NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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DOL Finalizes Joint Employer

Notwithstanding the above and possible re-opening of the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final version of the long-awaited joint employer rule. The final rule now employs a four-part test to determine joint employer status that includes whether a franchise: 1) maintains power to hire and fire; 2) supervise schedules and…

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Much Year-End Action at NLRB

Despite approval of 2 articles of impeachment against the President this week in the US House, the more impactful news these weeks may be coming out of the National Labor Relations Board. Nothing will change when the impeachment articles are rejected by the Senate, but the NLRB has made some big changes that will reverberate…

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Federal Comment Periods Extended Again

Two federal agencies this week again extended the public comment period on pending regulations. The comment period on the proposed DOL amended tip-pooling rule, which was scheduled to end this past Monday was extended by the Wage and Hour Division due to an outage on the federal website, www.Regulations.gov. After the outage was resolved, the…

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Joint Employer Rules on the Move to OMB

Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) sent its joint employer rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. The proposed rule for application of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will make…

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NLRB Tackling ‘Ambush Elections’

According to that same regulatory schedule, it would appear that the final repeal of so-called ambush elections will be completed by the end of the year as well. The NLRB plans to issue a final rule repealing the 2014 Obama rule which dramatically shortened the timeframe for union organizing within private companies by eliminating the…

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Senators Target NLRB Enforcement Power

Apparently the different visions of enforcement priorities within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Trump versus Obama administration have prompted a number of US Senators to look to strip the agency of all enforcement powers. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a host of other conservative republican Senators have refiled legislation seeking to transfer…

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DC Think Tank Charges NLRB Favors Business

After so many years of National Labor Relations Decisions coming down on the side of organized labor, the tide has now turned according to a liberal Washington DC think tank. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute released an analysis of NLRB decisions this week that they claim shows a bias in favor of business interests by…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Speaking of new regulatory rules, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has extended the public comment period on its pending new rule on union elections. In a press release dated October 4, the agency announced that it will now accept public comment on the rule overhauling union representation election procedures for an additional 60 days…

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