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Apr 24 2014
Labor Relations  

NLRA game changer: College football players get green light to unionize

Many observers were quite surprised by the recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s regional office in Chicago which allowed scholarship football players at Northwestern University to form a union. Interestingly, the ruling only applies to the 85 scholarship players on the team within the proposed bargaining unit and…

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Apr 08 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Collective Bargaining Agreements Can Determine Overtime Compensation

Collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) can, in certain cases, override strict state laws on overtime, ruled a California court of appeals. 

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Oct 17 2013
Q&ALabor Relations  

NLRA protects workers’ complaints and other activities

Q: One of our employees complains all the time. Today we learned he started a Facebook page that says our company sucks. We have a policy prohibiting disparagement of our organization. Can we tell him if he doesn’t like it here, he can leave?

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Oct 17 2013
Q&ALabor Relations

Make sure your photography ban satisfies the NLRB

Q:  We have a ‘no photography’ policy to protect our manufacturing process. I have recently read that this limitation may be against the law. Is that true?

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Oct 10 2013
Labor Relations

NLRB General Counsel clamps down on policies prohibiting photos and use of company logo

Employer policies are still under fire by the Office of General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Jul 01 2013
Labor Relations  

Confidentiality instructions in investigations may violate NLRA

Under the NLRA, the primary risk of automatically requiring confidentiality in investigations is your potential liability for back pay if you terminate an employee for violating your confidentiality rule.

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Jul 01 2013
Labor Relations  

“Fire me” wish is granted, and is okay under NLRA

An employee’s expletive-laden expressions of contempt for her employer on a private Facebook forum with current and former coworkers wasn’t protected concerted activity, according to the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel.

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Jun 05 2013
Labor Relations  

Employer does not have to accommodate disability that alters essential job function

In this case a long term, union-represented employee bid on a job opening for which she was the senior bidder.

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May 08 2013
Labor Relations  

Alert: NLRB poster requirement struck down by federal appeals court

A federal appeals court has invalidated a rule published by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in August 2011, which required all employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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Jan 25 2013
Labor Relations  

Alert: Recent NLRB appointments invalid, says D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

The President didn’t have the power to appoint three people to the National Labor Relations Board on January 4, 2012, ruled the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The court’s ruling throws serious doubt on the validity of recent Board decisions, many of which have been highly controversial.

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