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22 Oct 2013 A Weekly Summary of NLRB Decisions for Sept. 23-27 and Sept. 30-Oct. 4

The Summary of NLRB decisions for the weeks of Sept. 23 – 27, 2013 and Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013 are now available on the NLRB’s website. The summaries can be accessed by clicking the links below.  Week of Sept. 23-27  Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4  Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is…

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17 Oct 2013 NLRB Opens – Here We Go Again – Haiku

With the end of the government shutdown last night, the NLRB is once again open for business. Following up on our previous poetry post, we felt the occasion deserved another haiku: Today you are open Our mail box: ready, set, go Starting up, oh no! Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively to labor and employment law. He is a practitioner…

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07 Oct 2013 Poetic Musings on the Shutdown: Where oh Where is my NLRB?

We’ve now been living with several years of creativity and novel reasoning by the Board: – At will disclaimer – illegal – really? (well, maybe not…)– Arbitration clauses – not so fast (and who cares what the U.S. Supreme Court says!)– To post or not to post – that is the question (the answer from federal courts: No!). And now, with the shutdown and the closure of the Board, we’ve been left with a creative…

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04 Oct 2013 Michigan Right to Work – What’s the Effect: A Data Point

How Michigan’s Right to Work law would ultimately impact union dues payer rolls has been a topic of some debate. Now we have a data point, but it may not tell the whole story. Michigan’s Right to Work law became effective March 28, 2013. The law gives employees the right to choose to join and/or financially support a union. In other words, it allows employees to retain the representational benefits of their union representation without…

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02 Oct 2013 Shutdown Closes NLRB Operations

As a result of the federal government shutdown, yesterday NLRB operations ground to a halt. Many practitioners and employers during the a.m. hours received contact from Board Agents and Board Lawyers indicating that pending investigations, petition processing and the like were on hold until after the shutdown ends. The Board’s “Shutdown Plan” indicates that 1,600 of the Board’s 1,611 staff have been furloughed. All regional offices are closed and the only remaining staff are located…

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30 Sep 2013 Is The NLRB Being Unfair to Employers?

It’s one thing when representatives of management or members of the GOP or even management-side labor lawyers complain about the unfairness of the current NLRB; but it’s an altogether different cat when the Administrative Law Judges that hear NLRB proceedings join in the criticism. For the third time in about a month, another ALJ –Judge Keltner W. Locke – last week expressed his “concerns” about whether the GC was being “fair.” In Copper River of…

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27 Sep 2013 Weekly Summary of NLRB Decision – September 16-20, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has updated their website with a summary of decisions for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting the NLRB’s website here, or by clicking on the link below. National Labor Relations Board: Summary of Decisions for Sept. 16-20, 2013. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively…

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25 Sep 2013 Hospital Ordered to Bargain Over Nurses’ Dress Code

An NLRB administrative law judge has held that a New Jersey hospital violated the National Labor Relations Act when it altered its dress code policy for nurses.  The hospital in March 2012 implemented a new dress code for nurses to create a sense of professionalism among nurses and to communicate to the public and patients the departments in which the nurses were performing work.  Most nurses were to be outfitted in navy blue scrubs and…

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19 Sep 2013 Weekly Summary of NLRB Decision – September 9-13, 2013

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has updated their website with a summary of decisions for the week of Sept. 9-13, 2013. The summary of NLRB decisions can be accessed by visiting the NLRB’s website here, or by clicking on the link below. National Labor Relations Board: Summary of Decisions for Sept. 9-13, 2013. Keith BrodieKeith J. Brodie is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Grand Rapids, Michigan office. He devotes his practice exclusively…

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13 Sep 2013 Union, Court Fight Against Right to Work in Michigan Continues

As we reported last month, efforts by union groups to challenge Michigan’s Right to Work law as it applies to public employees suffered a defeat when the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against them. This week, the union groups challenged that decision, filing a petition with the Michigan Supreme Court requesting that the Supreme Court review the decision. The unions’ position is that the Michigan Constitution gives the Michigan Civil Service Commission the exclusive authority…

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