Change and Court Overturn NLRB

Nothing could be more indicative that ‘change is in the air’, than the decision this week by the Department of Justice to change sides in the legal wrangle over Murphy Oil v NLRB, a 6 year old case on the validity of employment contracts that require a waiver of employee class action rights. Under the…

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House Hearing Targets NLRB Rules

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on three specific bills that target Obama-era guidelines promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ostensibly, the legislation seeks to rescind the ambush election rules along with others that unfairly improve the chances for labor unions…

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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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DOL Dumps Joint Employer Rule

It didn’t take new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta too long to determine that the expanded definition of joint-employer by the Obama-era Labor Department (DOL) was a dramatic overreach and to fix it. Earlier this week, Acosta announced that the DOL had withdrawn the joint employer guideline. Recall back in 2015 that David Weil, DOL…

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Health Care Options

Amazingly, Obamacare has been the law of the land for the better part of a decade now (signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010), but it continues to deteriorate before our eyes as more insurers across the country opt-out of the government exchanges and premiums in some states jump by as much as 50%!…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

It is an issue that just won’t go away, and this week was no exception with the courts, legislatures and a governor here and there each having something to say/do about minimum wages. The Cavaliers might have one foot in the grave in the NBA Finals, but the Cleveland minimum wage law has been brought…

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Preparing for Paid Leave

That preemption veto notwithstanding, mandatory paid leave becomes effective in the Twin Cities at the end of this month. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have paid leave mandates on their books that will take effect on July 1. Except in those communities that have opted out of the county mandates, paid sick leave also becomes…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, a new website was launched by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) entitled the “Faces of $15” highlighting the victims of the Fight for $15 initiative by SEIU. The website chronicles the impact of the minimum wage on 100 small businesses and employees – not a pretty sight. SEIU gave birth to the Fight…

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Bill Seeks To Overturn NLRB

Over the course of the past several years, there have been a number of significant decisions rendered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) largely rewriting the National Labor Relations Act. Over the past two weeks, remedies have been filed in both branches of Congress, but any final passage and resolution may still be quite…

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General Counsel Still Calls Shots

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin continues to rule his roost and work toward expanding the reach of organized labor – at least, until his term expires in November. In a Bloomberg story last week, his ability to continue to confound republican efforts to reign in the agency was highlighted. In his capacity as General Counsel,…

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