It’s Baaaaack!!!

Although it should come as a surprise to nobody involved in the franchise business model, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is resurrecting the Obama-era joint employer standard that caused much angst within the industry. The agency has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday of this week, that…

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NLRB Partners with FTC

Earlier this week, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two federal agencies pledging cooperation to promote fair competition and advance workers’ rights. Signed by NLRB GC Jennifer Abruzzo and FTC Chair Lina Kahn, the MOU…

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NLRB Releases Rulemaking Agenda

There is more trouble coming down the pike from the NLRB in the form of revisions to a couple of regulations from the agency. As we’ve seen in the past, General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo has been aggressive in pushing to overturn past decisions by the NLRB that upheld the position of business interests. Now, with…

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NLRB Reversing Precedent for Unions

There’s almost enough fodder to make NLRB activities a weekly feature in Small Regular No Sugar! and this week is no exception. A recent Advice Memorandum from NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo laid out a number of changes that she wants made to Board precedents relating union access to employer property. Specifically, the General Counsel…

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International Labor Relations Board?

As the federal agency charged with being the fair and impartial arbiter of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) within the United States, the NLRB is expanding enforcement of employee rights as articulated by the NLRA beyond the national boundaries. Toward that end, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week announced that her office had…

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‘Captive Audience’ Ban

Organized labor appears close to celebrating a big win in Connecticut as the House of Representatives last week passed legislation that will prohibit employers from holding mandatory meetings on unionization and other sensitive subjects. Senate bill 163, which passed the state Senate a few weeks ago, was approved by the House on a vote of…

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More Pro-Union Push from NLRB?

In her unceasing quest to cultivate further unionization across the business spectrum, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced her latest efforts last week on Twitter. Abruzzo, who formerly worked for SEIU, advised the Board in a brief filed in a pending case (Cemex Construction Materials v International Brotherhood of Teamsters) that…

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NLRB Stopping Mandatory Meetings

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo yesterday issued a memorandum advising regional NLRB offices that she will be asking the Board to find that mandatory employee meetings held by some companies to persuade their workers to reject unionizing is a violation of federal labor law. In her 3-page memorandum, Abruzzo contends that…

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Pushing Unions in the Future

With almost three years remaining in the term of President Biden, the self-proclaimed “most pro-union president ever”, organized labor is indeed making strides. One of the major forces in the federal government that can greatly influence organized labor is the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In the wake of decisions such as that reported above…

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NLRB Targets Employer Anti-Union Activities

National Labor Relations Board NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week launched a new initiative targeting employers that work against union organizing efforts. In a new memorandum, released on Tuesday of this week, Abruzzo instructs regional offices of the NLRB to quickly pursue injunctions against employers opposing union organizing campaigns “where the facts demonstrate that…

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