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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Time to Update Your Employee Handbook for 2012

Human resource and employment law professionals are urging businesses to review their employee handbooks for the upcoming year in light of several changes in the field of social media policy over the past 12 months. As many of you know, the National Labor Relations Board—in addition to mandating a new Employee Rights Poster—has clarified what […]

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NLRB to Vote on Expedited Union Organizing Election Rules Nov. 30

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is down to three members and faces a Dec. 31 drop-dead date when there will be just two members, has scheduled a vote on Nov. 30 on expedited rules for union organizing elections. When the NLRB, due to a conflict between the White House and Congress, was reduced […]

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Manager’s Big Mouth Sinks Union Decertification Vote

A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected a company's union decertification petition because of coercive and threatening words spoken by a manger prior to the vote. Both the vote and the speech occurred at a manufacturing plant in Alabama, where employees had voted a year earlier for collective bargaining representation, but […]

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NLRB Delays Employee Rights Poster Mandate Until Jan. 31, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed the implementation date for its new employee rights notice-posting rule by more than two months in order to allow for enhanced education and outreach to employers, particularly those who operate small- and medium-sized businesses.  The new date is Jan. 31, 2012. The decision to extend the rollout […]

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NFIB Becomes Second National Group to Sue NLRB Over Poster Mandate

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has become the second nationwide business group to file a lawsuit against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and its recent ruling that businesses must post an employee rights notification under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). “With this latest rule, the NLRB has gone too far, passing […]

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