Why Teamsters were Acquitted After Menacing the “Top Chef” Crew

I remember where I was when I first blogged about this case – a hotel in San Francisco. Some things just stick with me. Perhaps I remember this because I found the actions of the Teamsters so outlandish. As outlandish as they were, they were, unfortunately, lawful – and had been since 1973. This case…
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Labor Board Tried (but Failed) to Expand Weingarten Rights to Non-Union Companies

An employee’s Weingarten rights is something that everyone dealing with a unionized workforce is familiar with. Perhaps you didn’t know the name, but you know that union employees are entitled to have a representative present during compulsory, investigatory interviews that may lead to discipline. Weingarten rights only apply to union employees. This is black letter…
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Facebook and NLRB: Still Making Good Blog Fodder

Butler Medical Transport had a social media policy that provided, “I will refrain from using social networking sites which could discredit Butler Medical Transport or damage its image.” After being terminated, an employee posted on Facebook that she believed her termination was unjust. A still-employed employee responded, “Sorry to hear that but if you want…
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NLRB’s View on Employers Protecting Customer Information

Employers can prohibit the use by employees of the names, social security numbers, and credit card numbers of customers in furtherance of organizational activities. This ruling came after the NLRB scrutinized the employer’s definition of confidential information and policies covering “Use of Personal Data” and “Confidentiality and Acceptable Use of Company Systems.” The company defined…
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Even When Company and Union Agree, NLRB Rules in Favor of Employee

A hospital desperately sought to hire some to fill the hard-to-fill position of part-time boiler operator. Despite candidate Legley being difficult to work with during the interview process, he was willing to be a part-time boiler operator, so the hospital hired him. I’m sure many of you have similarly undesirable jobs where you hire the…
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SEIU Suffers More Setbacks on Fight for $15

The following is from an opinion column in the Sun Prairie Star by Richard McCarty, Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation. For the past several years, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been dumping millions of dollars of its members’ money into efforts across the country to hike the minimum wage…
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