Labor

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Order Can't Stop Other Subpoenas, Starbucks Says

    A recent Second Circuit order concerning a discovery order for Starbucks and Workers United doesn't apply to a subpoena dispute with the union before an Illinois federal judge, Starbucks argued, saying the appeals court's opinion dealt with "very different subpoena instructions and requests."

  • June 03, 2024

    4 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In May

    Massachusetts state court judges rejected a law firm's effort to fight malpractice claims by pointing the finger at a Rhode Island judge, and ruled that an online booking platform can boot the owner of Bali vacation villas from its site, among other under-the-radar decisions handed down in May.

  • June 03, 2024

    Minn. Biz Groups Fight Ban On Required Anti-Union Meetings

    A Minnesota company and two business groups are challenging the state's nearly year-old ban on so-called captive audience meetings, saying Minnesota can't exempt workers from sitting through mandatory meetings about their employers' views on unionization without violating the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 03, 2024

    Starbucks' 'Middleman' Remark Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law at a California cafe when a store manager told a worker she could lose benefits and compared the union to a "middleman," a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the manager's statements weren't protected speech.

  • June 03, 2024

    NLRB Says Electrical Contractor Must Honor Union Contract

    An electrical contractor in western New York violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to properly pay its union electricians or contribute to union-run fringe benefit funds, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, granting a board prosecutor's motion for default judgment.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labaton Keller Opens 1st Office Outside US In London

    Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP said Monday it has opened its first office outside the U.S. in London, as the firm looks to expand its services to the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Mexico Reach Truce On Steel Factory Labor Violations

    A steel manufacturer in Mexico has agreed to pay a monetary settlement to workers it dismissed in retaliation for their union organizing activity after the United States asked the Mexican government to review the matter, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

  • May 31, 2024

    Starbucks, Workers United Secure Tentative Accords In Talks

    Starbucks and Workers United said Friday that collective bargaining talks have resulted in tentative agreements related to just cause, union representation and transparency between the parties, marking another step toward a first labor contract for the coffee chain and union.

  • May 31, 2024

    Texas Justices Won't Review Boeing, Union Back Pay Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District permitting the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association to continue its attempt to recover lost wages from Boeing after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded its 737 Max plane in 2019. 

  • May 31, 2024

    DOL's Fund Mismanagement Suit Stayed For 7th Circ. Appeal

    An Illinois federal judge pressed pause on a suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against the trustees of a union life insurance fund, saying she'll let two former trustees' appeal of an injunction she issued in the case play out before she resumes adjudicating.

  • May 31, 2024

    CWA, Microsoft Reach Neutrality Deal Over ZeniMax Workers

    The Communications Workers of America and Microsoft notched a neutrality pact that applies to all ZeniMax workers, according to an announcement from the union, with the company agreeing not to interfere if employees want to unionize. 

  • May 31, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions In June Bias Lawyers Should Know

    A group of Republican state attorneys general will urge a federal judge Monday to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to block regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Fifth Circuit will hear Southwest Airlines’ push to overturn an anti-abortion former flight attendant's win in her religious bias suit. ​​​​​Here are four June argument sessions discrimination lawyers should have on their radar. 

  • May 31, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers IATSE Movie Pay Dispute

    This week, a New York federal judge will hear arguments over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' attempt to force a film production company to make wage and benefits payments the union claims it has not made as required under an arbitration award.

  • May 31, 2024

    Split NH High Court Says Cops Must Pay Back Sick Leave

    An updated version of a City of Manchester ordinance requires four police officers to pay the city back for the sick leave benefits they received while their compensation claims for on-the-job injuries were pending, a split New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled.

  • May 31, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Doughnut Chain's Challenge To Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has upheld a Portland, Oregon, doughnut shop chain's challenges to two votes that swung a representation election in a union's favor, saying the workers were not on payroll at the time they cast their ballots.

  • May 31, 2024

    DC Circ. Judge Ponders NLRB Jurisdiction Over 'Criminal' Biz

    The D.C. Circuit determined that the National Labor Relations Board lacked enough evidence to find a cannabis company illegally fired a pro-union employee, with one judge questioning the board's jurisdiction over a "criminal enterprise."

  • May 31, 2024

    Transit Co. Wrong To Snub Union In Dallas, NLRB Judge Says

    A company that took over providing certain public transit services in the Dallas area unlawfully refused to work with a union that represented the majority of its drivers, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, deeming the company a successor to the workers' previous employer.

  • May 31, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: State Justices To Hear 'Sovereignty' Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for oral arguments at the California Supreme Court regarding whether all public entities are exempt from certain state labor law wage requirements. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • May 31, 2024

    IBEW Exits Fired Utility Worker's Sexual Harassment Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge cut the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers loose from a fired employee's suit claiming her union stood by while her supervisor sexually harassed her, rejecting arguments from the Memphis utility she worked for that it was unfair to let the IBEW out of the case.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chamber Backs Home Depot In BLM Slogan Row At 8th Circ.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Home Depot's challenge of a National Labor Relations Board decision finding the retailer illegally told a worker to remove a Black Lives Matter slogan on their apron, telling the Eighth Circuit that the board hadn't shown a connection between individual and group actions.

