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10 Mar 2017 Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test Argued Before D.C. Circuit

  Oral argument was heard on Thursday, March 9 before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in Browning-Ferris’ continued effort to overturn the NLRB’s new Joint Employer test.   According to published reports, the tone of the questioning from the three-judge panel should give some hope to employers rooting for a reversal of the Board’s broad new test.  Judge Patricia Millett, according to the National Law Journal, “dominated most the argument time of both sides.”…

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09 Feb 2017 Missouri Adopts Right-to-Work, Are the Feds Next?

  This week, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law Missouri’s new Right-to-Work Act. At roughly the same time, Republican Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Joe Wilson of South Carolina introduced the national Right-to-Work Act that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act to remove language allowing unions to require membership as a condition of employment.   Republicans, including King and Wilson in 2015, have tried to push a…

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13 Jan 2017 U.S. Supreme Court to Decide D.R. Horton Arbitration Waiver Issue

  The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear three cases all related to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in D.R. Horton in which the NLRB held that companies that require employees to sign class action waivers violate their rights to act collectively under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   Though class action waivers have previously been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court under the Federal Arbitration Act…

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09 Jan 2017 Kentucky Doubles Down: Right to Work and No Prevailing Wage

  Over the weekend, Kentucky became the 27th state in the U.S. to pass a statewide Right-to-Work Act. And while they were at it, the Kentucky senate also passed a bill eliminating the commonwealth’s prevailing wage act for public construction projects. Both bills take effect immediately.   Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a right-to-work measure into law this weekend. Republicans had introduced the measure on Jan. 3 at the start of the legislative session and…

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09 Dec 2016 Second Persuader Rule Case Halted; Court to Wait for New Administration

  With a nationwide injunction already in place by a federal court in Texas, a federal court in Minnesota has entered a stay of proceedings in a second suit that also seeks to block enforcement of the persuader rule.   U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schiltz’s two-page order not only denied cross motions for summary judgment from the parties, but also stayed the proceeding. Judge Schiltz concluded that “The court agrees with plaintiffs that there is…

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16 Nov 2016 DOL’s Persuader Rule Unlawful; Permanently Enjoined

  A federal court judge in Texas has granted summary judgment in a case contesting the legality of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Persuader Rule. The effect of the summary judgment ruling is to declare the rule to be unlawful and unenforceable. The ruling was made in a suit brought by 10 states and several business associations.   In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings wrote “The court is of the…

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15 Nov 2016 The Trump Presidency and the NLRB: Change May Come Slowly

  Though candidate Donald Trump promised swift reversal of Obama administration initiatives, President-elect Trump may find that change will have to come slowly at the NLRB.   One area where the new president could have an immediate impact is with the composition of the Board, which consists of five members with staggered terms.  Currently, there are two open seats and the  majority are  Democrats who have been zealously pro-union throughout the Obama administration:   Former…

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27 Oct 2016 Down to the Wire: DOL’s “Blacklisting Rule” Enjoined

  A federal judge in Texas has blocked implementation of major portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, the so-called “blacklisting” rule.   Judge Marcia A. Crone of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a nationwide preliminary injunction order on Oct. 24 blocking the Oct. 25 implementation date of the DOL rule, along with a related Obama Executive Order, the Federal Acquisitions Regulations…

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19 Oct 2016 Operators Local 150 General Counsel Sues for Defamation

  Dale Pierson, attorney and general counsel for Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, has brought suit against the National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) claiming the group defamed him in its online posts that reported on the union’s litigation effort to overturn Indiana’s Right-to-Work Act.   NILRR identifies itself as “a non-profit research facility analyzing and exposing the inequities of compulsory unionism.” It is located in Springfield, Virginia, and maintains…

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31 Aug 2016 NLRB: Is Misclassification of Independent Contractors an Unfair Labor Practice?

  The question: Is misclassification of independent contractors an unfair labor practice? The answer: Not yet.   In an advice memorandum dated December 18, 2015, but just issued this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tangled with the question of whether mere misclassification of truck drivers as independent contractors constituted an independent unfair labor practice charge. The NLRB Advice Memo does not quite get there. However, in circumstances where there is a misclassification supplemented with…

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