Indiana AG appeals Lake County judge’s ruling that right-to-work law is unconstitutional

On September 5, Indiana’s right-to-work law was declared unconstitutional by a state trial court judge.  On Thursday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a notice of appeal in the case.

Lake County Superior Court Judge John M. Sedia ruled that the right-to-work law violated the Indiana Constitution by requiring unions to provide services without payment. The law prohibits requiring employees to pay dues to a union.  Under federal law, however, unions must represent all workers in a bargaining unit, including nonunion members.  Sedia reasoned that the right-to-work law violated the Indiana Constitution’s provision guaranteeing just compensation for services rendered. Sweeney v. Zoeller, No. 45D01-1305-PK-52 (Superior Court, Sept. 5, 2013).

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Fast-food worker strikes, ‘alt-labor’ movement spreading

May 16, 2013 - by: Tammy Binford 0 COMMENTS

A wave of strikes by fast-food and other low-wage workers continues to spread in major cities around the country as employees take action to increase their pay and gain other workplace rights and benefits. Strikes have taken place in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Milwaukee as the movement appears to be gaining strength.

The workers are not unionized and work in jobs traditionally not targeted by labor unions because the fast-food industry often relies on teen workers holding part-time and seasonal jobs. Since the recession, however, more adults with families have turned to jobs in the fast-food industry.

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What Redskins’ play calls after RG3’s injury teach us about workplace ethics

by Mike Maslanka

Anyone watch the Washington Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks? I am a Redskins fan, so I was naturally concerned about the health of Robert Griffin III, the phenom rookie quarterback, former Baylor standout, winner of the Heisman trophy, and all-around nice guy. Four weeks earlier, he had injured his knee in a game against the Ravens. (He also injured the same knee while playing college ball in 2009.)

Coming into the game, RG3 (as he is known) was wearing a brace. News reports from USA Today quoted the team physician as saying he was a “nervous wreck” letting RG3 play that Sunday night. And then came a sad episode that could end a young man’s career and is made all the sadder because it was avoidable if the boss had made a decision motivated by ethical conduct, not an ostrich-like attitude of self-delusion; a decision that could be made only by a boss, not an employee like RG3, no matter how well-paid; a decision that looked out for the needs of a human being as well as the organization.

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Once ‘Moore’ with feeling: ‘Twas the Month of December—Again!

by Vanessa L. Goddard

‘Twas the month of December, we’re early this year,
To plan against surprises as Christmas draws near.
In the past HR handled parties and drinking.
“What could possibly happen?” you might be thinking.

Our vets have come home this year—to their positions.
We’ve worked with our employees’ many transitions.
Taken care of the disabled; those on workers’ comp.
Times should be joyful, happy. We’re ready to romp!

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December 30 Deadline Looms in Vote for Top ‘Blawg’

December 20, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Time is running out to cast your votes in the ABA Journal’s fifth Annual Blawg 100 contest to choose the most popular law blogs. To vote for your favorites, go to abajournal.com/blawg100 by December 30.

The blogs are divided into 12 categories, and voters are allowed 12 votes. But you are allowed to vote more than once in each category.

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Vote for Your Favorite Law Blog

December 06, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The American Bar Association (ABA) Journal is once again holding an election to pick the most popular law blogs — blawgs — in the land. And the nominees include four by members of the Employers Counsel Network (ECN), a group of law firms in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada that advise and represent employers on all manner of workplace issues.

In the Labor and Employment category, the following blogs from ECN attorneys made the ABA Journal’s top 100 blawgs. read more…

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Packers Necktie Gets Salesman Punted from Chicago-Area Dealership

January 26, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

By Steven L. Brenneman and Brian J. Kurtz
Ford and Harrison

The day after the Chicago Bears’ agonizing loss (note, this is written by Illinois attorneys) to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship, John Stone decided to show off his Packers pride at work. Stone was a salesman at Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn, and he went to work wearing a Packers necktie. When Stone’s general manager, Jerry Roberts, saw the tie, he huddled with Stone and instructed him to remove it. Reports suggest Roberts gave Stone multiple warnings to remove the tie or face consequences. Stone refused, and Roberts fired him on the spot.

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Federal Court Rules Health Care Reform Provision Unconstitutional

December 14, 2010 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that the individual health insurance mandate provision found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the comprehensive health care reform legislation that President Barack Obama signed into law in March 2010, is unconstitutional. The individual mandate would require most individuals to obtain health insurance or pay a fine.

The court’s ruling doesn’t invalidate the PPACA as a whole since the court determined that the individual mandate provision and “directly dependent provisions” are severable from the rest of the PPACA. The court also didn’t invalidate the entire law because that particular provision won’t go into effect until 2014.

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Coming Soon: OSHA Vs. New House Majority on Enforcement

December 13, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) agenda to increase enforcement, which includes items such as ergonomics, noise standards, and an injury and illness prevention program, seems destined to run into resistance from the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

It’s fairly clear that changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) proposed last year are done for. In their place, OSHA seems likely to move towards implementing its agenda through regulation, enforcement policy, and reinterpretation of existing standards, among other techniques.

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3 ECN Member Blogs Nominated for ABA Blawg 100

December 01, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Three blogs written by members of the Employers Counsel Network have been nominated for the American Bar Association Journal’s annual Blawg 100 competition.

For the fourth year in a row, That’s What She Said, a blog written by attorneys at Ford & Harrison LLP, has been selected as one of the 100 best law blogs by the ABA Journal. The blog follows the employment law shenanigans of Michael Scott and the Dunder Mifflin/Sabre crew on NBC’s The Office every week. TWSS is nominated in the “For Fun” category.

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