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Proposed bill could lead to mandatory binding arbitration of contract disputes, but faces long road in Republican-controlled House

January 18th, 2011

Legislation introduced earlier this month would amend the NLRA to require mediation of contract disputes if, after more than 60 days following the certification of a new bargaining representative, the parties have not reached a CBA. If the parties are unable to agree on a mediator, H.R. 129 would allow the parties to turn to [Read more...]

Board alerts state attorneys general that it will file suit to enjoin enforcement of state laws prohibiting voluntary recognition of unions

January 17th, 2011

Four recent state law amendments prohibiting employers from voluntarily recognizing unions following a showing of majority support conflict with the NLRA and, thus, are preempted by federal labor law, the NLRB contends. On Friday, January 14, it notified the attorneys general of Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah that it intends to enjoin those [Read more...]

USCIS issues updated employer handbook on Form I-9, Employer Eligibility Verification

January 17th, 2011

Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has announced the release of The Handbook for Employers (Rev. 01/05/11), also known as the M-274. Since 1986, U.S. immigration laws have required all employees to present documentation establishing their identity and authorization for employment, regardless of the employee’s immigration status.
To comply with the [Read more...]

Organizations report fewer and smaller promotions during economic downturn, says WorldatWork

January 14th, 2011

With the underfunded salary budgets of recent years, a promotion may be the only way employees can earn pay raises. Yet even those are fewer and smaller, according to the Promotional Guidelines survey released by WorldatWork. The survey of 720 U.S. organizations found that, overall, respondents report an average of 8.1 percent  of the employee population [Read more...]

Kansas seeks to join lawsuit challenging constitutionality of health care reform act; Montana legislature also acts to oppose

January 14th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asking that Kansas be allowed to join the multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health care reform legislation signed into law last March by President Barack Obama.
“This lawsuit is about standing up [Read more...]