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Employment Law Newsletter: A Monthly Report On Labor Law Issues

Our Monthly Report on Labor Law Issues, also known as the Employment Law Bulletin, is a monthly newsletter that covers a wide range of labor law issues, including affirmative action plans, strikes, OSHA regulations, minimum wage requirements, and more. Other topics covered have included issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as workplace walk-outs and strikes, vaccinations, and employee rights related to positive test results and quarantine. The newsletter also covers issues related to discrimination, such as artificial intelligence and racial bias, and issues related to unions, such as organizing efforts and union successes at companies like Amazon and Starbucks. The newsletter also covers issues related to taxes, immigration, and court cases related to labor law. Stay informed and avoid legal missteps, by subscribing to email updates here.

On December 11, 2014, the NLRB overruled its previous doctrine set forth in Register Guard, and ruled that employees have a Section 7 right to use their employer’s email system for union organizing purposes during their non-working time. Purple Communications, 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014). In its 3-2 ruling, with the two Republican members d...
On December 15, 2014, the NLRB adopted as a final rule its "quickie election" process for union elections. The new rule will take effect on April 14, 2015. The changes include the following: After the union files a representation petition, a hearing on the petition will be scheduled eight (8) days after hearing notice is served. The non-petitioning par...
Some employers have not provided group health coverage to some or all of their employees. Instead of providing group health coverage, some of these employers have chosen to reimburse employees for the cost of individual coverage that those employees purchased directly from insurance companies. Prior to 2014, the IRS permitted employers to reimburse employ...
On November 20, 2014, President Obama in an address to the nation announced his immigration plans to defer deportation for as many as 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. He announced that his unilateral action is necessary because the Republican-led House of Representatives has failed to pass a Senate-approved immigration plan for more than a y...
On December 11, 2014, the NLRB overruled its previous doctrine set forth in Register Guard, and ruled that employees have a Section 7 right to use their employer’s email system for union organizing purposes during their non-working time. Purple Communications, 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014). In its 3-2 ruling, with the two Republican members d...
On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the second major case before it which will determine the future of ObamaCare, King v. Burwell. Unlike the first case, this second case does not deal with the constitutionality of ObamaCare but instead deals with its terminology. ObamaCare basically grants health insurance subsidies to people who ...
Effective January 1, 2015, employers are required to report to OSHA within twenty-four (24) hours an amputation, the loss of an eye or any incident that results in at least one worker being admitted to a hospital for in-patient care, in addition to existing procedures requiring the reporting of fatalities within eight (8) hours. Little noticed in these ch...
Employers may be lulled to a false sense of security by reading about legislative and judicial efforts to block the NLRB quickie election rule that goes into effect April 14, 2015. The effect of the new "quickie" or "ambush" election rules are to shorten the time frame from the union’s request of an election to the election date itself, from approxi...
Since the effect of the new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) "quickie" election rules is to deprive an employer of valuable time to address issues, it is critical for employers to do pre-planning steps to take in advance of union organizing, as well as steps to take at the onset of union organizing. Failure to take such steps could result in a situat...
Employers may be required to provide light duty to pregnant workers because of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., No. 12-1226. In the course of her duties as a driver, the plaintiff regularly lifted and moved packages weighing over 20 pounds and up to 70 pounds. She became pregnant and her healthcare providers recomme...
The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor must allocate its resources just like other organizations. For many years, it has tried to focus on industries where it believes there is systematic or prevalent problems, and also those industries in which the employees are least likely to complain because of their vulnerability. One casualty is ...