Labor

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

  • June 03, 2024

    Workers At Wash. Mushroom Producer OK'd For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official cleared all full-time and regular part-time employees of an Olympia, Washington, mushroom producer's three facilities to vote on representation by a Laborers local, rejecting the company's challenge to the unit size Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Ruling Won't Sink NLRB Remedies Expansion

    The Fifth Circuit's rebuke of the National Labor Relations Board in an appeal involving software company Thryv Inc. will not affect the board's use of the new remedies it announced in the case, experts said, though it could signal trouble if a future challenge to the remedies comes to the appeals court.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Order Can't Stop Other Subpoenas, Starbucks Says

    A recent Second Circuit order concerning a discovery order for Starbucks and Workers United doesn't apply to a subpoena dispute with the union before an Illinois federal judge, Starbucks argued, saying the appeals court's opinion dealt with "very different subpoena instructions and requests."

  • June 03, 2024

    4 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In May

    Massachusetts state court judges rejected a law firm's effort to fight malpractice claims by pointing the finger at a Rhode Island judge, and ruled that an online booking platform can boot the owner of Bali vacation villas from its site, among other under-the-radar decisions handed down in May.

  • June 03, 2024

    Minn. Biz Groups Fight Ban On Required Anti-Union Meetings

    A Minnesota company and two business groups are challenging the state's nearly year-old ban on so-called captive audience meetings, saying Minnesota can't exempt workers from sitting through mandatory meetings about their employers' views on unionization without violating the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 03, 2024

    Starbucks' 'Middleman' Remark Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law at a California cafe when a store manager told a worker she could lose benefits and compared the union to a "middleman," a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the manager's statements weren't protected speech.

  • June 03, 2024

    NLRB Says Electrical Contractor Must Honor Union Contract

    An electrical contractor in western New York violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to properly pay its union electricians or contribute to union-run fringe benefit funds, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, granting a board prosecutor's motion for default judgment.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labaton Keller Opens 1st Office Outside US In London

    Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP said Monday it has opened its first office outside the U.S. in London, as the firm looks to expand its services to the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Mexico Reach Truce On Steel Factory Labor Violations

    A steel manufacturer in Mexico has agreed to pay a monetary settlement to workers it dismissed in retaliation for their union organizing activity after the United States asked the Mexican government to review the matter, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

  • May 31, 2024

    Starbucks, Workers United Secure Tentative Accords In Talks

    Starbucks and Workers United said Friday that collective bargaining talks have resulted in tentative agreements related to just cause, union representation and transparency between the parties, marking another step toward a first labor contract for the coffee chain and union.

  • May 31, 2024

    Texas Justices Won't Review Boeing, Union Back Pay Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District permitting the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association to continue its attempt to recover lost wages from Boeing after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded its 737 Max plane in 2019. 

  • May 31, 2024

    DOL's Fund Mismanagement Suit Stayed For 7th Circ. Appeal

    An Illinois federal judge pressed pause on a suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against the trustees of a union life insurance fund, saying she'll let two former trustees' appeal of an injunction she issued in the case play out before she resumes adjudicating.

  • May 31, 2024

    CWA, Microsoft Reach Neutrality Deal Over ZeniMax Workers

    The Communications Workers of America and Microsoft notched a neutrality pact that applies to all ZeniMax workers, according to an announcement from the union, with the company agreeing not to interfere if employees want to unionize. 

  • May 31, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions In June Bias Lawyers Should Know

    A group of Republican state attorneys general will urge a federal judge Monday to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to block regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Fifth Circuit will hear Southwest Airlines’ push to overturn an anti-abortion former flight attendant's win in her religious bias suit. ​​​​​Here are four June argument sessions discrimination lawyers should have on their radar. 

  • May 31, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers IATSE Movie Pay Dispute

    This week, a New York federal judge will hear arguments over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' attempt to force a film production company to make wage and benefits payments the union claims it has not made as required under an arbitration award.

  • May 31, 2024

    Split NH High Court Says Cops Must Pay Back Sick Leave

    An updated version of a City of Manchester ordinance requires four police officers to pay the city back for the sick leave benefits they received while their compensation claims for on-the-job injuries were pending, a split New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled.

  • May 31, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Doughnut Chain's Challenge To Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has upheld a Portland, Oregon, doughnut shop chain's challenges to two votes that swung a representation election in a union's favor, saying the workers were not on payroll at the time they cast their ballots.

  • May 31, 2024

    DC Circ. Judge Ponders NLRB Jurisdiction Over 'Criminal' Biz

    The D.C. Circuit determined that the National Labor Relations Board lacked enough evidence to find a cannabis company illegally fired a pro-union employee, with one judge questioning the board's jurisdiction over a "criminal enterprise."

  • May 31, 2024

    Transit Co. Wrong To Snub Union In Dallas, NLRB Judge Says

    A company that took over providing certain public transit services in the Dallas area unlawfully refused to work with a union that represented the majority of its drivers, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, deeming the company a successor to the workers' previous employer.

