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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Expand Overtime Coverage Will Increase Labor Costs for Employers

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DOL’s Proposed Rule to Expand Overtime Coverage Will Increase Labor Costs for Employers

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor released its proposal to expand coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime rule exemption for certain types of employees.  The proposed rule raises the minimum salary threshold by more than double its current limit for employees who fall under FLSA’s “white collar” employee exemption. 2015 – […]

You’ve Got Mail – The NLRB Rules that Employees Can Use Employer Email for Union Organizing

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On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board held that employees have the right to use their employer’s email system for non-­business purposes, including sending emails supporting union organizing. The only way that an employer can prohibit such use is if it denies all access to its email system to certain categories of employees […]

Employer New Year Resolution – Prepare for Union Campaigns

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Ever since President Obama began appointing members to the NLRB, the Board has been taking a very proactive and prounion stance in a number of different areas. Among the most controversial of the Board’s changes concerns the Board’s “quickie” election rules. The Board finalized its highly anticipated rule (also known by management side lawyers as […]

Supreme Court Terminates Obama’s Recess Appointments

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On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Obama’s three recess appointments made to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 were unconstitutional. The decision is very significant, and will have immediate results, as all decisions made by the Board during the term of the recess appointment board members are effectively […]

NLRB Update: Tilting the Playing Field – The NLRB Issues Four Significant Decisions Favoring Unions and Employees

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The National Labor Relations Board continues to demonstrate its willingness to “tilt the playing field” in favor of unions and employees. In December 2012, the Board issued four significant pro-union/pro­-employee decisions, including one which overturns 50 years of Board precedent. . . 2013 – NLRB Update- Tilting the Playing Field – The NLRB Issues Four Significant […]

NLRB Update: The D.C. Court of Appeals Rules That President Obama’s Recess Appointments to the NLRB Were Unconstitutional

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On Friday, January 25, 2013, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Obama violated the U.S. Constitution when he made three “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board on January 4, 2012. This means that for more than 12 months (since January 3, 2012), the NLRB has lacked the necessary quorum of […]