BY: Elizabeth Bolduc, Esq.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.
On February 6, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). The bill was introduced by House Education and Labor Committee Chairman and Representative Robert Scott, which passed the House with a 224-194 vote. The bill amends the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), 1947, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 to provide additional protections to union employees.Read more
In Thomas v. Hyundai of Bedford, No. 108212 (January 23, 2020), the Eighth District Ohio Court of Appeals found an arbitration agreement in an employment contract to be unenforceable because it was overly broad, and in large part,included disputes which fell outside the scope of the employment relationship.
Thomas worked for Migdal I, LLC and Hyundai of Bedford (collectively “Hyundai”).
The EEOC recently released the 2019 fiscal year enforcement and litigation data. The comprehensive data demonstrates that in 2019 employees filed historically fewer discriminatory charges with the EEOC. Further, in 2019 the agency received 7,515 sexual harassment charges, a decrease of 1.2 percent from 2018. Despite the decrease in charges being filed with the EEOC, the agency was able to recover a decade-high of 68 million dollars for employees alleging sexual harassment.Read more
BY: Carl Habekost, Esq.
An important case is currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving the definition of “Repeat” for an OSHA violation. In Acosta v. Angelica Textile Services, Inc., the facts reveal that the company provided commercial linen cleaning services using very large washing machines called “combined batch washers” (CBW). The cleaning process consisted of a long, cylindrical tunnel with “washer modules”.
BY: Carl Habekost, Esq.
March 2, 2020, is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A Annual Summary of workplace injuries and illness data for calendar year 2019. The Form 300A is a summation of the workplace injuries and illnesses recorded on the OSHA 300 Logs during the previous calendar year, as well as the total hours worked the previous calendar year by all covered employees.