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New Law Mandates Union Access to New Employee Orientation In Public Sector

July 3, 2017 by

AB 119 AB 119 (codified at California Government Code §§ 3555-3559) requires California’s public employers to provide unions mandatory access to new bargaining unit employees at orientation. It also requires the prompt provision of contact… Read More

Student Teaching and Research Assistants Unite!

September 1, 2016 by

The NLRB on August 23 issued a ruling that private university students who work as teaching or research assistants and who meet the common-law definition of “employee” are no longer excluded from coverage under the… Read More

Court OK’s Single-Issue MMBA Factfinding

April 4, 2016 by

A California Court of Appeal has rejected employer challenges to Meyers-Milias-Brown Act factfinding.  AB 646 enables a union to require an employer to participate in advisory factfinding before an employer can unilaterally impose its last,… Read More

Auto Dealer Cannot Apply FLSA’s Auto-Dealer Exemption to Service Advisers

March 30, 2015 by

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s requirement that employers pay overtime pay for all hours worked over 40 in a week is riddled with exceptions.  One of these is for any “salesman, partsman, or mechanic… Read More

NLRB Improves Arbitration Deferral Standard

February 10, 2015 by

The NLRB for many years has placed on hold union and employee unfair labor practice (ULP) charges filed during the term of a collective bargaining agreement, and instead deferred the charge to the parties’ contractual… Read More

NLRB Recognizes Times Have Changed: Employees May Use Employer’s Email for Union Talk

December 15, 2014 by

The NLRB has ruled that employers may not prohibit employees from using company email systems to engage in union communications during nonworking time.  In Purple Communications Inc., issued December 11, 2014, the Board held that… Read More

NLRB Issues Final Rule to Modernize and Streamline Election Procedures


New election rules just adopted by the National Labor Relations Board should expedite union elections and limit employer delaying tactics in the NLRB election process, thus expediting union organizing efforts. The new election rules take… Read More

California Supreme Court Affirms Right of Limited Backpay for Undocumented Workers

July 7, 2014 by

Undocumented workers and immigration reform have been a hot political topic of late. As an employment law firm actively engaged in advocacy for individuals and unions we at Beeson, Tayer and Bodine (BT&B) were encouraged… Read More

Supremes Strike Down Illinois’ “Fair Share” Law for Homecare Workers; Leave for Another Day Public Sector Fair Share Fees in General

June 30, 2014 by

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today struck down an Illinois law permitting a union representing homecare workers to negotiate into a collective bargaining agreement with the State an agency-fee or “fair share” provision… Read More

CBA’s Nondiscrimination Clause Does Not Waive Employee’s Right to Sue for Discrimination

November 19, 2013 by

The U.S. Supreme Court several years ago in 14 Penn Plaza v. Pyett ruled that employees covered by a union contract are prohibited from bringing statutory discrimination claims against their employer only where the union… Read More