Court Takes Some Teeth Out of the Required NLRA Posting

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the newly mandated National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Employee Rights Poster is good to go as is, but at the same time it also ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cannot enforce its proposed blanket penalties. The NLRB poster was announced […]

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NLRB Rules Arbitration Clauses Violate ‘Concerted Activity’ Rights

In a recent ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), fresh with recess appointees who are being legally challenged, held that arbitration clauses in employment agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in preventing class-action lawsuits (as opposed to individual lawsuits). The decision examined one such agreement used by nationwide homebuilder D.R. Horton, under […]

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Obama Averts NLRB Shutdown, Makes Three Recess Appointments

When member Craig Becker's appointment expired this past Dec. 31, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was reduced to two members and thus, according to a Supreme Court ruling, unable to issue rulings. With the U.S. Senate in recess, President Obama used his powers yesterday to make temporary appointments, securing seats for Sharon Block (Democrat), […]

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NLRB Heeds Judge, Delays Employee Rights Poster Mandate Until April 30, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has agreed to delay the implementation of its Employee Rights Poster mandate until April 30, 2012, giving the legal system time to hear challenges. This development follows closely upon our earlier advisory that a district court judge had beseeched the board to reconsider its Jan. 31, 2012, […]

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Judge Asks NLRB to Reconsider Employee Rights Notification Mandate

A district court judge in Washington, D.C., has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reconsider its Jan. 31, 2012, mandate for all U.S. businesses to post an National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Employee Rights notification. The judge issued his request in the face of mounting legal challenges over the new poster. With no […]

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NLRB to Publish Final Rule on Speedier Union Organizing Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted today, 2-1, to finalize rules that will restrict employers in their challenges to union organizing elections at their worksites. The NLRB intends to publish the Final Rule in the Federal Register tomorrow (Dec. 22, 2011). Previously, employers could challenge–and thus delay elections–the status of supervisors (can they vote […]

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DOL Funding Up, but Actually Down from Last Year–Restrictions Apply

The House and Senate have both passed a fiscal 2012, $14.5-billion appropriations bill for the Department of Labor (DOL) that represents $145.4 million in additional funding. Since those additional funds derive solely from a provision to fully finance the Job Corps, however, the DOL is actually receiving $545.6 million less than fiscal 2011 and $942.2 […]

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President Announces Nominees to Save Viability of NLRB

Come New Year's Day, barring approval of new appointees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will be stripped of its authority to issue rulings due to a lack of majority representation. Two board members' appointments have already expired, and a third expires on Dec. 31, 2011, leaving the NLRB with just two of five members […]

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NLRB Drops Case Against Boeing’s South Carolina Plant

After a collective bargaining agreement at Boeing's Seattle plant raised wages and increased job security, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday dropped its action against the company for opening a $750 million Dreamliner plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state that limits union power. The Boeing union—the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers—had […]

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NLRB Passes Resolution to Expedite Procedures Leading to a Union Organizing Vote

By a 2-to-1 vote along party lines, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday passed a "Chairman's Resolution" that consolidates many of the administrative and legal wranglings that typically occur leading up to a vote on union organizing at a worksite. The six amendments in the resolution are "all aimed at reducing unnecessary litigation in […]

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