On February 1, 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed an overtime class action suit brought on behalf of a group of former democratic campaign workers for their work during the 2016 presidential election.  In dismissing the overtime suit, the Court relied on an often-overlooked defense to the Fair Labor Standard Act.
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In Danbury Hospital (Case 01-RC-153086), after an initial election victory for the employer, an NLRB Regional Director ordered a second election as a result of the employer’s non-compliance with the new ambush election rules. In doing so, the NLRB again demonstrates why employers should be vigilant and proactive in preparing for an election long before the arrival of a union petition.
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On October 19, 2015, the Judges Division of the NLRB updated its 2010 ALJ Bench Book by issuing a new 2015 edition. The Bench Book serves as a procedural and evidentiary reference for ALJs and litigants during and in preparation for NLRB trials. As such, the Bench Book, and the precedent and authorities within, are often cited to throughout the course of litigation at an NLRB trial.
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