More and more employers utilize some form of parental leave to allow bonding with a new child.  Some say the moves help in hiring and retention of top talent.  Regarding such leave, however, the purpose of the parental leave is for child bonding, and the discrimination laws require the same rights to be extended to fathers as are extended to mot...
A recent NLRB ruling demonstrates how unions often place obstacles on the ability of employees to withdraw from their union dues check-off obligations.  Teamsters Local 385 (Walt Disney Parks), 366 NLRB No. 90 (6/20/18).  In this case, the Teamsters Local was found to have deliberately failed to respond to employees of Walt Disney and United Par...
When Boeing technicians voted 104-65 for representation by the machinist union in Charleston on May 31, 2018, it had some significance.  First, this was an unusual victory for unions in South Carolina.  Second, the victory directly raised the controversial issue of "micro-units" in union representation elections.  Boeing has a major facili...
OSHA issued a notice on July 28, 2018 that it is planning to withdraw the requirement that work sites with 250 or more employees submit certain types of injury and illness documents.  Under a rule issued during the Obama Administration, OSHA had planned to require the submission of Form 300, annual summary of every work-related injury or illness requ...
Recent news developments show the increasing sensitivity of harassment issues including inappropriate language.  During July, the founder and chairman of Papa John's was forced out over comments made during a May conference call in which he allegedly used the slur "n - - - - -," explaining that other chains used the word but his chain did not, referr...
During Fiscal Year 2018, which began last October 1, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has doubled its enforcement activities.  It has opened some 3,510 workplace investigations, between October 1 and May 4, up from 1,716 during all of the previous fiscal year.  That number is expected to reach around 5,500 by the end of the current...
 

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