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NLRB General Counsel: McDonald's Is Joint Employer with Franchisees
In a determination by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin Jr. that, according to a McDonald's spokesperson, "has implications for all franchised businesses," McDonald's has been deemed a joint employer with its franchisees.

NLRB Recognizes Departmental Micro Bargaining Unit
Business concerns about microunits have been magnified by a board ruling recognizing a microunit in a department store.

Canada's Experience with Expedited Union Certification
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a number of changes to the rules governing the conduct of certification votes, some of which have been borrowed from Canadian law.

Court's Mandatory Union Fees Decision Seen as Limited for Now
Despite protests from Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez over the Supreme Court's decision that unions can't require personal assistants to pay agency fees, organized labor probably is breathing "a sigh of relief" because the decision was limited, a management attorney says.

NLRB Urged Not to Change Definition of 'Joint Employer'
An invitation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for briefs on the definition of "joint-employer relationships" under the National Labor Relation Act resulted in the agency getting an earful from the Society for Human Resource Management and other business groups.



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Court to Review Effect of Silence in CBAs on Duration of Retiree Health Care
The Supreme Court announced it will review whether, when construing collective bargaining agreements, courts should presume that silence on the duration of retiree health care benefits means the parties intended to vest and continue indefinitely.
NLRB Invites Input on Using Employers' E-mail for Organizing
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) expressed interest in overturning a decision that bars employees from using their employer's e-mail for union organizing purposes.

Management Attorneys: New Organizing Rules Are Witches’ Brew for Employers 
The combination of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) micro-bargaining units decision, its proposed “quickie election” rule and “persuader activity” regulations are stacking the deck against employers targeted by unions, management attorneys fear.

NLRA Supersedes Overbroad Work Rules
Work rules aren’t always the last word, particularly if they run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Report: UFOs Make Their Mark in Organized Labor
New models of employee representation are emerging to reshape organized labor.


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