Labor

  • July 11, 2024

    NLRB's Lone Republican Balks At Starbucks Decert. Dismissal

    A split National Labor Relations Board panel on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a Starbucks worker's bid to oust the union at a Portland, Oregon, cafe, drawing a dissent from the board's lone Republican appointee, who thought the decertification election should happen despite pending unfair labor practice claims.

  • July 11, 2024

    Vidal Says USPTO Has Improved Patent, TM Application Speed

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday said it has been able to cut down lags in reviewing patent and trademark applications through increased hiring, better pay for patent examiners and improving technology.

  • July 11, 2024

    Cigna Objects To Ch. 11 Nursing Home Asset Sale Proposal

    Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. asked a Pennsylvania bankruptcy judge to reject a sale process proposed by some of the debtors in a Pittsburgh-area nursing home network's consolidated Chapter 11 case, saying it gave the debtors too much leeway to change what contracts they will maintain.

  • July 11, 2024

    Distributor's Drivers Kept From Proposed Warehouse Unit

    A National Labor Relations Board official has greenlit over two dozen warehouse employees of an Oklahoma food distributor to vote on union representation by a Laborers local, rejecting the company's bid to expand the voting pool to include employees who work outside the warehouse.

  • July 11, 2024

    Staffing Claim Against Kaiser Will Go To Trial, Judge Says

    A United Food and Commercial Workers local can continue litigating its claim that Kaiser Permanente affiliates violated provisions in labor contracts guaranteeing adequate staffing, a Colorado federal judge ruled, saying there are outstanding issues to be resolved at trial.

  • July 11, 2024

    3rd Circ. Greenlights FLSA Claims For NCAA Athletes

    Amateurism can't shield the NCAA from student-athletes' Fair Labor Standards Act claims, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday, laying out a test to sort out whether athletes can be considered employees under the federal statute.

  • July 11, 2024

    Former Union Attorney Confirmed To Fed. Labor Panel

    The U.S. Senate confirmed an attorney with years of experience in the federal government and a federal employees union to a seat on the Federal Labor Relations Authority, returning the agency to a full slate of members after a yearlong vacancy.

  • July 11, 2024

    Oregon Hospice Workers Can Vote On Joining Existing Union

    A group of Oregon home healthcare and hospice workers may vote on representation by a union that already represents their co-workers, provided that the so-called professional employees in the bargaining unit also vote yes on them joining, a National Labor Relations Board official has said.

  • July 11, 2024

    Biden Taps Cohen Weiss Atty As PBGC Director

    President Joe Biden on Thursday tapped an attorney who most recently served as of counsel at Cohen Weiss & Simon LLP to head the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Union Leader Gets 6 Years For Bribery, Embezzlement

    John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, the former business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 in Philadelphia, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison after being convicted of bribing a city councilman and stealing over $500,000 from the union.

  • July 11, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs Toss Of $427K Arbitration Liability Award

    The Third Circuit upheld a lower court's nix of an arbitration award of more than $427,000 against a painting company over a union pension fund's withdrawal liability claims, determining Thursday that the fund waited too long to request payment under federal benefits law.

  • July 11, 2024

    Biden Floats $2B To Drive US Auto Industry's EV Pivot

    The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled its latest initiative to bolster domestic automotive production by offering nearly $2 billion in grants to convert 11 auto manufacturing and assembly facilities that have been shuttered or are at risk of closing to build electric vehicles and related components.

  • July 10, 2024

    X Coder Fired For Tweet Not Protected, NLRB Judge Says

    A software engineer terminated by Twitter, now known as X Corp., was a supervisor when she tweeted that workers should let Elon Musk fire them for working remotely and thus can't challenge her termination as an employee, a National Labor Relations Board judge found on Tuesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    ​GOP Bombards Agencies With Demands After Chevron's End

    Republican leaders of major congressional committees Wednesday demanded details from dozens of agencies on policies suddenly shrouded in uncertainty after U.S. Supreme Court conservatives overturned the so-called Chevron doctrine, which for 40 years gave regulators flexibility in rulemaking and advantages in related litigation.

  • July 10, 2024

    Carmaker's Discovery Request Narrowed In NLRB Dispute

    An Arizona federal judge cleared an electric car manufacturer to move forward with the discovery process in an injunction dispute with the National Labor Relations Board, holding that the company can request some but not all of its workers' communications with union representatives.

  • July 10, 2024

    Starbucks Questions NLRB Constitutionality After ALJ Ruling

    Starbucks fought an agency judge's ruling over the termination of a union supporter in Michigan with claims that the National Labor Relations Board's structure violates the U.S. Constitution, challenging removal protections for board members and administrative law judges.

  • July 10, 2024

    Teamsters Lose 3rd Circ. Fight Over Belated Wage Grievance

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday issued a rare opinion declining to enforce a union's arbitration win, saying a Teamsters unit waited too long to challenge a cemetery operator's read of their new contract's raise language.

  • July 10, 2024

    Pittsburgh Paper Bargained In Bad Faith, NLRB Judge Says

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette violated federal labor law by pursuing proposals in contract negotiations that would tread on its advertising department workers' rights, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, issuing a bargaining order against the newspaper.

  • July 10, 2024

    NLRB Outburst Order Violated Due Process, 5th Circ. Says

    The National Labor Relations Board must reconsider its decision changing the analysis of whether worker outbursts are protected under federal labor law, the Fifth Circuit ruled, finding the board violated a company's due process rights by not hearing its arguments prior to the precedent shift.

