Labor

  • April 23, 2024

    King & Spalding Adds Kirkland Employment Partner In DC

    King & Spalding LLP is boosting its global employment practice with the addition of a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner who will be part of her new firm's Washington, D.C., office.

  • April 22, 2024

    USW Says EPA Asbestos Ban Doesn't Protect Workers Enough

    The United Steelworkers and the nonprofit Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization called on the D.C. Circuit to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent ban on the most prevalent variety of asbestos, with the union arguing the ban falls short by failing to provide certain interim protections.

  • April 22, 2024

    NLRB Says 3rd Circ. Must Back Solo Action Precedent Shift

    The National Labor Relations Board called on the Third Circuit on Monday to enforce an agency precedent shift over federal labor law protections for a single worker's actions on the job, arguing historical practice backs the board's analysis of concerted activity.

  • April 22, 2024

    What to Expect As Justices Mull NLRB Injunction Standard

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could make it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to get rare injunctions to stop labor violations from trampling workers’ rights. Here, Law360 previews the arguments in Starbucks’ bid to unify the test the courts use to vet NLRB injunctions.

  • April 22, 2024

    Unions Can Refile Tossed ERISA Suit Against Anthem BCBS

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday threw out a suit against insurers Elevance Health Inc., Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and many of their subsidiaries, but said the trustees of two union health plans who claimed the companies were overpaying administrative and medical costs can try again.

  • April 22, 2024

    NYC Hotel Seeks Order Ending Union's 'Indefinite' Agreements

    A Hyatt hotel near Wall Street urged a New York federal judge to find that certain agreements with "indefinite" terms between a hotel workers union and a previous operator of the hotel can't be enforced, saying those accords aren't part of labor contracts with a hotel association.

  • April 22, 2024

    Nuclear Plant Says Union Health Benefits Fight Not Arbitrable

    A Pennsylvania federal judge should dismiss a union's attempt to force a benefits fight with a nuclear power plant operator into arbitration, the operator argued Monday, saying the dispute isn't arbitrable under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

  • April 22, 2024

    Mich. Top Court Strikes Down Public Union Fee Policies

    The Michigan Supreme Court said Monday a public-sector union cannot charge nonmembers a fee to receive union support in filing a grievance, ruling that doing so violates the organization's duty to fairly represent all employees when the union is the sole representative for workers.

  • April 22, 2024

    NJ Mall Cleaning Co. Unlawfully Fired Workers, NLRB Says

    A New Jersey mall cleaning company violated federal labor law by firing two workers after they met with union organizers, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled, upholding an agency judge's decision.

  • April 22, 2024

    SpaceX Fights NLRB's Structure Again Over Agency Suit

    SpaceX mounted another challenge to the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Board's structure in Texas federal court, telling the judge to stop administrative proceedings over an unfair labor practice complaint alleging the company's severance agreement is unlawful.

  • April 19, 2024

    UAW Wins Key Election At Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant

    Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, overwhelmingly voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, giving the union its first victory in its campaign to organize nonunion automakers in the United States.

  • April 19, 2024

    AFL-CIO Can't Lift Pause On Its NLRB Election Rule Suit

    A D.C. federal judge maintained a pause on the AFL-CIO's challenge to a 2020 National Labor Relations Board rule governing representation elections, saying the proceeding would be halted until the board deals with a proposed rollback to the regulation.

  • April 19, 2024

    Calif. Union Plan Pays $2.5M To End Early Retirement Suit

    A pension plan for union-represented Northern California metalworkers, the plan administrator and a law firm will pay roughly $2.5 million to end a proposed class action alleging about 30 early retirees weren't given the full benefits they were promised, according to paperwork filed Friday in California federal court.

  • April 19, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Abortions & Presidential Immunity

    The U.S. Supreme Court will return Monday for the term's final week of oral arguments, during which it will consider several high-stakes disputes, including whether a federal healthcare law can preempt state abortion bans and whether former President Donald Trump is entitled to immunity from criminal charges related to official acts.

  • April 19, 2024

    Creditor Committee Backs Yellow In Pension Fund Fight

    The official committee of unsecured creditors in Yellow Corp.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy has largely backed an objection from the debtor to several pension plans' claims for retirement-fund withdrawal liability, while saying it hopes the issues can be resolved quickly to reduce costs.

  • April 19, 2024

    Members Say UFCW Delegate System Violates Federal Law

    The United Food and Commercial Workers constitution's method for selecting delegates to its national convention unlawfully dilutes the voting power of members of larger locals while also limiting options for those belonging to smaller locals, members claim in a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Notre Dame Illegally Classified College Athletes, Group Claims

    The University of Notre Dame violated federal labor law through its classification of college athletes as student-athletes, a college basketball players advocacy group alleged in an unfair labor practice charge obtained by Law360 on Friday.

