Related to: Employee Rights

NLRB Expands Employee Protections for Complaints to Management

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued a decision with significant implications for union and non-union employers alike. The NLRB’s decision in Parexel International LLC, 356 NLRB No. 82 (1/28/11) greatly expanded the definition of “protected concerted activity” under the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA). Under Section 7 of the NLRA, employees have a…

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Your Employees Are Entitled to Leave on Election Day

As November 2nd approaches, employers should be aware of their obligations under Wisconsin’s voter leave laws. Sections 12.07 and 6.76 of the Wisconsin Statutes require employers to grant all employees eligible to vote up to three successive hours of leave on Election Day for the purpose of voting. However, this leave may be unpaid and…

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7th Circuit Applies Garcetti Protections to 1st Amendment Claim Against Co-workers

Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a public employee’s co-workers, like their employer, were protected from the employee’s First Amendment retaliation claim.     In the case of Abcarian v. McDonald, Abcarian was the Head…

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New Employee Posting Requirement for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Federal contractors and subcontractors have until June 21, 2010 to post a new notice released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which informs employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The new notice was issued by the DOL as a result of Executive Order 13496, which was signed by President…

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New Law Requires Employers to Provide Breaks and Facilities for Breastfeeding Employees

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  While this law primarily concerns regulation of the insurance industry, there is at least one provision of particular interest to all employers. Specifically, Section 4207 of the Act amends the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) to require that employers…

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