Archive for the ‘Labor Relations’ Category

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements are Lawful

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to resolve a split among the federal courts regarding whether class action waivers in arbitration agreements are lawful under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) or if, instead, such waivers violate the labor law provisions found in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The Court agreed to consolidate three […]

17 Jan 17 - Hiring, Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

NLRB Expands Ability of Temp Workers to Organize

Following on the heels of last year’s expansive Browning-Ferris decision that redefined the joint-employer standard, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has now issued a decision that multiplies the problem for employers with temporary/contingent workers. In Miller & Anderson, Inc., the NLRB overturned long-established precedent to hold that temporary workers supplied by a staffing agency […]

20 Jul 16 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

High Court Deadlocks on Union Fee Case

In a one sentence ruling, a deadlocked United States Supreme Court upheld a system allowing public employers to require nonunion public workers to pay what are called “fair share” union fees. With the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, there was no deciding vote to break the 4-4 tie. This highly watched labor case is […]

29 Mar 16 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

California Company Appeals NLRB Decision on Joint-Employer Standard

Waste services company Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. (BFI) has filed a legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expansive decision redefining the joint employer standard. Last summer, as previously reported, the NLRB departed from the long-standing joint-employer test it previously used which focused on the extent a company exercised direct control over […]

4 Feb 16 - Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley - No CommentsRead More »

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Challenge of California Teacher Union Fee

Ruling Will Affect All Public Employee Unions The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard arguments about the validity of a fee the California Teachers Association (CTA) charges nonunion members to cover the cost of representing them in contract negotiations. In the case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, 10 California teachers and the Christian Educators Association […]

15 Jan 16 - Labor Relations - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »