The Dawn Of “Micro-Unions”: A Scary Proposition For Employers

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Unions can be difficult enough to manage, even for experienced employers. Imagine taking your workforce of 100 employees and dividing them up into 10 different collective bargaining units… represented by 10 different unions… and 10 different collective bargaining agreements… with 10 different effective dates. Sound like an administrative nightmare?

NLRB Overrules Board Precedent And Institutes New Remedy In Successorship Cases

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On September 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) in Pressroom Cleaners, Inc. overturned Board precedent regarding the appropriate remedy in successorship cases, holding that a successor employer must reinstate all terms and conditions of the previous employer until it reaches an agreement or impasse with the union – even if it can be shown that the successor never would have agreed to those terms if it had negotiated lawfully at the time of the takeover.

Labor Board Declines To Overrule Favorable Union Beck Notice Precedent

By Chad P. Richter, Philip B. Rosen and Howard M. Bloom, Mondaq.com

A union fulfilled its “Beck” notice obligations to a new employee even though it failed to disclose the “reduced fees and dues” for which the employee would be responsible by refusing to become a member under a union security clause at the same time it first informed the employee of his obligations under the clause, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled. United Food & Commercial Workers Local 700, 361 NLRB No. 39 (Sept. 10, 2014). In a 3-2 decision, the Board dismissed the NLRB General Counsel’s complaint against the union.

The NLRB’s Designs to Re-Define Joint Employer

The National Law Review

Are you a franchisor? Do you have contractors? Do you use a staffing agency? Do you outsource functions (food service, cleaning, security, etc.)? Do you have affiliate corporate entities you established to operate separately? Do you have a vertically integrated operation? If you answered any single one of these questions affirmatively, the National Labor Relations Board is gunning for you.

NLRB deals another blow to small business

By Dan Danner, Valley Journal

President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board recently announced that due to complaints against a McDonald’s franchise, it will expand its definition of employer to make one company an employer of another company’s employees.

Purple Haze – NLRB Delays Decision On Employee Use Of Company Email Systems

National Law Review

Employers will have to wait a while longer to see if the NLRB will overturn its existing precedent allowing employers to bar employees from using the company email system for non-job-related solicitations. Such a prohibition is critical in the context of a union organizing campaign and the Board has followed this rule since its Register Guard decision in 2007.