Employers May Prohibit Employees From Opting In To Class Actions

Last year, in Epic Systems Corp v. Lewis, the Supreme Court held that employers act lawfully when they require employees, as a condition of employment, to enter into agreements with the employer waiving their rights to pursue employment claims through … Continue reading

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Intermittent Strikes Are Not Protected

A decision issued last week by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) should be noted by employers facing employee general demands for changes in terms and conditions of employment. The NLRB  reaffirmed established law that a series of … Continue reading

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Concerted Activity or Mere Griping?

Employees have the right to engage in concerted activities, and employers commit unfair labor practices if they retaliate against employees for engaging in those activities. It is important to understand the concept of concerted activity. In order to find that … Continue reading

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Employers May Prohibit Non-Employees From Organizing On The Employers’ Property

On Friday, June 14, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) issued a decision of significance to employers. In particular, the NLRB decision affects employers, such as  hospitals and hotels, that have areas of their property open to … Continue reading

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Employment Handbooks and Confidentiality

Employers frequently ask if they can maintain rules  requiring employees to keep the contents of their employment handbooks confidential. In a recent memorandum, the General Counsel (GC) (Division of Advice) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concludes that such rules … Continue reading

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Union Dues Checkoff: Update from NLRB

A recent Memorandum issued by  the General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)  (GC 19-04, February 22, 2019), discusses issues  of importance to all employers and in particular to employers that have union contracts that provide for … Continue reading

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Union Agency Fees & Lobbying

In the 27 right to work states, currently in the country, union nonmembers may not be required to pay  fees to private sector unions as a condition to obtain or retain employment. In the rest of the states  – union security … Continue reading

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Picketing Threats

Letters from unions to owners, general contractors, and other contractors informing them of the union’s dispute with one or more of the subcontractors, working at a common construction project site (or common situs), and of the union’s  plans to engage … Continue reading

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Concerted/Protected Activities: Single Employee Complaints

We frequently confront the question of whether  complaints by a single employee to a supervisor about some condition of employment, such as double standard with respect to disciplinary actions against  employees or favoritism in  job assignments, constitute concerted/protected activity. Concerted/protected … Continue reading

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Extraction of Agency Fees from Non-Consenting Public Employees is Unconstitutional

In Janus v AFSCME , U.S. No. 16-1466, the Supreme Court held on June 27, 2018 that  States and public sector unions  may no longer extract agency fees from non-consenting employees. Such extractions violate the employees’ First Amendment  right to … Continue reading

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