Labor

  • June 14, 2024

    Starbucks Bypassed Union Over Cut Hours, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks unlawfully slashed scheduled work hours for shift supervisors at a Pennsylvania store without giving a Teamsters local the chance to bargain, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company didn't show that it had a past practice of cutting these hours.

  • June 14, 2024

    NY Forecast: Class Cert. Args In Four Seasons Layoff Suit

    This week, a New York federal judge will consider a motion to certify a class of former workers at the Four Seasons Hotel New York who claim the hotel violated federal and state law by not notifying them of furloughs and that the hotel denied them contractually required severance. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • June 14, 2024

    NLRB Rejects Columbia's Challenge To Union Composition

    Columbia University's student worker union includes those who logged fewer than 15 hours per week, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday, rejecting the university's argument that the United Auto Workers local should exclude them.

  • June 14, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Delta's $16M Pay Stub Deal Up For Approval

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for potential settlement approval in a pay stubs class action against Delta Air Lines that went to the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • June 13, 2024

    Co.'s Noncompete Is 'Ridiculously Broad,' NLRB Judge Says

    A heating and air conditioning installation company in Indiana violated federal labor law by making workers sign an employment agreement with a noncompete, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday, calling the provision "ridiculously broad in scope."

  • June 13, 2024

    3 Takeaways As Justices Standardize 10(j) Injunction Test

    The U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher Thursday for the National Labor Relations Board to win temporary injunctions to stop unfair labor practices, rebuking the notion that judges should go easier on the agency than they do other injunction seekers. Here, Law360 looks at three takeaways from this term's biggest labor decision.

  • June 13, 2024

    Bill Banning College Athletes As Workers Gets Committee Nod

    A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday moved new legislation that would prohibit classifying student-athletes as employees of any institution, conference or association to the floor for a vote, as the bill's sponsor pushed back at what he described as the influence of big labor.

  • June 13, 2024

    NLRB Official Approves Union Vote At St. Louis Nonprofit

    Workers at a nonprofit human services agency in St. Louis can vote on representation by a Communications Workers of America local, a National Labor Relations Board official has ruled, siding with the local on what the bargaining unit will look like if the union wins the election.

  • June 13, 2024

    NLRB Says NY Administrative Law Judge Office Will Close

    The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that the agency will close its New York City office of administrative law judges in July and transfer pending cases to Washington, D.C. 

  • June 13, 2024

    2 Firms Seek Lead Roles In Suit Over Shuttered Philly College

    Attorneys from Philadelphia-area law firms Edelson Lechtzin LLP and Willig Williams & Davidson have asked for appointment as interim co-lead counsel for a potential class of former University of the Arts employees who say the school's sudden closure violated federal statutes.

  • June 13, 2024

    NLRB Pauses Guard Vote Over Union Intervention Bid

    The National Labor Relations Board has granted a Service Employees International Union local's request to stay a representation election at a New York security company, indicating its willingness to consider whether the local was improperly excluded from the running and whether case law from 1984 should stand.

  • June 13, 2024

    NLRB Judge Dings Starbucks' Rule On Being Respectful

    Starbucks illegally maintained a policy telling workers to communicate in a professional and respectful way, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the coffee chain hadn't shown how the rule furthered its business interests.

  • June 13, 2024

    Supreme Court Tightens NLRB Injunction Test

    The U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers Thursday in a case involving Starbucks, directing courts to strictly apply a four-factor test when the board sues to stem alleged unfair labor practices.

  • June 12, 2024

    NLRB Chair Attacked At House Hearing As Nom Fight Looms

    Republican members on a U.S. House of Representatives labor subcommittee teed off on the National Labor Relations Board's direction under Democratic Chairman Lauren McFerran at a hearing Wednesday as their counterparts in the U.S. Senate consider her recent nomination for a third term.

  • June 12, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Halt SpaceX Appeal In Case Challenging NLRB

    The Fifth Circuit said Wednesday that it will continue weighing whether a Texas federal judge must pause an administrative suit against SpaceX from proceeding before the National Labor Relations Board, amid the company's constitutional challenge to the agency's structure.

  • June 12, 2024

    SEIU Unit On Hook For $6M In HCA Healthcare Strike Dispute

    An arbitrator has found a Service Employees International Union affiliate liable for more than $6 million in damages for replacement worker costs from a strike, a California hospital said Wednesday, while a union representative told Law360 that the decision is "outrageous and unprecedented."

  • June 12, 2024

    Home Depot Asks To Settle Claim It Shushed Worker On Probe

    Home Depot reached a proposed settlement to an allegation that it violated federal labor law by telling a Minneapolis worker to keep quiet about the company's investigation into his claims of racist treatment by a coworker, according to paperwork presented to a National Labor Relations Board judge.

  • June 12, 2024

    Massachusetts Pot Shop To Take Union Fight To 1st Circ.

    A Massachusetts cannabis retailer found to have engaged in union busting is appealing a district court order that directed it to bargain with a United Food and Commercial Workers local and to offer to rehire two fired union supporters.

  • June 12, 2024

    Union Ignored Dues Authorization Revocations, NLRB Says

    A security guards union violated federal labor law by continuing to collect dues from certain guards at the Federal Communications Commission building in Washington, D.C., after they revoked the union's authorization to do so, the National Labor Relations Board ruled.