  • May 30, 2024

    Lawmakers Urge NLRB To Investigate Claims Against Google

    A group of nearly 50 lawmakers asked the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to quickly investigate unfair labor practice allegations against Google and its contractor Cognizant, saying the outcome of these cases could "set important precedent" for workers and companies.

  • May 30, 2024

    NLRB Judge Hits Nursing Homes For Bad Faith Bargaining

    The operators of six Connecticut nursing homes bargained in bad faith with a Service Employees International Union local and refused to rehire workers who went on strike to protest their unlawful implementation of a contract, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled in a case that stretches back more than 12 years.

  • May 30, 2024

    Teamsters Urge Court To Keep Airline Retaliation Suit Alive

    The Teamsters have asked a Minnesota federal judge to preserve their allegations that Sun Country Airlines retaliated against workers for participating in a union drive, saying the judge should toss the company's bid to dismiss the suit.

  • May 30, 2024

    NLRB Says Member Conflict Rightly Doomed Exxon Mobil Win

    The National Labor Relations Board has asked the Fifth Circuit to preserve a board holding that Exxon Mobil refused to bargain with a union, defending its decision to nix the oil giant's initial victory in the case after discovering that a board member had invested in a fund containing Exxon stock.

Expert Analysis

  • Protecting Workplace Privacy In The New Age Of Social Media

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    The rise of platforms like TikTok and BeReal, that incentivize users to share workplace content, merits reminding employers that their social media policies should protect both company and employee private information, while accounting for enforceability issues, say Christina Wabiszewski and Kimberly Henrickson at Foley & Lardner.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Quiet Quitting Insights From 'Seinfeld'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Paradies Lagardere's Rebecca Silk about George Costanza's "quiet quitting" tendencies in "Seinfeld" and how such employees raise thorny productivity-monitoring issues for employers.

  • Garmon Defense Finds New Relevance As NLRB Stays Active

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    With a more muscular National Labor Relations Board at work, employers should recall that they have access to a powerful yet underutilized defense to state law employment and tort claims established under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in San Diego Building Trades Council v. Garmon, say Alex Meier and Cary Reid Burke at Seyfarth.

  • Eye On Compliance: Cross-State Noncompete Agreements

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent proposal to limit the application of worker noncompete agreements is a timely reminder for prudent employers to reexamine their current policies and practices around such covenants — especially businesses with operational footprints spanning more than one state, says Jeremy Stephenson at Wilson Elser.

  • Conducting Employee Investigations That Hold Up In Court

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    A recent Maryland federal court decision, which held that Elite Protective Services failed to provide a worker under internal investigation with protections required by his collective bargaining agreement, highlights important steps employers should take to ensure the conclusions of internal reviews will withstand judicial scrutiny, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Memo Shows NLRB Intends To Protect Race Talk At Work

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    A newly released memo from the National Labor Relations Board advising that discussions of racism at work count as protected concerted activity should alert employers that worker retaliation claims may now face serious scrutiny not only from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also the NLRB, says Mark Fijman at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Cannabis Co. Considerations For Handling A Union Campaign

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    As employees in Connecticut and across the country increasingly unionize, cannabis employers must understand the meaning of neutrality and the provisions of labor peace agreements to steer clear of possible unfair labor charges, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Handling Severance Pact Language After NLRB Decision

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    Following the National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that severance agreements with broad confidentiality or nondisparagement provisions violate federal labor law, employers may want to consider whether such terms must be stripped from agreements altogether, or if there may be a middle-ground approach, says Daniel Pasternak at Squire Patton.

  • Eye On Compliance: Service Animal Accommodations

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    A Michigan federal court's recent ruling in Bennett v. Hurley Medical Center provides guidance on when employee service animals must be permitted in the workplace — a question otherwise lacking clarity under the Americans with Disabilities Act that has emerged as people return to the office post-pandemic, says Lauren Stadler at Wilson Elser.

  • Joint Employment Mediation Sessions Are Worth The Work

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    Despite the recent trend away from joint mediation in employment disputes, and the prevailing belief that putting both parties in the same room is only a recipe for lost ground, face-to-face sessions can be valuable tools for moving toward win-win resolutions when planned with certain considerations in mind, says Jonathan Andrews at Signature Resolution.

  • A Look At NLRB GC's Memos On Misleading Employees

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    The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently confirmed her plan to limit what she considers coercive and misleading statements by employers during union organizing drives, and provided some guidance for employers that, if recognized and followed, may keep a company out of legal trouble with the NLRB, says Rebecca Leaf at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Termination Lessons From 'WeCrashed'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Fulton Bank’s Allison Snyder about how the show “WeCrashed” highlights pitfalls companies should avoid when terminating workers, even when the employment is at will.

  • Labor Law Reform Is Needed For Unions To Succeed

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    Though support for unions is at an unprecedented high, declining union membership levels expose the massive disconnect between what Americans want from unionizing and what they are actually able to achieve, primarily due to the disastrous state of U.S. labor law, say Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs at Harvard Law School.

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