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Webinar: Impact on Employer Handbook Policies and Strategies to Remain Union Free - February 6th, 2020 with John Knorek

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ushered in the new year by issuing employer-friendly decisions and rules that primarily impact unionized employers. These include: Cutting off dues deductions after an agreement is terminated Clarifying when an employer may take unilateral action Other decisions made by the NLRB, however, affect nonunion employers as well. This may encourage employers to revise...

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Key Recent NLRB Decisions January 2020

Apogee Retail LLC, 368 NLRB No. 144 (Dec. 16, 2019) The Board overruled Banner Estrella Medical Center, holding that blanket rules requiring confidentiality during open investigations are presumptively lawful. The Banner Estrella decision had required a legitimate and substantial business justification for investigative confidentiality rules, placing the burden on the employer to show on a...

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Key Recent NLRB Decisions September/October 2019

LA Specialty Produce Co., 368 NLRB No. 93 (Oct. 10, 2019) The decision confirms an employer may prohibit employees from disclosing client/vendor lists and that the Board generally categorizes rules that prohibit the disclosure of confidential and proprietary customer and vendor lists as Category 1(a) rules under Boeing.  The decision also confirms an employer may...

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University of Hawaii Names Torkildson Director Newton Chu Co-Chair of Search Advisory Committee

The Search Advisory Committee at the University of Hawaiʻi has been selected and is currently searching for the next director of the Institute for Astronomy to be named and/or in place by fall 2020. Newton J. Chu, Director of the Hawaii Island office for Torkildson, Katz, Hetherington, Harris & Knorek, Attorneys at Law, was named co-chair of...

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Key Recent NLRB Decisions

Electrolux Home Prods., Inc., 368 NLRB No. 34 (Aug. 2, 2019) The employer did not violate Sections 8(a)(3) and (1) by discharging an employee union activist even though the employer’s justification for terminating her was a made-up excuse. The NLRB General Counsel failed to carry his burden of demonstrating the employee’s union activity was a...

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Attorney Brian W. Tilker Represents Client in Honokōwai Shoreline Access Settlement

In June 2019, a settlement was reached between shoreline protection group Nā Papaʻi Wawae ʻUlaʻula and the owners’ associations of two beach-side condominium properties to restore public beach access in Honokōwai, Maui Now reports. Initially, conflicts surrounding shoreline access, as well as limited access, spurred members of the community to take legal action in Environmental...

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Employment Law Developments to be Discussed at Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Seminar on August 27

Employment law is often changing and complex. It’s critical that employers stay up to date on new legal developments in order to avoid liability. 26th Annual Employment Law Seminar Attorneys from Torkildson Katz Hetherington Harris Knorek will present new information on employment law developments, as well as often-overlooked human resource trends. The event takes place...

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Key NLRB Decisions January 14-25, 2019

Tegna, Inc. d/b/a KGW-TV, 367 NLRB No. 71 (Jan. 17, 2019) The employer, a broadcast television station, violated Section 8(a)(5) and (1) by failing and refusing to provide certain information related to its market share, ratings, and indicia of viewership; reports, analyses, data, or other documents concerning competition from other media outlets, in Portland and...

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Key NLRB Decisions January 1-11, 2019

Johnston Fire Svcs., LLC, 367 NLRB No. 49 (Jan. 3, 2019) Under the Bourne test, the employer did not unlawfully interrogate an employee during a discharge interview.  The company owner did not interfere with, restrain, or coerce the employee in the exercise of his Section 7 rights because only one of the five Bourne factors...

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Jan. 31 House Labor Hearing on Various Minimum Wage Bills

COMMITTEE ON LABOR & PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli, Vice Chair Rep. Linda Ichiyama Rep. Sean Quinlan Rep. Lisa Kitagawa Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey Rep. Lauren Matsumoto   NOTICE OF HEARING DATE: Thursday, January 31, 2019 TIME: 9:30am PLACE: Conference Room 309 State Capitol 415...

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