Labor

  • June 04, 2024

    Airlines Seek Shield From Chicago's New Paid Sick Leave Law

    The trade group representing the largest U.S. airlines alleged in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that Chicago's new paid sick leave law cannot be enforced against airlines because it interferes with flight crew staffing and scheduling in violation of federal law and collective bargaining agreements.

  • June 04, 2024

    Amazon Union Moves To Fold Into Teamsters Amid Struggles

    The Amazon Labor Union, an independent union representing workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, has taken steps to affiliate with the Teamsters ahead of an election to seat new officers.

  • June 04, 2024

    UC System Plans To Sue Grad Workers' Union Over Strike

    The University of California system is planning to sue its graduate student workers' union over a Gaza-related strike that has spread to five campuses, saying state court is the next step now that a state labor-management relations agency has declined to halt the work stoppage.

  • June 04, 2024

    Widow's 'Elderly' Claim For Atty Fee Can't Stand, Trustees Say

    A coal company executive's widow can't demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees over a dismissed suit seeking $6.5 billion, United Mine Workers of America pension plan trustees argued, knocking her claim that the trustees are seeking funds from an "elderly woman."

  • June 04, 2024

    Ogletree Opens 7th California Office In Fresno

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has opened an office in Fresno, California, absorbing a location previously operated by Raimondo Miller ALC and its five attorneys, the firm has announced.

  • June 04, 2024

    Former Security Co. Worker Sued Union Too Late, Judge Says

    A discharged employee of a Texas security guard firm missed the deadline to sue his union for failing to fight hard enough for his reinstatement, an Arizona federal judge ruled, tossing the suit but giving him another shot to prove he sued on time.

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

  • June 03, 2024

    Workers At Wash. Mushroom Producer OK'd For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official cleared all full-time and regular part-time employees of an Olympia, Washington, mushroom producer's three facilities to vote on representation by a Laborers local, rejecting the company's challenge to the unit size Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    5th Circ. Ruling Won't Sink NLRB Remedies Expansion

    The Fifth Circuit's rebuke of the National Labor Relations Board in an appeal involving software company Thryv Inc. will not affect the board's use of the new remedies it announced in the case, experts said, though it could signal trouble if a future challenge to the remedies comes to the appeals court.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Order Can't Stop Other Subpoenas, Starbucks Says

    A recent Second Circuit order concerning a discovery order for Starbucks and Workers United doesn't apply to a subpoena dispute with the union before an Illinois federal judge, Starbucks argued, saying the appeals court's opinion dealt with "very different subpoena instructions and requests."

  • June 03, 2024

    4 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In May

    Massachusetts state court judges rejected a law firm's effort to fight malpractice claims by pointing the finger at a Rhode Island judge, and ruled that an online booking platform can boot the owner of Bali vacation villas from its site, among other under-the-radar decisions handed down in May.

  • June 03, 2024

    Minn. Biz Groups Fight Ban On Required Anti-Union Meetings

    A Minnesota company and two business groups are challenging the state's nearly year-old ban on so-called captive audience meetings, saying Minnesota can't exempt workers from sitting through mandatory meetings about their employers' views on unionization without violating the U.S. Constitution.

  • June 03, 2024

    Starbucks' 'Middleman' Remark Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    Starbucks violated federal labor law at a California cafe when a store manager told a worker she could lose benefits and compared the union to a "middleman," a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled, finding the manager's statements weren't protected speech.

  • June 03, 2024

    NLRB Says Electrical Contractor Must Honor Union Contract

    An electrical contractor in western New York violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to properly pay its union electricians or contribute to union-run fringe benefit funds, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, granting a board prosecutor's motion for default judgment.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labaton Keller Opens 1st Office Outside US In London

    Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP said Monday it has opened its first office outside the U.S. in London, as the firm looks to expand its services to the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    US, Mexico Reach Truce On Steel Factory Labor Violations

    A steel manufacturer in Mexico has agreed to pay a monetary settlement to workers it dismissed in retaliation for their union organizing activity after the United States asked the Mexican government to review the matter, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said.

  • May 31, 2024

    Starbucks, Workers United Secure Tentative Accords In Talks

    Starbucks and Workers United said Friday that collective bargaining talks have resulted in tentative agreements related to just cause, union representation and transparency between the parties, marking another step toward a first labor contract for the coffee chain and union.

  • May 31, 2024

    Texas Justices Won't Review Boeing, Union Back Pay Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Fifth District permitting the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association to continue its attempt to recover lost wages from Boeing after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded its 737 Max plane in 2019. 

  • May 31, 2024

    DOL's Fund Mismanagement Suit Stayed For 7th Circ. Appeal

    An Illinois federal judge pressed pause on a suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against the trustees of a union life insurance fund, saying she'll let two former trustees' appeal of an injunction she issued in the case play out before she resumes adjudicating.

  • May 31, 2024

    CWA, Microsoft Reach Neutrality Deal Over ZeniMax Workers

    The Communications Workers of America and Microsoft notched a neutrality pact that applies to all ZeniMax workers, according to an announcement from the union, with the company agreeing not to interfere if employees want to unionize. 

