Posts Tagged Labor

HR executive tells House committee that proposal is a burden for employers and creates a disadvantage for employees

March 5, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) once again is proposing “quickie election” rules to streamline the union campaign period, the board announced Feb. 5, 2014.

A court struck down previous quickie-election rules because the board did not have a quorum when it originally proposed such rules, three years ago. But now it does.

Identical Proposal

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March 5, 2014

Now that the government shutdown has finally ended, federal agencies have been fielding questions about adjusted filing deadlines and procedures.

October 22, 2013

The DOL is coming! The DOL is coming! So tighten up your Family and Medical Leave Act compliance efforts.

U.S. Department of Labor branch chief Diane Dawson has announced the agency’s intent to do more onsite FMLA investigations “to increase its investigators’ access to information and save time by reviewing documents and interviewing employees onsite,” Anne Larson, an attorney at Ogletree Deakins in Chicago, told SHRM Online.

A DOL spokesperson mentioned these common FMLA violations:

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September 19, 2013

In September roughly four in 10 manufacturers and service-sector companies will hire, according to the latest results of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey, released Sept. 5, 2013.

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September 6, 2013

There was a time when employees had few protections and were subject to abuses by unregulated management.  For example:

September 4, 2013

The consensus between business and labor—deeply divided for years over what to do about low-skilled temporary workers—will be crucial to the success of any comprehensive immigration reform, stakeholders agreed.

The often adversarial AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently announced “shared principles” outlining certain areas of agreement on critical issues, such as redefining what constitutes a guest worker and revamping the method to determine how many guest workers should be allowed into the country.

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March 28, 2013

The last time I made a prediction was in 2009.  I predicted the market would soar and I moved most of my bonds to stocks.  Yes, I will be working until I am 102 years of age.  So when it comes to my own personal finances, my predictions are not very good.

I hope they are a little better in terms of knowing what comes next in the employment world.  So here are my predictions:

December 19, 2012

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

A June 2012 “Office Pulse” survey of more than 600 U.S. workers by digital media company Captivate found that what white-collar employees consider acceptable and distracting in office attire varies by demographic factors including age, gender and professional status.

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September 21, 2012

A labor dispute that has lasted for three months in Milwaukee pits union organizers against a company that fired workers who were seeking to organize, including employees who failed to document that they were eligible to work.

Palermo’s Pizza said it was merely complying with immigration laws. Activists for the workers have organized a strike and boycott against the company, saying that the terminations amounted to unlawful union busting.

Worker Concerns

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September 20, 2012

“Good, but not great” is how most federal government employment reports are tagged each month when they’re released. But when it comes to workers’ earning power of late, “good” isn’t all that great.

September 10, 2012

In yet another decision likely to face resistance from employers if appealed to the federal circuit courts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on July 30, 2012, ruled that the common employer practice of prohibiting employees from discussing ongoing investigations violates employees’ right under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to engage in concerted activity. The ruling applies to union and nonunion employers since both are covered by the NLRA’s protection of concerted activity among any employees.

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August 17, 2012

HR heads are still spinning as they try to digest what the National Labor Relations Board has tried to accomplish this year.

The Acting General Counsel has issued confusing reports on social media. The Board has also attempted to create quickie union elections, and require companies to abide by a union-poster rule. Why, just a few weeks ago, the Board ruled that an "at will" provision in an employee handbook may violate the National Labor Relations Act. That one is still a head-scratcher for me.

August 10, 2012

Despite continued job growth, little change is expected in jobless rate  

August 7, 2012

Many employers have rules that prohibit employees from returning to work while they are not on duty.  These rules are designed to keep order but they also have the effect of limiting employee access to engage in union activity while off duty.

The NLRB has long held that a rule barring off-duty employees access to the workplace is valid only if:

August 1, 2012

Globally, companies are struggling to find talent in a market saturated with applicants. For most organizations, the problem is the gap between available skills in the talent pool and their current job requirements. There are simply not enough people with the requisite experience, education and knowledge to drive and fuel innovation and growth.

July 5, 2012

A federal judge ruled on May 14, 2012, that new regulations governing union representation elections are invalid. Judge James Boasberg with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) did not follow proper voting procedures when the board approved the rule revision in December 2011. According to Boasberg, a quorum of at least three NLRB members did not cast votes on the rule change and therefore the rule change could not take effect.

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May 23, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) wage and hour enforcement under the Obama administration has become markedly more hostile toward employers, according to Paul DeCamp, former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division under President George W. Bush and an attorney at Jackson Lewis’ Washington, D.C., regional office.

‘New Normal’

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May 21, 2012

Each day, the 39 Filipino nationals worked up to 16 hours at South Florida country clubs, golf courses and restaurants that cater to a wealthy clientele.

Each night, they returned to crowded homes in a quiet residential neighborhood in Boca Raton where food was scarce and barely edible.

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May 8, 2012

A maintenance mechanic in Illinois received twenty-eight disciplinary-action forms from his supervisor. Ultimately, he was offered two choices: (1) accept a demotion to a non-mechanic position and take a significant pay cut; or (2) keep the position, fight the discipline, but face potential termination.

On the advice of his union representative, the mechanic took the demotion. He later sued for retaliation, claiming that the demotion, which he voluntarily accepted, was a direct response to a charge of discrimination he previously filed with the EEOC.

April 26, 2012