  • April 19, 2024

    Franchise Operator On Pitfalls Of Calif.'s Fast-Food Min. Wage

    Rich Reinis, a member of California's newly formed Fast Food Council, said he wants to keep fast food affordable, especially as industry workers now earn a $20 minimum wage. Here, Law360 speaks with Reinis about the council’s future.

  • April 19, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers School District Race Bias Suit

    This week a New York federal judge will consider a school district's bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Black former technology specialist who claims he was fired after facing discrimination on the job based on his race. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • April 19, 2024

    NLRB Official Tosses Union Ouster Petition Over ULP Case

    A National Labor Relations Board official has dismissed a petition to decertify the United Steelworkers as the bargaining representative of workers at an Oregon industrial equipment manufacturer, saying pending unfair labor practice allegations against the company bar a decertification election until they're resolved.

  • April 19, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Hilton Seeks To Undo Tips Class

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for a potential ruling on whether a class of hotel banquet event workers can continue together with wage claims against San Francisco Hilton Inc., in a long-running case that paid a visit to the Ninth Circuit. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • April 18, 2024

    'Severe Impact' If HBCUs Paid Athletes, NLRB Judge Told

    A commissioner of an athletic conference for historically black colleges and universities testified Thursday in a hearing before a National Labor Relations Board judge that being forced to pay student-athletes a salary and treat them as employees would have a "severe impact" on those institutions. 

  • April 18, 2024

    UAW Vote Set For Next Month At Ala. Mercedes-Benz Plants

    Thousands of workers at Mercedes-Benz plants in Alabama can vote next month on whether to unionize, the United Auto Workers announced Thursday as the union forges ahead with its organizing efforts at nonunion automakers.

  • April 18, 2024

    Yellow Corp. Likely Able To Keep Some Leases For Later Sales

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Thursday he would probably approve troubled trucking company Yellow Corp.'s bid to assume more than 70 leases, but told the debtor and its landlords he needed until Friday to make a final decision.

  • April 18, 2024

    Disneyland Performers Seek Union Representation

    The workers who play Disney characters at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, are unionizing, Actors Equity Association announced Thursday, saying over 1,000 employees of the resort's characters and parades departments have signed union cards.

Expert Analysis

  • Water Cooler Talk: Whistleblowing Insights From 'Dahmer'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with DS Smith's Josh Burnette about how the show "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" provides an extreme example of the perils of ignoring repeat complaints — a lesson employers could apply in the whistleblower context.

  • Labor Trends To Watch In Warehousing And Distribution

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    Employers in the warehousing and distribution sector should prepare for major National Labor Relations Board updates this year that will likely increase their exposure to unfair labor practice charges and make it easier for workers to unionize, say Laura Pierson-Scheinberg and Lorien Schoenstedt at Jackson Lewis.

  • Musk Ruling A Lesson On Employer Statements About Unions

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    A recent Fifth Circuit decision in Tesla v. National Labor Relations Board found that Elon Musk's 2018 tweets threatened employees at the company amid a unionizing campaign, reminding employers that communicating public statements about union organizing should be rooted in facts, says Daniel Handman at Hirschfeld Kraemer.

  • Cannabis Labor Peace Laws Lay Fertile Ground For Unions

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    State legislatures are increasingly passing cannabis laws that encourage or even mandate labor peace agreements as a condition for licensure, and though open questions remain about the constitutionality of such statutes, unionization efforts are unlikely to slow down, says Peter Murphy at Saul Ewing.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Attendance Policies

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    Employee attendance problems are among the most common reasons for disciplinary action and discharge, which is why a clear policy neatly laid out in an employee handbook is necessary to articulate expectations for workers and support an employer's position should any attendance-related disputes arise, says Kara Shea at Butler Snow.

  • Religious Institution Unionization Risks Post-NLRB Decision

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    A recent National Labor Relations Board decision granted Saint Leo University religious exemption from the National Labor Relations Act, potentially setting a new standard for other religious educational institutions, which must identify unionization risks and create plans to address them, say Terry Potter and Quinn Stigers at Husch Blackwell.

  • Prepare Now To Comply With NJ Temp Worker Law

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    New Jersey temporary staffing firms and their clients must prepare now for the time-consuming compliance requirements created by the controversial new Temporary Laborers' Bill of Rights, or face steep penalties when the law's strict wage, benefit and record-keeping rules go live in May and August, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • 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.

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