Emotionally charged, highly visible and almost always economically significant, labor relations continue to redefine the employee-management relationship.
Despite declines in the union movement, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to tilt in labor’s favor, expanding the definition of legally protected activity and making it easier to organize. Unions are trying new tactics to rebuild membership and power, including social media and PR smear campaigns. And they frequently scrutinize employer policies and try to use the NLRB and government agencies to access union-free workplaces.
Every industry has different workforce needs. Our experience across sectors allows us to anticipate and prepare you for potential labor issues. Whether you have a unionized or union-free workforce, we strategize with you to minimize the impact of labor relations issues such as:
We take a balanced approach—combining negotiation, conciliation and, when appropriate, aggressive representation. We have served as lead negotiators in collective bargaining opposite some of the largest and most aggressive labor unions in North America. Our job is to help our clients meet their business goals without compromising employee loyalty, enthusiasm or productivity.
WHEC NBC-10 | November 02, 2020
In this broadcast segment on New York State’s new coronavirus regulations regarding interstate travel, which replaces the 14-day quarantine for travelers, Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding is quoted for her outlook on how the new regulations are more manageable for businesses.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 20, 2020
Chicago Labor & Employment counsel Frank Saibert contributed this article analyzing a National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn a decision preventing a trade association from removing posts on its Facebook group, noting that the trade association’s registry members are not actually employees.
LinkedIn Workforce Insights | October 07, 2020
This article, covering how organizations can reduce burnout risks among employees, cites NP for “bucking the trend” by focusing on advancement and promotion even during these challenging times, and quotes Professional Personnel Partner and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier on plans for the firm’s 2021 partner class.
HR Magzine | September 28, 2020
Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Rich Tilghman and John Ruskusky, and associate Henry Caldwell contributed this article, based on their recent blog post, on the rise in putative class actions in Illinois by employees against entities that employ biometric technology.
Law360 | September 24, 2020
This article on notable pandemic-related wage and hour issues quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on whether employers would be on the hook for the time that workers spend adhering to building safety protocols.
Law360 | September 16, 2020
This article, which examines last week’s Southern District of New York judgment striking down the U.S. Department of Labor’s joint employment rule, quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on the complexities of multiple layers for employment law compliance with respect to the National Labor Relations Act, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and FLSA.
Law360 | September 09, 2020
Labor & Employment deputy group leader and Chicago partner Brian Alcala contributed this article on the National Labor Relations Board’s recent guidance on COVID-19-related labor law violations against employers in these uncertain times.
Daily Record | August 12, 2020
This article on a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board extensively quotes Rochester Labor & Employment partner Stephanie Caffera for her related outlook and the application of protected concerted activity on social media.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 16, 2020
Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert contributed this article analyzing a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn a decision allowing newly recognized unions an opportunity to negotiate over certain disciplinary action taken against employees that occurred before the parties finalized their initial labor contract.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 14, 2020
Chicago Labor and Employment partner Frank Saibert contributed this article analyzing a National Labor Relations Board decision which found that, under appropriate circumstances, employers can prohibit employees from discussing certain internal company investigations without violating the National Labor Relations Act.
Chicago Tribune | March 25, 2020
Labor and Employment deputy practice group leader Brian Alcala in Chicago talks about the advice he is giving employers whose employees feel unsafe reporting for work during the coronavirus outbreak.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 28, 2019
Chicago Labor and Employment partner Frank Saibert authored this article about a National Labor Relations Board case related to a union member who was fired by her employer, Electrolux.
Los Angeles Daily Journal | July 10, 2019
Partner Ben Kim, counsel Alicia Anderson and associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of the Labor and Employment group in Los Angeles, co-wrote this contributed article. The authors analyze the impact of a California Supreme Court ruling that drivers for Dynamex, a package delivery company, are employees rather than independent contractors.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | July 08, 2019
Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article analyzing an ongoing matter before the National Labor Relations Board concerning the ability of organized labor to use large inflatable animals as part of their worksite picketing activities.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 29, 2019
Chicago Labor and Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this article analyzing a case before the National Labor Relations Board, which has taken a newly restrictive view on what constitutes “protected concerted activity” in the workplace.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 13, 2019
Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed article analyzing a Seventh Circuit decision that allowed a Wisconsin town to invoke its signage ban to exterminate a giant inflatable balloon rat displayed by a local labor union.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 01, 2018
Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column about a recent National Labor Relations Board decision regarding Weingarten rights which allow union-represented employees, who might be facing discipline, to have a union representative present for any questioning related to the matter.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 27, 2018
Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert wrote this contributed column on a National Labor Relations Board dispute between an area hotel and an employee/union organizer who was fired following a demonstration.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 23, 2018
Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert contributed this article on the National Labor Relations Board’s shift in outlook as a result of the election of President Trump.
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