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Airline and Airline Service Providers

Carriers subject to the Railway Labor Act (RLA) or arguably subject to the RLA face different labor relations, employment, and wage and hour obligations than employers in other industries.

Overview

Our airline and airline service provider practice is comprised of experienced attorneys with a wide range of backgrounds representing employers in all facets of these industries. We bring to each representation a clear understanding of the business complexities and the often unique legal requirements faced by employers in this sector.

We have significant experience representing both airlines (domestic and foreign) as well as airline service providers which employ an ever-growing number of employees. Some of the specific services we provide include:

  • Advising on union organizing and National Mediation Board (NMB) elections, including providing representation before the NMB in connection with election petitions;
  • Providing representation in collective bargaining negotiations and mediation;
  • Counseling with regard to contingency planning in the event of potential self-help and providing representation with regard to self-help activity;
  • Providing representation in grievance arbitration before system boards;
  • Establishing and defending the status of airline service providers as “derivative carriers” in proceedings before the NLRB and the NMB;
  • Counseling clients on legality and compliance with local minimum wage and labor harmony requirements often uniquely imposed by airport authorities;
  • Counseling clients subject to the RLA on their obligations under federal and state wage and hour laws;
  • Advising clients in all aspects of preventive counseling, including human resource decisions, application of leave of absence provisions, reasonable accommodations, employee policies, benefits advice and related issues;
  • Representing clients in all aspects of litigation, whether employment discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower or claims related to the RLA; and
  • Providing a full array of immigration services to clients with employees transferring from overseas to work in the United States.

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March 27, 2017

New Jersey Bill Will Make Whistleblower Settlement Agreements with Public Entities Public Records

March 27, 2017

Proposed legislation that would make whistleblower settlement agreements involving public entities available to the public has been approved unanimously by the New Jersey Assembly on March 23, 2017. The New Jersey Assembly Bill (A-4243) would bar public entities and public employees from entering into confidential settlements of... Read More

March 27, 2017

Jackson Lewis Files Comments on EEOC’s Proposed Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

March 27, 2017

Jackson Lewis has submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment. The Proposed Guidance sets out to define what constitutes harassment, examine when a basis for employer liability exists if harassment is proven, and offer suggestions for preventive practices... Read More

March 22, 2017

Senate HELP Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing for Nominee Acosta to Head Labor Department

March 22, 2017

The Senate Health, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on March 22, 2017, held confirmation hearings on the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor. Acosta was introduced by Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both of whom have known Acosta for years. Rubio described Acosta as... Read More

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