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Labor Law (Private Sector)

Court Strikes Down Class Action Arbitration Waivers

June 1, 2016 by

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26 issued a watershed decision banning mandatory employment arbitration agreements that bar employees from bringing class-action claims.  (Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp.)  The court’s decision aligns it… Read More

Can You Tell the Difference Between Protected & Unprotected Activity?

April 13, 2016 by

Unions and their advocates have been fighting nationwide for paid sick leave, with California implementing a new leave law in 2014.  In Minnesota, there is no paid sick leave law – yet – but one group of… 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

“A crisis from which we bleed” –Martin Luther King, labor and wealth inequality

January 18, 2016 by

Throughout his life Dr. King recognized the dangers of economic inequality, both because its sting is disproportionately felt by African-Americans and as a barrier to democratic participation.  Dr. King was as concerned with wealth inequality… 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

Court Affirms NLRB’s Protection of Employee Facebook Postings Slamming Employer

October 28, 2015 by

A federal court of appeal has affirmed an NLRB decision that held that an employee’s complaints about the workplace posted to social media could constitute protected action under Section 7 of the NLRA, even if… Read More

Unions Are Good For Kids!

October 21, 2015 by

Intergenerational income mobility is relatively low in the U.S.  For example, a U.S. child born in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution has a 7.5 percent probability of reaching the top 20 percent… Read More

NLRB Punts in Northwestern University Football Case, Drops Ball

September 21, 2015 by

After much anticipation, the NLRB has issued a decision in its review of a directed union representation election among Northwestern University football players.  The Case is Northwest University (College Athletes Players Association) 362 NLRB 167… Read More

Browning Ferris Industries: What Does It Mean and What Now?

September 9, 2015 by

By now you will have read about the NLRB’s Browning Ferris (BFI) decision, which restates the “joint employment” standard under the National Labor Relations Act.  The decision has been described as a “game changer” and… Read More