Unions now have access to your email

Late last year the National Labor Relations Board rendered a couple of decisions that are a radical departure from previous actions. I wrote about these on December 15th. One of those decisions dealt with whether employees can use a company email system to conduct union organization. In a 3-2 decision along party lines the NLRB …

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Indiana Supreme Court Upholds “Right-to-Work” Legislation: A signal to other states?

I just held a class on Labor Law and one of the concepts we discussed was “right –to-work”. Many people confuse “right-to-work” with “employment-at-will.” Simply put, EAW is a common law concept that says that employers and employees both have a right to terminate their working relationship at any time for any reason, as long …

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Employment Law Compliance: It Is Not Your Father's USDOL

I know there have been some arguments amongst HR people calling for reform in the HR field to have “legal” handle compliance and let HR deal with “people/talent” issues. My reaction to that statement is that it works very well in a company that has “legal”. However, far many more companies do not have an in-house …

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NLRB Nominees: Loading the Dice in Favor of Labor Unions

How would you like to play a game where everytime you threw the dice you were unlikely to win because you had been given a pair of “loaded” dice? (click for the meaning of this idiom.) You probably would not want to play anymore. But what if you had no chance? What if it was …

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Newest Carnival of HR: A MUST READ for HR Pros

The newest Carnival of HR is at the IC4P Productivity Blog. This version is full of some very interesting blog posts. Full of information about productivity, labor law, leadership, use of social media, engagement and performance management. It is a MUST read of links these great topics on some great blogs. So read up, learn …

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Hone Your Labor Negotiation Skills: You Are Going to Need Them

If you are in HR and you are reading this I hope you are up on your labor negotiation skills and labor law. You are going to need it. The Employee Free Choice Act, which I have written about before is getting closer and closer to reality. Don’t know what the EFCA is? Well you …

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