NSBA Submits Comments on NLRB Elections Rule

August 22, 2011

NSBA today submitted comments in opposition to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rule that would dramatically change the elections process. The proposal (RIN 3142-AA08) was released June 22 and comments are due today, Aug. 22. This rule would dramatically tilt the elections process against small-business owners in favor of large,...

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DOL Extends Deadline on Persuader Rule

August 2, 2011

Amid a dearth of positive actions coming from the organized labor arena, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced they will push back the original deadline for comments on their so-called “persuader rule.” Originally set for August 22, the new comment deadline is Sept. 21. As previously reported, DOL proposed in late-July...

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NLRB Hearing on Elections Rule

July 20, 2011

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held a two-day hearing on their proposed rule to amend and shorten the union-organizing election process. With more than 60 speakers testifying, NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman kicked off the hearing with a commitment of the board members...

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Unions and Labor Round-up

July 13, 2011

In what appears as a concerted effort to shortchange small-business input in the regulatory process on rules that pose a significant burden for small businesses, three new labor regulations continue to move forward. NSBA has weighed in on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed rule to dramatically alter the...

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Mandatory E-Verify Proposal Introduced

June 22, 2011

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) on June 15 introduced the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2164), which would require all U.S. businesses to verify the immigration status of all new hires using the Everify system. Smith’s bill would apply only to new hires and would pre-empt any state laws on the verification of...

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Amid Immigration Reform Push, Everify Emerges

May 14, 2011

President Obama’s recent investment in pushing immigration reform has thrust the mandated use of Everify by employers back into the spotlight both via the administrations immigration reform blueprint and within deliberations on Capitol Hill. President Obama made his first major immigration reform speech since July 2010 in El Paso, Texas...

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House Examines Davis-Bacon Report

April 19, 2011

The House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing to examine the Department of Labor’s (DOL) implementation of the Davis-Bacon Act, specifically concerning a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found poor data is being used to set prevailing wage rates. The Davis-Bacon Act is the 1931 federal law...

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Labor Law Round-Up

February 1, 2011

Several events have been underway in relation to labor laws and their impact on small businesses, including continued activity at the National Labor Relations Board and a recently withdrawn proposed regulation from the Department of Labor. Most recently, President Obama re-nominated Craig Becker, who gained his seat from a controversial 2010recess appointment....

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NLRB Proposed Rule on Posting Requirements

January 4, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Dec. 22, 2010 requesting comments on a proposed requirement that all private sector employers subject to theNational Labor Relations Act (NLRA) post a notice in the workplace informing employees of their rights under the NLRA. However, unlike a simple notice-posting...

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