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Labor Day 2017: A Look to the Past (Part One)

September 1, 2017 by

Labor Day traditionally is the time to reflect on the state of the American labor movement, and Labor Day 2017 brings an opportunity to mark the anniversaries of several events in American history instrumental to… Read More

You Say “Confer,” I Say “Consult.” Let’s Not Call the Whole Thing Off

March 17, 2017 by

The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act imposes on covered public employers an obligation both to “meet and confer” and to “consult” with recognized employee unions. Do the different words mean there are two different bargaining obligations? Not really… Read More

California Ready to Embark on Ambitious Employee Retirement Savings Program

October 17, 2016 by

Signed by the Governor on September 29, SB 1234 creates the new California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, an opt-out, 401(k)-type savings plan for almost all California private-sector employees not already eligible for a retirement… Read More

NLRB Rules CBA Expiration Bars Employers’ Discretionary, Unilateral Changes, No Matter What Past Practice Is

October 3, 2016 by

When a union contract expires, so too does the management rights clause contained in that contract. Unilateral changes an employer may make in working conditions and terms of employment during the contract pursuant to the… Read More

Expanding Income Inequality: More Evidence That We Need Unions Now More Than Ever

June 28, 2016 by

A new study by the Urban Institute has found that the upper middle class is at its largest and richest. The study defines upper middle class as a household of three earning between $100,000 and… Read More

Give Me a Break! Court Clears Up Confusion on When Rest Breaks Must Be Provided Employment

May 2, 2016 by

California’s rest-break rule requires employers to provide employees with a paid ten-minute rest period which “insofar as practicable” must be in the middle of each “work period.”  The rule specifies that one break must be… Read More

New DOL Rule Demands the Curtain Be Pulled Aside on Union Busting Consultants

April 6, 2016 by

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.  The great Oz has spoken,” the actor Frank Morgan thundered in the famous 1939 movie.  If you believe in what an outside expert drafted for you… Read More

NLRB Bars Blanket Workplace Recording Bans

March 23, 2016 by

The UFCW scored a victory for Whole Foods Market employees who complained about a company rule prohibiting the recording of all workplace conversations.  The UFCW challenged the rule in an unfair labor practice charge filed… Read More

Big Victory for Misclassified Port Drivers

March 14, 2016 by

The Teamsters have struck a major victory in their campaign to organize port drivers.  The California Labor Commissioner’s office has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to compensate 38 employee drivers who were misclassified as independent contractors. … Read More

DC Circuit Approves NLRB Decision Striking Down Handbook Rules

December 30, 2015 by

The NLRB in recent years has aggressively reviewed employee handbook rules to determine whether the rules unlawfully interfere with employee rights to act collectively about their working conditions and to form and join unions.  If… Read More