Disturbing independent contractor development at the NLRB 10/14/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
In this month's Zinsergram, Mike Zinser notes that the NLRB has ruled that certain FedEx drivers in Connecticut were employees. In this case, he says the Board fundamentally shifts the independent contractor analysis, for policy-based reasons, to one of economic realities. MORE

A Labor Day message for management 9/9/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
Let us remember that Labor Day is not a day to honor and celebrate "unions." This a day to honor all working Americans. In this month's Zinsergram, Mike Zinser also takes a look at the "quickie election" rule and the NLRB. MORE

Ohio newspaper carrier is an independent contractor 8/18/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
The Ohio Industrial Commission, in a case involving the Akron Beacon Journal, has ruled that a newspaper carrier is an independent contractor for purposes of Workers' Compensation. In this month's Zinsergram, Mike Zinser also takes a look at a Wage and Hour issue, Workers' Compensation and the First Amendment rights of a blogger. MORE

Obama recess appointment of NLRB members unconstitutional 7/7/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
By virtue of the Supreme Court's ruling that the NLRB recess appointments were unconstitutional, hundreds of decisions issued by the Board between Jan. 4, 2012, and July 31, 2013, are now invalid. Mike Zinser says in this month's Zinsergram that several of the invalidated cases involve very significant Board precedent. MORE

Minnesota carrier is an independent contractor 4/22/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
During this month's Zinsergram, Mike Zinser looks at another independent contractor case, an age discrimination case, proposed executive exemptions from overtime and legal issues involving the NLRB. MORE

Management doing too little to retain, empower employees 3/26/14

By Michael Giardina, courtesy of Employee Benefit News
Despite nearly two-thirds of employers indicating that managing critical talent is vital for success, only a handful of employers feel their programs are communicating these values to high performing staff. In a new survey of more than 120 employers across industries in the U.S. and Canada, Mercer finds that only 30 percent feel their programs are "extremely effective" in hitting these goals. MORE

This is Sunshine Week: March 16-22 3/17/14

A roster of Sunshine Week participants and events listings are posted on the Sunshine Week website. MORE

One day, many solutions -- employment law coast-to-coast 3/17/14

The labor and employment attorneys from Fisher & Phillips LLP are going coast-to-coast in 2014 with practical solutions for workplace problems. In one day, attendees will become better prepared for the employment law changes and challenges all employers face. MORE

NLRB reissues proposed 'quickie election' rule 3/11/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
The proposed rule seeks to prevent the circulation of ideas opposing unions. Without the time to circulate its perspective and point of view, an employer's First Amendment right of freedom of speech will be of little value in NLRB elections. MORE

Bill on electronic notices pulled from floor representative 2/20/14

By Becky Bohrer, The Associated Press
The sponsor of a bill that would allow municipalities to post certain public notices online rather than in newspapers said Tuesday that he asked that the bill be pulled from the House floor to protect his colleagues. MORE
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