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Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

Why do we celebrate Labor Day? And should it be celebrated on a Tuesday instead? It’s one of those holidays that we celebrate, but my guess is that most people have no idea on the answer.  But several (many?) years ago, I touched on this on the blog and I thought it would be fun… Continue Reading

NLRB Ruling Will Allow Graduate Student Teaching Assistants To Unionize

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

Yesterday, the NLRB released an ground-breaking decision allowing  students to organize. My colleague, Jarad Lucan, recaps the importance of this decision not only for schools like Yale University in Connecticut, but beyond. In its 2004 Brown University decision, the National Labor Relations Board held that graduate student teaching assistants were not employees because they were… Continue Reading

Another Day, Another Reversal by the NLRB

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

By now, it’s really not a big surprise when the NLRB reverse course on a prior decision. This week, the NLRB did it again.  My colleague, Jarad Lucan, provides this quick update on temporary/contract employees being allowed to join unions.  Read on. In 2004 the National Labor Relations Board in its Oakwood Care Center case… Continue Reading

Got a Minute? All About the NLRB in 60 Second Increments

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

Are you an early bird? (Raises hand.) Do you still listen to AM Radio? (Hand still raised.) Well, then you may have caught my repeat appearance a short while back on the CBIA Business Minute — a production every weekday morning heard locally at 5:59 a.m. on WTIC-AM (1080 on your radio “dial”). Long time… Continue Reading

Never Mind! Supreme Court Splits on Public Employee Union Fee Case

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

The Supreme Court today issued a decision in one of the most anticipated cases of the session on whether public employees could be forced to pay fees to a union that they didn’t want to belong to. And in doing so, the court showed what happens in 4-4 splits: Nothing. Well, that’s not entirely accurate:… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Persuader Rules, Class Action Lawsuits, Prevailing Party, E-mail Phishing

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Data Privacy, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

With Opening Day of baseball season nearly upon us, it’s time again to bring back a “Quick Hits” segment to recap a few noteworthy (but not completely post-worthy) employment law items you might have missed recently. The U.S. Department of Labor released the final version of new “persuader” rules which will become effective April 25,… Continue Reading

Why the NLRB Should Matter To You if You’re Still Union-Free

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB

Next week, I will be speaking at the CBIA Annual HR Conference along with my colleague Jarad Lucan about why you should care about the NLRB. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have tickets, it’s sold out. It’s being held at the Radisson in Cromwell, Connecticut and features some great topics for consideration.  But the basic… Continue Reading

Lunch with the Boss Now Protected Concerted Activity?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

My colleagues Gary Starr and Jarad Lucan return today with a post that we have sent out as client alert, but which may be of interest to readers of the blog as well.  It tackles the subject of protected concerted activity.  (Hint: It may be broader than you think.) Is a non-union employee who speaks… Continue Reading

Numbers Game? Latest Statistics Show Further Increase in Union Membership in Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

The death of unions has been predicted time and again. Each time a new round of statistics come out, we (me included) try to make some sense of it. Just check out some of my posts from the last several years. In 2008: Are Unions Dying Off? Not Yet, Say New U.S. Department of Labor… Continue Reading

Ch-Ch-Changes? Mandatory Fees for Public Employees At Issue Before the Supreme Court

Posted in Class Actions, Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

First things first. My favorite David Bowie song is “Heroes” (though I remember really being struck by its use in the 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge). But the Bowie song that comes to mind today for various reasons is “Changes” and how it ties into another big story of the day — an oral argument before… Continue Reading

Employer Strikes Out; Facebook Likes Protected by NLRA, Says Second Circuit

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

On Friday, at my firm’s annual Labor & Employment Law seminar, I’ll be talking about the NLRB and Employee Handbooks with my colleague, Chris Engler.  Among the topics we had planned to discuss was the ongoing Triple Play Sports Bar & Grille case that I had previously posted about here and here. So of course… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner to Retire At End of Year

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Sharon Palmer, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor, will retire at the end of this year, news that was first reported by the CT Mirror website. According to CT Mirror: In an interview, she described her decision to retire as driven by age and circumstance, not politics or a consequence of overseeing the… Continue Reading

