Labor

  • May 17, 2024

    Industry Emboldened After Justices Galvanize Agency Attacks

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court said "extraordinary" and "far-reaching" attacks on administrative enforcers can skip agency tribunals and go straight to federal district court, ambitious challenges to regulatory powers are rapidly gaining traction, and the high court is poised to put them on an even firmer footing.

  • May 17, 2024

    Mercedes Workers Reject UAW In Blow To Organizing Drive

    Workers at Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facilities outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have voted against representation by the United Auto Workers, an early setback for the union as it seeks to organize nonunion automakers in the United States.

  • May 17, 2024

    Texas Judge Denies SpaceX's Rethink Bid In Transfer Spat

    A Texas federal judge won't reconsider his decision to transfer SpaceX's constitutional challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's structure to a California court, saying on Friday that the rocket company didn't give a "compelling reason" to rethink the ruling.

  • May 17, 2024

    NY Forecast: Doctor's Disability Bias Case Goes To 2nd Circ.

    In the coming week, the Second Circuit will hear a former New York University hospital doctor's bid to revive his suit claiming the hospital discriminated against him on the basis of his disability by denying him work accommodations before firing him. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • May 17, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Justices To Hear If Prop 22 Constitutional

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for California Supreme Court oral arguments regarding the validity of the Proposition 22 ballot measure from 2020. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • May 16, 2024

    Bad Bunny's Sports Firm Says MLBPA Gave It 'Death Penalty'

    Rimas Sports, the sports agency of mega music superstar Bad Bunny, is suing the Major League Baseball Players Association in Puerto Rico federal court, saying the union effectively killed its business with unreasonable sanctions in order to protect its "good ole boy" club of established agencies.

  • May 16, 2024

    5 Ripe Issues For The Biden NLRB To Decide

    The National Labor Relations Board has more than two dozen ripe issues on its docket, including the legality of so-called captive audience meetings, workers’ rights to use company email and chat systems, and compensation for workers whose bosses delay union negotiations. Here, Law360 looks at these and other issues the board could soon decide.

  • May 16, 2024

    JB Hunt Is Not Joint Employer Of Drivers, NLRB Official Says

    United Natural Foods Inc. delivery drivers in Pennsylvania may vote on whether they want a Teamsters local to represent them, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined Thursday, while finding that J.B. Hunt is not a joint employer of these workers.

  • May 16, 2024

    Nonprofit Lawfully Withdrew Recognition, NLRB Judge Says

    A nonprofit food service company near Albany, New York, lawfully withdrew recognition from a Service Employee International Union local, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the agency prosecutors hadn't shown that unfair labor practices and a decertification petition were linked.

  • May 16, 2024

    NLRB Tells DC Circ. Not To Rehear Stalled Bargaining Case

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the full D.C. Circuit to reject an auto parts manufacturer's request to reconsider a March decision upholding the board's ruling that the company unlawfully withdrew recognition from a United Auto Workers local, saying the company is mistaken that the board's ruling altered precedent.

  • May 16, 2024

    NLRB Remands Chicken Co.'s Election Objection For Hearing

    A split National Labor Relations Board panel remanded a chicken processor's challenge of a representation election based on the claim that a union offered to waive initiation fees, with a dissenting board member finding a lack of evidence to support a hearing.

  • May 15, 2024

    Mass. Judge Takes First Pass At NLRB's Cemex Test

    A Massachusetts federal judge has ordered a cannabis company to bargain with the United Food and Commercial Workers in the first application of the National Labor Relations Board’s Cemex standard to an injunction case. Here, Law360 explores takeaways from the novel decision.

  • May 15, 2024

    2nd Circ. Calls Starbucks' Union Discovery Order 'Overbroad'

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived the National Labor Relations Board's suit seeking to halt Starbucks' alleged labor violations nationwide, finding that the lower court erred in tossing the suit for noncompliance with its "overbroad" discovery order granting the coffee chain's subpoenas seeking confidential union intel and workers' communications.

  • May 15, 2024

    Walmart Illegally Barred Discipline Talk, NLRB Judge Says

    Walmart illegally forbade a worker in Louisiana from talking about his discipline with other colleagues, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Wednesday, telling the company to stop threatening employees who may discuss disciplinary meetings.

  • May 15, 2024

    Teamsters Defend Rehire Order In Dispute With Welch's

    A Welch's factory employee who was fired after being falsely accused of sexual harassment five years ago has waited long enough to be rehired, a Teamsters local argued in Pennsylvania federal court, urging a district judge to uphold an arbitrator's reinstatement order in accordance with a magistrate judge's recommendation.

  • May 15, 2024

    NLRB Attys Fight Union Sanctions In Strike Replacement Case

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject a union's bid to sanction National Labor Relations Board attorneys in a case over labor law violations at a quarry, saying the contention that the union waived a key argument doesn't warrant such an "extreme measure."

  • May 15, 2024

    Barge Co. Seeks To Block 'Hot Cargo' Union Arbitration

    A barge company urged an Alaska federal judge to stop International Longshore and Warehouse Union local affiliates from arbitrating over a work preservation dispute, telling the court that a prior arbitration award established an agreement that makes the company hire union members.

  • May 14, 2024

    Venable Opens Colo. Office With 8 Sherman & Howard Attys

    Venable LLP is growing its presence by opening its first office in Colorado, with eight commercial and employment attorneys from Sherman & Howard LLP opening its Denver location, which will be headed by partner-in-charge James "Jim" Sawtelle, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Factory Specifics Will Be Key In UAW-VW Bargaining

    While the United Auto Workers' recent contracts with Detroit automakers were key to organizing Volkswagen's Tennessee plant and securing a landmark election victory last month, experts said unique factors at Volkswagen will give the upcoming talks their own character. 

