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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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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NLRB’s Email Rule May Be Coming to an End

In its 2014 decision Purple Communications Inc. and Communication Workers of America, the NLRB ruled that employees could generally use employers’ email systems to organize or engage in other concerted activities protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Blesses Employers’ Use of Class Action Waivers

As previously reported on October 13, 2017, see here, the Federal Courts of Appeal were evenly divided on the question of whether class action waivers contained in otherwise enforceable employment arbitration agreements were permissible.  Three Courts of Appeal, i.e., the … Continue reading

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Employees Use of Their Employers’ Email Resources for Union Activities

In Purple Communications Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014) the NLRB reversed established precedent that employees did not have statutory rights to use their employers’ email resources for union activity.  In that case, the Board held that employees … Continue reading

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Labor Law Meets the NFL Anthem Protests

Recently, Jerry Jones – the outspoken owner of the Dallas Cowboys – announced an official policy that any of his players who kneeled during the national anthem would be benched. On October 11, United Labor Unions Local 100, based in … Continue reading

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SCOTUS to Address Current Split Over Enforceability of Class Action Waivers Contained in Mandatory Arbitration Policies

Many employers have implemented mandatory arbitration policies requiring that all employment related disputes be resolved through final and binding arbitration rather than in traditional court proceedings. In addition to these potential benefits, many employers have added class action waivers to their … Continue reading

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Ninth Circuit Invalidates Class Action Waivers Contained in Employment Arbitration Policies

The Ninth Circuit, currently joined by two other federal courts of appeal, has adopted the longstanding position of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) that class action waivers commonly found in employment arbitration agreements violate the right to engage in … Continue reading

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