NLRB Reform Act Filed in US House

As has been expected for some time, a bill seeking to reform the National Labor Relations Board was filed this week in the US House by Representative Joseph Wilson (SC – 2nd District).  Citing a number of the regulatory excesses perpetrated by the NLRB and referring to the organization as the “President’s Labor Bully”, Wilson…

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“Underground” Regulations Proliferate

Enacting laws by Executive Order without Congressional approval seems to fall right in line with the lack of transparency and public scrutiny which the Obama administration is leaving as its legacy.  The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released a report recently in which they point to a dramatically rising tide of regulatory mandates, opinions…

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NLRB Expands Union Reach

The National Labor Relations Board expanded the reach of SEIU Local 1199 in a decision it upheld last month stemming from a Massachusetts case.  In Southcoast Hospital Group and 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, the NLRB upheld the decision of an administrative judge that the hiring and transfer policy of the hospital group violated…

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When All Is Not Enough

In another NLRB ruling, also dealing with a hospital union issue, the Board ruled that a Connecticut Hospital did not comply with the new “ambush election” regulations that require the employer to provide the union with all employee contact information – even though Danbury Hospital did give all the info it had in its database! …

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NLRB Charges Union with Violations

In a “man bites dog” story if ever there was one, the National Labor Relations Board filed charges last week against a California healthcare union, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West!   The union is accused of forcing a nurse’s aide to pay dues without advising him of his right to opt out…

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But a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes

Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court).  Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old…

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Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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NLRB Authorizes Electronic Signatures

Speaking of the havoc the NLRB is wreaking on American small business, the NLRB general counsel last week issued a new guidance relating the signature gathering requirements for authorization of union election petitions.  General Counsel Richard Griffin advised that union advocates will no longer need to gather employee signatures on authorization cards to call for…

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Overtime Regulation Comments Submitted

As we reported to you last week, DDIFO was one of over a dozen different independent franchisee associations to sign on to the International Franchise Association comments in opposition to the new overtime threshold.  The Obama administration has essentially doubled the previous amount of salary below which an employee must be given overtime compensation.  In…

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