Labor

  • May 31, 2024

    IBEW Exits Fired Utility Worker's Sexual Harassment Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge cut the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers loose from a fired employee's suit claiming her union stood by while her supervisor sexually harassed her, rejecting arguments from the Memphis utility she worked for that it was unfair to let the IBEW out of the case.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chamber Backs Home Depot In BLM Slogan Row At 8th Circ.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Home Depot's challenge of a National Labor Relations Board decision finding the retailer illegally told a worker to remove a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, telling the Eighth Circuit that the board hadn't shown a connection between individual and group actions.

  • May 30, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge NLRB To Investigate Claims Against Google

    A group of nearly 50 lawmakers asked the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to quickly investigate unfair labor practice allegations against Google and its contractor Cognizant, saying the outcome of these cases could "set important precedent" for workers and companies.

  • May 30, 2024

    NLRB Judge Hits Nursing Homes For Bad Faith Bargaining

    The operators of six Connecticut nursing homes bargained in bad faith with a Service Employees International Union local and refused to rehire workers who went on strike to protest their unlawful implementation of a contract, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled in a case that stretches back more than 12 years.

  • May 30, 2024

    Teamsters Urge Court To Keep Airline Retaliation Suit Alive

    The Teamsters have asked a Minnesota federal judge to preserve their allegations that Sun Country Airlines retaliated against workers for participating in a union drive, saying the judge should toss the company's bid to dismiss the suit.

  • May 30, 2024

    NLRB Says Member Conflict Rightly Doomed Exxon Mobil Win

    The National Labor Relations Board has asked the Fifth Circuit to preserve a board holding that Exxon Mobil refused to bargain with a union, defending its decision to nix the oil giant's initial victory in the case after discovering that a board member had invested in a fund containing Exxon stock.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ford Settles Union Worker's Retirement Credit Suit

    Ford Motor Co. and a union retirement plan have agreed to settle an employee's proposed class action claiming the company improperly calculated retirement benefits owed to workers who were injured on the job, according to a filing Thursday in Michigan federal court.

  • May 30, 2024

    NLRB GC Calls On Board To Find Racism Claim Is Protected

    A National Labor Relations Board judge was right to find that a school choice nonprofit illegally terminated a worker for saying she thought her supervisor was racist, agency prosecutors argued, saying the worker's remark was linked to protected concerted activity.

  • May 30, 2024

    Homeland Security Worker Settles Union Agency Fee Suit

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee told a Washington, D.C., federal judge that she has settled her suit against an International Guards Union of America local out of court, resolving allegations that the union improperly refused to give her information about how it calculated agency fees.

  • May 29, 2024

    Fight Over Biden NLRB Noms Likely With Election In Sight

    President Joe Biden's renomination of Lauren McFerran to serve as the NLRB's chair and nomination of a Republican to fill an open seat could lead to the first full board since December 2022, but experts expect a fight in the Senate as the agency faces increased scrutiny and the election looms.

  • May 29, 2024

    ILWU Units Call For Toss Of Barge Co.'s Injunction Request

    International Longshore and Warehouse Union affiliates asked an Alaska federal judge to nix a barge company's request for an injunction to halt the union from arbitrating over a work preservation dispute, saying federal labor law doesn't allow the company to request this injunctive relief.

  • May 29, 2024

    IBEW Local Wins Benefits Dispute With Power Plant Operator

    A New York federal judge preserved a win for an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local Wednesday in a dispute with a power plant operator over who qualifies for a supplemental retirement benefit at the company, deeming the arbitrator's award reasonable.

  • May 29, 2024

    Ex-Philly Union Leader Wants To Delay New Extortion Trial

    Former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 business manager John Dougherty, who was convicted of bribery and embezzlement but escaped a third conviction when the jury deadlocked at his extortion trial, asked Wednesday that the prospective new trial date on the extortion charges be pushed back due to his attorney's scheduling conflict.

  • May 29, 2024

    NLRB Wants Subpoenas Enforced In Calif. Tribal Casino Row

    The National Labor Relations Board has gone to federal court to enforce its subpoenas seeking a list of casino workers in a proposed bargaining unit, saying the refusals of a California tribe and a gaming company to provide the information are impeding an agency investigation.

  • May 28, 2024

    Construction Co. Says Union Broke PLAs With Picket Line Ask

    A construction company urged a Washington federal judge Tuesday to hand the business a win over its suit claiming a Teamsters affiliate violated project labor agreements, arguing the union encouraged drivers not to cross the picket lines during a strike.

  • May 28, 2024

    DC Circ. Revives Campaign Ad Fight At Mail Carriers Union

    The D.C. Circuit has revived claims that a mail carriers union violated the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act by refusing to publish an officer candidate's campaign ads in its magazine, ruling Tuesday that a Washington, D.C., federal judge prematurely dismissed the suit.

  • May 28, 2024

    UFCW Wants Toss Of Members' Challenge To Delegate System

    United Food and Commercial Workers members can't go to court to challenge the union's system of choosing convention delegates, the union and its top leaders argued to a D.C. federal judge, saying precedent doesn't mandate a proportional method for representation.

  • May 28, 2024

    How Wash. 'Free Choice' Statute Overlaps With Anti-Bias Law

    A Washington state law aimed at preventing companies from holding mandatory anti-union meetings will take effect in June, and although the statute ostensibly targets labor matters, experts say the law should be on discrimination attorneys' radar due to its prohibitions on employers promoting political and religious views in the workplace.

