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Heightened Union Activity Putting HR on Notice

July 11, 2011
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The NLRB’s ‘EFCA light’ proposal to speed up the union election process and the Labor Department’s plan to clarify when employers must disclose pacts with labor relations consultants are signals to HR practitioners to review policies to ensure compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, to stay informed on laws and regulations and union tactics, and stay connected with their employees.
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A Little Labor Knowledge Could Go a Long Way for HR as Unions Push Into Private Sector

July 11, 2011
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A more sophisticated approach to organizing and a more labor-friendly National Labor Relations Board make knowledge of current labor laws that deal with collective bargaining, the right to union representation during disciplinary situations and other employee rights increasingly important.
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Deadline Nears for Massive Strike in N.Y

June 30, 2011
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A strike would idle more than 11,000 workers at private-sector projects costing nearly $10 billion, according to the Real Estate Board of New York.
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Employment Law Landscape Changes With Wal-Mart Ruling

June 20, 2011
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The decision makes it more difficult for employees to file large class-action lawsuits unless they are able to clearly identify a common injury, such as a companywide discriminatory policy.
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Bloggers Hit Huffington Post With Labor Lawsuit

April 12, 2011
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A class-action lawsuit alleges that as many as 9,000 unpaid bloggers for the Huffington Post were unjustly denied compensation.
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UAW Says Nearly All Laid-Off Detroit 3 Workers Are Back to Work

March 25, 2011
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Since the last bargaining convention in 2007, GM’s UAW-represented work force has dropped from around 75,000 to 49,000 as plants have closed and workers departed either through attrition or retirement.
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Judge Temporarily Halts Wisconsin Public Employee Law

March 22, 2011
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For employers without a collective bargaining agreement in force, employees would be required to pay half of the annual actuarially required retirement plan contributions, according to a written statement of the Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds Department.
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Using Worker Focus Groups Carries Risks for Employers

February 4, 2011
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A labor lawyer warns that focus groups, even when set up by managers with the most noble motives, can easily backfire and expose a company to a litigation nightmare.
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Cemetery Workers Protest Plans to Outsource Jobs

January 18, 2011
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After just one session at the bargaining table, workers allege management told them it planned to contract the work out to the Brickman Group, a landscaping giant that often uses foreign workers on temporary visas.
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Automaker Union Boss Mulls Tying Worker Pay to Company Results

January 13, 2011
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UAW chief Bob King says the union’s role in the revival of the Detroit Three automakers since the 2009 crisis has shown that the union has become a partner rather than an adversary in the companies.
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