NLRB General Counsel Memorandum Reveals New Enforcement Strategy Affecting All Employers

In her first memorandum as General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo laid out a clear agenda for the new enforcement priorities of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). All unionized and nonunionized private sector employers face the changes that are contemplated in … Continue reading

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Scabby Is Protected

In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) confronted the issue of whether the display of an inflatable rat (“Scabby”) and banners by a labor union, at the entrance of a neutral site, constituted an unfair … Continue reading

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Checking In On The PRO Act

As we previously reported, the Protecting the Right to Organize (“PRO”) Act is pending before Congress.  With the Pro Act, House and Senate Democrats seek to amend the National Labor Relations Act.  Some of the most significant provisions in the … Continue reading

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A Recent Supreme Court Decision Impacts Union Organizing for Agricultural Workers in California

In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of two fruit growers who challenged a California state regulation which granted union organizers limited access to agricultural employers’ properties for the purpose of promoting union efforts. The Court’s … Continue reading

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Protected Activity or Disloyalty

In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Division of Advice addressed the question of whether a grocery store employee posting, on his personal Facebook and Instagram accounts, constituted protected activity for which  the employee could not be … Continue reading

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Affinity Groups and Labor Laws

Employers should be aware that depending on the circumstances, Employee Resource Groups or diversity, equity, and inclusion groups may be considered labor organizations under the NLRA. Further, employers should avoid the appearance of interfering, dominating, or unlawfully supporting such organizations. To … Continue reading

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The PRO Act’s Potential Effect on Employers

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. With the PRO Act, House and Senate Democrats seek to amend the National Labor Relations Act. Here, we outline a few key … Continue reading

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Employer Rules Prohibiting Illegal Strikes, Slowdowns and Walkouts

On July 30, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (Board), issued a decision on the legality of an employer rule that prohibited employees from engaging in “illegal” strikes. The Board decision on this issue is of significant importance for employers. … Continue reading

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Employees’ Duty of Loyalty

In a recent decision, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) dealt with the issue of the employer’s right to require loyalty from its employees. The Board’s decision on this issue is of significant importance to employers. Click here to continue … Continue reading

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Employees’ Refusal to Work Over Coronavirus Concerns

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses were faced with making difficult decisions regarding their workforce. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in April, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7 percent totaling 23.1 million unemployed. While the number … Continue reading

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