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29 Dec 2017 NLRB Signals Reversal of Blocking Charge Policy

  Is the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) blocking charge policy in its last days? Perhaps, according to a footnote in its recent decision in ADT Security Services Case 18-RD-206831 (December 20, 2017).   Current NLRB policy allows union elections to be paused if employees or the union file a complaint alleging that the employer committed an unfair labor practice. The current policy also permits halting an election if employees seeking decertification or disbanding of…


27 Dec 2017 The Gifts Keep On Comin’: NLRB GC Memo Signals Favorable Change for Employers in Union Elections

  On Dec. 15, the National Labor Relations Board announced in its PCC Structurals, Inc. decision that it had overruled its infamous Specialty Healthcare precedent and eliminated the “overwhelming community of interest” standard for employers opposing micro-units. According to the NLRB’s press release on PCC Structurals: “The Board has now abandoned the ‘overwhelming’ community-of-interest standard. In today’s decision, the Board stated that ‘here are sound policy reasons for returning to the traditional community-of-interest standard that the…


21 Nov 2017 Time Crunch: NLRB Report Confirms Union Elections Remain ‘Quick’ Under New Rules

  A recently released report from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirms that the agency’s “quickie election” rules, that went into effect in April 2015, have significantly truncated the time employers have to conduct union campaigns. Under the old rules, from April 14, 2014, through Jan. 12, 2015, the median time from a union petition being filed to election was 38 days. For fiscal year 2017, the median time from petition to election was…


25 Aug 2017 Businesses Say ‘Yes’ to Robb as Labor Board’s Top Lawyer

  Peter Robb, a Vermont management-side labor lawyer, is expected to be named general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), pending a background check as reported in various industry publications. Robb would replace outgoing NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin whose term expires Oct. 31.   Robb currently represents businesses in labor disputes at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and, with the board slated to have a GOP majority for the first time in a…


09 Jun 2017 Can I Get Your Digits? NLRB Ruling Expands Quickie Election Rules To Cover Supervisors’ Possession Of Employee Phone Numbers

  The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “quickie election” rules that passed a few years ago have been a hot-button topic. One of the significant changes they brought about was the decrease in time employers have to furnish unions with contact information of employees potentially eligible to vote in union elections. The new rules reduce the allotted time from seven calendar days to two business days from the time an election is directed. In addition,…