Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Public Sector Union Fees Challenge, Yet Again

"Fair share" union fees may very well be on their way out in the public sector. On September 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to accept the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). This case revisits the constitutionality of fair share fees being imposed upon an employee as a condition of employment. [More]

Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired

An article by George J. Asimou was published in Crain's Cleveland Business on August 6, 2017 and subsequently in Crain's HR Guidebook. In this article, titled, "Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired," George discussed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) and its bid to allow private sector employers to offer their employees the choice of paid time off instead of overtime compensation. [More]

Minimum staffing ruling means OT ahead for Elyria firefighters

In an article written by reporter Lisa Roberson and published on August 1, 2017 in The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria), Susan Keating Anderson was quoted extensively on the agreement which settled the Elyria firefighters’ union’s collective bargaining contract. The title of this article is, “Minimum staffing ruling means OT ahead for Elyria firefighters.” [More]

Making America Recreate Again - Comp time may be a future option for private sector employers

Americans spend a lot of time at work. A recent study published by Bloomberg.com, in fact, suggests that the average American works almost 25 percent more hours than the average person in Europe. The raw numbers are about 258 more hours per year which averages out to about an hour more each week day. Comparing working life between countries in an apples-to-apples comparison can be tricky when considering the increasing frequency of remote work. Yet, most people would likely agree that Americans are putting in some real hours on the job. [More]

FEDERAL COURT RULES LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN RESTRICT UNIONS FROM CHARGING FEES

Just before Thanksgiving, in a unanimous decision the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that local governments can enact right-to-work laws that will apply to private sector businesses and organizations whose labor relations are covered by the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). Right-to-Work is shorthand for a law or ordinance that prohibits private sector collective bargaining agreements from making the payment of money to a labor union a condition of employment. The decision, United Autoworkers Union v. Hardin County, Ky., is now the law in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, the states that constitute the Sixth Circuit. Prior to Hardin, the NLRA was interpreted to reserve that right to the state government itself. Organized labor waged a furious, but ultimately futile campaign against the Hardin County law. [More]