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Trumpdate: NLRB finalists, EEOC to swallow up OFCCP?

Posted in Affirmative Action, Elections, Labor Relations, Politics
NLRB candidates being vetted. Bloomberg BNA reported last night that President Trump has settled on two candidates to fill the two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board. One is William Emanuel, a shareholder in the Los Angeles Office of the management-side law firm Littler Mendelsohn. Here is a link to his firm bio. The other… Continue Reading

Trump names Miscimarra Chairman of the NLRB (no more of this “Acting” stuff!)

Posted in Elections, Labor Relations, Politics
According to Politico‘s “Morning Shift,” President Trump on Friday night promoted Philip Miscimarra from Acting Chairman to plain old Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Congratulations, Chairman! As of this morning, the NLRB website is still listing him as Acting Chairman. There are still two vacant seats on the five-member Board, which the President will be… Continue Reading

10 habits of highly effective HR professionals (April Fool’s edition)

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Elections, Employment at Will, Equal Pay, Family and Medical Leave Act, Harassment, HR, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour, Workers' Compensation
DEAR READERS: Before you accuse me of legal malpractice, take a look at tomorrow’s date.   Habit 1: Discriminate, retaliate, harass — have a ball! There’s a new sheriff in town, with a more employer-friendly, compliance-assistance-oriented U.S. Department of Labor (we think) and the nullification of burdensome regulations like the gone-and-not-lamented Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule.… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in FOCUS, Franchise, Labor Relations, Politics
Franchisors received some encouraging news this week from President Trump’s Acting Solicitor General, Nicholas Geale. Mr. Geale says that he prefers not to bring enforcement actions based on a theory that franchisors and franchisees are “joint employers.” He also said that he hopes the U.S. Department of Labor will focus on helping employers to comply… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity
Work card renewal for foreign workers gets easier. First, I neglected last week to include this Immigration Dispatch by Elizabeth Joiner on changes to the process for renewing Employment Authorization Cards (aka “work cards”) that should make things easier for foreign workers. Please do read, and, Elizabeth, I apologize for the delay! The January-February edition of… Continue Reading

Queen for a day: If I ran the world, would I scrap our employment laws?

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Discrimination, Employment at Will, Family and Medical Leave Act, HR, Labor Relations, Telecommuting, Wage-Hour
Walter Olson of the great Overlawyered.com sent a challenge over Twitter earlier this week: For those of you who don’t know Mr. Olson, he’s a libertarian.  :-) I have to admit, I needed time to process this! I complain about these laws all the time, but would I really want to get rid of all protections… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Discrimination, Elections, ERISA, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety
Yikes. I hope I haven’t missed anybody. Wild week! We hope that the immigrant strikes are about over by now, but they may continue into today, and a women’s strike is reportedly set for March 8. Do employers have any recourse when their employees go out on strike? It depends. If the strike is “protected… Continue Reading

There goes another one! Missouri right-to-work legislation signed into law.

Posted in Labor Relations
The State of Missouri has now become our 28th right-to-work state, following closely after Kentucky, which took the leap about a month ago. The Missouri bill was signed into law yesterday by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens, and is scheduled to take effect in August. However, the Missouri AFL-CIO has requested a voter referendum on the measure.… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Good meeting with union reps

Posted in Elections, Labor Relations, Politics
NOTE FROM ROBIN: Effective today, I’m officially changing the name of these mini-dispatches about President Trump’s first actions related to labor and employment law issues, to “Daily Trumpdate.” My first dispatch is here. President Trump met yesterday with representatives of a number of unions, and according to everyone involved, the meeting went well. It didn’t… Continue Reading

Trump quickies: Regulatory freeze, “listening session” with unions, Puzder status

Posted in Elections, Labor Relations, Politics, Wage-Hour
We’ll try to keep you up to date with the latest labor and employment law news from the Trump Administration via a series of mini-posts as news develops. According to Politico‘s Morning Shift, “President Trump ordered executive departments and agencies to freeze all pending regulations until the administration could review them.” This would include the DOL overtime… Continue Reading

President Obama’s labor and employment legacy

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Equal Pay, Gender Identity Discrimination, HR, Labor Relations, Politics, Protected Concerted Activity, Same-sex marriage, Sexual Orientation, Social media, Wage-Hour
NOTE FROM ROBIN: A portion of Jill’s remarks below appeared Tuesday morning in Law360 (paid subscription required). Notwithstanding what might happen over the next four (or eight) years, there is no question that President Barack Obama has left his mark on labor and employment law in some very important ways. Even if President-Elect Trump’s administration… Continue Reading

Kentucky goes right-to-work

Posted in Labor Relations
Kentucky became the 27th right-to-work state on Saturday. The legislation was passed by the Republican majority in the legislature, with no Democratic support. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed the bill on Saturday, and he’s even made a video: (What’ll they think of next?) “Right to work” means that an individual cannot be required to join a… Continue Reading

Are police-worn body cameras a mandatory subject of bargaining?

Posted in Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment
Whether justified or not, the recent spate of high-profile police shooting cases throughout the United States has brought national attention to the issue of whether law enforcement officers should be using body cameras while on duty. Currently, a debate rages among the various stakeholders concerning the pros and cons of body cameras. Those in favor… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Labor Relations, Politics
The November-December edition of Constangy’s Executive Labor Summary is out! David Phippen has a good one (does he ever have any other kind?), including the current status of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule (sick) and the Persuader Rule (still a pulse, but death is imminent), Secretary Thomas Perez’s run for chair of the… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in HR, Labor Relations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s new Persuader Rule, which was scheduled to take effect July 1 before it was temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Lubbock, Texas, has now been permanently enjoined. That means the new Rule is dead, subject to the DOL’s right to appeal the decision. And, of course, with the incoming Trump… Continue Reading

Everything’s happening in Texas!

Posted in Labor Relations, Wage-Hour
Don’t mess with Texas. In Lubbock yesterday, Judge Sam R. Cummings permanently enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Rule, which is great news for employers. David Phippen has the full story here. The DOL can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (it’s already appealing the preliminary injunction issued in… Continue Reading

DOL’s new online tool may result in more OFCCP complaints

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Labor Relations, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist individuals “if they have had wages stolen, been injured on the job, faced discrimination, or been retaliated against for joining together to… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Class actions, ConstangyTV, Elections, Equal Pay, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Safety, Sexual Orientation, Wage-Hour, Work-Life Balance
Effect of Election 2016 on labor and employment law. We asked our practice group heads and some thought leaders to tell us how they think employers will be affected by a Trump Administration on specific labor and employment law issues. This client bulletin is packed with prognostication about what we may see in the areas of affirmative action and… Continue Reading

“It’s going to be beautiful, believe me”: Trump on labor & employment law issues

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Pregnancy, Sexual Orientation, Uncategorized, Wage-Hour
Congratulations to President-Elect Donald J. Trump, and to everyone who was elected or reelected to office yesterday. With a President Trump and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, employers may see some changes in the form of less aggressive regulatory agencies, a National Labor Relations Board that is more employer-friendly, and some relatively conservative… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, FOCUS, Labor Relations, Work-Life Balance
There is great rejoicing among federal contractors since a federal judge in Texas has preliminarily blocked the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rules from going into effect. Absent the court’s action, the rules would have taken effect for the largest contractors this past Tuesday, and for some smaller ones in 2017. The case is far from over, but this… Continue Reading