Labor

  • April 29, 2024

    Amtrak Wants Out Of Black Conductor's Bias Suit

    Amtrak is urging a Connecticut federal judge to let it out of a Black conductor's lawsuit alleging she was passed over for union committee assignments in favor of less experienced white men and harassed by a superior after she complained, saying her gripes should be directed solely at the union.

  • April 29, 2024

    DOL Issues Guidance On Using AI In The Workplace

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance Monday on how employers can carefully use artificial intelligence, saying a lack of human eyes could create a domino effect and lead to violations of federal wage and leave laws.

  • April 29, 2024

    Judge Rejects Class Certification Of Seizure Drug Customers

    An Illinois federal judge has rejected a class certification bid in a suit against drugmaker Mallinckrodt and prescription delivery platform Express Scripts, ruling that the plaintiffs were unable to meet their predominance burden as a class.

  • April 29, 2024

    Calif. Cannabis Labor Law Violates US Constitution, Co. Says

    A California cannabis law's provisions mandating labor peace agreements between dispensaries and unions violate the U.S. Constitution, a cannabis retailer has alleged, saying the statute unlawfully gives the labor organization more leverage when negotiating what requirements are in the accords.

  • April 29, 2024

    Union Didn't Betray Employee Slapped At Work, NLRB Says

    A union steward acted in good faith when suggesting that if a transportation company fired an employee who slapped her co-worker, it should also fire the co-worker for provoking her, a split National Labor Relations Board found, saying the suggestion wasn't a betrayal but a strategy to discourage firings.

  • April 26, 2024

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    In the past year, plaintiffs have won settlements and judgments for millions and billions of dollars from companies such as Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Facebook and Fox News, with many high-profile cases finally wrapping up after years of fighting. Such cases — involving over-the-top compensation packages, chemical contamination, gender discrimination and data mining — were led by attorneys whose accomplishments earned them recognition as Law360's Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar for 2024.

  • April 26, 2024

    DOL Solidifies H-2A Protections For Foreign Farmworkers

    Foreign farmworkers working in the U.S. under the H-2A temporary visa program will now have enhanced protections to advocate for better working conditions without fear of retaliation under a final U.S. Department of Labor rule unveiled Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    Starbucks, Union Tout 'Significant Progress' In Contract Talks

    Starbucks and Workers United "made significant progress" in collective bargaining negotiations this past week, the parties announced Friday, with experts telling Law360 that the contract talks are a starting point, but the details of these negotiations remain to be seen.

  • April 26, 2024

    Struggling Amazon Union Hopes To Retool As Election Looms

    Two years after its surprise election win at a Staten Island warehouse, the Amazon Labor Union is broke, beset by infighting and ignored by management. Can new leadership at the onetime darling of the labor movement turn it around?

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Official Says Colorado HOA Workers Can Vote On Union

    A National Labor Relations Board official cleared three employees of a Colorado homeowners' association to vote on representation by an International Association of Machinists local lodge next month, rejecting the association's argument that it isn't subject to the board's jurisdiction.

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Official Clears Detroit Medical Residents For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has greenlighted a union representation election at a Michigan nonprofit that places medical school graduates in residencies, internships and fellowships at a Detroit hospital consortium, rejecting the nonprofit's attempts to either prevent the election or narrow the voting pool.

  • April 26, 2024

    NLRB Won't Disturb Union Election At Wash. Newspaper

    A divided National Labor Relations Board panel backed a regional director's decision over a vote allowing advertising employees to decide whether to join an existing bargaining unit at a Washington state newspaper, with a dissenting board member finding the employees don't share enough in common.

  • April 26, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Wells Fargo & Co Wants Out Of Wage Suit

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a potential ruling on whether to dismiss Wells Fargo & Co. from a proposed wage and hour class and collective action. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.

  • April 26, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears TD Bank Discrimination Suit

    This week, the Second Circuit will hear a former TD Bank manager's attempt to revive his suit claiming he was fired from his branch because he requested parental leave and because of his gender. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • April 25, 2024

    Ex-Philly Union Leader's 3rd Trial Ends In Deadlock

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday night was unable to reach a verdict in the government's case alleging former Philadelphia labor leader John Dougherty threatened a Live! Casino construction contractor with "financial ruin" if he didn't pay his electrician nephew for work he didn't perform, marking a mistrial for the previously twice-convicted union figurehead and his relative.

  • April 25, 2024

    NLRB Backs Judge On Starbucks' Labor Violations In Mich.

    The National Labor Relations Board upheld on Thursday a judge's findings that Starbucks managers in Michigan illegally solicited worker complaints, threatened workers and removed pro-union notes from a community board, but declined prosecutors' push to use the case to revisit two precedents.

  • April 25, 2024

    ADT Must Undo Job Changes, Recognize Union, Judge Says

    A Kentucky federal judge ordered ADT on Thursday to resume recognizing an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers local and let the union walk back certain changes to work conditions that the company implemented after withdrawing recognition.

  • April 25, 2024

    Starbucks Illegally Barred Recording, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law by barring a worker from recording a disciplinary meeting and later terminating that pro-union employee from a store near St. Louis, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Thursday, calling for the coffee chain to reinstate the barista and make them whole.

  • April 25, 2024

    Paint Cos. Owe Fringe Benefits, Union Fund Trustees Say

    The trustees of an International Union of Painters and Allied Trades benefits fund accused a Michigan painting company of violating a collective bargaining agreement by not making contributions and subcontracting work to a related entity in an attempt to evade its obligations.

  • April 25, 2024

    Amazon Owes DOL Info On Anti-Union Expenses, Judge Says

    A Washington federal judge has ordered Amazon to comply with a U.S. Department of Labor subpoena seeking information about how much the company spent funding executives' travel to Staten Island, New York, to oppose a union organizing drive, saying the information is relevant to a DOL investigation.

