National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) News

Supreme Court Justices Appear Split Over Employee Class Action Case

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday defended the right of workers to bring class-action claims against companies but their conservative counterparts who are in the majority sounded skeptical in the biggest business case of the court’s new term. A …

On-Demand Cleaning Service Workers Are Employees, U.S. Labor Board Says

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against the digital on-demand platform Handy Technologies Inc., alleging that workers who provide its home cleaning services are employees despite the company’s claims to the contrary. The case is one of …

Google Author of Diversity Memo Explores Legal Options After Firing

The Google software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination, but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to …

Trump Nominee Kaplan to Tilt Labor Board to Republican Majority

President Donald Trump was poised on Tuesday to nominate Washington lawyer Marvin Kaplan to the National Labor Relations Board, nudging the agency toward a Republican majority that could overturn a series of decisions that have riled businesses. Late on Monday, …

Trump Reverses Obama Stand, Supports Employers Requiring Class Action Waivers

The Trump administration on Friday sided with employers in a Supreme Court case over the rights of workers to bring class action lawsuits against companies, court documents showed. Reversing a position staked out earlier by the Obama administration, which backed …

From Fiduciary Rule to Overtime: What to Expect from Trump Labor Nominee Acosta

By the time President Donald Trump’s first nominee for labor secretary withdrew from consideration, there was little doubt where he stood on the big issues facing the department. In contrast, his replacement, Alexander Acosta, heads into his hearing Wednesday with …

Court Now Likely for Joint Employer, Franchise Company Liability Case

A sanitation company at the center of a major U.S. labor board ruling that could force companies like McDonald’s Corp. to negotiate directly with franchise and contract workers has refused to bargain with workers hired by a staffing agency. The …

Joint Employer Ruling Hikes Parent Companies’ Liability, Unions’ Bargaining Power

A major ruling handed down on Thursday by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board could give unions greater bargaining power by enabling them to negotiate directly with large parent companies like McDonald’s that rely heavily on franchisees and contractors. The …

Franchise Parents, Staffing Firms Ruled Joint Employers Under Labor Law

More companies may be held responsible for labor-law violations committed by contractors and forced to negotiate wages and benefits with their workers under a decision by a politically split U.S. labor board. The National Labor Relations Board, in a closely …

Northwestern University Athletes Lose Bid to Form Union

Northwestern University football players cannot form a union, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, overturning a March 2014 decision and ending the players’ bid to change the college sports landscape. Among the board’s findings in a unanimous 16-page opinion was …