Union Bailout Update

McDonald’s has become the poster child for testing the breadth of impact of joint employer status. In a recent sexual harassment case, the EEOC has indicated it plans to follow the reasoning of Browning-Ferris, allowing it to “apply new legal standards” if it confirms...

Joint Employer Status

We reported earlier on Microsoft’s attempt to fight off a joint employer investigation. In July the NLRB denied Microsoft’s petition to revoke the board’s petition. The tenuous vehicle used to attempt to force the joint employer connection in the Microsoft case was a...

Union Bailout Update

The NLRB finally opened their joint employer case with McDonald’s as their target. One of the first NLRB gambits was to shut down McDonald’s attempt to subpoena SEIU and its PR firm, BerlinRosen. McDonald’s had planned to defend itself by arguing it was allowed to...

Labor Relations Insight – November 2015

by Phil Wilson Big Labor’s $6.6 Billion Payday Big Labor has a lot to be thankful for in 2015. Let’s face it. If you’re counting blessings the National Labor Relations Board offered quite a few. From the Ambush Election Rule to expanded online organizing to the...

BFI Joint Employer Decision Gets Invoked on Microsoft

On August 27, the NLRB announced its decision in the joint employer case of Browning Ferris Industries. This ruling – that BFI was in fact a joint employer with its contracted company, Leadpoint, and is thus responsible for and included in the bargaining negotiations...