Labor

  • May 14, 2024

    Factory Specifics Will Be Key In UAW-VW Bargaining

    While the United Auto Workers' recent contracts with Detroit automakers were key to organizing Volkswagen's Tennessee plant and securing a landmark election victory last month, experts said unique factors at Volkswagen will give the upcoming talks their own character. 

  • May 14, 2024

    Co. Illegally Placed Manure Near Union Picket, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board concluded Tuesday that an Illinois concrete producer violated federal labor law by putting manure near an area where an International Union of Operating Engineers local was picketing, granting agency attorneys' motion for default judgment.

  • May 14, 2024

    Colo. Org Lacks Standing In Access Law Row, Judge Says

    The Colorado Livestock Association doesn't have standing to challenge a state law that requires agricultural employers to give workers access to service providers, a state judge ruled, finding individual members of the group must take part in the proceeding.

  • May 14, 2024

    Healthcare Labor Activity Reaches Historic Healthcare Union

    Surging union activity in the healthcare industry has reached a new front: employees of the nation's largest healthcare union.

  • May 14, 2024

    Kraft Heinz Seeks To Ax Teamsters' Retiree Benefit Grievance

    Kraft Heinz asked a Delaware federal judge Tuesday to step in and stop a Teamsters unit's healthcare grievance from going to arbitration, saying the union must use the dispute resolution process outlined in the company healthcare plan, not the grievance and arbitration process outlined in the union contract.

  • May 14, 2024

    7th Circ. Seems Wary Of Jurisdiction Over Union Fund Misuse

    Two Seventh Circuit judges on Tuesday pressed the U.S. Department of Labor to address how much authority individual employers had as part of an allegedly mismanaged multiemployer benefit fund, saying the question is crucial to determine whether the agency properly won a federal court injunction.

  • May 14, 2024

    Calif. Grower Fights State's Farmworker Unionization Law

    Wonderful Nurseries LLC is challenging a California state statute that simplified the process for farmworkers like the agricultural company's own to unionize, arguing in a new lawsuit that it's unconstitutional to allow a union to represent workers without a secret-ballot election as long as a majority sign union cards.

  • May 14, 2024

    Mass. Pot Shop Ordered To Recognize Union, Rehire Workers

    A Massachusetts cannabis retailer found to have engaged in union busting must recognize and bargain with a United Food and Commercial Workers local and offer to rehire two fired union supporters, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

  • May 14, 2024

    Mexican Mine Labor Row Ruled Outside Trade Pact's Scope

    An international tribunal formed under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement declined to examine if workers at a Mexican mine were denied collective bargaining rights, finding that much of the 17-year dispute had already been decided under now-defunct labor laws.

  • May 14, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs UFCW Vote At Calif. Planned Parenthood

    A group of Planned Parenthood workers at six facilities in Southern California may vote on whether they want a United Food and Commercial Workers affiliate to represent them, a National Labor Relations Board regional director determined, tossing the reproductive health care provider's arguments for a larger bargaining unit.

  • May 13, 2024

    NLRB Official Lets SoCal Nurses Vote On SEIU Representation

    Twelve registered nurses at a Southern California hospital are free to vote on representation by a Service Employees International Union local later this month, a National Labor Relations Board official has held, rejecting the hospital's claim that the nurses are union-ineligible supervisors.

  • May 13, 2024

    Amazon Can't Duck Order To ID Workers For Union Election

    A New York federal judge ordered Amazon on Monday to immediately turn over workers' contact information to a monitor overseeing a vote to elect the Amazon Labor Union's first officers, rejecting the company's request that she reconsider a May 9 decision.

  • May 13, 2024

    Workers At New Jersey Apple Store Vote Down Union

    Workers at an Apple Store in New Jersey voted against being represented by the Communications Workers of America as the union accused the company of using an "anti-union playbook" to sink the unionization effort.

  • May 13, 2024

    Imaging Co. Flouted Deal By Not Rehiring Worker, NLRB Says

    A medical imaging facility in the Los Angeles area wrongly laid off a union-represented worker in 2019, promised to reinstate her and then never did, the National Labor Relations Board found, ordering the facility to rehire the worker after five years.

  • May 13, 2024

    Starbucks Cracked Down On Union Gear, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring workers at a New York store from wearing union shirts on the job, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, saying the company allowed workers to wear shirts with logos supporting other causes.

  • May 13, 2024

    Rail Worker Wage Case Won't Get High Court Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't intervene in a pending Massachusetts lawsuit against the operator of a freight rail line over whether its employees are covered by the state's Prevailing Wage Act, declining Monday to review the case.

  • May 10, 2024

    Starbucks Fired Worker Over Early Closure, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks unlawfully fired a worker who closed a store early in protest of staffing issues, a National Labor Relations Board judge held Friday, saying the action was a protected strike and that the worker did not lose the protection of federal labor law during heated conversations with managers.

  • May 10, 2024

    American Airlines Worker Fights To Keep OT Suit Alive

    An American Airlines employee is trying again on a claim that the company owes him overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, telling an Arizona federal judge Friday that the latest version of his complaint shows he's covered by the FLSA, not the Railway Labor Act. 

  • May 10, 2024

    Construction Co. Shakes Black Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    A Washington federal judge granted a win Friday to a construction company in a Black ex-worker's lawsuit, saying he failed to show he was forced to quit because he complained about his manager's racist comments and not because of the 18 safety warnings he received.

