Category Archives: Labor Relations

A Hit to Unions, Right in the Purse

Unions took a hit today when the Supreme Court of the United States stated that in-home health care workers cannot be forced to pay dues to a union they do not wish to join. In Harris v. Quinn, a challenge … Continue reading

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Contractors with the State of Connecticut Take Notice: Paying Minimum Wage to Your Employees May Not be Good Enough

Recently, there has been a flurry of articles written about the appropriate wage rate for companies that contract with the State of Connecticut.  Indeed, buried within state contracts is language requiring compliance with the Connecticut Service Worker Statute.  Specifically, the following language is … Continue reading

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United States Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of NLRB Recess Appointment Decision

The United States Supreme Court announced today that it would hear the National Labor Relations Board’s appeal of the D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling that President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional.  As we reported at the end of … Continue reading

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A Triumph for Employers: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down NLRB Poster Rule

On May 7, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit”) invalidated the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) August 2011 rule requiring all employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) to … Continue reading

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The NLRB and Preserving Confidentiality in Workplace Investigations

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reach into the non-union workplace has forced employers to consider revising numerous policies.  One of these policies involves confidentiality in workplace investigations.  In Banner Health Systems v. Navarro, the NLRB found that a blanket … Continue reading

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Keeping Unpaid Internships Legal

The season is upon us when college students and recent graduates seek out unpaid internships, looking for a way to gain “real world” experience, and a possible foot in the door, in an otherwise suffering labor market. While the prospect … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Weigh In On Employees’ Changing “Clothes” More Than The DOL Changes Its Mind

Under the FLSA, 29 USC § 203(0), employees are not entitled to receive compensation for time that is spent “changing clothes . . . at the beginning or end of each workday.”  In other words, if donning and doffing work … Continue reading

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NLRB Scrutinizing Non-Disclosure and Non-Disparagement Provisions

It is a common practice for employers to require that employees sign agreements containing non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions as a condition of employment to protect confidential and proprietary information and to protect the company’s reputation.  Recently, a NLRB Administrative Law … Continue reading

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Federal Appeals Court Ruling Calls Recent NLRB Decisions into Question

What if the decisions of the NLRB over the last year were suddenly deemed invalid?  While seemingly unlikely, a federal appeals court ruled last Friday that President Obama’s recess appointments, which date back to January 2012, were unconstitutional.  In Canning … Continue reading

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BRRRR- BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Yet another potentially “chilling” effect. Quicken Loans, Inc.’s mortgage bankers are required to sign an employment agreement containing provisions prohibiting  them from disclosing non-public information regarding the company’s business or personnel to any person, business or entity. This includes information … Continue reading

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