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OSHA revises hazard communication standard

USA - March 26 2012 The United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has announced a comprehensive update to its 1983 Hazard Communication Standard that will affect employers and workers in more than five million workplaces where hazardous chemicals are produced or handled.

John W. Alden, Randall D. Avram, Robert G. Hensley Jr.

NLRB decision finding arbitration agreement unlawful affects unionized and non-unionized employers alike

USA - January 11 2012 The National Labor Relations Board (the "NLRB" or the “Board”) has ruled that a mandatory arbitration agreement preventing employees from pursuing class or collective claims against their employer is unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”). 

John W. Alden, Richard D. Haygood, Robert G. Hensley Jr.

NLRB issues final rule changing some of its union election procedures

USA - December 22 2011 We reported in a Legal Alert dated December 2, 2011 that the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") had authorized the adoption of a final rule changing some of the procedures the NLRB follows in cases seeking to determine union representation status.

John W. Alden, Randall D. Avram, Chuck Rice

Social media at work: what every employer should know

USA - November 8 2011 A growing percentage of our workforce participates in social media activities, and many of these bloggers, "tweeters" and "frienders" make posts online that are distinctly at odds with their employers' business objectives.

Randall D. Avram

California joins the growing number of states regulating the use of credit information for employment purposes

USA - October 13 2011 Historically, employers have been free to obtain and use background information about an applicant or employee for employment purposes, except for minimal regulation by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and some states regarding how the information is obtained.

Kathleen B. Dodd, Richard D. Haygood, Susan W. Pangborn