National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) News

Trump Labor Rule That Narrows ‘Joint Employer’ Standard Struck Down by Judge

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Trump administration rule that narrowed the definition of “joint employer,” and which the attorneys general of 17 states and Washington, D.C. said would eliminate important labor protections for workers. U.S. District Judge …

Board Finalizes Rule Scaling Back Joint Employer Liability for Franchisees, Contractors

A U.S. labor board on Tuesday finalized a rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors, reversing a more worker-friendly Obama-era standard criticized by business groups. The rule by …

Trump Administration Issues New Rule on Joint Employer Liability

The Trump Administration announced a final rule setting forth standards for determining joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a rule that has been sought by franchisers and companies that employ contract workers. The new rule from …

McDonald’s Wins Battle With Labor, Avoids Joint Employer Liability with Franchises

McDonald’s Corp. has won a huge victory in a multiyear legal battle over whether it should share responsibility for alleged labor violations in its franchisees’ restaurants, a case that posed a major threat to the franchise model underlying one of …

Filing with National Labor Board Accuses Google of Retaliatory Firings

A complaint filed Tuesday accused Google of terminating staff in retaliation for activism about working conditions, the latest in a series of such allegations against the internet giant. The filing, which involves Google Ads staff, was filed with the National …

Texas Wind Turbine Maker Settles with Board Over Labor Practices

A Texas-based wind turbine manufacturer has reached a settlement with federal officials over alleged violations of U.S. labor laws. GRI Texas Towers Inc. f/k/a Gestamp Wind Steel US Inc. (GRI), based in Amarillo, entered into a settlement agreement with the …

Democrats Want Trump Labor Board Member’s Recusal on Union Email Rule

Democratic U.S. senators led by Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts urged a Trump administration labor board appointee to recuse himself from a case that could end up being a big victory for corporations trying to make it harder for workers to …

Trump’s Labor Board to Try Again to Ease Obama Franchise Liability Standard

The U.S. agency that enforces federal labor laws took the first steps on Thursday towards loosening an Obama-era standard that made it easier to hold companies liable for illegal labor practices by their contractors and franchisees. The five-member National Labor …

U.S. Labor Judge Nixes McDonald’s Deal to Avoid Joint Employer Tag

A judge with a U.S. labor agency on Tuesday rejected McDonald’s Corp.’s proposed settlement of a major case on whether the fast-food company is accountable for alleged labor law violations by franchisees across the country. The settlement proposed in March …

Supreme Court Pro-Arbitration Ruling a Big Win for Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the rights of workers on Monday by allowing companies to require them to sign away their ability to bring class-action claims against management, agreements already in place for about 25 million employees. …