizing by keeping policies up-to-date and making sure employees’ voices are heard, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Eye On Compliance: Employee Biometric Data Privacy

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    Following recent high-profile developments in Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act lawsuits and an increase in related legislation proposed by other states, employers should anticipate an uptick in litigation on this issue — and several best practices can help bolster compliance, say Lisa Ackerman and Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • Examining Employer Best Practices For Reserved Gates

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    Joshua Fox at Proskauer discusses the legal implications of employers establishing a reserved gate system for union picketing — which creates a separate worksite entrance for employers not involved in the dispute — with a focus on rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, and preventing disruptions toward secondary employers.

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