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26 Jan 2012 NLRB General Counsel issues additional guidance on social media cases

NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon released a second operations management memorandum yesterday addressing the use of social media by employees and when such use constitutes protected activity under the NLRA. The memo summarized more than a dozen recent social media cases decided by the General Counsel’s office and followed a similar report by Solomon in August 2011, which had provided summaries of 14 prior cases reviewed by the General Counsel’s office.    There are no…

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25 Jan 2012 Right to Work Bill Passes Indiana House (Update)

Indiana moved one step closer Wednesday to becoming the 23rd Right to Work state in the U.S.  The Indiana House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon passed the Right to Work bill on s 54-44 vote.  After stalling the bill for several weeks, the Indiana Democrats returned to the Statehouse chamber and the bill was put to a vote.    The Indiana Senate had previously passed an identical version of the Right to Work Act by a 28-22 vote.  The House Bill will…

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25 Jan 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary: January 17-20, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for last week, January 17-20, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. You can access the report by clicking here. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues.More Posts – Website

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25 Jan 2012 Right to work continues to stall in Indiana House

The Indiana House Democrats continued to stall passage of the contentious right to work bill yesterday by again boycotting the chamber and preventing the House from coming into session due to a lack of quorum.  (See our previous coverage of the right to work bill here.)   Some progress had been made on the bill after Democrats participated in legislative debate on Monday, but Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma’s order to close the bill for…

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20 Jan 2012 The Latest on Right to Work – Jan. 20, 2011

Reports are coming out that the Indiana Senate will debate the Act this afternoon and that the House Democrats will return to the House Floor Monday to propose an amendment to the Act to allow for a public referendum on whether Indiana becomes the 23rd state to pass a Right to Work Act.   According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the amendment would push the effective date of a right-to-work law back to November 5, and sunsets it on…

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19 Jan 2012 Court Finds Company-Union Neutrality Agreement Unlawful

Section 302 of the Labor Management Relations Act makes it unlawful for an employer to give a union any “thing of value” with only some exceptions.  That provision has not been applied to union neutrality agreements in the handful of Circuit opinions on the issue.  However, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday an employer providing organizing assistance to a union pursuant to a neutrality agreement can be a “thing of value” in violation of Sect. 302.      A greyhound track in…

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19 Jan 2012 NLRB Weekly Summary: January 9-13, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) weekly summary of decisions for last week, January 9-13, 2012, is now available on the Board’s website. You can access the report by clicking here. btlaborBT Labor Relations is managed by the labor law attorneys at Barnes & Thornburg. The blog aims to be a source for news, analysis, and commentary on traditional labor legal issues, including news related to the NLRB and a variety of state issues.More Posts – Website

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18 Jan 2012 Indiana Right to Work: The People’s Choice?

In the face of a strong Republican majority in the Legislature and Gov. Daniels’ support in the Statehouse, the Indiana AFL-CIO is now trying to take its message to the masses.  The AFL-CIO, along with Indiana Democrats, is relying upon a recent poll to support its contention that a majority of Hoosiers support a referendum on the issue as opposed to a legislative vote.  The Union also relies upon the poll to argue that more debate needs to occur on the…

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14 Jan 2012 Business Groups Seek to Overturn NLRB Recess Appointments

The National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation Inc. and other business groups are using their pending lawsuit seeking to block the new NLRB Employee Notice Rules as a vehicle to scuttle the President’s recent recess appointments to the NLRB. The NRTW, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, and two small businesses have sued to block the employee notice rule. But Friday, the plaintiffs moved to amend their complaint to…

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13 Jan 2012 Supreme Court Further Undermines <i>D.R. Horton</i>’s Shaky Foundation

Just a few days following the NLRB’s controversial decision in D.R. Horton that called into question the validity of employment arbitration provisions, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that may spell trouble for the NLRB’s position. By issuing an 8-1 vote on Jan. 11, 2012, the Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit and reaffirmed its position that the FAA established a federal policy favoring arbitration. CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood.   CompuCredit involved a purported…

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