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Michigan Lawmakers Pass Controversial Right-to-Work Legislation; Gov. Snyder Expected to Sign

December 11, 2012
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The Michigan House approved House Bill 4003 and Senate Bill 116, which will ban the practice of workers being forced to pay any money to a union as a condition of employment.
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What Are Right-To-Work Laws, and Should you Care?

December 11, 2012
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Right-to-work laws were born out of an exception in the Taft-Hartley Act, under which individual states can pass laws outlawing agency shops.
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The Internet is Today's Employee Complaint Box

December 6, 2012
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Employees are online, talking about what is happening in your workplace. The Internet is today's complaint box. If you want to fix problems before they get out of control, you need only turn to social media sites and sites like coworker.org and Glassdoor.
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Does an Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Moot a Wage-and-Hour Case? Genesis HealthCare Corp. vs. Symczyk

December 4, 2012
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The outcome of this case is difficult to gauge based on the oral argument, because both potential sides of the court attacked the underlying issues so differently.
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Disaffected Workers Want Out of Unions

November 30, 2012
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As organized labor loses leverage in a race-to-the-bottom global market, some workers are becoming so disillusioned by what their unions can, or rather can't, do for them that they want out.
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Another Reason Not to Ban Social Media on Company Time (Hint: It's the NLRB)

November 20, 2012
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A slacking employee will not become a star performer just because you limit his or her social media access; he or she will just find another way to slack off.
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The “I”s Have It: NLRB Says Don't Shred Those At-Will Disclaimers Just Yet

November 1, 2012
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It is refreshing (surprising? relieving?) to see that the NLRB's Office of General Counsel is backing off the position that any at-will disclaimer violates the NLRA, and is willing to evaluate them on a case-by-case basis.
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What Scares Employers? How About a Union Organizing Campaign

October 31, 2012
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It is not enough merely to have a no-solicitation policy. You must also take seriously the National Labor Relations Act's rules against applying policies to single-out labor unions and the employees who support them.
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Employment Law Blog Carnival: The 007 Edition

October 17, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's most famous movie spy, James Bond. Since many have compared my suaveness and sophistication with that of 007, celebrating Bond is a fitting topic for my edition of the monthly roundup of the best that the employment law blawgosphere has to offer.
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Pay Attention: NLRB Issues its Second Social Media Decision in a Month (Knauz BMW)

October 3, 2012
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Employers need to pay careful and diligent attention to this issue. Social media and other employee communication policies remain on the forefront of the National Labor Relations Board's hit parade.
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