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Google Confidentiality Agreement Is Unlawful, Claims Employee in Lawsuit

A Google Inc. product manager has sued the company, accusing it of unlawfully prohibiting employees from sharing concerns with coworkers, shareholders or the press, and maintaining a “spying program” to prevent leaks. In the class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday …

McDonald’s to Pay $3.75 Million to California Workers for Back Pay, Damages

McDonald’s Corp has agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a lawsuit claiming it was liable for labor law violations by a California franchisee, marking what lawyers said was the first time the company has settled legal claims by a …

Labor Unions Searching for Strategies to Join the Gig Economy

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached earlier this month to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values …

U.S. Chamber Files Suit against Seattle over Uber, Lyft Ordinance

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing the city of Seattle over an ordinance that allows drivers of ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft to unionize, saying it violates federal antitrust laws. Seattle last year became the first U.S. city to …

College Athlete, Temp Worker Labor Board Cases Could Redefine Employee

U.S. regulators are poised to decide two closely watched cases that have the potential to reshape labor laws by allowing college football players to unionize and forcing companies to take more responsibility for contractors. The National Labor Relations Board may …

NLRB’s McDonald’s Ruling Raising Liability Concerns for Franchise Operators

Under Democratic President Barack Obama, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board has been taking a stance on workplace relations that has employers, industry groups and Republican lawmakers voicing alarm. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin announced on Tuesday that McDonald’s, not …

Lawyers Pursuing Concussion Lawsuits Take Page from Big Tobacco Playbook

Smokers and pro football players have something in common: They engage in risky behavior that can be potentially harmful to their health over time. And to hear some lawyers tell it, the National Football League is the equivalent of Big …

Board Finds Certain Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Violate Federal Labor Law

Employers will be blocked from requiring workers to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from later pursuing a class action claim in court. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that it is a violation of federal labor law — …

Facebook Policies Tricky for Employers, Employees

In the age of instant tweets and impulsive Facebook posts, some companies are still trying to figure out how they can limit what their employees say about work online without running afoul of the law. Confusion about what workers can …

New York Firm Unlawfully Fired Workers for Facebook Postings: NLRB

In the first ruling of its kind, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge has found that a Buffalo, N.Y.-based non-profit organization unlawfully discharged five workers after they posted comments on Facebook related to their work environment. Their online …