  • April 25, 2024

    Rival Amazon Union Attys Get Warning From Federal Judge

    A Brooklyn federal judge expressed displeasure Thursday with how federal litigation between rival factions inside a nascent Staten Island, New York, union representing Amazon warehouse workers has been conducted, saying it has wasted time and raising the possibility of sanctions.

  • April 25, 2024

    Airplane Fuel Co. Seeks To Ax Union Healthcare Dispute

    A company that fuels airplanes at major U.S. airports asked a New York federal judge to dismiss a $157,000 suit accusing it of underfunding a Teamsters healthcare plan, saying the plan trustees filed the suit too late and can't prove the company owes the money.

  • April 25, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Union Vote At Blood Collection Nonprofit

    A group of workers at some of a blood collection nonprofit's locations in the Seattle area can vote on whether to unionize with a Teamsters local, a National Labor Relations Board official determined, rejecting the employer's claim that three more facilities should be included in the election.

  • April 24, 2024

    DOL Says Firm 'Repeatedly' Misclassified Highway Workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor recently determined that a subcontractor "repeatedly misclassified" employees who worked on 25 federal highway construction projects in Pennsylvania, according to a notice filed in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday in a lawsuit against three construction firms.

  • April 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Says NLRB Can Enforce Starbucks Bargaining Order

    The Ninth Circuit said Wednesday that Starbucks must recognize its Seattle roastery workers' April 2022 vote to unionize, overruling the coffee giant's contention that ballots should have been cast in person and concluding a National Labor Relations Board manager had discretion to call the mail-in election because of COVID-19 case counts at the time.

Expert Analysis

  • New NLRB Bench Book Is An Important Read For Practitioners

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board's Bench Book is aimed at administrative law judges who adjudicate unfair labor practice hearings, key updates in its 2023 edition offer crucial reading for anyone who handles charges before the agency, say David Pryzbylski and Thomas Payne at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Eye On Compliance: An NLRB Primer For Private Employers

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    Many employers, especially those with nonunionized workforces, may not realize they are subject to federal labor law, but with a recent flurry of precedent-changing rulings from the National Labor Relations, understanding how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act may now be more important than ever, says Bruno Katz at Wilson Elser.

  • NBA Players Must Avoid Legal Fouls In CBD Deals

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    The NBA’s recently ratified collective bargaining agreement allows athletes to promote CBD brands and products, but athletes and the companies they promote must be cautious of a complex patchwork of applicable state laws and federal regulators’ approach to advertising claims, says Airina Rodrigues at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Labor Law Lessons From NLRB Judge's Bargaining Order

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge’s recent decision to issue a so-called Gissel bargaining order against IBN Construction is a reminder that a company’s unfair labor practices may not just result in traditional remedies, but could also lead to union certification, says Andrew MacDonald at Fox Rothschild.

  • PGA, LIV Tie-Up Might Foreshadow Future Of Women's Soccer

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    The pending merger between PGA Tour and LIV Golf is entirely consistent with the history of American professional sports leagues that faced upstart competitors, and is a warning about the forthcoming competition between the National Women's Soccer League and the USL Super League, says Christopher Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • NLRB's Stricter Contractor Test May Bring Organizing Risks

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    The National Labor Relations Board’s recent Atlanta Opera decision adds another layer of complexity to the legal tests for determining whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee, and could create new risks of union organizing and unfair labor practice charges for companies, say Robert Lian and James Crowley at Akin.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Office Drug Abuse Insights From 'Industry'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Squarespace general counsel Larissa Boz about how employees in the Max TV show "Industry" abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with their high-pressure jobs, and discuss managerial and drug testing best practices for addressing suspected substance use at work.

  • A Look At 2023's Major NLRB Developments Thus Far

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    Over the last six months, the National Labor Relations Board has broadened its interpretation and enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act, including increasing penalties and efforts to prohibit restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, say Eve Klein and Elizabeth Mincer at Duane Morris.

  • What 3rd Circ. Niaspan Decision Means For Class Cert.

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    The Third Circuit's recent denial of class certification in the Niaspan antitrust case underscores its particularly stringent understanding of the implicit ascertainability requirement, which further fuels confusion in the courts, threatens uneven results and increases the risk of forum shopping, says Michael Lazaroff at Rimon Law.

  • 2 Steps To Improve Arbitrator Diversity In Employment Cases

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    There are prevalent obstacles in improving diversity among arbitrator ranks, but in the realm of employment-related disputes, there are two action items practitioners should consider to close the race and gender gap, say Todd Lyon and Carola Murguia at Fisher Phillips.

  • Cos. Should Consider Virtual Bargaining To Show Good Faith

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    Though the National Labor Relations Board recently determined that a Starbucks union's insistence on hybrid meetings was not an attempt to stall negotiations, the board’s lack of a formal decision on when virtual bargaining might be warranted should warn employers to stay flexible about how they come to the table, says Brandon Shemtob at Stevens & Lee.

  • Employers Must Beware NLRB Noncompete Stance

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    The National Labor Relations Board general counsel’s position that overly broad noncompete agreements could violate federal labor means employers should weigh the potential risks before offering such agreements, even though this issue has yet to come before the board for decision, says Samantha Buddig at Laner Muchin.

  • AI Voice Tech Legal Issues To Consider In The Film Industry

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    As studios create believable and identifiable artificial voice performances, there will be several legal pitfalls that rights-holders should evaluate in the context of rights of publicity, consumers' rights, relevant guild and union agreements, and the contractual language of performers' agreements, says Karen Robson at Pryor Cashman.

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