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Despite Court Ruling, NLRB Implements Much of New Election Rule

The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) has implemented several parts of its new election rule. U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson enjoined parts of the rule that, in her view, were not lawfully promulgated. AFL-CIO v. NLRB, No. 20-CV-0675 (D. D.C. May 30, 2020). For more on the ruling, see our post, District Court... Continue Reading
June 4, 2020

NLRB Orders Mail Ballot Election Delayed by Pandemic Concerns to Proceed

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has lifted its stay of a mail ballot election ordered by a Regional Director and denied the employer’s Request for Review of the Regional Director’s decision, based on the COVID-19 pandemic, to order a mail, rather than manual, ballot election. Atlas Pacific Engineering Company, 27-RC-258742 (May 8, 2020). On... Continue Reading
May 13, 2020

NLRB Temporarily Changes Standard Notice-Posting Remedy during COVID-19 Pandemic

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is beginning to address procedural disruptions arising due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 6, 2020, without a request from any party to a case, the NLRB “announce[d] . . . a temporary change in the Board’s standard notice-posting remedy to adapt to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.” The temporary... Continue Reading
May 11, 2020

NLRB May Revisit Standards for Employer’s Interview of Employees

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has raised the possibility that it might make changes in its Johnnie’s Poultry standards, which establish safeguards to reduce the possibility an employer, while questioning an employee in preparation for a trial or hearing, might interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of their Section 7 rights,... Continue Reading
April 21, 2020

NLRB Open to Changing Criteria for Mail Ballot Elections

In an unpublished decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has expressed an interest in possibly changing the criteria for mail balloting in a future “appropriate proceeding.” Western Wall Systems, LLC, Case 28-RC-247464 (Apr. 16, 2020). NLRB elections can occur by manual ballot, by mail ballot, or by manual and mail ballot simultaneously. The majority... Continue Reading
April 21, 2020

Labor Board Interested in Reviewing Mail Ballot Procedures and Employee Interview Safeguards

In two decisions issued on April 16, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) indicated its interest in reviewing two long-standing NLRB principles: mail ballot election procedures and employee interview safeguards. In Western Wall Systems, LLC, Case 28-RC-247464 (Apr. 16, 2020), the NLRB stated that it is “open to addressing the criteria for mail balloting in... Continue Reading
April 21, 2020

NLRB Continues to Relax Restraints on Workplace Investigations Confidentiality

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to relax restrictions on rules requiring confidentiality of ongoing workplace investigations. Securitas Security Services USA, 369 NLRB No. 57 (Apr. 14, 2020). Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects employees’ rights to discuss workplace issues. This protection includes employee discussion of discipline, discrimination, harassment, and... Continue Reading
April 20, 2020

NLRB Issues Final Rule Changing Three Election Procedures

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Final Rule modifying three aspects of its election procedures: its blocking charge policy, the voluntary recognition bar doctrine, and its rule regarding National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Section 9(a) recognition in the construction industry. The NLRB issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on August 12, 2019,... Continue Reading
April 2, 2020

AFL-CIO Asks Federal Court to Overturn New NLRB Election Rule

As expected, the nation’s largest labor organization, the AFL-CIO, has filed suit in the Washington, D.C., federal court to stay implementation of, and ultimately invalidate, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expansive election rule amendments. The rule changes, scheduled for April 16, have been widely panned by labor advocates.   The suit primarily argues the... Continue Reading
March 10, 2020

NLRB Announces Broad Modifications to 2014 ‘Quickie Election’ Rule

The NLRB has announced long-awaited major modifications to its controversial 2014 election rule. The draft rule will be published on December 18 and will go into effect 120 days after that, on April 16, 2020.  Critics of the so-called Quickie Election Rule are bound to view this as good news. The Board characterizes this draft... Continue Reading
December 13, 2019