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Rumor has it . . . the NLRB is cracking down on no-gossip policies
(April 11, 2014)
Apologies to Adele, but the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has whispered some words in my ear that tell a story employers won’t want to hear. People may say crazy things ― and the NLRB won’t let a “no-gossip” policy stop them. Read on

Northwestern's appeal of football ruling
claims NLRB ignored evidence

(April 10, 2014)
Northwestern University’s appeal of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling claims an NLRB regional director ignored evidence that the school’s scholarship football players are students—not employees—and relied too much on the testimony of a single player. Read on

Governor Walker friends Facebook users, bars employers from trolling employees' accounts
(April 9, 2014)
The question of whether employers can require applicants or current employees to divulge social media passwords has been hotly debated both from a legal and a moral standpoint. On April 8, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill protecting nonpublic social media accounts.  Read on

NLRB to hear stakeholders on 'quickie' election rule
(April 9, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board is set to hear opinions on its proposed changes to the rules governing union representation elections during hearings on April 10-11. The meetings can be seen in their entirety at www.nlrb.gov/openmeeting.  Read on

Maryland Legislature passes bill to raise
minimum wage to $10.10 by July 1, 2018

(April 8, 2014)
On the final day of its legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill to dramatically raise the state’s minimum wage. The bill, which was supported by Governor Martin O’Malley and is expected to be signed into law, calls for a staggered increase in the minimum wage over a period of four years, with the final increase due to set the minimum wage at $10.10 effective July 1, 2018. Read on

New executive actions target equal pay for women
(April 8, 2014)
President Barack Obama is once again using executive action related to the pay American workers earn. A White House fact sheet says the actions are aimed at fighting pay discrimination and strengthening enforcement of equal pay laws. Read on

United States reaches cap on H-1B visas in five days
(April 8, 2014)
It took just under a week for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to take in enough H-1B visa petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014. Read on

Feds to employers: Do as I say, not as I do
(April 4, 2014)
I’m no longer allowed to cuss in my house. It was a tough habit to break ― as the only girl in a family of seven children, I grew up with a lot of profanity. But I realized that I had to change my family’s behavior after a recent trip during which my three-year-old “impressed” her grandparents with her incredibly vast four-letter-word vocabulary. So now when I cuss at home, my daughter puts me in time-out until I apologize and promise not to do it again. Read on

April 25 date set for Northwestern football vote
(April 3, 2014)
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has scheduled an April 25 union representation vote for Northwestern University football players. Spokespersons in both the Chicago and Washington, D.C., NLRB offices confirmed that the April 25 date has been set but didn’t have more information such as which players will be eligible to vote and when results will be known. Read on

Keeping policies legal: Don't ban employees from talking about pay
(April 2, 2014)
It’s tempting for employers to put rules in the company handbook informing employees that they are prohibited from discussing wages and benefits with coworkers. Such policies often warn employees that violators will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.  Read on

Treasury Department finalizes rules on hiring women, minorities
(April 1, 2014)
The U.S. Treasury Department has issued a final rule requiring that any entity that enters into a contract with the department make good-faith efforts to include minorities and women in its workforce. Read on

No paydirt yet: Northwestern players
have ground to cover before unionization
(March 28, 2014)
On January 28, a group of football players at Northwestern University filed a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Chicago. On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Board ruled that certain student athletes are employees entitled to a union election. This is the first time college athletes have sought to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and this ruling could change college athletics forever. Read on

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