  • May 10, 2024

    Biz Faked Closure After Union Vote, NLRB Judge Says

    An Illinois sprinkler installer committed a barrage of labor violations around its workers' overwhelming vote to unionize in late 2022, including by withholding Christmas turkeys and firing 10 perceived union backers in a false shutdown, a National Labor Relations Board judge said.

  • May 10, 2024

    Deal Reported In Union Production Workers' Benefits Fight

    A settlement is likely coming in a proposed class action filed by Parsec Inc. employees against the National Production Workers Union in Illinois federal court, signaling an end to claims that the rail transportation company's withdrawal from a collective bargaining agreement should have triggered the payout of severance and retirement funds.

  • May 10, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears Police Officer's Bias Case

    This week, the Second Circuit is scheduled to consider a former Ramapo, New York, police officer's lawsuit claiming the town discriminated against her on the basis of her race and gender when it did not assign her a light duty assignment after she returned to the job from an injury. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • May 10, 2024

    Union Seeks To Force Kellanova To Arbitrate Wage Grievances

    The company formerly known as Kellogg Co. breached its union contract with a Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers local by refusing to take two long-running wage grievances to arbitration, the union told a Michigan federal court Friday.

  • May 10, 2024

    6th Circ. Backs NLRB In Union Rep. Discipline Case

    A tape manufacturer's decision to punish two Michigan employees for not adequately cleaning their work areas was motivated by animus toward their actions as a union steward and a union committee member, the Sixth Circuit found, upholding a National Labor Relations Board ruling.

  • May 10, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: 9th Circ. To Hear Ex-Chief's Free Speech Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for Ninth Circuit oral arguments in a former police chief's First Amendment case. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

Expert Analysis

  • Eye On Compliance: Joint Employment

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    Madonna Herman at Wilson Elser breaks down the key job conditions that led to a recent National Labor Relations Board finding of joint employment, and explains the similar standard established under California case law — providing a guide for companies that want to minimize liability when relying on temporary and contract workers.

  • How Unions Could Stem Possible Wave Of Calif. PAGA Claims

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    Should the California Supreme Court hold in Adolph v. Uber that the nonindividual portions of Private Attorneys General Act claims survive even after individual claims go to arbitration, employers and unions could both leverage the holding in Oswald v. Murray to stifle the resurgence in representative suits, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Tips For Defending Employee Plaintiff Depositions

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    A plaintiff cannot win their employment case through a good deposition, but they can certainly lose it with a bad one, so an attorney should take steps to make sure the plaintiff does as little damage as possible to their claim, says Preston Satchell at LexisNexis.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Whistleblowing Insights From 'Dahmer'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with DS Smith's Josh Burnette about how the show "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" provides an extreme example of the perils of ignoring repeat complaints — a lesson employers could apply in the whistleblower context.

  • Labor Trends To Watch In Warehousing And Distribution

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    Employers in the warehousing and distribution sector should prepare for major National Labor Relations Board updates this year that will likely increase their exposure to unfair labor practice charges and make it easier for workers to unionize, say Laura Pierson-Scheinberg and Lorien Schoenstedt at Jackson Lewis.

  • Musk Ruling A Lesson On Employer Statements About Unions

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    A recent Fifth Circuit decision in Tesla v. National Labor Relations Board found that Elon Musk's 2018 tweets threatened employees at the company amid a unionizing campaign, reminding employers that communicating public statements about union organizing should be rooted in facts, says Daniel Handman at Hirschfeld Kraemer.

  • Cannabis Labor Peace Laws Lay Fertile Ground For Unions

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    State legislatures are increasingly passing cannabis laws that encourage or even mandate labor peace agreements as a condition for licensure, and though open questions remain about the constitutionality of such statutes, unionization efforts are unlikely to slow down, says Peter Murphy at Saul Ewing.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Attendance Policies

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    Employee attendance problems are among the most common reasons for disciplinary action and discharge, which is why a clear policy neatly laid out in an employee handbook is necessary to articulate expectations for workers and support an employer's position should any attendance-related disputes arise, says Kara Shea at Butler Snow.

  • Religious Institution Unionization Risks Post-NLRB Decision

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    A recent National Labor Relations Board decision granted Saint Leo University religious exemption from the National Labor Relations Act, potentially setting a new standard for other religious educational institutions, which must identify unionization risks and create plans to address them, say Terry Potter and Quinn Stigers at Husch Blackwell.

  • Prepare Now To Comply With NJ Temp Worker Law

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    New Jersey temporary staffing firms and their clients must prepare now for the time-consuming compliance requirements created by the controversial new Temporary Laborers' Bill of Rights, or face steep penalties when the law's strict wage, benefit and record-keeping rules go live in May and August, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • Protecting Workplace Privacy In The New Age Of Social Media

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    The rise of platforms like TikTok and BeReal, that incentivize users to share workplace content, merits reminding employers that their social media policies should protect both company and employee private information, while accounting for enforceability issues, say Christina Wabiszewski and Kimberly Henrickson at Foley & Lardner.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Quiet Quitting Insights From 'Seinfeld'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Paradies Lagardere's Rebecca Silk about George Costanza's "quiet quitting" tendencies in "Seinfeld" and how such employees raise thorny productivity-monitoring issues for employers.

  • Garmon Defense Finds New Relevance As NLRB Stays Active

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    With a more muscular National Labor Relations Board at work, employers should recall that they have access to a powerful yet underutilized defense to state law employment and tort claims established under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in San Diego Building Trades Council v. Garmon, say Alex Meier and Cary Reid Burke at Seyfarth.

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