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21 Mar 2016 Summary Data Released by NLRB Confirms Its “Ambush Election Rules” Truncate Time Between Petition, Election

  As of Jan. 14, the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) infamous “ambush election rules” had been in effect for three quarters. The NLRB recently conducted a review and analysis of union election data during those quarters and published its findings. The report offers data related to the new rules from April 14, 2015, through Jan. 14, 2016, and compares that data against petitions and elections that occurred under the prior rules from April 14, 2014,…

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18 Mar 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 16-19, 2016

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 16-19 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   Vince & Sons Co. and Jo Mo Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Vince & Sons Pasta, alter-ego and/or Golden State Successor  (13-CA-123828; 363 NLRB No. 121)  Bridgeview, IL, February 17, 2016. The Board granted the General Counsel’s motion for default judgment based on the Respondent’s failure to file an answer to the compliance specification.  Accordingly, the Board…

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18 Mar 2016 Burrito Bowls, Guacamole, &. . .Tweets? NLRB Judge Finds Social Media Policy Unlawful

  There’s more bad news this week for restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, but this time it has nothing to do with the food.   Last year, we heard about an NLRB decision upholding an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) finding that the restaurant had committed an unfair labor practice. According to the decision, Chipotle had allegedly threatened and interrogated employees who engaged in discussions about their pay. The employee at issue in the case had worked…

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17 Mar 2016 Right-to-Work – Union Shenanigans and Another State (Colorado) In Play

  As previously reported, West Virginia recently became the 26th state to pass a Right-to-Work law, which generally prohibits forced union membership by outlawing union security provisions in collective bargaining agreements. However, in states with Right-to-Work laws, even if the employee has opted out of paying dues, unions still have an obligation to represent employees covered by their collective bargaining agreements in grievance procedures.   NLRB Responses to Right-to-Work:   Right-to-Work legislation is permitted under…

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16 Mar 2016 NLRB Activism Has A Cost: Budget Shortfalls and NLRB’s “Belt Tightening”

  The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Associate General Counsel Anne Purcell recently issued an Operations Management Memo OM 16-09, which describes how the NLRB plans on addressing its budget shortfall.   As has been widely reported over the last number of years, the NLRB has been exceedingly active in numerous ways, including: changing the basic groundwork of its long standing union election rules; going to Complaint on all types of employer handbook rules; vigorously…

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07 Mar 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 8 – 12, 2016

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 8-12 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   G4S Government Solutions, Inc., d/b/a WSI Savannah River Site, a/k/a WSI-SRS  (10-RC-126849; 363 NLRB No. 113)  Barnwell, SC, February 10, 2016. A Board panel majority consisting of Chairman Pearce and Member Hirozawa affirmed the Regional Director’s finding that the Employer failed to establish that the petitioned-for lieutenants are statutory supervisors.  The majority found that the…

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01 Mar 2016 Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of Feb. 1 – 5, 2016

  The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Feb. 1-5 is now available.     Summarized Board Decisions   Waffle House, Inc.  (10-CA-121178; 363 NLRB No. 104)  Norcross, GA, February 1, 2016. Applying its decisions in D. R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012), enf. denied in relevant part 737 F.3d 344 (5th Cir. 2013) and Murphy Oil USA, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 72 (2014), enf. denied in relevant part 808 F.3d 1013 (5th Cir. 2015), a Board panel majority…

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26 Feb 2016 NLRB Commits Unfair Labor Practice With Its Own Union

  An administrate law judge (ALJ) with the Federal Relations Authority has found the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) committed an unfair labor practice by not bargaining with its own union related to the agency’s office relocation to another part of the District of Columbia.   The National Labor Relations Board Union (NLRBU) represents certain employees who work for the NLRB, including approximately 62 employees at the agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2010, the agency…

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23 Feb 2016 NLRB Exploring Possible Expansion To Its ‘Make-Whole Remedies’ In Discharge Cases

  On Feb. 19, the NLRB announced that it was seeking briefs in an action where the scope of a “make-whole” remedy potentially is in dispute. Specifically, the NLRB will be evaluating whether to alter its existing rules related to offsetting an unlawfully discharged employee’s interim work search expenses against the amount of interim earnings deducted from backpay calculations. Currently, the NLRB only allows discharged employees who are actually successful in obtaining subsequent employment to receive any type of reimbursement credit for these expenses. Now, the NLRB’s general…

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22 Feb 2016 NLRB WEEKLY SUMMARY OF DECISIONS, JAN. 25 – 29, 2016

The summary of NLRB decisions for the week of Jan. 25-29 is now available.   Summarized Board Decisions   Guardsmark, LLC  (05-RC-143199; 363 NLRB No. 103)  Washington, DC, January 29, 2016. A full-Board majority consisting of Chairman Pearce and Members Hirozawa and McFerran adopted the Regional Director’s recommendation to overrule the Employer’s objection (Objection 2) alleging that it was improperly prohibited from holding a mass campaign meeting on the morning ballots were scheduled to be…

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