Category Archives: Unions

Court Permanently Blocks Dangerous DOL “Persuader Rule”

Since our firm’s founding in 1964, we have advised employers on how to lawfully remain union-free. That has involved not only helping our clients with their individual labor relations and employment issues, but also banding together with other similar firms … Continue reading

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2016 or 1984?

by Stefanie M. Renaud Imagine a piece of technology, so small it could be mistaken for a credit card, that tracks every movement an employee makes, analyzes every conversation that employee has, and could tell an employer when that employee was … Continue reading

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Court Overrules NLRB and Holds That Labor Arbitration Decisions Are Entitled to Deference

by Ralph F. Abbott, Jr. For over 30 years, employers have been able to rely upon an arbitrator’s decision as final and binding under a doctrine known as the deferral doctrine.  That doctrine was threatened by a recent decision of … Continue reading

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Using Temps Just Got More Complicated

by Timothy F. Murphy On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board (the “Board”) ruled – in a case referred to as Miller & Anderson – that unions can petition to represent solely employed employees and jointly employed workers in the … Continue reading

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What to Wear?

by Timothy F. Murphy The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that a Massachusetts Honda dealership broke the law when it maintained a handbook policy stating that “[e]mployees who have contact with the public may not wear pins, insignias, or … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for the DOL’s New Reporting Requirements?

by John S. Gannon The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a rule significantly expanding the scope of information employers may be required to publically report to the government.  The so-called “persuader rule” requires employers (both union and non-union) … Continue reading

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NLRB Restricts Employers’ Right to Permanently Replace Economic Strikers

by Timothy F. Murphy Congress passed and has amended the National Labor Relations Act to bolster our economy by promoting collective bargaining as a way to reduce labor disputes. With  peaceful resolution of labor disputes the goal, Congress recognized that … Continue reading

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Public Sector Unions Dodge a Bullet on Agency Fees

by Timothy F. Murphy The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association this week; it was one of the most anticipated labor and employment cases of the session because it raised the issue of whether … Continue reading

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Can Employers Prohibit Recording Workplace Conversations?

by Stefanie Renaud Imagine this scenario: you call an employee into your office to be disciplined.  Unbeknownst to you, the employee records the conversation on her cell phone. Later, you overhear the employee playing the recording back to some co-workers … Continue reading

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2015: A Good Year for Organized Labor

by Timothy F. Murphy While Organized Labor remains beset by many serious challenges, including stagnant membership, it can look back on 2015 as a successful year in which three of its long-term goals came to fruition. It also made real … Continue reading

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