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Court Hears Arguments in NLRB Elections Rule Challenge

May 15, 2015

Court Hears Arguments in NLRB Elections Rule Challenge

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 15 heard oral arguments in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule.

FMCSA Amends Medical Exam Form Rules

April 24, 2015

FMCSA Amends Medical Exam Form Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amended its medical examination rules April 23, mandating that medical examiners performing physical exams of commercial drivers use a new medical exam report and submit exam results to the agency by midnight of the following day.

President Vetoes Resolution to Block Ambush Election Rule

April 2, 2015

President Vetoes Resolution to Block Ambush Election Rule

President Obama on March 31 signed a memorandum of disapproval that effectively vetoed the Congressional Review Act resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule.

Broadening Joint-Employer Standard Threatens Small Business Growth

March 27, 2015

Broadening Joint-Employer Standard Threatens Small Business Growth

If the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandons a 30-year-old legal test for classifying multiple businesses as joint employers, franchisors and franchisees across the United States will have to renegotiate or reconsider business relationships, BNA reported.

House Approves Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

March 19, 2015

House Approves Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 voted 232 to 186 in favor of the Congressional Review Act Resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. The President is expected to veto the measure, however, which passed the Senate 53-46 earlier this month.

NLRB Asks Court to Dismiss Election Rule Challenge

March 12, 2015

NLRB Asks Court to Dismiss Election Rule Challenge

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on March 6 asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and other business groups seeking to block changes to its union election rules and procedures.

Senate Passes Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

March 6, 2015

Senate Passes Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

Senate lawmakers on March 4 passed S.J. Res. 8 to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. The House is now expected to take up a companion resolution, H.J. Res. 29, after lawmakers return from recess March 16.

NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer in Six Complaints

February 18, 2015

NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer in Six Complaints

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel recently issued six more complaints that allege McDonald’s USA is a joint employer with its franchisees under the National Labor Relations Act, BNA reported.

Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop NLRB Election Rule

January 7, 2015

Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop NLRB Election Rule

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NATSO is a member, on Jan. 5 filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule.

NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer In 13 Complaints

December 21, 2014

NLRB Names McDonald’s as Joint Employer In 13 Complaints

The National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 19 issued 13 labor complaints naming McDonald’s Corp. as a joint employer of the workers at its franchisees’ locations.

NLRB Issues Final Elections Rule; Coalition Plans Lawsuit

December 12, 2014

NLRB Issues Final Elections Rule; Coalition Plans Lawsuit

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 12 issued a final elections rule which will dramatically accelerate the time frame allowed for elections. The rule dictates procedures for workplace elections that determine whether employees want to be represented by a union.

How NLRB's McDonald's Ruling Could Affect Franchise Relationships

August 15, 2014

How NLRB's McDonald's Ruling Could Affect Franchise Relationships

The National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling that McDonald’s can be held liable for labor violations by its franchise operators could have significant ramifications for businesses on both ends of a franchise relationship if upheld by the courts.

NLRB Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Franchisee Labor Practices

July 31, 2014

NLRB Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Franchisee Labor Practices

The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled July 29 that McDonald’s is the joint employer of its franchisees’ employees, making the company liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators and easing the way for unionizing nationwide.

Coalition Urges NLRB to Withdraw Elections Rule

April 7, 2014

Coalition Urges NLRB to Withdraw Elections Rule

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), of which NATSO is a member, urged the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to withdraw its proposed rule regarding union elections arguing that it will create significant election challenges for employers without achieving the Board’s intended goal.

Minimum Wage Increase Vote Imminent in Senate

March 31, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Vote Imminent in Senate

The Senate is expected to move forward with a vote to raise the Federal minimum wage. Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) legislation titled the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737, would increase the Federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 an hour and tie future minimum wage increases to inflation. The legislation also calls for a significant increase in the cash wage for tipped employees.

Labor Department Delays Issuing Persuader Rule

March 7, 2014

Labor Department Delays Issuing Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor on March 7 said it would not meet its March deadline for issuing the final Persuader rule, which would limit ways in which employers can communicate with their employees as they decide whether to unionize.

Health Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016

February 11, 2014

Health Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2016

The Obama Administration late yesterday announced a second delay of the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Employers with 50 to 99 employees will be given until 2016 to provide insurance coverage for their workers.

Minimum Wage Increases, Transportation Taxes Take Effect in 2014

January 2, 2014

Minimum Wage Increases, Transportation Taxes Take Effect in 2014

As 2014 gets underway, close to 40,000 state laws passed in 2013 are going into effect, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported. Legislation taking effect includes measures on everything from minimum wage to human trafficking.

Senate Likely to Consider Minimum Wage Increase in 2014

December 13, 2013

Senate Likely to Consider Minimum Wage Increase in 2014

Democratic Leaders in the Senate are looking to advance legislation in early 2014 that will significantly increase the minimum wage for employees. Legislation titled “The Minimum Wage Fairness Act,” S.1737, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) would increase the federal minimum wage nearly 40 percent from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 over two years and automatically index the wage rate to inflation thereafter.

Court Denies NLRB Request to Rehear Poster Rule

August 16, 2013

Court Denies NLRB Request to Rehear Poster Rule

The legal challenge over the 2010 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulation requiring most private-sector employers to post notices of an employee's right to unionize could be headed to the Supreme Court after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the NLRB's recent bid for a rehearing on the matter. The court denied the request without issuing a written decision or explaining the rejection.

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