National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) News

U.S. Appeals Court to Weigh NCAA Case Over Pay for Athletes

The NCAA will ask a federal appeals court next month to block a lawsuit that seeks to have athletes treated as employees who are paid for their time, the latest high-profile challenge to amateurism in college sports. The Division I …

Starbucks Illegally Terminated Union Leader, U.S. Officials Say

US labor board prosecutors have concluded that Starbucks Corp. illegally forced out a New York barista who has been a key architect of the union campaign that swept through hundreds of its cafes this year. The union leader, Jaz Brisack, …

Key Biden Administration Labor Policies Will Face Legal Challenges in 2023

The Biden administration and a Democrat-led U.S. labor board will implement a series of major employment policies in 2023 but could be stymied by challenges from business groups and Republican-led states that have criticized the measures. The following rules are …

Comment to Pro-Union Starbucks’ Worker Was Threat, U.S. Labor Board Alleges

Starbucks Corp. interim Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz made comments during an April meeting with employees that US labor officials view as an illegal anti-union threat, according to a complaint Friday. In that meeting, an employee asked Schultz about retaliation …

Labor Board to Expand Companies’ ‘Joint Employer’ Liability

A U.S. labor board on Tuesday moved to make it easier for workers and unions to hold companies liable for labor law violations by their franchisees and contractors, proposing to revive an Obama-era standard heavily criticized by trade groups. The …

Starbucks Seeks to Pause Union Elections at U.S. Cafes, Claims Misconduct

Starbucks on Monday accused the federal labor board overseeing union elections at its U.S. cafes of misconduct and asked for elections to be suspended nationwide pending the outcome of an investigation. The coffee chain said in a letter to National …

Court Says Federal Law Preempts, Tosses New York Suit Over Amazon Worker Safety

A New York state appeals court on Tuesday dismissed state Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit accusing Amazon.com Inc. of failing to adequately protect thousands of workers at two New York City facilities against COVID-19. The Appellate Division in Manhattan said …

U.S. Labor Board Accuses Starbucks in Buffalo of Retaliatory Firings

Starbucks Corp. violated federal law by firing, threatening, and carrying out surveillance on union activists in New York, U.S. labor board prosecutors alleged in a complaint. The agency’s Buffalo regional director said in a filing Friday that the company illegally …

McDonald’s Beats Back Challenge to Settlement With U.S. Labor Agency

McDonald’s Corp. on Friday defeated a union-backed organizing group’s challenge to a settlement with a U.S. labor agency over claims that the company helped franchisees across the country suppress workers’ demonstrations calling for higher wages. The U.S. Court of Appeals …

Fired Engineers Claim Google Failed to Honor Its Own ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Motto

A group of former Google employees sued the Alphabet Inc. unit on Monday alleging that it breached their employment contracts by not honoring its famous motto “don’t be evil.” In the lawsuit filed in California state court in Santa Clara …