With the usual flurry of activity at the end of the legislative session, California enacted a slew of bills with labor and employment implications. Closing out his first year in office, Governor Newsom signed more than 40 such bills on varied topics.
On September 20, 2019, the NLRB issued a proposed rule that would exclude from the National Labor Relations Act undergraduate and graduate students at private colleges and universities who perform services in connection with their studies.
In a recent decision, the NLRB adopted the broader, more employer-friendly “contract coverage” standard for evaluating whether an employer is required to negotiate with a union about a particular topic.
The National Labor Relations Board recently issued a decision, officially rejecting the idea that employers that allow civic organizations to fundraise on their property must also allow nonemployee union agents to solicit on employer property unfettered.
The NLRB has invited briefing regarding the standards for determining whether “profane outbursts and offensive statements of a racial or sexual nature, made in the course of otherwise protected activity,” should lose their Section 7 protection.
Labor Day became an official federal holiday in 1894. Although the world of employment has obviously changed significantly over the last 125 years, the pace of workplace transformation seems to have accelerated in the past decade.
In line with recently passed legislation in New York and California, Illinois’ legislature rallied to create a bill that would help increase employee protections by combating discrimination and harassment in the workplace.