The NLRB was a busy beaver last week

By Jon Hyman, ohioemployerlawblog.com

Late last week, the NLRB made huge news. In Purple Communications, the NLRB ruled that employees have a right to use their employers’ email systems during non-working time to communicate about union issues.

Going overboard at the labor board

By Richard W. Rahn, The Washington Times

Whom do you work for? Such a simple question should not require a government agency to give an answer. However, the Obama administration, in its never-ending quest for power over individuals and businesses, has decided that it — rather than you or your employer — should determine whom you work for.

Volkswagen policy on workers’ groups – Active lame duck ahead for NLRB

By Brian Mahoney, Politico

Volkswagen of America this morning announced a new “community organization engagement policy” allowing labor organizations representing a certain percentage of workers to have more say at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. a step that the United Autoworkers views as crucial to gaining union recognition in the union-hostile south.

Perez: DOL Continues Fiduciary Redraft Outreach

Think Advisor

The Department of Labor continues to “reach out to stakeholders” regarding the redraft of its rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act so that DOL can “understand with granularity” what the “nature of the problem is and what the nature of various stakeholders’ concerns are” regarding the rulemaking, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez told reporters after his speech at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday.

Sen. Alexander wants to suspend rule that could threaten in-home care

By Lurah Lowery, tricities.com

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., renewed his call today on the Department of Labor to suspend its rule that significantly changes the overtime exemption for companionship care, which would increase costs for Tennessee seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on non-medical caregivers for help with daily activities.