Date archive: December 2014

EMPLOYER ALERT—Quickie Union Elections Have Arrived!

On December 12, 2014, NLRB announced the adoption of a final rule applying changes to the procedures for union representation cases. The new rule, labeled by some as the “quickie election” rule, will expedite the initial representation election process.

New Federal & State Laws That Go Into Effect on January 1, 2015

FEDERAL

Executive Order 1365817: Government Contractors — Minimum wage increases to $10.10 per hour for employees of certain government contractors; increases minimum wage of tipped employees to $4.90 per hour.
Affordable Care Act’s Shared Responsibility Provision— the ACA’s employer “pay-or-play” mandate will apply to larger firms with 100 or more full-time employees. W

EMPLOYER ALERT- NLRB Extends Employees’ Right to Engage in Protected and Concerted Activity to Employer’s E-mail Systems

The National Labor Relations Board in its continued effort to assist labor unions and employee unionization efforts has provided employees with an effective organizing tool—their employer’s own email systems. In 2007, the NLRB in Register Guard held “employees can have no statutory right to use their employer’s email systems for Section 7 purposes.

Federal Court Rejects EEOC Request to Enjoin Honeywell Wellness Program

As discussed in an earlier blog article, the EEOC takes a dim view of employer wellness programs to the extent they “encourage” participation through monetary penalties. As part of its wellness program, Honeywell encouraged employees and their dependents to participate in a biomedical test which would analyze a blood sample for, among other things, cholesterol, glucose and nicotine levels.

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