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Today’s News & Commentary — September 16th, 2021

Today’s News & Commentary — September 16th, 2021

Yesterday, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum urging agency field staff to seek a more expansive set of remedies in settlement agreements with employers.  As noted in the Board’s press release, the document builds on a previous memo released last week by Abruzzo, which directed agency leaders to pursue […]

Featured in Dems’ Newest Budget Draft: A Transformative Labor Law Proposal

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Featured in Dems’ Newest Budget Draft: A Transformative Labor Law Proposal

Yesterday, Democrats on the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) released a completed draft for its part of Congress’s upcoming reconciliation bill.  Along with other blockbuster proposals, the Committee’s $450 billion package includes a number of provisions designed to raise federal revenues by imposing civil penalties on employers who violate federal labor […]

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Understanding the New NLRB General Counsel Memo on Remedies

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Understanding the New NLRB General Counsel Memo on Remedies

Today, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, Jennifer Abruzzo, released a highly relevant and impactful memo on the office’s intent to seek a rather stunning new array of remedies in unfair labor practice cases. As I wrote about the last GC memo, if the Board does a fraction of the things Abruzzo calls for […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 8, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 8, 2021

As the corporate-funded effort to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom heads into its final stretch (the election date, September 14, is now less than one week away), CNN reports that Newsom has increasingly relied on labor unions and union workers to propel his campaign in its waning days. Local chapters of CTA, SEIU, AFSCME, IBEW, […]

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 2, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary—September 2, 2021

Yesterday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced that rideshare companies could move forward with their proposed state ballot measure to exempt their drivers from employment law protections.  The proposal, modeled closely on California’s Proposition 22, was one of 17 out of 30 proposed ballot initiatives certified by the Attorney General as having met baseline state […]

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Today’s News & Commentary – September 1, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary – September 1, 2021

In Local 23, American Federation of Musicians v. NLRB, a D.C. Circuit panel overturned the National Labor Relations Board’s Trump-era legal rule for deciding when property owners can lawfully exclude employees of contractors. The rule, which was established in 2019, overturned two Obama-era precedents on off-duty contractor worker access: New York New York Hotel & Casino , and Simon DeBartolo […]

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The Strike Zone—August 30, 2021

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The Strike Zone—August 30, 2021

The NFL’s longstanding failure to hire non-white candidates into key coaching and executive positions has been well-documented, but a new ESPN analysis reveals much of the same lack of progress in college football. It was merely 1979 when Willie Jeffries became the first Black head coach hired to lead a Division I-A (now FBS, Football […]

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Weekend News & Commentary – August 29, 2021

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Weekend News & Commentary – August 29, 2021

Hurricane Ida, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall in Louisiana today, on the sixteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm’s trajectory includes New Orleans in its path and will present a test of the 350 miles of infrastructural protections built up around the city in the years following the devastation from […]

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2021

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Today’s News & Commentary — August 27, 2021

The NLRB issued an opinion on Wednesday charging an aluminum manufacturing company with Section 7 violations after firing an employee who wrote “whore board” at the top of an overtime sign-up sheet. The employee was protesting the aluminum company’s unilateral imposition of new overtime procedures, under which employees needed to sign-up for overtime on a […]

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Ridgewood Decision – In Case You Forgot How Anti-Union Trump’s Judges Are

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Ridgewood Decision – In Case You Forgot How Anti-Union Trump’s Judges Are

In 2019, I wrote about how the NLRB’s decision in Ridgewood Health Care Centertook away one of the few effective remedies for employer misconduct.  This was a case where a new employer took over a business and refused to hire the predecessor’s employees to avoid a bargaining obligation with the workers’ union.  The old remedy […]

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