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Why does the NLRB defend sexist and racist behavior?

Recently a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit agreed to enforce part of a decision by the National Labor …

Column: Short-sighted NLRB rule could leave franchise owners...

We should be proud of the pace-setting achievements women are racking up in leadership and business, but we also should also take stock of obstacles …

NLRB Division of Advice Asserts Misclassification of Employees Itself Interferes with Section 7 Rights

In a General Counsel Advice Memorandum released in late August 2016, the NLRB Division of Advice found that employers who misclassify employees as …

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An Unprecedented Faculty Lockout

Long Island University told 400 professors and union members not to come back to work when the school year started.<p>Locking out a university’s faculty right before the start of classes seems like a drastic step, but that is just what Long Island University (LIU) did this weekend, when it barred all …

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NLRB Adjusts Standard For Approving Settlements

Law360, Los Angeles (September 2, 2016, 8:07 PM EDT) -- Administrative judges can’t approve labor settlements that don’t fully remedy the claims …

NLRB Treats Charter Schools as Private Corporations

[Source: Education News] A decision by the National Labor Relations Board in two separate cases last week stated that charter schools are not public …

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Are they students? Or are they employees? NLRB rules that graduate students are employees.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are school employees, clearing the way for them to join or form unions that administrators must recognize.<p>Debates about the role and rights of graduate …

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I Was Forced to Join a Union

This Labor Day the good news is that I have been appointed as an adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University. I’ll be teaching a …

For Research Assistants, NLRB Decision Marks a Big Win

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries<br>• Special …

4 more rules the NLRB says to cut from your handbooks now

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has struck again in the name of protecting employees’ speech rights. We’re smack in the middle of a vicious …

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NLRB official suspended for pro-union conflict of interest

The National Labor Relations Board suspended a top-ranking Philadelphia official after receiving complaints that he helped raise money from unions for his pro-union charity.<p>Dennis Walsh, the regional director for the agency’s fourth district, was suspended without pay for 30 days in December after …

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NLRB gives another boost to temps

<i>With help from Marianne LeVine and Cogan Schneier.</i><p><b>NLRB GIVES ANOTHER BOOST TO TEMPS:</b> Monday’s long-anticipated NLRB decision in <i>Miller & Anderson</i> will make it easier for unions to organize temporary workers alongside their permanent counterparts. The ruling overturned a George W. Bush-era decision,</i> …

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Federal Contractors Beware: NLRB Begins Reporting Under Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

On July 1, 2016, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board issued a memorandum (OM 16-23) stating that beginning with …

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NLRB Reverses Long-Standing Rule To Allow Inclusion of Regular Employees and Third Party Employees in Single Bargaining Unit

In a much anticipated decision, the NLRB reversed existing precedent on temporary employees, holding that permanent employees and temporary staffing …

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NLRB makes new law on permanent replacements

<i>With help from Cogan Schneier, Marianne LeVine and Patrick Temple-West.</i><p><b>NLRB MAKES NEW LAW ON PERMANENT REPLACEMENTS:</b> A divided NLRB on Tuesday made it easier for unions to challenge the use of permanent replacement workers during strikes, ruling that a California continuing care facility used …

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What Would a Merrick Garland Confirmation Mean for the Future of Gig Work?

The Supreme Court could have a major role to play in deciding whether workers can challenge their status as independent contractors.<p>Millions of dollars in wages and benefits turn on the question of who is an employee and not an independent contractor. Just how many millions are at stake became …

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NLRB Ruling In re T-Mobile USA - YOU CAN’T MAKE ME BE POSITIVE! | The National Law Review

NLRB Defends Attempt to Enroach on Tribal Sovereignty

On May 23, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that it has authority over labor practices at two Michigan …

NLRB is Protecting More Employees Making Derogatory Statements

48<p>5<p>16<p>More and more employers, union and non-union alike, are getting ensnared in efforts by the National Labor Relations Board to aggressively expand …

NLRB Finds An Ally: Seventh Circuit Invalidates an Arbitration Agreement’s Class and Collective Action Waiver

On May 26, 2016, the Seventh Circuit issued its decision in <i>Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation</i>, Case No. 15-2997, holding that an arbitration agreement …

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Appeals Court Faults NLRB for Downplaying Pro-Union Threats to Workers

The National Labor Relations Board “abused its discretion” by downplaying “pro-union” threats against workers at a nursing care company during a union organizing drive, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. In 2013, nursing aides at Pennsylvania nursing company ManorCare of Kingston voted to …

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IronTiger Logistics, Inc. v. NLRB, No. 15-1081 (D.C. Cir. 2016)

United States Court of Appeals FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT Argued April 4, 2016 Decided May 20, 2016 No. 15-1081 IRONTIGER LOGISTICS, INC., …

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NLRB Ruling In re T-Mobile USA - YOU CAN’T MAKE ME BE POSITIVE!

Apparently if you ask employees to maintain a positive workplace, you are acting unlawfully. At least, that’s the National Labor Relations Board’s …

Bargaining Update

Bargaining updates for Verizon, AT&T West, United Airlines and the <i>Hawaii Tribune-Herald</i>.

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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton Work to Mobilize Labor Supporters Ahead of New York Primary

NEW YORK —Campaigning in New York City in advance of the Empire State’s April 19 primary, Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and greeted striking workers and rolled out key union endorsements hoping to mobilize supporters in the organized labor movement. Mr. Sanders visiting a picket …

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Are Grad Students Employees? Labor Board To Again Weigh In

Graduate students at private universities are asking regulators to consider these questions: Are we employees, or not? Can we join a union?<p>The National Labor Relations Board recently decided to review its previous position, reigniting debate within the ivory tower.<p>For Paul Katz, who's three years …

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