Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1
In its long awaited Fraser decision the Supreme Court has clarified the scope of protection that exists under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) for collective bargaining activities.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Fair and Open Competition in Governmental Construction Act (S.B. 165) into law, preventing government entities from entering into construction contracts that either discourage bidders from entering into collective bargaining agreements or discriminate against bidders who refuse to participate in labor agreements.
At the beginning of 2010, conventional wisdom held that the labor movement had taken the offensive and was on the brink of pushing through the Congress wholesale changes that would give unions unprecedented leverage in organizing and in collective bargaining.
In June 2010 the Taiwanese Legislative Yuan passed significant amendments to the Labour Union Act, giving teachers the right to form and join unions and allowing foreign workers to participate in union activities.
The Equality Bill 2009-2010 is expected to receive Royal Assent sometime this spring and most provisions are due to come into force in October 2010, although this timetable may be altered following any change of Government.
Title II of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) took effect on November 21, 2009, even though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has not yet published final regulations.
On October 7, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published interim final regulations under Title I of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) to prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers from discriminating based on genetic information.
Efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") have been stalled while Senate Democrats work to obtain the necessary 60 votes for cloture and bring the matter to the Senate floor.
On April 1, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett a collective-bargaining provision that requires arbitration of age-discrimination claims, ruling that labor unions can waive their members’ right to litigate such claims in court.