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Extraordinary Employee Misconduct – Giving a Non-consensual Haircut!
September 5, 2018
A recent case involved rather odd facts. Apparently an employee arrived at work with windblown hair. Her co-worker said “I can fix that for you.” The employee responded, “Sure, go ahead.”
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NLRB Expands Weingarten Rights
July 17, 2018
A recent decision from a three-member panel of the NLRB appears to depart from over 40 years of precedent regarding an employee’s right to union representation during an investigatory interview.
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Supreme Court Prohibits Mandatory Union Fees for Public Sector Non-Union Members
June 28, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its highly-anticipated ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, a case that challenged the constitutionality of an Illinois law that allowed unions who represent public employees to collect mandatory contributions from employees who chose not to join the union.
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Union’s Smooth Landing at Boeing
June 28, 2018
The Boeing Company employs 6,749 employees in the Charleston, South Carolina region. The International Association of Machinists has attempted to organize Boeing at its North Charleston manufacturing facility, where it assembles the 787 Dreamliner, on three occasions.
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Supreme Court Rules “Fair Share Fees” Unconstitutional
June 27, 2018
As widely anticipated, the U.S. Supreme Court just held by a 5-4 vote that fair share agreements are unconstitutional.
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After Oral Argument: Public Sector “Fair Share Fees” on Thin Ice
April 9, 2018
As we previously reported, in July 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to consider the legality of “fair share” fees for public employees.
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Take Two: The Supreme Court Again to Decide the Constitutionality of Public Sector Union “Fair Share Fees”
October 2, 2017
As we previously reported, in July 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal of a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the legality of “fair share” fees for public employees. Fair share fees are fees that are proportionate to the union’s costs associated with collective bargaining, contract administration and other activities germane to the union’s duties as the collective bargaining representative. 
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Fired for Kneeling During the Anthem? Maybe Not So Fast…
September 28, 2017
President Trump has spoken (and tweeted) his views loud and clear: it is a privilege to play a sport and be paid handsomely for doing so, and any player (as you know, he actually referred to them by another name) that disrespects the flag or our anthem should be fired. Regardless of your views on that subject, can an owner fire a player for doing so?
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Ninth Circuit Pauses Seattle Ride-Share Union Ordinance, But Uncertainty Remains
September 26, 2017
Recently, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked the implementation of Seattle Ordinance 124968, which would allow drivers for ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft to form unions, while a suit over the new law is on appeal. The lengthy court dispute over the Ordinance is just the latest battle front facing companies in the “Gig Economy.”
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Wisconsin’s Right to Work Law Upheld
September 20, 2017
In a decision issued September 19, 2017, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld as constitutional Wisconsin’s so-called “Right to Work” law (Act 1), which outlawed mandatory union membership as a condition of employment.
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What, Did the Judge Draft Ezekiel Elliott for his Fantasy Football Team?
September 14, 2017
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, from the Eastern District of Texas has rewarded risky fantasy football owners all over who used a high draft pick on Ezekiel Elliott.
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Labor Looks for Labor Day Love
August 23, 2017
The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized labor on this Labor Day. First celebrated in 1882 to provide a “working man’s holiday,” Labor Day has evolved to include an analysis of the state of labor unions.
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Tweets Follow

Oct 15

NLRB Surrenders Its War Against Employee Handbooks: https://t.co/fX7BILtNCP

Oct 12

NLRB Turns To Rulemaking To Reverse Joint Employer Standard: https://t.co/cFnQjI6Rzg

Oct 10

Upon Further Review: The DEA Legalizes a Marijuana-Derived Drug: https://t.co/RzjNFiU50k