Labor’s Friend in the White House

Back during the 2020 Presidential Campaign, then candidate Joe Biden made it clear where he would come down on labor issues, pledging to the AFL-CIO at a Labor Day event that he will be “the strongest labor president you ever had” when he is in the White House. Well, he’s only been there two days,…

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Boston Mayor, RI Governor Join Biden Team

President-elect Joseph Biden named two elected officials from New England to his Cabinet yesterday with the appointments of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as incoming Commerce Secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. Both positions will require Senate confirmation. In her 6th year as governor of the Ocean State and the first…

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Looking Forward: The Biden Plan for Small Business

Proceeding under the assumption that current presidential election results will not change significantly enough to alter the outcome announced to date, it may behoove us to take a closer look prospectively at a Biden Presidency. In that vein, we could expect one of the first actions in a Biden Presidency would be to rescind a…

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EEOC Approves MOU with Justice and Labor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally authorized entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other agencies to improve collaboration and enforcement of federal labor laws. The full complement of 5 EEOC Commissioners (3 republican & 2 democrat members) met publicly, albeit virtually, for the first time in quite a while to discuss and…

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Know Your Issues – Trump v. Biden – VOTE Tuesday!

The 2020 Presidential campaign comes down to a precious few days now as the polls – early voting, mail-in and in-person – all will close on Tuesday. If you haven’t yet done so, please be sure to get out and vote on November 3. An integral part of exercising that critical civic responsibility is understanding…

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Miscellaneous

According to a recent poll by the Gallup Group, public approval for labor unions and organized labor activities is on the upswing. Historically, support of organized labor has been dropping from its peak of 75 percent approval reached back in 1957 to a low of 48 percent recorded just over a decade ago in 2009.…

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NLRB Tightens Union Elections Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week proposed yet another change to the legal parameters governing union elections, continuing to refine that process. The major change published in the Federal Register this week would eliminate the requirement that employers provide available personal email addresses and telephone numbers of all eligible voters during a union…

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NLRB OKs Cell Phone Ban in Workplace

Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final ruling reversing the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the case of Colt Beverage where the ALJ found that a company prohibition on the use or possession of a personal cell phone in the work area violated the employee’s rights under…

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DOL Finalizes Rule on Flexible Workweek

There seems to be a steady stream of interim and final rules being promulgated by various agencies of the federal government recently and the Department of Labor joined the parade this week as well. DOL issued a final rule allowing employers to offer those workers with “flexible workweeks” bonuses and/or hazard pay without jeopardizing how…

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NLRB Finalizes Union Election Changes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week finalized changes to union representation election rules that will prevent unions from blocking decertification elections indefinitely as they have been able to do for the past 8 or so years. Under the Obama administration, the NLRB allowed unions to file unfair labor practice charges to create doubt…

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