  • May 31, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: State Justices To Hear 'Sovereignty' Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for oral arguments at the California Supreme Court regarding whether all public entities are exempt from certain state labor law wage requirements. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • May 31, 2024

    IBEW Exits Fired Utility Worker's Sexual Harassment Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge cut the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers loose from a fired employee's suit claiming her union stood by while her supervisor sexually harassed her, rejecting arguments from the Memphis utility she worked for that it was unfair to let the IBEW out of the case.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chamber Backs Home Depot In BLM Slogan Row At 8th Circ.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Home Depot's challenge of a National Labor Relations Board decision finding the retailer illegally told a worker to remove a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, telling the Eighth Circuit that the board hadn't shown a connection between individual and group actions.

  • May 30, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge NLRB To Investigate Claims Against Google

    A group of nearly 50 lawmakers asked the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to quickly investigate unfair labor practice allegations against Google and its contractor Cognizant, saying the outcome of these cases could "set important precedent" for workers and companies.

Expert Analysis

  • Extra NLRB Risks To Consider From Joint Employer Rule Edit

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s return to a broad definition of “joint employer” will expose companies — even those with only theoretical control of their outside consultants, contractors or franchise workers — to increased labor obligations and risks, further escalating their already expanding National Labor Relations Act liabilities, says William Kishman at Squire Patton.

  • AI At Work: Safety And NLRA Best Practices For Employers

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    There are many possible legal ramifications associated with integrating artificial intelligence tools and solutions into workplaces, including unionized workplaces' employer obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, and health and safety issues concerning robots and AI, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How Employers Can Navigate NLRB's Pro-Employee Shift

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent decisions and general counsel memos mark the strong beginning of a trend toward greater pro-employee protections, so employers should proactively engage in risk management by revisiting their handbook policies accordingly, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.

  • Justices' Coming Fisheries Ruling May Foster NLRA Certainty

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    If the U.S. Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in the Loper Bright v. Raimondi commercial fisheries' case overrules judicial deference to federal agencies' legal interpretations, it could carry over to the National Labor Relations Board's vacillating interpretations of the National Labor Relations Act, bringing a measure of predictability to the board’s administration of the law, says Corey Franklin at FordHarrison.

  • Aviation Watch: When Are Pilots Too Old To Fly?

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    A recent move by the U.S. House of Representatives to raise the mandatory retirement age for airline pilots from 65 to 67 has reignited a decades-long debate — but this issue is best addressed through collective bargaining between carriers and pilots, rather than through legislation, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • 2 NLRB Rulings On Unilateral Changes Are Bad News For Cos.

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent rulings in Wendt and Tecnocap on unilateral changes to employment terms shift bargaining leverage away from companies, but certain considerations can help employers navigate a contractual hiatus and negotiations for a first union contract, says Henry Morris Jr. at ArentFox Schiff.

  • NY Co-Ops Must Avoid Pitfalls When Navigating Insurance

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    In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.

  • What Employers Face As NLRB Protects More Solo Protests

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    Given the National Labor Relations Board’s recent decision in Miller Plastics to implement a broader standard for when it will protect individual protests, employers must be careful to not open themselves to unfair labor practice claims when disciplining employees with personal gripes, says Mohamed Barry at Fisher Phillips.

  • USW Ruling Highlights Successor Liability In Bankruptcy Sale

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    A Delaware federal court's recent decision in United Steelworkers v. Braeburn is important for potential asset purchasers in Section 363 bankruptcy sales as it found the purchaser was subject to obligations under the National Labor Relations Act notwithstanding language in the sale approval order transferring the debtor's assets free and clear of successor liability, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Starbucks 'Memphis 7' Ruling Shows Retaliation Is A Bad Idea

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    Starbucks’ unsuccessful attempts to quash unionization by retaliating against organizing employees — illustrated by the Sixth Circuit's recent backing of an order that forced the company to rehire seven pro-union workers in Memphis, Tennessee — demonstrates why employers should eschew hard-line tactics and instead foster genuine dialogue with their workforce, says Janette Levey at Levey Law.

  • 3 Employer Considerations In Light Of DOL Proposed OT Rule

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    A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions, and while the planned changes are not the law just yet, employers should start thinking about the best ways to position their organizations for compliance in the future, say Brodie Erwin and Sarah Spangenburg at Kilpatrick.

  • Employers, Buckle Up For Fast-Track NLRB Election Rules

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    Under the National Labor Relations Board's recent changes to its secret ballot election rules, employers will face short timelines and deferral of many legal issues — so they would be well advised to develop robust plans to address these developments now, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • Key Strike Considerations For Automotive Industry Suppliers

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    As the UAW's labor contracts with Detroit's Big Three automakers expire, and the possibility of a strike looms, automotive industry suppliers face a number of possible legal and operational issues — and should have strategic action plans in place to deal with contracts, liquidity, the post-strike environment and more, say experts at Alvarez & Marsal.

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