You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

So, just yesterday it was reported that earlier this week the New Jersey Senate approved legislation authorizing the payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers.  Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, who plans a vote on the issue soon, opined that strikers should not have to go weeks without getting compensation!  Wait, what??  Then, it follows that…

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Cuomo Wants Unionized Farm Workers

Having already “fixed” the fast food industry by jamming a one-size-fits-all elevated $15/hour minimum wage down the throats of QSRs and the broader restaurant industry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is apparently looking to do the same for the local farming industry in the Empire State.  Cuomo recently announced that his administration would not defend…

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Alabama Punctuates Opposition to Persuader Rule

The state of Alabama became the 10th state to petition the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for an injunction against the Department of Labor regulation.  The DOL rule essentially negates the employer’s attorney-client privilege and tips the scales in favor of organized labor in union representation elections at private companies.  Alabama…

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DOL Persuader Rule Challenged in Court

Speaking of federal courts, it seems the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas just became ground zero for the initial fight over the Department of Labor Union Persuader Rule, just finalized last week.  In response, a lawsuit was filed this week by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce…

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California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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DOL Finalizes Persuader Rule

On Wednesday of this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule of the “Advice” Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act – more commonly known as the persuader rule.  In the context of unionization efforts within a business, the rule requires employers to disclose to DOL conversations with…

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West Virginia Tees Up Right-to-Work

The West Virginia Legislature has passed legislation and sent it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that would make West Virginia the 26th state with a right-to-work law.  “Right to work” gives an employee the legal right to opt out of paying union dues.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act”…

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Cuomo Expands Minimum Wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his aggressive push to establish a $15/hour threshold across the state.  Last week, he participated in a rally in New York City with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, a gaggle of union leaders, elected officials, clergy and other advocates to announce that the minimum wage for state university workers would…

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More NLRB Regulatory Rewrites

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to rewrite a host of definitions under the National Labor Relations Act, much to the dismay of many business interests.  Just over a month ago, and coming on the heels of the Browning-Ferris decision that speaks to joint employer status in third party business relationships, the Board ruled…

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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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