Eight Years Later: Three Big Changes in Employment Law

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Social Media

2007 seems like yesterday. And yet, eight years after I started this blog and over 1800 posts later (and a Hall of Fame entry), I’m pretty sure 2007 WASN’T yesterday. So for this year’s anniversary post, I thought I would capture what I think are some of the biggest storylines from the last eight years. … Continue Reading

Impact of NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision in Connecticut Still To Be Determined

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

My colleague, Jarad Lucan, who has been busy with his own labor cases, today returns with post about the latest from the NLRB.  There are many posts out there on the subject (here, here, and here, for example), so Jarad is going to touch on its impact for Connecticut employers.   As you’ve no doubt… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Transgender Workplaces; Proving Emotional Harm; “Digital Natives”; Labor History in Schools

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

With Twitter, I’ve been doing less “recap” posts of late. Why? For the simple reason that you can get all of the posts I’ve read of late on Twitter. We didn’t have that when I started the blog nearly 8 years ago. (Side note: It was eight years ago this week that I came up… Continue Reading

Cleaning Up Your Employee Handbooks, NLRB-Style

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Social Media

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak to the American Law Institute for a CLE program on the latest guidance from the NLRB on various employee handbook policies. When I first wrote about it in March, I had expected to followup shortly thereafter with another recap. But in the meantime, I found that much… Continue Reading

When Reviewing a Reinstatement Decision by an Arbitrator, Consider Over a Dozen Factors

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

If you like getting lost on roads with your head spinning on which way to go, this is your post.  (Everyone else, well, try to keep up.) I recap a case for companies with unions to pay attention to. Let’s start with this example: Employee X is required by law to report suspected abuse in her job. She fails… Continue Reading

I’ve Got a Secret: Recordings in the Workplace

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Wage & Hour

I’ve talked before about the use of recordings in the workplace. But this week, my colleague Jarad Lucan revisits the subject in light of some new decisions and the increasing presence of smartphones in the workplace. It is a safe bet that most if not all of your employees own a mobile or smart phone.  It… Continue Reading

Consistency in Arguments is Key for Labor Arbitrations

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

My colleague, Jarad Lucan, returns today to recap a notable labor case that the Connecticut Appellate court decided this week (but officially released on March 24, 2015).  It’s worth a read, even for non-union types, if only to show the importance of consistency in arguments. A recent Appellate Court case, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Council 4, Local… Continue Reading

BREAKING: NLRB’s General Counsel Office Issues Important Report On Employer Rules

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

The NLRB’s General Counsel’s office today released a lengthy report “concerning recent employer rule” cases. That sounds generic. It’s not. Rather, the NLRB is now outlining its views on otherwise-neutral employer policies and whether they could be deemed to violate federal labor law.  While part of the report is a recap of existing caselaw, this… Continue Reading

Labor Union Membership Up Big Locally and Down Nationally, Recent Statistics Show

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

The U.S. Department of Labor has released their annual statistics on labor union membership.  Nationwide, union membership is down slightly by .2 percent. In total, about 11 percent of the workforce belongs to a union.  Compared to 2008, when I reported on these statistics, the number is down by a full percentage point. The numbers… Continue Reading

A Look Ahead: Three Bold Predictions in Employment Law for 2015

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations

Every year, I break out a crystal ball, or a magic 8-ball, or some tea leaves, and make some pronouncement about what will happen in the upcoming year. It’s sort of a no-lose proposition. If I’m right, well, then I pat myself on the back. If I’m wrong, well, it’s just an educated guess. So,… Continue Reading

NLRB and the “Purple” Crayon: NLRB Rewrites Its Decision on Employer E-mail

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

The NLRB, right now, is union-friendly. We know it. Employers know it. Politicians know it. The unions know it. It’s stacked 3-2 with Democrat appointees so the NLRB taking its training wheels off and is doing what it has always done. It has shifted its decisions based on the politics. Yesterday represented just the latest… Continue Reading