Labor

  • April 23, 2024

    NLRB Defends Bargaining Order Shift At 9th Circ.

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a decision in which it lessened the standard for issuing bargaining orders against employers who commit labor law violations in response to organizing, saying the revised approach will better deter unfair labor practices.

  • April 23, 2024

    Apple Settles Labor Fight Over COVID-19 Policy At Okla. Store

    An Apple Store in Oklahoma City has agreed to restore the sick time of workers who took off for COVID-19 since last August, pursuant to a recently announced settlement of an unfair labor practice charge filed by the workers' union.

  • April 23, 2024

    Shell Liable For Meme Poster's Back Pay, Energy Co. Says

    The successor owner of Washington state refinery argued the company isn't responsible for a back pay award to a worker fired after posting a meme, saying the previous owner, Shell, is liable for the payments in a United Steelworkers grievance and arbitration dispute.

  • April 23, 2024

    Seattle-Area Ski Instructors Greenlit For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has cleared instructors at a ski resort in the Seattle area to vote on union representation during the next ski season.

  • April 23, 2024

    King & Spalding Adds Kirkland Employment Partner In DC

    King & Spalding LLP is boosting its global employment practice with the addition of a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner who will be part of her new firm's Washington, D.C., office.

  • April 22, 2024

    USW Says EPA Asbestos Ban Doesn't Protect Workers Enough

    The United Steelworkers and the nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization called on the D.C. Circuit to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent ban on the most prevalent variety of asbestos, with the union arguing the ban falls short by failing to provide certain interim protections.

  • April 22, 2024

    NLRB Says 3rd Circ. Must Back Solo Action Precedent Shift

    The National Labor Relations Board called on the Third Circuit on Monday to enforce an agency precedent shift over federal labor law protections for a single worker's actions on the job, arguing historical practice backs the board's analysis of concerted activity.

  • April 22, 2024

    What to Expect As Justices Mull NLRB Injunction Standard

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could make it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to get rare injunctions to stop labor violations from trampling workers’ rights. Here, Law360 previews the arguments in Starbucks’ bid to unify the test the courts use to vet NLRB injunctions.

  • April 22, 2024

    Unions Can Refile Tossed ERISA Suit Against Anthem BCBS

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday threw out a suit against insurers Elevance Health Inc., Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and many of their subsidiaries, but said the trustees of two union health plans who claimed the companies were overpaying administrative and medical costs can try again.

  • April 22, 2024

    NYC Hotel Seeks Order Ending Union's 'Indefinite' Agreements

    A Hyatt hotel near Wall Street urged a New York federal judge to find that certain agreements with "indefinite" terms between a hotel workers union and a previous operator of the hotel can't be enforced, saying those accords aren't part of labor contracts with a hotel association.

  • April 22, 2024

    Nuclear Plant Says Union Health Benefits Fight Not Arbitrable

    A Pennsylvania federal judge should dismiss a union's attempt to force a benefits fight with a nuclear power plant operator into arbitration, the operator argued Monday, saying the dispute isn't arbitrable under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • April 22, 2024

    Mich. Top Court Strikes Down Public Union Fee Policies

    The Michigan Supreme Court said Monday a public-sector union cannot charge nonmembers a fee to receive union support in filing a grievance, ruling that doing so violates the organization's duty to fairly represent all employees when the union is the sole representative for workers.

  • April 22, 2024

    NJ Mall Cleaning Co. Unlawfully Fired Workers, NLRB Says

    A New Jersey mall cleaning company violated federal labor law by firing two workers after they met with union organizers, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled, upholding an agency judge's decision.

  • April 22, 2024

    SpaceX Fights NLRB's Structure Again Over Agency Suit

    SpaceX mounted another challenge to the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Board's structure in Texas federal court, telling the judge to stop administrative proceedings over an unfair labor practice complaint alleging the company's severance agreement is unlawful.

  • April 19, 2024

    UAW Wins Key Election At Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant

    Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, overwhelmingly voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, giving the union its first victory in its campaign to organize nonunion automakers in the United States.

  • April 19, 2024

    AFL-CIO Can't Lift Pause On Its NLRB Election Rule Suit

    A D.C. federal judge maintained a pause on the AFL-CIO's challenge to a 2020 National Labor Relations Board rule governing representation elections, saying the proceeding would be halted until the board deals with a proposed rollback to the regulation.

  • April 19, 2024

    Calif. Union Plan Pays $2.5M To End Early Retirement Suit

    A pension plan for union-represented Northern California metalworkers, the plan administrator and a law firm will pay roughly $2.5 million to end a proposed class action alleging about 30 early retirees weren't given the full benefits they were promised, according to paperwork filed Friday in California federal court.

  • April 19, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Abortions & Presidential Immunity

    The U.S. Supreme Court will return Monday for the term's final week of oral arguments, during which it will consider several high-stakes disputes, including whether a federal healthcare law can preempt state abortion bans and whether former President Donald Trump is entitled to immunity from criminal charges related to official acts.

  • April 19, 2024

    Creditor Committee Backs Yellow In Pension Fund Fight

    The official committee of unsecured creditors in Yellow Corp.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy has largely backed an objection from the debtor to several pension plans' claims for retirement-fund withdrawal liability, while saying it hopes the issues can be resolved quickly to reduce costs.