  • May 31, 2024

    4 Argument Sessions In June Bias Lawyers Should Know

    A group of Republican state attorneys general will urge a federal judge Monday to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to block regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Fifth Circuit will hear Southwest Airlines’ push to overturn an anti-abortion former flight attendant's win in her religious bias suit. ​​​​​Here are four June argument sessions discrimination lawyers should have on their radar. 

  • May 31, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers IATSE Movie Pay Dispute

    This week, a New York federal judge will hear arguments over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' attempt to force a film production company to make wage and benefits payments the union claims it has not made as required under an arbitration award.

  • May 31, 2024

    Split NH High Court Says Cops Must Pay Back Sick Leave

    An updated version of a City of Manchester ordinance requires four police officers to pay the city back for the sick leave benefits they received while their compensation claims for on-the-job injuries were pending, a split New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled.

  • May 31, 2024

    NLRB Official OKs Doughnut Chain's Challenge To Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official has upheld a Portland, Oregon, doughnut shop chain's challenges to two votes that swung a representation election in a union's favor, saying the workers were not on payroll at the time they cast their ballots.

Expert Analysis

  • Protecting Workplace Privacy In The New Age Of Social Media

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    The rise of platforms like TikTok and BeReal, that incentivize users to share workplace content, merits reminding employers that their social media policies should protect both company and employee private information, while accounting for enforceability issues, say Christina Wabiszewski and Kimberly Henrickson at Foley & Lardner.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Quiet Quitting Insights From 'Seinfeld'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Paradies Lagardere's Rebecca Silk about George Costanza's "quiet quitting" tendencies in "Seinfeld" and how such employees raise thorny productivity-monitoring issues for employers.

  • Garmon Defense Finds New Relevance As NLRB Stays Active

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    With a more muscular National Labor Relations Board at work, employers should recall that they have access to a powerful yet underutilized defense to state law employment and tort claims established under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in San Diego Building Trades Council v. Garmon, say Alex Meier and Cary Reid Burke at Seyfarth.

  • Eye On Compliance: Cross-State Noncompete Agreements

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent proposal to limit the application of worker noncompete agreements is a timely reminder for prudent employers to reexamine their current policies and practices around such covenants — especially businesses with operational footprints spanning more than one state, says Jeremy Stephenson at Wilson Elser.

  • Conducting Employee Investigations That Hold Up In Court

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    A recent Maryland federal court decision, which held that Elite Protective Services failed to provide a worker under internal investigation with protections required by his collective bargaining agreement, highlights important steps employers should take to ensure the conclusions of internal reviews will withstand judicial scrutiny, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Memo Shows NLRB Intends To Protect Race Talk At Work

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    A newly released memo from the National Labor Relations Board advising that discussions of racism at work count as protected concerted activity should alert employers that worker retaliation claims may now face serious scrutiny not only from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but also the NLRB, says Mark Fijman at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Cannabis Co. Considerations For Handling A Union Campaign

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    As employees in Connecticut and across the country increasingly unionize, cannabis employers must understand the meaning of neutrality and the provisions of labor peace agreements to steer clear of possible unfair labor charges, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Handling Severance Pact Language After NLRB Decision

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    Following the National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that severance agreements with broad confidentiality or nondisparagement provisions violate federal labor law, employers may want to consider whether such terms must be stripped from agreements altogether, or if there may be a middle-ground approach, says Daniel Pasternak at Squire Patton.

  • Eye On Compliance: Service Animal Accommodations

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    A Michigan federal court's recent ruling in Bennett v. Hurley Medical Center provides guidance on when employee service animals must be permitted in the workplace — a question otherwise lacking clarity under the Americans with Disabilities Act that has emerged as people return to the office post-pandemic, says Lauren Stadler at Wilson Elser.

  • Joint Employment Mediation Sessions Are Worth The Work

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    Despite the recent trend away from joint mediation in employment disputes, and the prevailing belief that putting both parties in the same room is only a recipe for lost ground, face-to-face sessions can be valuable tools for moving toward win-win resolutions when planned with certain considerations in mind, says Jonathan Andrews at Signature Resolution.

  • A Look At NLRB GC's Memos On Misleading Employees

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    The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel recently confirmed her plan to limit what she considers coercive and misleading statements by employers during union organizing drives, and provided some guidance for employers that, if recognized and followed, may keep a company out of legal trouble with the NLRB, says Rebecca Leaf at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Termination Lessons From 'WeCrashed'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Fulton Bank’s Allison Snyder about how the show “WeCrashed” highlights pitfalls companies should avoid when terminating workers, even when the employment is at will.

  • Labor Law Reform Is Needed For Unions To Succeed

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    Though support for unions is at an unprecedented high, declining union membership levels expose the massive disconnect between what Americans want from unionizing and what they are actually able to achieve, primarily due to the disastrous state of U.S. labor law, say Sharon Block and Benjamin Sachs at Harvard Law School.

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