  • July 10, 2024

    Bankruptcy Filing Halts Dueling Unions' Defamation Dispute

    One of two security and law enforcement unions embroiled in defamation suits in Michigan federal court has informed the court that it has filed for bankruptcy in Pennsylvania, pausing the claims against it a week before trial.

  • July 10, 2024

    Keurig Dr. Pepper Sent Mass Anti-Union Texts, Workers Say

    Keurig Dr. Pepper has been accused in Illinois state court of sending mass anti-union text messages to the personal cellphone numbers of its factory workers, in violation of their privacy.

  • July 10, 2024

    $6B Yellow Corp. Pension Fund Fight Set For August Hearing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Wednesday he would schedule a hearing in August to resolve competing motions for summary judgment on Yellow Corp.'s objection to several pension plans' claims for more than $6 billion in retirement-fund withdrawal liability.

  • July 09, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Revive Pilots' COVID Vax Preemption Fight

    The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a putative class action by Kalitta Air pilots who were fired over their refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine, finding that the Railway Labor Act precludes the court from hearing their failure-to-accommodate and disability discrimination claims, which must be resolved through arbitration instead.

  • July 09, 2024

    Trader Joe's Fired Worker For Raising Complaints, NLRB Says

    The National Labor Relations Board ordered Trader Joe's on Tuesday to rehire a worker who was fired after raising concerns about COVID-19 safety, benefits and other issues, affirming a judge's ruling that the company acted to rid itself of a "squeaky wheel" and not because co-workers complained about her.

  • July 09, 2024

    Calif. Tribe Wants Nix Of Casino Card Check Arbitration Award

    An arbitration award that required a California tribe to comply with a union authorization card check process at a casino should be nixed, the tribe has told a federal judge, arguing a tribal ordinance mapping out a procedure for a secret ballot election must be followed instead.

Expert Analysis

  • After Chevron: Various Paths For Labor And Employment Law

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    Labor and employment law leans heavily on federal agency guidance, so the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to toss out Chevron deference will ripple through this area, with future workplace policies possibly taking shape through strategic litigation, informal guidance, state-level regulation and more, says Alexander MacDonald at Littler.

  • Eye On Compliance: A Brief History Of Joint Employer Rules

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    It's important to examine the journey of the joint employer rule, because if the National Labor Relations Board's Fifth Circuit appeal is successful and the 2023 version is made law, virtually every employer who contracts for labor likely could be deemed a joint employer, say Bruno Katz and Robert Curtis at Wilson Elser.

  • Top 5 Issues For Employers To Audit Midyear

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    Six months into 2024, developments from federal courts and regulatory agencies should prompt employers to reflect on their progress regarding artificial intelligence, noncompetes, diversity initiatives, religious accommodation and more, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Crafting An Effective Workplace AI Policy After DOL Guidance

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    Employers should take proactive steps to minimize their liability risk after the U.S. Department of Labor released artificial intelligence guidance principles on May 16, reflecting the reality that companies must begin putting into place policies that will dictate their expectations for how employees will use AI, say David Disler and Courtnie Bolden at ​​​​​​​Porzio Bromberg.

  • Politics In The Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

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    As the 2024 election approaches and protests continue across the country, employers should be aware of employees' rights — and limits on those rights — related to political speech and activities in the workplace, and be prepared to act proactively to prevent issues before they arise, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Cos. Must Stay On Alert With Joint Employer Rule In Flux

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    While employers may breathe a sigh of relief at recent events blocking the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule that would make it easier for two entities to be deemed joint employers, the rule is not yet dead, say attorneys at ​​​​​​​Day Pitney.

  • One Contract Fix Can Reduce Employer Lawsuit Exposure

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    A recent Fifth Circuit ruling that saved FedEx over $365 million highlights how a one-sentence limitation provision on an employment application or in an at-will employment agreement may be the easiest cost-savings measure for employers against legal claims, say Sara O'Keefe and William Wortel at BCLP.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Sick Leave Insights From 'Parks And Rec'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper spoke with Lisa Whittaker at the J.M. Smucker Co. about how to effectively manage sick leave policies to ensure legal compliance and fairness to all employees, in a discussion inspired by a "Parks and Recreation" episode.

  • 3 Employer Lessons From NLRB's Complaint Against SpaceX

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    Severance agreements traditionally have included nondisparagement and nondisclosure provisions as a matter of course — but a recent National Labor Relations Board complaint against SpaceX underscores the ongoing efforts to narrow severance agreements at the state and federal levels, say attorneys at Williams & Connolly.

  • Time For Congress To Let Qualified Older Pilots Keep Flying

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    While a previous Law360 guest article affirmed the current law requiring airline pilots to retire at age 65, the facts suggest that the pilots, their unions, the airlines and the flying public will all benefit if Congress allows experienced, medically qualified aviators to stay in the cockpit, say Allen Baker and Bo Ellis at Let Experienced Pilots Fly.

  • Game-Changing Decisions Call For New Rules At The NCAA

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    From a newly formed college players union to coaches transferring at the drop of a hat, the National College Athletic Association needs an overhaul, including federal supervision, says Frank Darras at DarrasLaw.

  • What Makes Unionization In Financial Services Unique

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    Only around 1% of financial services employees are part of a union, but that number is on the rise, presenting both unique opportunities and challenges for the employers and employees that make up a sector typically devoid of union activity, say Amanda Fugazy and Steven Nevolis at Ellenoff Grossman.

  • Assessing Work Rules After NLRB Handbook Ruling

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    The National Labor Relations Board's Stericycle decision last year sparked uncertainty surrounding whether historically acceptable work rules remain lawful — but employers can use a two-step analysis to assess whether to implement a given rule and how to do so in a compliant manner, say attorneys at Seyfarth.