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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

Teamsters Union Lost Most Members in 20 Years in 2019

According to an analysis by Bloomberg Law Daily Labor Report, the Teamsters Union lost almost 65,000 members in 2019, the largest decline in the union’s membership in 20 years. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) added almost 45,000 members. The analysis was based on a review of recently released annual LM-2 reports filed by unions... Continue Reading
April 26, 2020

NLRB Rejects Hospital’s Bid to Stay Representation Election based on COVID-19 Pandemic

In an unpublished decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has denied an acute- care hospital’s request to stay a representation election based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Case 04-RC-257107 (Apr. 23, 2020). The union’s representation petition was filed on February 28, 2020. The union, which did not represent any of the other...… Continue Reading
April 24, 2020

NLRB Rejects Hospital’s Bid to Stay Representation Election based on COVID-19 Pandemic

In an unpublished decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has denied an acute- care hospital’s request to stay a representation election based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Case 04-RC-257107 (Apr. 23, 2020). The union’s representation petition was filed on February 28, 2020. The union, which did not represent any of the other... Continue Reading
April 24, 2020

NLRB: Union Had Responsibility to Bargain About Employer Information Confidentiality Claim

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled an employer does not have a duty to provide a union with relevant information that contains confidential material if the union has refused the employer’s offer to bargain over ways to protect its legitimate confidentiality interests. Oncor Electric Delivery, LLC, 369 NLRB No. 40 (Mar. 6, 2020).... Continue Reading
April 22, 2020

NLRB Division of Advice Decides Laborers’ Union Unlawfully Restricts Resignation

A union’s dues check off authorization card that unduly restricted an employee’s right to resign union membership violates Section 8(b)(1)(A) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Division of Advice has decided. Laborers’ Local 980 (Tutor-Perini Corp.), No. 05-CB-229670 (issued July 29, 2019, released Apr. 10, 2020). The Division... Continue Reading
April 22, 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

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