Trump NLRB Reverses Rule on `Micro-Units,’ Continues Overhaul of Obama-Era Rulings As we discussed last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been working hard during the holiday season to reverse landmark decisions issued by the Obama-era Board. The Board’s efforts to reshape federal labor law continued last week with its decision overruling Specialty Healthcare and changing the standard for determining when a proposed bargaining unit is legally appropriate. View Full Post
Wisconsin Court of Appeals Affirms Primacy of At-Will Employment Rule The traditional description of at-will employment allows employers to discharge employees for “good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all.” While that’s never been entirely true (as an obvious example, you can’t fire someone because of their race), it is true that the at-will rule makes it harder for employees to assert legal claims against their employers for terminating them. View Full Post
Goat Subcontracting (Yes, We Said “Goat Subcontracting”) Grievance Highlights Importance of Strategic Collective Bargaining If you work in a unionized workplace, surely the union at one point or another has “gotten your goat.” Well, the goats are now getting their revenge, and a union doesn’t like it. Over the past two summers, administrators at Western Michigan University have employed goats to clear out undergrowth in wooded areas on campus by the tried and true method of eating it. View Full Post
BNSF Railway: SCOTUS Narrows General Jurisdiction for Corporate Defendants and Limits the Reach of Wisconsin's Long-Arm Statute Last week, in BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, 581 U.S. ___, No. 16-405, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Montana Supreme Court and concluded that BNSF Railway was not subject to general jurisdiction in Montana to answer for alleged work-related injuries occurring in North Dakota and South Dakota. View Full Post
Brady's Benching Gives Lesson in Court Review of Arbitration Decisions Earlier this week, Bills and Jets fans (and at least one Packer fan) rejoiced as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the NFL’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady based on a finding that Brady had participated in a scheme to deflate footballs and attempted to cover it up. View Full Post