  • May 14, 2024

    Co. Illegally Placed Manure Near Union Picket, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board concluded Tuesday that an Illinois concrete producer violated federal labor law by putting manure near an area where an International Union of Operating Engineers local was picketing, granting agency attorneys' motion for default judgment.

  • May 14, 2024

    Colo. Org Lacks Standing In Access Law Row, Judge Says

    The Colorado Livestock Association doesn't have standing to challenge a state law that requires agricultural employers to give workers access to service providers, a state judge ruled, finding individual members of the group must take part in the proceeding.

  • May 14, 2024

    Healthcare Labor Activity Reaches Historic Healthcare Union

    Surging union activity in the healthcare industry has reached a new front: employees of the nation's largest healthcare union.

  • May 14, 2024

    Kraft Heinz Seeks To Ax Teamsters' Retiree Benefit Grievance

    Kraft Heinz asked a Delaware federal judge Tuesday to step in and stop a Teamsters unit's healthcare grievance from going to arbitration, saying the union must use the dispute resolution process outlined in the company healthcare plan, not the grievance and arbitration process outlined in the union contract.

  • May 14, 2024

    7th Circ. Seems Wary Of Jurisdiction Over Union Fund Misuse

    Two Seventh Circuit judges on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Department of Labor to address how much authority individual employers had as part of an allegedly mismanaged multiemployer benefit fund, saying the question is crucial to determine whether the agency properly won a federal court injunction.

  • May 14, 2024

    Calif. Grower Fights State's Farmworker Unionization Law

    Wonderful Nurseries LLC is challenging a California state statute that simplified the process for farmworkers like the agricultural company's own to unionize, arguing in a new lawsuit that it's unconstitutional to allow a union to represent workers without a secret-ballot election as long as a majority sign union cards.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 Steps To Improve Arbitrator Diversity In Employment Cases

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    There are prevalent obstacles in improving diversity among arbitrator ranks, but in the realm of employment-related disputes, there are two action items practitioners should consider to close the race and gender gap, say Todd Lyon and Carola Murguia at Fisher Phillips.

  • Cos. Should Consider Virtual Bargaining To Show Good Faith

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that a Starbucks union's insistence on hybrid meetings was not an attempt to stall negotiations, the board’s lack of a formal decision on when virtual bargaining might be warranted should warn employers to stay flexible about how they come to the table, says Brandon Shemtob at Stevens & Lee.

  • Employers Must Beware NLRB Noncompete Stance

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    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s position that overly broad noncompete agreements could violate federal labor means employers should weigh the potential risks before offering such agreements, even though this issue has yet to come before the board for decision, says Samantha Buddig at Laner Muchin.

  • AI Voice Tech Legal Issues To Consider In The Film Industry

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    As studios create believable and identifiable artificial voice performances, there will be several legal pitfalls that rights-holders should evaluate in the context of rights of publicity, consumers' rights, relevant guild and union agreements, and the contractual language of performers' agreements, says Karen Robson at Pryor Cashman.

  • High Court Labor Ruling Is A Ripple, Not A Sea Change

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    Though the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters looks on the surface like a major win for employers’ right to sue unions for intentionally damaging company property during work stoppages, the ruling may not produce the far-reaching consequences employers hoped for, says Rob Entin at FordHarrison.

  • NLRB's Ruling On BLM Buttons Holds Employer Lessons

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    A recent National Labor Relations Board holding, that two companies violated federal labor law by banning employees from wearing Black Lives Matter buttons, at first seems to contrast with decisions in similar cases, but is based on specific key facts that employers should carefully consider, says Elizabeth Johnston at Verrill Dana.

  • NLRB Outburst Ruling Hampers Employer Discipline Options

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    A recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, which restores a worker-friendly standard on protections for profane outbursts during workplace actions, will severely limit employers' disciplinary processes, particularly when employee conduct crosses a line that would violate other federal statutes and regulations, says Michael MacHarg at Adams and Reese.

  • FLRA Ruling May Show Need For Congressional Clarification

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    With its recent decision in The Ohio Adjutant General's Department v. Federal Labor Relations Authority, the U.S. Supreme Court took a somewhat behavioral approach in determining that the guard acted as a federal agency in hiring dual-status technicians — suggesting the need for ultimate clarification from Congress, says Marick Masters at Wayne State University.

  • Cos. Shouldn't Alter Noncompete, Severance Agreements Yet

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    Two recent actions from the Federal Trade Commission and the National Labor Relations Board have sought to ban noncompete agreements and curtail severance agreements, respectively, but employers should hold off on making any changes to those forms while the agencies' actions are challenged, say attorneys at Herbert Smith.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Remote Work Policies

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    Implementing a remote work policy that clearly articulates eligibility, conduct and performance expectations for remote employees can ease employers’ concerns about workers they may not see on a daily basis, says Melissa Spence at Butler Snow.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Bias Lessons From 'Partner Track'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with CyberRisk Alliance's Ying Wong, about how Netflix's show "Partner Track" tackles conscious and unconscious bias at law firms, and offer some key observations for employers and their human resources departments on avoiding these biases.

  • NLRB GC Memos Complicate Labor Law Compliance

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    Policy memoranda from National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo outlining new interpretations of the National Labor Relations Act create compliance dilemmas for employer counsel, who must review not only established law, but also statements that may better predict how the board will decide future questions, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • NLRB Order May Mean Harsher Remedies For Labor Violations

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent ruling against a Nebraska meat processor, ordering an expanded range of remedies for the employer's repeated labor law violations, signals the NLRB's willingness to impose harsh remedies more frequently, in the full spectrum of unfair labor practice litigation, say Eric Stuart and Zachary Zagger at Ogletree.

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