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Daniel Wiessner

Fast-food workers, House Republicans weigh in on NLRB joint employer proposal

Dec 14 2018

Thousands of fast-food workers have told the National Labor Relations Board that its proposal to narrow the circumstances in which companies can be held liable for labor law violations by their contractors or franchisees would make it easier for companies such as McDonald's to dodge accountability for violating workers' rights.

9th Circ. to weigh whether Calif. top court test for independent contractors retroactive

Dec 14 2018

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals next week will consider whether the California Supreme Court's recent adoption of a new test for determining whether workers are properly classified as employees or independent contractors applies retroactively, a question that could have costly repercussions for the gig economy and other companies that rely on contract work.

Judge won't toss challenge to OSHA's rollback of injury reporting rule

Dec 13 2018

A federal judge in Washington D.C. has allowed a lawsuit challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recent rollback of an Obama-era rule requiring larger companies to electronically submit detailed data on workplace injuries and illnesses to proceed.

EEOC Monitor: Health network, retailer agree to seven-figure pregnancy bias settlements

Dec 13 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently netted more than $5 million in two separate cases accusing companies of systemic discrimination against pregnant workers, on the heels of a spate of similar lawsuits against Walmart Inc and other employers.

NLRB judge says worker's profanity-laced outburst protected by labor law

Dec 12 2018

A National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled that a profane outburst by an employee of an auto parts maker was protected by federal labor law, because it came during a heated argument with supervisors about safety and other work-related issues.

NLRB at Work: GC seeks end to 'disturbing' spike in time spent processing cases

Dec 12 2018

National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb has called on the regional lawyers who work underneath him to cut down the time they spend processing cases by 20 percent over the next four years.

2nd Circuit revives lawsuit over IBM employee stock plan

Dec 10 2018

A U.S. appeals court on Monday revived a lawsuit accusing IBM Corp of causing a drop in the value of its employee stock option plan by failing to disclose that one of its divisions was overvalued, but refrained from issuing a broader ruling on the standard for weighing such claims.

NLRB joint employer rule would cost employees $1.3 bln annually – workers’ group

Dec 10 2018

A workers' rights group on Monday said the National Labor Relations Board's proposal to narrow the circumstances in which companies are held liable for labor law violations by their contractors and franchisees and must bargain with their employees could deprive many workers of the benefits of unionizing.

Uber's challenge to Seattle driver unionizing law put off as city mulls tweaks

Dec 07 2018

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an Uber Technologies Inc subsidiary have agreed to put off their challenge to a Seattle law requiring Uber and other ride-sharing services to collectively bargain with drivers while city officials consider changing it.

Lawmakers push DOJ to probe sex offender's plea deal with labor secretary

Dec 07 2018

More than 30 Democrats and at least one Republican in Congress have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate claims that U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta mishandled a plea deal for a wealthy financier accused of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls when Acosta was a federal prosecutor 10 years ago.

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