On August 10 this year, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) members Marvin E. Kaplan and Lauren McFerran were sworn in for their second terms. Marvin Kaplan began serving as an NLRB member on August 10, 2017 and was confirmed by the Senate for a five-year term on July 29, 2020. His new term will expire…

COVID has been one of the biggest shocks to United States labor in recent history, increasing unemployment from a record 3.5% to 10.2% in July a few short months after the virus hit the country and lockdowns began. During this historic event, our government has worked hard to help its people, including implementing the CARES…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced that it will implement all the rule changes unaffected by the U.S. District Court order issued on May 30 regarding the Board’s December 2019 procedure amendments. The Court’s order, which prevents the Board from implementing five provisions of the amendments, did not vacate the majority of the…

Labor Standards Director Arthur Rosenfeld has succumbed to pancreatic cancer after a six-month battle. His death on May 16 marked the end of a prominent career that began in 1979 when he first worked as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce labor attorney. Rosenfeld, who also served under George W. Bush as general counsel of the…

In 2019, the Teamsters Union declined in membership by 65,000 members, marking the largest decline in the union’s membership in 20 years. In addition, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the United Steelworkers Union, and the American Federation of Government Employees lost members, according to Bloomberg Law’s analysis of the annual LM-2 reports filed…

In a move labeled a “stealth attack,” Democrats have slipped “neutrality language” into the COVID-19 relief bill which imposes a gag rule on mid-sized businesses. The provision requires that employers with 500 to 10,000 employees can’t take a government loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act unless they commit to remain neutral…

On April 1, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published three new amendments to its rules and regulations that govern the filing and processing of petitions for a Board-conducted representation election and proof of majority support in construction-industry collective-bargaining relationships. Unfortunately, due to the national emergency caused by the coronavirus, the NLRB has decided…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided to resume Board-conducted elections on Monday, April 6, 2020. The NLRB had previously issued the temporary suspension on March 19 due to concerns for the safety of Agency employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. NLRB Chairman John F. Ring said, “Conducting representation elections is core to the NLRB’s…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finalized amendments to Part 103 of its Rules and Regulations, which will better protect employees’ free choice regarding representation. The amendments include blocking charge policy, voluntary recognition bar, and section 9(a) recognition in the construction industry. The anticipated rule publication date in the Federal Registrar is April 1,…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has agreed to push back the effective date for its new rule to slow down the union election process. The rule will now begin on May 31, 2020, 45 days later than initially intended. The Board made this decision after AFL-CIO challenged the rule in court, claiming “the board…

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