  • May 28, 2024

    Split NLRB Backs Toss Of Union Ouster Bid At Radio Station

    A divided National Labor Relations Board panel supported the dismissal of a worker's decertification petition at a radio station in upstate New York, with the board's lone Republican member calling for a hearing over a potential connection between the ouster bid and alleged unfair labor practices.

  • May 28, 2024

    Trucking Co. Can't Blame Lack Of Raise On Union, NLRB Says

    A Virginia trucking company violated federal labor law when its owner told workers they would have gotten a raise if they weren't organizing, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, upholding an agency judge's findings.

  • May 24, 2024

    5th Circ. Clears Co. In Case That Sparked NLRB Remedy Shift

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday vacated a National Labor Relations Board order finding an ad software company violated federal labor law by laying off workers without bargaining with a union, but did not weigh in on the legality of the expanded remedies that the board used the case to adopt. 

  • May 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Says H-2A Employers Must Pay Highest Wages

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Department of Labor can't let employers pay foreign farmworkers on H-2A visas a lower wage rate, rejecting the department's argument that the matter is moot because the previous harvest season is over.

  • May 24, 2024

    Rerun Vote At Cannabis Co. Is Justified, NLRB Judge Says

    A cannabis product manufacturer in Washington state violated federal labor law by firing two supporters of a United Food and Commercial Workers local amid an organizing drive, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday, finding a rerun election should happen given the company's unfair labor practices.

  • May 24, 2024

    Petition Watch: Forum Shopping, Monopolies & Gun Safety

    Law360 looks at four U.S. Supreme Court petitions filed in the past two weeks, including the FDA's request that the justices curb an increase in forum shopping at the Fifth Circuit, and two veterinarians who want the justices to allow plaintiffs to pursue antitrust claims for actions allegedly leading to the creation of a monopoly.

  • May 24, 2024

    UAW Invokes NLRB's Cemex Case In Mercedes Vote Challenge

    The United Auto Workers on Friday accused Mercedes-Benz of violating workers' rights in a "relentless anti-union campaign" at two Alabama factories where the union recently lost an election, teeing up a possible bargaining order under a new standard for making employers that meddle in elections deal with unions.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Should Be On Guard After Boom In Unfair Labor Claims

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent expansion of protected activity and imposition of case-by-case policies led to a historic boom in unfair labor practice charges in 2023, so companies should prepare for labor complaints to increase in 2024 by conducting risk assessments and implementing compliance plans, say Daniel Schudroff and Lorien Schoenstedt at Jackson Lewis.

  • 3 Developments That Will Affect Hospitality Companies In 2024

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    As the hospitality industry continues its post-pandemic recovery, it faces both challenges and opportunities to thrive in 2024, including navigating new labor rules, developing branded residential living spaces and cautiously embracing artificial intelligence, says Lauren Stewart at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Starbucks Raise Ruling Highlights Labor Law Catch-22

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge recently ruled that Starbucks violated federal labor law when it gave raises to nonunion employees only, demonstrating that conflicts present in workforces with both union and nonunion employees can put employers in no-win situations if they don't consider how their actions will be interpreted, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • Del. Ruling Shows Tension Between 363 Sale And Labor Law

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    The Delaware federal court's ruling in the Braeburn Alloy Steel case highlights the often overlooked collision between an unstayed order authorizing an asset sale free and clear of successor liability under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code and federal labor law imposing successor liability on the buyer, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • How AI Executive Order Aims To Compete For Foreign Talent

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    Immigration provisions within the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence take a strategic approach to promoting the U.S. as a destination for AI and STEM talent by streamlining visa processing, enhancing educational and exchange programs, and improving current visa programs and pathways to permanent residency, says Eric Bord at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages

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    In light of shifting federal infrastructure priorities and recent updates to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, employers should take the time to revisit the basics of prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and similar laws, says Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.

  • Business Takeaways From Biden's Global Labor Rights Memo

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    President Joe Biden's recent memorandum on protecting worker rights is one of the most expansive statements the administration has made regarding international labor rights policy, and reflects several points of which businesses should take note, including the government’s interest in working with the private sector on these issues and a notable focus on the transition to clean energy, say Tom Plotkin and Pegah Nabili at Covington.

  • How Employers Should Prep For NLRB, OSHA Collaboration

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    The National Labor Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recent announcement of increased interagency cooperation may suggest that each agency will be expanding its scope of inquiry moving forward, and signals that employers need to be prepared for inspections that implicate both OSHA and NLRB issues, say attorneys at Baker Donelson.

  • 3 Evolving Issues Shaping The College Sports Legal Playbook

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    Conference realignment will seem tame compared to the regulatory and policy developments likely to transform college sports in the near future, addressing questions surrounding the employment status of student-athletes, athlete compensation and transgender athletes, say attorneys at O'Melveny.

  • Employer Lessons After 2023's Successful Labor Strikes

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    Following recent historic strikes in the automotive, entertainment and health care industries, employers of all types can learn key insights about how unions may approach negotiations and strikes going forward, and nonunionized workplaces should anticipate a drive for increased union membership, say Lenny Feigel and Mark Neuberger at Foley & Lardner.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • Employers Should Review Training Repayment Tactics

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    State and federal examination of employee training repayment agreements has intensified, and with the potential for this tool to soon be severely limited, employers should review their options, including pivoting to other retention strategies, says Aaron Vance at Barnes & Thornburg.

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