Posted in: Labor Relations


No More Fair Share Fees

On June 27, 2018, the United State Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME, overruled its 1977 decision of Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, and held that unions may not charge “agency fees” (known as “fair share fees”) to public employees…

NLRB's Joint Employer Ruling Put on Hold

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  Just when U.S. employers thought they could rely on a tighter, more favorable test for the determination of joint employer liability, the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer saga lingers on – for now. In December…

Labor law experiences seismic change during the first year of the Trump administration

  “The past year has brought with it endemic and unsettled political questions in the world of labor and employment law – with more to come in 2018,” writes Walter | Haverfield attorney Max Rieker for Crain’s Cleveland…

Who’s the Employer Here? Understanding What Constitutes ‘Joint Employer’ Status Under the NLRB

  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently reversed the joint-employer standard, and Walter | Haverfield attorney Max Rieker wrote about the change for the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE). His article was published…

Will the Real Employer Please Stand Up

  The National Labor Relations Board's recent noteworthy decision to reverse the joint-employer standard will likely impact a variety of industries and businesses nationwide. That decision centers around the case of Hy-Brand…

Major Change to Employee Handbook Requirements

  On December 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board overturned a controversial 13-year precedent and issued a major decision relating to the legality and enforceability of certain employee handbook rules for employers…

One Year Later... Labor and Employment Issues in the Trump Era

As we approach the first anniversary of President Trump's inauguration, there are some emerging takeaways as to his administration's priorities with regards to labor and employment law. Here's a quick rundown of what we can glean, one year later: …

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…

U.S. Supreme Court is poised to decide major labor and employment cases this term

  Employers and employees should expect upcoming decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to impact the workplace. Max Rieker, an attorney in our Labor and Employment group, writes about three potential landmark cases in Crain’s…

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…

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…

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…

FEDERAL COURT RULES LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN RESTRICT UNIONS FROM CHARGING FEES

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The Private Sector. 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…

President-Elect Trump in Position to Impede Labor Movement

As seen in Crain's Cleveland Business on December 08, 2016. So here it is…yet another article on how the unexpected Trump presidency will affect business.andnbsp; This time the focus is on organized labor. I wrote multiple articles over…

USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector

Marc J. Bloch was recently interviewed by reporter Bruce Meyer, for an article which appeared in Rubber and Plastics News. In this piece, titled, "USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector," Marc opined that labor unions in mature industries,…

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employers - New interpretations could mean more employers found liable for FLSA violations

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ("WHD") issued guidance for businesses where two or more separate entities each have relationships with the same workers. The guidance addresses when businesses will…

U.S. Department of Labor's Proposed Overtime Rules Are Finally Here

On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") finally issued the proposed rule which will expand overtime pay and reduce the group of employees who qualify for exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). You will recall…

Now is the Time to Plan for Changes in the Health Law

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Byandnbsp;David E. Schweighoefer andandnbsp;Lacie L. O'Daire The laws requiring changes to health care and benefits provided by employers are either already in force or will be in force in the next year or two. The impact upon you and your business…