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Now the NLRB Says Employers Can't Regulate Threatening or Offensive Speech (This is Getting Ridiculous)

October 2, 2012
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The business community needs to pay careful attention to cases such as Fresenius USA Manufacturing. The NLRB continues to dangerously regulate employers rights to control and remedy workplace misconduct, all in the name of “protected concerted activity.”
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The One Question I Would Ask Joe Biden During the Debates

September 28, 2012
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With this election cycle's debates on the horizon, I'll be providing the one question I would ask each of the two presidential and two vice presidential candidates. Today's target—Vice President Joe Biden.
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NFL to Freeze Referees' Pension Plan Under Labor Agreement

September 27, 2012
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Retirement benefits will be provided through a defined contribution plan to new referees immediately and for all officials beginning in 2017.
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Looming Strike in India a Threat to U.S. Companies?

September 18, 2012
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Trade unions there called for a nationwide strike to protest India's opening of its retail sector to international retailers Walmart and Tesco.
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NLRB Continues to Attack Facially Neutral Employment Policies

September 17, 2012
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Employers, I wish I could whisk up a magical elixir to solve this problem. Alas, at least for the time being, we are stuck with the NLRB's intrusiveness into the world of work rules, and the grave uncertainty that comes along for the ride.
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Chicago School Strike Lifts One Local Firm

September 11, 2012
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In the wake of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, Sittercity, a website that helps parents find babysitters and nannies, has seen membership jump 35 percent in the past 24 hours in the Chicago market.
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Penalty for Not Completing Health Risk Assessment Does Not Violate ADA: Court

August 30, 2012
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Broward County began offering an employee wellness program in 2009 through its group health insurer. The county required all employees to take a health risk assessment and provide a blood sample to determine glucose and cholesterol levels. Employees who did not complete the testing were charged $20 per paycheck.
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A Letter to the NLRB on Its Latest Position Against Confidential Workplace Investigations

August 2, 2012
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Halting confidential workplace investigations serves no one's interest, including the employees the agency is sworn to protect.
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Massive Master Complaint Filed Against NFL Over Concussion-Related Injuries

June 7, 2012
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The 86-page document, filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, seeks financial compensation, injunctive relief and medical monitoring for former NFL players who claim the league misled them about the dangers of concussions.
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Don't Post Those New NLRB Notices—Finally

April 18, 2012
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The April 30 deadline for posting the NLRB's employee rights notice is hanging on by a fingernail. It could take into next year before these issues work their way through the circuit courts, not to mention a likely appeal to the Supreme Court.
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