labor and employment


Austin: Employer handbook guidance after Boeing decision

For most of the 2000s, the National Labor Relations Board(NLRB) reviewed facially neutral work rules under an employee-friendly standard, leaving companies worried that employees could construe neutral rules to interfere with protected activities under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). However, in December 2017, the NLRB overruled the employee-friendly standard and established a new balancing test in The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (Dec. 14, 2017), and created three categories of work rules.
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Southern District case challenges reduction of U.S. Social Security benefits for Canadians

A Canadian woman with careers in both Canada and the United States has experienced those complications firsthand and is seeking legal redress for what she says are wrongly withheld benefits. Lorraine Beeler has sued the Social Security Administration in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, alleging her U.S. retirement benefits were wrongly reduced based on similar benefits she receives from Canada.
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COA to travel for three arguments next week

Three Appeals on Wheels oral arguments will be heard next week, involving wrongful termination of a hospital employee, suppression of evidence from a pat-down search and a hotel’s appeal of granted possession.
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DTCI: The Sanctity of the Hoosier Paycheck

Wage and labor litigation is the hot new cottage industry. With a mandatory award of attorney fees and risk for substantial defense costs, lawsuits for unpaid wages arising under state and federal law should heighten employers’ review of just what goes in, and what gets taken out of, one of the most sacred covenants of employment: the paycheck.
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Supreme Court: Judges can’t rule from the grave

Federal judges can’t rule from the grave, the US Supreme Court held Monday, writing that a federal court can’t count the vote of a judge who died in a decision issued after the judge’s death. The justices said “federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity.”
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