By:  Ashley K. Laken, Esq.

On February 19, an NLRB Administrative Law Judge ruled that a UFCW local union illegally restrained and coerced grocery store employees by requiring them to appear at the union office in person to file objections to paying full membership dues. See United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 135

By: Kenneth R. Dolin

Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Co. v. NLRB is a case pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that very well may determine the viability of the Board’s Specialty Healthcare standard for ascertaining the appropriateness of bargaining units. The Sixth Circuit previously upheld the Specialty Healthcare standard in

By:  Kenneth R. Dolin

In continuing to apply strict scrutiny to workplace communications, the Board in a 2-1 panel decision recently held that an employer acted unlawfully by posting a memorandum shortly after a union election, urging employees to treat each other with “dignity and respect” and reiterating its workplace violence policy, even though the

On December 11th, over on our ERISA & Employee Benefits blog, Seyfarth labor partner Ron Kramer analyzed the proposed “Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014” (“MPRA”).

We can now report that President Obama enacted this legislation on Tuesday, December 16th as part of the $1.1 trillion spending bill for 2015.

On January 14, 2015, Seyfarth

By: Bryan R. Bienias

On Monday of this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) abandoned over 30 years of precedent and significantly modified the standards for the deferral of certain unfair labor practice charges to contractual arbitration procedures. This change likely will call into question the finality of arbitration awards in future

By: Ronald J. Kramer

While Alan Ritchey Inc., 359 NLRB No. 40 (2012), became “non-binding” as a result of the Noel Canning decision, its holding is alive and well with the Board and the General Counsel’s Office. In a recently released Advice Memorandum, the General Counsel’s Office took the position that “Alan Ritchey

By: Paul Galligan and Howard M. Wexler

In Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 361 NLRB No. 74 (2014) (“Richmond”) the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) affirmed an ALJ’s decision (previously discussed here) finding that the “insubordinate” and “egregious” Facebook comments of two employees went too far and thus lost protection of the Act, justifying

By Jeffrey A. Berman and Candice T. Zee

In Triple Play Sports Bar & Grille, 361 NLRB No. 31 (2014), the National Labor Relations Board ruled that a Facebook discussion regarding an employer’s tax withholding calculations and an employee’s “like” of the discussion constituted concerted activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”).

By: Candice Zee

As employers have been watching the Board issue decision after decision holding common-place employment policies unlawful, consider expanding its jurisdiction to include religious schools, graduate students, student athletes, and try to recreate the “joint employer doctrine,” these employers repeatedly have found themselves wondering: “What are these guys smoking?” We may never