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Michael T. Mortensen

Of Counsel
Dallas

P 972-728-3284
F 214-520-2008
Michael.Mortensen@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael T. Mortensen is Of Counsel in the Dallas, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on traditional labor relations, workplace law, and preventive advice and counseling.

His extensive labor relations experience includes collective bargaining, labor contract administration, grievances and arbitration hearings, NLRB proceedings, litigation, work stoppages, acquisitions and divestitures, and multiemployer benefit plans. He also serves as a trusted partner and advisor in all aspects of employment law, including administrative agency investigations and proceedings, discipline and discharge, complex investigations, workplace compliance, leave and accommodation administration, and HR policy management. 

Mr. Mortensen spent several years directly interacting with employees on behalf of management during union organizing drives in a wide variety of industries and locations across the country. He devotes a significant amount of time advising employers faced with union organizing, corporate campaigns, large-scale protests and demonstrations, and representation elections, as well as assisting with the development of comprehensive programs to promote positive employee relations and effective leadership.  

Mr. Mortensen is an engaging speaker who routinely presents interactive training seminars to all levels of management, human resources professionals, industry organizations, and professional associations on a wide range of labor and employment topics.

In addition to his career with Jackson Lewis P.C., Mr. Mortensen served as in-house labor and employment counsel and director of labor relations for large national corporations in the retail (general merchandise and grocery), distribution, and healthcare industries.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Nebraska State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Boggess Elementary (Plano ISD), Watch D.O.G.S. Volunteer 
  • Creighton Preparatory School, Former Volunteer Wrestling Coach
  • Elkhorn Suburban Fire District, Former Vice President and Board Member
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska, Former Volunteer
  • Plano Sports Authority, Youth Soccer Coach
  • Wylie Baseball & Softball Association, Youth Baseball Coach
     

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October 2, 2018
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Michael Mortensen Comments on Implications of Joint Employer Decisions Applying Browning-Ferris

October 2, 2018

Michael Mortensen comments on the major impact Browning-Ferris has had on businesses in ways that are not reflected by the number of decisions that applied the test in "Joint Employment Test’s Bark May Be Worse Than Its Bite," published by Bloomberg Law. Subscription may be required for viewing article Read More

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March 19, 2019

Scabby the Rat: Threatening Pest or Famous Labor Icon?

March 19, 2019

Employers have at least one way to rid themselves of Scabby the Rat, a staple of labor union protest, following a decision from a federal appeals court upholding an ordinance enacted by the Town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin, banning anything placed on a public right-of-way that might obstruct vision or distract passing drivers. Construction... Read More

January 29, 2019

Labor Board Narrows What May Be Considered Concerted Activity

January 29, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has narrowed the circumstances under which a complaint made by an individual employee is considered concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Alstate Maintenance, LLC, 367 NLRB No. 68 (Jan. 11, 2019). In doing so, the Board reaffirmed and applied the... Read More

January 7, 2019

Joint Employment under NLRA: Interpreting D.C. Circuit Court’s Browning-Ferris Decision

January 7, 2019

In a highly anticipated decision on the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial 2015 joint-employer standard under the National Labor Relations Act, the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia has partially upheld the standard. Browning-Ferris Industries of Cal., Inc. v. NLRB, No. 16-1028 (D.C. Cir. Dec. 28, 2018).... Read More

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2019 Dallas Symposium

September 6, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
2943 SMU Blvd. - Dallas, TX
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How to Respond [Effectively] to Union Organizing in the Chemical Industry

June 26, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Protected Concerted Activity: Healthcare Employers Should Remain Wary Despite Narrowing Labor Board Standard
February 13, 2019

In a decision that affects both union and non-union employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) has taken what is likely the first step toward reining in the expanded scope of what the Obama-era Board considered “protected, concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Read More

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Joint-Employer Test, Cautions Board on Rulemaking
December 28, 2018

In a long-awaited decision, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the controversial joint-employer standard articulated by the National Labor Relations Board in its 2015 Browning-Ferris decision. Browning-Ferris Industries of Calif., Inc. v. NLRB, D.C. Cir., No. 16-1028, 12/28/18. Read More

Labor Board Further Extends Deadline for Submitting Comments on Proposed Joint-Employer Rulemaking
December 12, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has once again extended the deadline for submitting comments regarding its proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act, this time to January 14, 2019. Read More