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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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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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