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Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave Proposals Affecting Private Plan Exemptions

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave’s (DFML) proposed amendments to existing regulations for the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) include significant changes relating to the private or self-funded plan exemption. Employers offering approved private plans may be exempt from making PFMLA contributions. The start date for benefit availability under the... Continue Reading
May 20, 2020

Massachusetts Department of Paid Family Leave Releases New Guidance

The current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 crisis have brought paid family and medical leave to the forefront of the national consciousness. While the federal government and other states have created new, immediately effective, paid family and medical leave laws, Massachusetts has remained committed to the existing timeframe for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act... Continue Reading
April 10, 2020

NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Receives Chilly Reception During Court of Appeals Hearing

The National Labor Relations Board’s new, expanded “joint employer” standard faced sharp criticism during oral argument at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In Browning-Ferris, the Board created a broad new standard for determining whether two entities are joint employers. The case involved Browning Ferris Industries of California, Inc. … Continue Reading The post NLRB’s New Joint Employer Standard Receives Chilly Reception During Court of Appeals Hearing appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
March 20, 2017

NLRB General Counsel Announces Wish-List Of “Hot-Button” Issues To Be Handled By His Office

The National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel has assembled his latest wish-list of “hot-button” issues he hopes to present to the Board for decision when the right cases are presented to his office. Because certain NLRB unfair labor practice cases “are of particular interest and would benefit from centralized consideration,” the General Counsel has determined … Continue Reading The post NLRB General Counsel Announces Wish-List Of “Hot-Button” Issues To Be Handled By His Office appeared first on Labor & Collective Bargaining.
April 5, 2016

NLRB Expands Scope of Union Representatives’ Permissible Conduct during Investigatory Interviews under Weingarten

In a 2-to-1 decision, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board has held it was unlawful for an employer to threaten a union steward with suspension for showing an employee, during the employer’s investigative interview about a violation of company procedure, the steward’s answer to a question asked by the interviewer, which was … Continue reading NLRB Expands Scope of Union Representatives’ Permissible Conduct during Investigatory Interviews under Weingarten
March 26, 2015