  • June 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Partially Nixes Injunction Over Amazon Firing

    The Second Circuit vacated on Wednesday a New York federal judge's order barring Amazon from firing workers for engaging in union activity, saying the judge did not explain why she imposed the broad prohibition while at the same time finding the company did not have to rehire a fired union activist.

  • June 11, 2024

    DOL's H-2A Protections Rule Flouts Labor Law, GOP AGs Say

    The U.S. Department of Labor's final rule including protections for foreign farmworkers within the H-2A visa program doesn't comport with federal labor law, a group of Republican attorneys general claimed in Georgia federal court, saying the rule doesn't give the same rights to U.S. citizen workers.

  • June 11, 2024

    NCAA Settlement Could Aid Athletes' Employee Status Push

    A landmark settlement the NCAA announced in May in an antitrust class action brought by former college athletes reportedly sets a path for schools to share revenue with players, and experts said it could bolster active efforts to deem college athletes employees under federal labor law.

  • June 11, 2024

    Teamsters Unit Was 'Colluding With UPS,' Worker Says

    A UPS worker accused a Teamsters affiliate in Illinois federal court of violating its fair representation duty by "colluding" with the shipping giant to slash his hours and pay him incorrectly while also alleging that the company retaliated against him for an unfair labor practice charge.

  • June 11, 2024

    NLRB Election Notice Tainted Union Vote, Dispensary Argues

    A Phoenix cannabis dispensary asked the D.C. Circuit to reverse a National Labor Relations Board order compelling the company to recognize a United Food and Commercial Workers local, saying the board shouldn't have certified the union because of an issue with the election notice.

  • June 11, 2024

    Ex-Union Leader Seeks Sentencing Delay Ahead Of Retrial

    Former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 business manager John Dougherty has asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to postpone his sentencing for his bribery and embezzlement convictions, pointing to the possibility of the government retrying him on extortion charges following an April mistrial in that case.

Expert Analysis

  • What A Post-Chevron Landscape Could Mean For Labor Law

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Chevron deference expected by the end of June, it’s not too soon to consider how National Labor Relations Act interpretations could be affected if federal courts no longer defer to administrative agencies’ statutory interpretation and regulatory actions, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Eye On Compliance: Employee Social Media Privacy In NY

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    A New York law that recently took effect restricts employers' ability to access the personal social media accounts of employees and job applicants, signifying an increasing awareness of the need to balance employers' interests with worker privacy and free speech rights, says Madjeen Garcon-Bonneau at Wilson Elser.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What The NIL Negotiation Rules Injunction Means For NCAA

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    A Tennessee federal court's recent preliminary injunction reverses several prominent and well-established NCAA rules on negotiations with student-athletes over name, image and likeness compensation and shows that collegiate athletics is a profoundly unsettled legal environment, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Takeaways From NLRB Advice On 'Outside' Employment

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    Rebecca Leaf at Miles & Stockbridge examines a recent memo from the National Labor Relations Board’s Division of Advice that said it’s unlawful for employers to restrict secondary or outside employment, and explains what companies should know about the use of certain restrictive covenants going forward.

  • Shaping Speech Policies After NLRB's BLM Protest Ruling

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    After the National Labor Relations Board decided last month that a Home Depot employee was protected by federal labor law when they wore a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, employers should consider four questions in order to mitigate legal risks associated with workplace political speech policies, say Louis Cannon and Cassandra Horton at Baker Donelson.

  • 2026 World Cup: Companies Face Labor Challenges And More

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    Companies sponsoring or otherwise involved with the 2026 FIFA World Cup — hosted jointly by the U.S., Canada and Mexico — should be proactive in preparing to navigate many legal considerations in immigration, labor management and multijurisdictional workforces surrounding the event, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Eye On Compliance: Workplace March Madness Pools

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    With March Madness set to begin in a few weeks, employers should recognize that workplace sports betting is technically illegal, keeping federal and state gambling laws in mind when determining whether they will permit ever-popular bracket pools, says Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • There Is No NCAA Supremacy Clause, Especially For NIL

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    A recent Tennessee federal court ruling illustrates the NCAA's problematic position that its member schools should violate state law rather than its rules — and the organization's legal history with the dormant commerce clause raises a fundamental constitutional issue that will have to be resolved before attorneys can navigate NIL with confidence, says Patrick O’Donnell at HWG.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Workplace AI Risks

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools penetrate workplaces, employers should incorporate sound AI policies and procedures in their handbooks in order to mitigate liability risks, maintain control of the technology, and protect their brands, says Laura Corvo at White and Williams.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Investigation Lessons In 'Minority Report'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper discuss how themes in Steven Spielberg's Science Fiction masterpiece "Minority Report" — including prediction, prevention and the fallibility of systems — can have real-life implications in workplace investigations.

  • NCAA's Antitrust Litigation History Offers Clues For NIL Case

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    Attorneys at Perkins Coie analyze the NCAA's long history of antitrust litigation to predict how state attorney general claims against NCAA recruiting rules surrounding name, image and likeness discussions will stand up in Tennessee federal court.

  • SAG-AFTRA Contract Is A Landmark For AI And IP Interplay

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    SAG-AFTRA's recently ratified contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers introduced a framework to safeguard performers' intellectual property rights and set the stage for future discussions on how those rights interact with artificial intelligence — which should put entertainment businesses on alert for compliance, says Evynne Grover at QBE.

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