'Quickie election' rule upheld in Washington, D.C. 8/17/15

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On July 29, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson -- an Obama appointee -- upheld the final rule of the National Labor Relations Board, providing for "quickie elections" under the National Labor Relations Act. Mike Zinser says the court was very disdainful of the First Amendment rights of employers.

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Reporters Committee launches interactive online map of police body camera laws and policies 7/27/15

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched an interactive, online map charting the policies of more than 100 police departments and laws in nearly every state regarding public access to police body camera videos.

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Obama Department of Labor declares war on overtime exemptions 7/7/15

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The new rule, if finalized, would dramatically increase the salary threshold for the overtime exemption of executive, administrative and professional employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Each company should study the new rule and determine how to react if it becomes final and effective. We are months away from an effect date. Start planning now.

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19% of Americans think First Amendment 'Goes Too Far' 7/6/15

The 2015 State of the First Amendment survey shows one in five Americans believes the First Amendment "goes too far" in the rights it guarantees.

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Texas challenge to 'quickie election' rule fails 6/16/15

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

The court refused to consider the legislative history of 1947 and 1959 changes to the National Labor Relations Act, which make it clear that election hearings should occur before the election, and that there should be at least 30 days between the filing of the election petition and the election date.

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NLRB 'quickie election' rule update 5/26/15

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

Under the new NLRB "quickie election" rule, employers have -- on average -- 17 fewer days to prepare for the election. In this column, read also about a bill that has passed in the North Carolina Senate that is a broadside attack on independent contractor status.

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News media coalition seeks to unseal Petraeus sentencing memo and letters 4/28/15

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and eight news media organizations have asked a federal court in North Carolina to unseal a sentencing memorandum and related letters in the case of retired General and former CIA Director David H. Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to mishandling classified materials.

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President Obama vetoes Congressional action on NLRB rule 4/21/15

By L. Michael Zinser, The Zinser Law Firm

On March 31, President Barack Obama vetoed a Joint Resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would block implementation of the National Labor Relations Board's "quickie election" rule. The Senate adopted the Disapproval Resolution by a 53 to 46 vote on March 4. The House of Representatives passed the same measure by a vote of 232 to 186 on March 19.

In addition, an appeals court has ruled in favor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal over a question involving independent contractor status.

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One Day, Many Solutions - Employment Law Seminars 3/23/15

Fisher & Phillips offers discounted rates to one-day seminar for those at SNPA member companies who have responsibility for managing people and policies impacting the workplace.

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Reporters Committee mobile apps offer legal info, reporting tools 3/19/15

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched three mobile apps to help journalists in the field with answers regarding the right to record, cover schools, or access information from police and courts.

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