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Last season, COVID-19 breakouts on several teams threatened to cancel many National Football League games. But, NFL scrambled to make it work.

However, this year, with the vaccinations widely available, the NFL will be cracking down on teams that don’t take prophylactic steps to avoid disrupting the 2021-22 season. Continue reading


Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued this decision in which it found that a union did not violate the National Labor Relations Act by displaying a 12-foot inflatable rat with red eyes, fangs, and claws.

You and I know him as Scabby the Rat. Not to be confused with Scabbers the Rat.

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Last Wednesday, as part of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EXCEL Conference, three of us (me and two of the EEOC’s education and outreach coordinators) gazed into our crystal ball to predict some of the issues that employers will face as more employees return to the workplace. Continue reading

Last month, President Biden publicly supported the failed unionization attempt at Amazon’s distribution center in Alabama. Yesterday, he doubled down with an Executive Order reaffirming his Administration’s policy to “encourage worker organizing and collective bargaining.”

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Young Black Lives Matter activists are holding a colorful Stop Racism sign (50115127871)

Ivan Radic, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine a non-union widget factory in which widget makers want to unionize. As part of the unionizing campaign, one of the widget makers decides to wear a vest on which he writes “Widget Lives Matter.” Management is concerned that this vest is racially insensitive, will foster employee dissension, and potentially become a PR nightmare. So, it orders the employee to remove the vest.

Is this legal? Continue reading


Scabby the Rat, the infamous union picket line protest symbol, fears no cat — especially not this one. Scabby feared no man either, except for Peter Robb, the former General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

GC Robb, you see, was on a mission to deflate and exterminate ‘Ol Scabby for good. Continue reading

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Last week, both the House and the Senate re-introduced two pieces of prior legislation. One would overhaul federal labor law — oh, is that all? The second is a new(ish) paid family leave bill that never made it to the President’s desk for signature.

But, this time around, with the Democrats seemingly in control of the House and the Senate –and a Democrat in the Oval Office — might these bills become laws? Continue reading

On Monday, I blogged about President Biden’s first HR-compliance wish list, which focused on COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

On Wednesday, President Biden was sworn in. And, folks, he wasted no time making moves that will impact labor and employment law. Continue reading

Once the networks called the presidential election for Joe Biden over the weekend, something dawned on me. Maybe, I should write about how the new administration may impact employment law.

I mean, what other employment lawyer/blogger would think to do that? Dibs! Continue reading

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