Labor Relations Headline Round-Up

  • January 23, 2016

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There were a lot of labor and employee relations stories that broke in the news late this week.  Here’s a quick set of links gathering some of the most significant stories in one easy place for you to read.

5 Unlikely Industries Where Workers Are Clamoring to Join Unions

Union organizing is alive and well in some surprising industries including security services, graduate students and shuttle bus drivers.

DOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment under FLSA

The Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) establishing new standards for determining joint employment under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate

As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city’s streets demanding that the White House hopefuls embrace their Fight for $15 agenda.

Worker Strikes in 2013 Were Lawful, NLRB Judge Says


Clinton Releases Paid Family Leave Proposal

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her plan late last week for national paid family leave. The party front runner indicated that she recognizes the substantial dynamics in paid leave issues occurring this election year.

Employer “Captive Audience” Communications Rule Under Attack

A group of 106 university and law school professors of labor law and employment relations has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to issue a rule amending its long-held position regarding “captive audience” meetings held by employers in connection with NLRB-conducted union elections. The petition, filed on January 15, 2016, requires “equal time” for unions, if requested; if the union is not given equal time, an employer’s election victory will be overturned and a new election conducted.