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Northwestern University Wins Review of Unionization Decision

In late March, HRWatchdog reported on a decision from a regional director of the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) that Northwestern University football players who received college scholarships are entitled to try to form a union because they are “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). But on April 24, 2014, […]

Apr 28 2014 - Hiring, Labor Relations - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Tech Industry No Poaching Case Settles

Four major tech companies, Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, agreed to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring not to poach each other’s employees. The trial was set to begin in a few weeks. Approximately 64,000 employees joined a class action lawsuit alleging that the four companies violated federal antitrust laws by entering into no-hire arrangements […]

Apr 25 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Employer Will Remove Social Media Policy After NLRB Complaint

A nationwide company that provides leasing services to U.S. refineries recently agreed to remove its nationwide social media policy in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The United Steelworkers of America filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB, alleging that the company’s social media policy interfered with […]

Apr 24 2014 - Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

No One Wants to Make Costly Hiring Mistakes

As an employer or someone who handles HR in California, do you know the risks of rescinding a job offer? What are you entitled to learn about a prospective employee’s background? Recruiting and hiring employees certainly isn’t easy. When handled incorrectly, you can find yourself with a discrimination claim or jeopardize the at-will employment relationship. […]

Apr 23 2014 - Hiring - HRWatchdog Read More »

Diabetic Worker Fired for “Grazing” on a Bag of Chips

A long-term employee of Walgreens was fired because the company claimed she violated its “anti-grazing” policy when she grabbed a bag of potato chips from the store and ate some of them to stabilize her low-blood sugar. According to the allegations, Josephina Hernandez worked for Walgreens for 18 years. Walgreens knew Hernandez was diabetic, and […]

Apr 22 2014 - Disabilities, Discrimination, Termination, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »