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In case you missed it, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill last month making Ohio the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. This change in the law (effective September 8, 2016) comes following a failed Ohio ballot initiative in November 2015 to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana, backed by celebrity investors such as 98 Degrees front man Nick Lachey and NBA legend Oscar Robertson. And unlike many other marijuana laws that have created…
President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Members of the auto industry spend significant time and money developing trade secrets that give them a competitive advantage. The DTSA provides the auto industry with a new method to protect its valuable trade secrets. Prior to the DTSA, most trade secret cases were handled by state courts under individual state laws. With the passage of the DTSA, employers can now go…
When was the last time you stopped and looked – really, truly looked – at all of the workplace posters on your company’s bulletin boards? Many employers take the Ron Popeil philosophy of workplace posters and “set it, and forget it.” But failing to keep your workplace posters up to date can lead to unnecessary headaches, especially when governmental agencies like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Occupational Safety & Health Administration…
The UAW recently announced that its members approved the tentative agreement with Ford by approximately 51%, just enough to ratify the agreement despite receiving greater benefits than the workers at both GM and Fiat Chrysler. Also on November 20, 2015, the UAW announced ratification with GM on its tentative agreement, after some minor changes for the skilled trades. With these two ratification announcements, the long strange trip that started in July with ceremonial handshakes and…
If you ain’t first, you’re last. Not so say the Ford UAW workers whose bargaining committee recently reached a new tentative agreement with Ford. While Ford was the last to reach a tentative agreement with the UAW, if the membership ratifies the tentative agreement, the UAW workers at Ford stand to receive a better overall deal than their counterparts at Fiat Chrysler and GM. Highlights of the tentative agreement with Ford include:…
In an effort to keep the momentum in its favor, the UAW gave GM a strike deadline of Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 11:59 p.m., to reach a tentative agreement. The UAW’s strategy appears to have worked as the parties reached a tentative agreement shortly before midnight on Sunday. The announcement came just days after the UAW announced its membership had ratified the second tentative agreement reached with Fiat Chrysler. The UAW used a similar…
The UAW appears to have learned from its mistakes from the first ratification vote. On October 22, 2015, the UAW announced that a majority of its membership voted in favor of the revised tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler. So what did the UAW do right this time? First, the terms of the agreement were simply more in-line with the expectations of the membership. Instead of maintaining the two-tier wage structure indefinitely, the new agreement
Everyone these days seems to think they are entitled to more money, from the United States Department of Labor (DOL) claiming that there really are no independent contractors to the thousands of United Automobile Workers (UAW) members who recently rejected a tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles because union membership claimed the agreement did not go far enough to raise wages.…
For the second time in just over three weeks, the UAW and Fiat Chrysler reached a tentative agreement on October 7, 2015, narrowly avoiding a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. unilaterally imposed by the UAW. This time, however, there was no joint press conference with UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne filled with smiles and congratulations. Instead, a simple announcement by the UAW on its Facebook page as well as a…
During their press conference on September 15, 2015, UAW President Dennis Williams and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne appeared satisfied with the tentative agreement reached after months of bargaining. The two friends smiled while congratulating each other on a job well done. According to Williams, the tentative agreement achieved the three goals he identified at the beginning of the process. However, Williams failed to provide specific details during the press conference regarding the achievement…