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Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) put its stamp of approval on “micro-units,” or small groups of employees who may unionize.  The Board recently decided two cases involving micro-units in Macy’s and Bergdorf Goodman, which should make employers ask themselves, “Does my business model make it easier for a union to organize my […]

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Almost one year after it granted review of Noel Canning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, affirmed the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision that President Obama lacked the authority to appoint three National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) members during a three-day intra-session recess.  The Circuit Court had held that the Recess Appointments Clause (“Clause”) […]

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Summertime brings many issues into the workplace that may have been dormant all winter.  Are you prepared to respond? 1.  Summer Clothes: Can you decide what is right or wrong for your employees to wear (even if you do not require a specific uniform)?  The answer is Yes, but if you want this kind of […]

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Do you really know how to calculate overtime pay? For most employers, the overtime calculation is very straightforward – employees receive one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40. But what if your employees work various jobs at different rates? For example, you own a hair salon and your employees […]

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The Chicago Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (“Region”) waved its magic wand over the Northwestern University (“Northwestern”) scholarship football players and turned them into “employees” following a series of headline-generating hearings.  See Northwestern University v. College Athletes Players Ass’n, Case 13-RC-121359, 2014 NLRB Reg. Dir. Dec. LEXIS 46 (NLRB Reg. Dir. Dec. […]

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