Published: August 23, 2017

In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court in the case NLRB v. Weingarten, established the rule that union members have the right to have a union representative present at an interview or meeting that could lead to disciplinary action against the employee. Last Friday, a panel of the U.S.

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Published: December 13, 2016

Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Int. No. 1017-C, dubbed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act (“Act”), a unique law that provides penalties for failure to follow certain standards in contracting with and paying freelance workers.

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Published: September 29, 2016

On September 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would delay by an additional six months the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule which more than doubles the minimum salary level for exemption from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The new rule, which was unveiled in May 2016 after many months of public comment and debate, is currently set to take effect December 1, 2016.

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Published: February 1, 2013

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its annual figures on the state of union membership in the United States. Union membership continued its now-typical trend of declining rolls in 2012. The percent of workers who were union members in 2012 was 11.3%, compared to 11.8% in 2011. The overall number of those belonging to a number likewise decline, from 14.8 million in 2011 to 14.4 million in 2012.

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Published: January 30, 2013

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi and Milwaukee Associate Jesse Dill recently published an article, “Michigan right-to-work law continues to put labor on its heels,” in the December 24 issue of Inside Counsel. In the article, they discuss that Michigan became the 24th state to pass “right-to-work” legislation on December 11, amid scenes of protest. The law means that public and private sector employers cannot require employees to become union members or pay union dues as a condition of employment.

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Published: June 28, 2012

On June 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, held that the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 (SEIU) impinged on the First Amendment rights of California’s public sector employees by requiring non-members to pay 100% of an emergency assessment fund collected without giving them a notice and opportunity to opt out.

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Published: March 27, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Fort Lauderdale Partner Lori Adelson was quoted in a March 21 article in The Business Insider. The article, “9 Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal,” discusses illegal questions asked during job interviews. Lori was cited as the sole expert and listed nine of the common illegal questions asked during an interview that are often mistaken as appropriate. To read the article in full, please click here.

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Published: March 6, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay’s recently published 2012 edition of the handbook, Employment Law Toolkit for Illinois Employers, is now available. The handbook is a comprehensive resource highlighting the significant employment and labor issues facing Illinois employers. It provides practical and cost-effective advice on avoiding employment and labor-related liability and complying with state and federal laws facing employers.

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Published: March 2, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Jason Tremblay was interviewed in the article “Face Recognition Technology Might Get Employers in Trouble,” which appeared online in Society for Human Resource Management’s technology section on February 27. In the article, Mr. Tremblay discusses the broad implications and uses of facial-recognition software in the workplace for the hiring process. He offers cautions for companies bent on using the technology for broader purposes.

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Published: March 2, 2012

Arnstein & Lehr Milwaukee Partner Charles W. Pautsch‘s article “Buying A US Business With A Labour Contract: Opportunities For The Wise And Traps For The Unwary” currently appears online at Financier Worldwide magazine’s website. His article addresses the challenges presented to a foreign or domestic purchaser who is considering buying an American business that has had a history of labor problems with its incumbent union.

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