Tag Archives: labor law

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 […]

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 […]

Ministerial Exception Interpreted in Ohio Employment Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court held 9-0 in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment bar suits brought on behalf of ministers against their churches, claiming termination in violation of employment discrimination laws. The Court also held that because the respondent […]

New Budgets Allow More Contracts in MD, But Who Gets Them?

As the federal and several state governments take measures to stimulate the still weak economy, much of the attention has been devoted to public infrastructure projects. Channeling the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Barack Obama has decided to create jobs by investing in the country’s crumbling infrastructure. His projects are funding […]

Vol. 2, No. 1

The American University Labor & Employment Forum has published its second volume, issue 1. The full issue can be found here.

NPR: Justices Rule Ministers Exempt from Anti-Bias Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court for the first time has declared that the Constitution exempts ministers from the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. Wednesday’s decision was unanimous and groundbreaking — but it left unresolved some of the thorniest questions in determining who is a minister and who is not. The court’s ruling came in the case of Cheryl […]

Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Receive Praise, Criticism

Adding to the already intense politicking of the 2012 presidential race, Republicans have found yet another reason to criticize President Obama’s leadership while receiving high praise from pro-labor groups. Two days before Congress dismissed for the 2011 winter holidays, President Obama appointed three new members to the National Labor Relations Board which allows the NLRB to […]