New Ohio Prevailing Wage Thresholds Take Effect September 29, 2013

Area wage standards, union scale, and “prevailing wages” are minimum payments contractors or subcontractors must pay employees when performing certain publicly funded contracts. A wage standard is calculated based upon the average payments for the corresponding class of laborers or mechanics employed on similar projects in the area and are generally found in multi-employer collective…
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Unions and Anti-Trust Laws

Antitrust laws regulate business monopolies in the interest of promoting competition. The National Labor Relations Act preempts state antitrust laws. Federal antitrust laws apply to certain union activities. Labor unions are exempted from antitrust laws when involved in a “labor dispute” for the purpose of protecting their own interests and must not be combined with…
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OSHA Cracks Down on Compactors

Compactors and balers are commonplace in many workplaces. But many of them are old, missing guards, and used by people who are not trained on how to properly use them or are too young to use them. As many of you know, I represent a lot of grocery stores. Whenever I am on-site I always…
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Matt Austin Presented at the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

Employment attorney Matt Austin presented an engaging seminar at the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce meeting today titled “Is your Handbook a Hand Grenade?” Just about every seat was filled and audience members stayed well past the meeting’s normal ending time to continue asking great questions and diligently taking notes about handbooks in general, toxic…
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What Are Section 7 Rights?

One of the most important parts of the National Labor Relations Act is Section 7. This Section protects employees who engage in concerted activity. No one, myself included, disputes that employees, whether in a union or not in a union, are allowed to engage in concerted activity. The disputes arise over whether certain activity is protected concerted…
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What Can an Employer Do During a Union Organizing Drive

There is so much focus on what employers cannot do during a union organizing drive that what an employer can do is frequently forgotten. The things an employer cannot say and do, while significant, pale in comparison to what an employer is permitted to do during a union organizing campaign. Employers can state a fact or make an…
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