collective bargaining agreements

By: Ronald J. Kramer, Esq.

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Friday, December 1, 2017, newly appointed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo containing a broad overview of his initial agenda as General Counsel. It previews many anticipated developments during the Trump Administration. Our blog is exploring a different aspect of the memo each day during

By:  Skelly Harper

An Illinois state appellate court recently confirmed that Railway Labor Act “minor dispute” preemption is alive and well as a potential defense to state-law retaliatory discharge claims. The case, Hughes v. United Airlines, Inc., involved a former flight attendant’s claim that she was fired for filing a worker’s compensation claim.


By: Bradford L. Livingston

Depending on your point of view, it’s the same old (and new) song. Whether the famous 19th Century line by French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, the lyrics from the 2010 Bon Jovi song, or decisions of the current National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”), it’s apparently true that the more

By: Ronald J. Kramer, Esq.

In an informal July 2nd blog post, a Treasury official announced that the Obama Administration will not be imposing penalties on employers who do not offer minimal affordable coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)–the so-called employer mandate–in 2014. The promised follow-up IRS notice 2013-45 regarding this

By Christopher Busey

In Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 18, 359 NLRB No. 121, the NLRB held that an employer’s unfair labor practice charge against a union should have been deferred to the grievance-arbitration procedure of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. The result will come as somewhat of a surprise to those who

By: Ronald J. Kramer, Esq.

In Alan Ritchey, Inc, 359 NLRB No. 40 (2012), a decision dated December 14, 2012, but just published, the NLRB decided that newly organized employers cannot discipline employees without first notifying the union and bargaining over the decision.  Despite fifteen pages of hemming and hawing, explanations of vague, undefined exceptions