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TOP SECRET Takeaways from Our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar is a wrap. Wow, 25 years goes by in the blink of an eye! Each year, our seminar continues to grow. Thank you to the attendees who have been with us from the beginning and the newcomers who attended for their first time this year.  With over … Continue Reading

Unions’ Dream of “Quickie” Elections, Now a Reality

Ver la versión en español aquí I was on my high school track team.  My favorite race was the 100-yard dash.  I distinctly remember practicing how to spring quickly out of the starting line blocks when the gun fired.  The faster I jumped out of the blocks, the greater the odds of winning. This image came to mind when I met last week with the Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”) for Region 12. Region 12 … Continue Reading

REGISTRATION OPEN! 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar

Ver la versión en español aquí Wow, how time flies! We are quickly approaching our 25th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar this Spring. Mark your calendars now because this year’s seminar is not to be missed! Join us on Friday, May 8th from 8 am-4:00 pm at the InterContinental Miami hotel as we reveal … Continue Reading

Back by Popular Demand: “New Mental Disorders Could Lead to Spike in ADA Claims”

Ver la versión en español aquí What do forgetfulness, menstrual cramps and temper tantrums have in common? They are all symptoms of new mental health disorders recognized in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a handbook widely used by health care professionals to assess and diagnose mental disorders. … Continue Reading

Bathroom Breaks & Decreased Productivity #HoldItIn2WinAPrize

Ver la versión en español aquí Employers have fairly wide discretion in terms of developing work rules designed to increase productivity and decrease time spent “slacking off.” But, if you believe the reports, one Chicago-based company may have gone too far. Apparently, WaterSaver Faucet Company has been experiencing a decrease in employee productivity. The perceived … Continue Reading

Encore Performances from Our Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar to Start in the Fall

Ver la versión en español aquí May 1, 2014, was not a typical day in the office for us. We left our offices from across the state and headed to the Trump National Doral Hotel to join over 380 attendees at our 24th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar. Thanks to all the private and public … Continue Reading

NLRB Judge Nixes Part of Hospital’s Code of Conduct

A National Labor Relations Board  (NLRB) administrative law judge recently found two code of conduct rules that prohibited comments exceeding “the bounds of fair criticism” and behavior that  “is counter to promoting teamwork” violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   Click here for copy of the case.  The case arose after the William Beaumont  Hospital terminated … Continue Reading

College’s No Gossiping Policy and Termination Thrown Out by NLRB Judge

Last week, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that a technical college ran afoul of the National Labor Relations Act for instituting a policy prohibiting employees from gossiping and for then firing an employee who violated the policy.  Click here for a copy of the case. Laurus Technical College in Atlanta … Continue Reading

Firing By Non-Profit for Inappropriate Facebook Conversation OK’d By NLRB Judge

A NLRB judge recently ruled that a non-profit’s discharge of two employees for having an inappropriate conversation on Facebook about the non-profit did not run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act.  Click here for copy of the case.  On July 30, 2012,  the non-profit, a corporation that ran an after school teen center in … Continue Reading

No Need to Dust Off That NLRB Poster, Yet

Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) poster rule. In 2011, the NLRB issued a rule requiring private employers (union and non-union) to post a specific notice informing employees of their right to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). See … Continue Reading

Manna From Heaven? – NLRB Has Provided Confidentiality Language That Complies With the Law

Employers, union and non-union alike, have been spinning their wheels every time the NLRB comes out with a new case, general counsel memorandum or advice memorandum slamming a generally accepted employment policy.  This past year, we have seen the NLRB take on social media policies, collective action waivers, at-will disclaimers and confidentiality rules.  This time, … Continue Reading

Collective Action Waivers Survive Court Scrutiny Despite NLRB Ruling

On February 1, a federal court in New York joined appeals courts in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th circuits in finding enforceable a waiver of the right to bring collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in arbitration agreements.  This decision is at odds with the National Labor Relations Board’s … Continue Reading

Employers Beware: NLRB Says Your Confidentiality Rules and At-Will Employment Disclaimers May Violate the Law

This summer, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) highlighted its position that confidentiality rules and at-will employment disclaimers routinely promulgated by employers may violate the federal labor law.  The NLRB held that a generalized directive to employees not to discuss matters under investigation with co-workers interfered with the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  The NLRB … Continue Reading

The Fifth Circuit Says Employer Can Privately Settle FLSA Claims Without DOL or Court Approval

For over 30 years, the federal courts in Florida (and in other states) have required that settlements of minimum wage and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) be reviewed and approved either by a court or the US Department of Labor.   Now, one court, the Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals, the federal … Continue Reading

National Labor Relations Board Highlights Examples of Protected Concerted Activity on New Web Page

If you are a non union employer be afraid – be very afraid.  Take a look at the NLRB’s new web page that highlights cases where the Board thought that the activity engaged in by the employee was protected under federal labor law, http://www.nlrb.gov/concerted-activity.  The cases involve both union and non-union employers because the concept of … Continue Reading

NLRB’s Acting General Counsel Provides Do’s and Don’ts for Social Media Policies

The National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Lafe E. Solomon issued his third report on employees’ social media use on May 30.  We previously blogged about the first report (see NLRB Issues Guidance on Social Media Policies) and several other NLRB cases involving social media. This recent report focuses on the lawfulness of several … Continue Reading
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