  • April 19, 2024

    Members Say UFCW Delegate System Violates Federal Law

    The United Food and Commercial Workers constitution's method for selecting delegates to its national convention unlawfully dilutes the voting power of members of larger locals while also limiting options for those belonging to smaller locals, members claim in a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Notre Dame Illegally Classified College Athletes, Group Claims

    The University of Notre Dame violated federal labor law through its classification of college athletes as student-athletes, a college basketball players advocacy group alleged in an unfair labor practice charge obtained by Law360 on Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Franchise Operator On Pitfalls Of Calif.'s Fast-Food Min. Wage

    Rich Reinis, a member of California's newly formed Fast Food Council, said he wants to keep fast food affordable, especially as industry workers now earn a $20 minimum wage. Here, Law360 speaks with Reinis about the council’s future.

  • April 19, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers School District Race Bias Suit

    This week a New York federal judge will consider a school district's bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Black former technology specialist who claims he was fired after facing discrimination on the job based on his race. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • April 19, 2024

    NLRB Official Tosses Union Ouster Petition Over ULP Case

    A National Labor Relations Board official has dismissed a petition to decertify the United Steelworkers as the bargaining representative of workers at an Oregon industrial equipment manufacturer, saying pending unfair labor practice allegations against the company bar a decertification election until they're resolved.

  • April 19, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Hilton Seeks To Undo Tips Class

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for a potential ruling on whether a class of hotel banquet event workers can continue together with wage claims against San Francisco Hilton Inc., in a long-running case that paid a visit to the Ninth Circuit. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Discipline Lessons In DC Circ. Vulgar Protest Ruling

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Constellium Rolled Products v. NLRB — that a worker was improperly fired for using profanity while protesting company policy — highlights confusion surrounding worker protections for concerted activity and the high bar for employers to prove discipline is unrelated to such activity, say John Hargrove and Anne Yuengert at Bradley Arant.

  • NLRB Reversal On Union Apparel Is A Warning For Employers

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent reversal of Trump-era case law in its Tesla ruling significantly limits when employers may restrict union insignia on clothing in the workplace and provides multiple cautionary takeaways for employers, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Proposed NLRB Rule Would Vastly Expand Joint Employment

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recently proposed rule for determining when joint employment exists would replace a 2020 standard with expansive new definitions, including the problematic addition of workplace health and safety as an essential term and condition, says Todd Lebowitz at BakerHostetler.

  • Key Takeaways From Calif.'s Sweeping Fast-Food Wage Law

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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a controversial wage bill that will have a major impact on fast-food employers and employees, will likely shape how the state regulates other industries in the future, and represents a radical step toward sectoral bargaining, says Pooja Nair at Ervin Cohen.

  • Prepare For NLRB Collaboration With Antitrust Agencies

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    The National Labor Relations Board's recent agreements with the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice may herald increased interagency engagement on noncompete and no-poach issues, so companies that face scrutiny from one agency may well quickly be in the crosshairs of another, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • Watson Discipline Case Shows NFL's Power In Labor Disputes

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    While the six-game suspension a disciplinary officer recently ordered against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson aligns with labor law standards, the NFL has authority to increase the punishment with little to no recourse for Watson or the NFL Players Association — thanks to the 2016 “Deflategate” case, says Michael Elkins at MLE Law.

  • Why Gig Platforms Should Be On Alert

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    The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general have set their sights on the gig economy and practices they view as deceptive and unfair, which will open gig platforms to more scrutiny — and past cases against gig-economy giants including Uber and Instacart are cautionary tales to keep in mind, say attorneys at Venable.

  • What New Captive Audience Law Means For Conn. Employers

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    Given a new Connecticut law that allows employees to opt out of captive audience meetings where employers share religious or political opinions, companies will need to address the liability risks posed by this substantial expansion of employee free speech rights, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • More Employment Regs May See 'Major Questions' Challenges

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent use of the major questions doctrine to strike down regulation has already been cited in lower court cases challenging U.S. Department of Labor authority to implement wage and hour changes, and could provide a potent tool to litigants seeking to restrain federal workplace and labor regulations, say Jeffrey Brecher and Courtney Malveaux at Jackson Lewis.

  • Wage Theft Bill Would Increase Risk, Severity Of FLSA Claims

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    A recently introduced bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act in extreme ways that go well beyond the commonsense idea that people should be paid the wages they have earned, thereby sharply increasing the threat of claims against employers, with implications for arbitration, collective bargaining and more, say Christopher Pardo and Beth Sherwood at Hunton.

  • 4 Labor Relations Lessons From Soccer League CBA

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    As a resurgent labor movement prompts employers to consider how to respond to unionization efforts, the first collective bargaining agreement between the National Women's Soccer League and the union representing its players provides important insights, says Chris Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Shows Limits Of Regulating Employer Speech

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    It is clear that the current National Labor Relations Board wants to regulate employer speech more strictly in the context of union organizing campaigns, but the courts may not be ready to allow that expansion, as demonstrated by the Third Circuit's recent First Amendment decision in FDRLST Media v. NLRB, says Daniel Johns at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Memo Shows NLRB's Pro-Union Property Access Agenda

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    A recent memo from the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Advice recommended overturning two 2019 decisions that limited union access to public worksites, which could give unions an important advantage in the current wave of retail and health care organizing, say Alek Felstiner and Natalie Grieco at Levy Ratner.

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