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

Sunshine Week for open government set for March 16-22 2/20/14

The annual Sunshine Week initiative focusing on the importance of open government is scheduled for March 16-22, with events already planned around the nation. As national co-sponsors of Sunshine Week, the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are hosting the main website for information about freedom of information, free materials for participants to use, a calendar of events and a list of participants. MORE

Supreme Court hears arguments about NLRB recess appointments 2/6/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
The court is reviewing whether President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional. MORE

Newspapers suffer sales tax setback in North Carolina 1/8/14

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm
The sales tax exemption that newspapers in North Carolina have enjoyed for decades has been repealed. Does your newspaper have a buy/sell relationship with its carriers? If so, attorney Mike Zinser says you should be sure your independent contractor agreements make it clear that the contractor is responsible for the collection of the tax. MORE
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