Temporary Workers Now Automatically Included in Bargaining Units, NLRB Rules

After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling in 2015 that temporary workers are “joint employees” of both their staffing agency and the company where they work, employers feared that the next step would be to include such joint employees automatically in workplace bargaining units during unionization proceedings. As the National Law Review notes on […]

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WARN Saga Involving Republic Windows Comes to a Slow Resolution

Republic Windows and Doors, located in Goose Island, Ill., abruptly shuttered its manufacturing facility in 2008, declared bankruptcy and relocated to Iowa using another name. Workers were let go with no notice, violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The union notified the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which sought redress of grievances in terms […]

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NLRB Says Host Firms Responsible for Contract Workers

The growing practice of hiring contract workers from third-party staffing agencies instead of full-time employees took a hit yesterday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled 3-to-2 that such firms are nonetheless responsible for labor violations involving those workers. The ruling came in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries, a Houston-based waste management company that used […]

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NLRB Reverses Course on College Football Player Unionization

In a unanimous decision, the National Labor Board (NLRB) today declined to assert jurisdiction in the case involving Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. The board did not determine if the players were statutory employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Instead, the Board exercised its discretion not to assert jurisdiction and […]

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NLRB Rules Individual Filing a Lawsuit Is ‘Protected, Concerted Activity’

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), with a 2-1 majority, ruled this past week that a lone employee filing a lawsuit that seeks class action status is engaging in “protected, concerted activity,” and thus that person’s subsequent termination was illegal. The two affirming members wrote: [T]he Board has never been squarely presented with the question […]

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NLRA Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary

On July 5, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) into existence, and along with it, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). On the observance of the law’s 80th anniversary, current NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce noted: Enacted in midst of the Great Depression, the National Labor Relations Act gave workers […]

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NLRB and Columbian Minister Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to promote awareness among Colombian workers, their employers and business owners of their rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA covers most private sector workers and […]

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NLRB Bound Volumes of Decisions and Orders Made Available

Since the enactment of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have been published in bound volumes. Since the NLRB’s headquarters in Washington, DC, will be moving to a smaller location this summer, the agency will retain only a limited number of complete sets of […]

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U.S. Chamber Sues to Overturn Quickie Election Rule

Citing violations of the First Amendment, the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and various sections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Chamber of Commerce of the United States has sued to have the recent “Quckie Election” rule governing unionization efforts overturned. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 12 promulgated […]

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NLRB Files Complaints Against McDonald’s and Some Franchisees as Joint Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers. The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC, and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants at various locations around the country by, among other things, […]

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