Category Labor Law

Joint Employers Smoked Out of Hiding

By Nicholas J. Gleichman On July 29, 2014, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Richard F. Griffin issued a statement instructing regional offices to include McDonald’s USA LLC as a “joint employer” with its franchisees in 43 pending unfair labor practices cases. This development comes two months after a wave of fast food […]

Disruptive Innovation: Because Exploitation Doesn’t Sound as Sexy

Disruptive Innovation: Because Exploitation Doesn’t Sound as Sexy by Michael Poupore Last month, a federal judge in San Francisco agreed to hear a lawsuit claiming unfair competition and violation of consumer-protection laws by ridesharing giant Uber. The complaint alleges that Uber misleads consumers by charging a 20% gratuity fee and keeping the money for itself. […]

Proceed with Caution: The NLRB Strikes Down Workplace Rules Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip

by Andrea De León On April 1, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board), in Hills and Dales General Hospital,found that policies prohibiting negativity, gossip, and negative representation of the employer violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under Section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA, it is “an unfair labor practice for an employer to […]

“Easy” Mail Service is Hard Pill for Workers to Swallow

by John Leddy If you have ever been frustrated by not being able to purchase priority mail envelopes on a weekend or send a package from the post office after the national news, you may be a fan of the Staples pilot program the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced in October of 2013. As […]

Are You Ready for Some (Unionized College) Football?

by Christa Pitts As a recent college graduate from an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school, I completely identify with the feeling of admiration that college students have for their schools’ athletes.  In many instances, these athletes are campus celebrities–students beg for their autographs and their pictures are plastered everywhere.  But as much as I reveled […]

Attention Kmart Shoppers, Rebellion on Aisle Three

by Emily Pantoja, Editor-in-Chief Every year, it seems that retailers are opening their doors earlier and earlier for eager Black Friday shoppers braving the crowds. The day after Thanksgiving is a tradition for many people hoping to get the best deals on toys, TVs, and electronics. But for employees who work at these retailers, it […]

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The Butterfly Effect of Boston Bombings on Labor Law

by Allison Pearson The April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon and subsequent manhunt for its perpetrators were national tragedies which left four dead and hundreds injured.  While the unfortunate series of events may seem quite removed from labor law, the bomber’s status as immigrants may have a larger impact than expected in the already […]

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Labor Unions Bringing Dignity Back to the Workplace

By Shauna Agan Traditionally, labor unions have been known to help workers secure better wages, more benefits, better working conditions, and provide workers with support by representing its members in disputes with management. While this vision of labor unions still holds true today, most people fail to see the most important component of modern labor unions: […]

Eller v. Nat’l Football League Players Ass’n

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) did not improperly interfere with the rights of National Football League (NFL) retirees under the Restatement of Torts, when it exclusively negotiated with the NFL about retirement issues. The NFLPA approved a ten-year settlement agreement with the NFL concerning pension, retirement, and disability benefits without consulting retired NFL […]

Harris v. Bloom Energy Corporation

Workers who are brought from Mexico into the United States to work temporarily for a U.S. employer and paid in pesos rather than U.S. dollars, are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and require compensation no less than the minimum wage. Bloom Energy transported fourteen workers into the United States to work on […]

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