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Q and A on the recent controversy

Posted in Affirmative Action, Corporate Culture, First Amendment, HR, Labor Relations, Protected Concerted Activity, Retaliation
On the recent uproar involving a major, major employer and its recently-terminated employee: No. 1. Is it a good idea to provide an “open forum” to employees if there are certain topics that are off limits? No. If you want to provide a forum for employees to speak up, but only “within reason,” then it’s a… Continue Reading

Kaplan confirmed to NLRB – we now have an “R-D” tie

Posted in Labor Relations, Politics
The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Marvin Kaplan’s appointment to the National Labor Relations Board, which means that there is now an equal number of Republicans and Democrats on the Board. William Emanuel, a management-side attorney from Littler Mendelsohn, is the last Trump nominee to the Board. His confirmation vote will not take place until after the Senate’s… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Class actions, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Immigration, Labor Relations, Paid Leave, Politics, Safety, Social media, Uncategorized
Supreme Court agrees to review “travel ban” cases and partially stays injunctions on the ban pending a final decision. The Trump Administration won a partial victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that portions of the preliminary injunctions against the “travel ban” issued in March should be stayed. What that means is that the travel… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Wage-Hour
And may it die quickly. The U.S. Department of Labor has taken formal regulatory action to rescind the Obama Administration’s “Persuader Rule.” The DOL has been enjoined from enforcing the rule since November 2016, but the latest action will presumably end it for good. Let’s hope. David Phippen of our Washington DC Metro Office has… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Discrimination, FOCUS, Franchise, Labor Relations, Politics
You want my salary history? That’s sex discrimination! Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated. Kacy Coble of our Memphis Office has a great post over at FOCUS, our women’s leadership blog, about the perfectly legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons why employers sometimes use salary history in setting pay — and how alternatives may be even more unfair. As state and… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Proposed budget shows “yuuuge” changes afoot in labor and employment arena

Posted in Affirmative Action, Benefits, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Pregnancy, Safety, Unemployment, Wage-Hour
Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Here are the highlights related to labor and employment law, and there are a BUNCH. The following is a compilation of a number of articles published in yesterday’s edition of Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Labor Report (paid… 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

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

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

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

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